Category: Special Ops Watch

Bell and Ross Military Watches

Bell and Ross watchBell and Ross WatchBell & Ross Watches as a brand have only been around for about 20 years, and yet they have already built themselves as a very classic, and iconic brand.  The distinctive look of their square faced watches based on the design style of aeronautic dials found in aeroplane cockpits. But also the use of black dials, and white Arabic numerals that reflect the style of standard issue military watches from the past. All of these factors make the Bell & Ross watch a design classic.

But it is not all about style and class. These watches are built for professionals. Aimed at pilots, bomb disposal experts, divers – these watches are built to be tough, and functional. The clear dials and face, the big bezels – all of these make the watch function well in extreme conditions. The Bell and Ross diving watches are water resistant up to 1000M. That is a serious dive watch.

Bell and Ross Clip Radar WatchIn addition to their more classic and “Heritage” design style, they have more contemporary designs, still influenced by the look of the aeronautical instruments – the CLIP RADAR looks like a radar screen – check out the video below.

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Navy Seal Watches

Since Navy Seals are so much in the new right now, and rightly so, I thought I would focus on a Special Ops Watch used by Navy SEALS. When it comes to military wristwatches, it goes without saying that a watch needs to be tough. Never more so than when it is being used by Special Ops guys like the Navy SEALS. With precision timing absolutely critical, and being able to withstand a variety of tough conditions, you do not want a watch failing on you.

G-Shocks are popular with Special ops guys, but there is one watch that was built specifically for the NAVY Seals. That is the Luminox Navy SEAL Watch:

Check out this great review of the Luminox 3051 Blackout watch

Luminox Men’s 3051 Blackout Watch

According to the ad blurb the Luminox Men’s Original Navy SEAL Dive Watch features a unique illumination system that glows 100 times brighter than other luminous watches, making it the perfect choice for low-light or non-light situations. This versatile timepiece is constructed with a polyurethane, 43-millimeter case. The durable nylon band is accompanied by a Velcro closure. Stand-out Arabic numerals adorn the dramatic black dial face. For further time-keeping practicality a handy date calendar rests at the three o’clock position. Powered by analog-quartz movement and water resistant up to a depth of 660 feet, this watch is preferred by US Navy SEALs and US Air Force Pilots.

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Looking for Great Deals on Special Ops Watches?

I could not help but notice, when it comes to military wristwatches there are some great deals around. If you are looking for particularly tough, utilitarian watches, as used by Special Forces around the world, then the H3 tactical watches, with their H3 Tritium technology that apparently glows 100 times brighter than conventional illuminated watches, provide ease of readability and night-time viewing.

The H3 technology is used in Traser watches, and Luminox watches in America. Check out the discounts on these watches.

H3 Tactical Men's H3.322221.09 COMMANDER Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch

H3 Tactical Men's H3.222231.09 FIELD OPS Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch

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The MTM Special Ops Watch

MTM Special Ops WatchWhen it comes to Military Wristwatches, and in particular a Special Ops Watch, then one finds that some watches were built specifically for the job. One such watch brand is the MTM Special Ops range of watches.

The history of the MTM Special Ops is that it was created out of the meeting between watch engineers and technicians and former military personnel.. MTM specifically made watches for the needs of the military and police forces around the world, and the watches’ pedigree is one firmly placed in the military. The watches comply with standard military specifications, and have been built to be extra tough for special ops use.

The MTM Special Ops was originally created exclusively for an elite Special Forces unit, and featured many cutting edge features not seen in conventional watches at the time. Since then they have gone on from strength to strength, being military specification compliant (MIL-W-4637) they have been supplying the military all over the world.

With the onset of the Afghanistan War after 9/11, the watch has proved extremely popular, and now features on the wrist of many fictional Special Ops characters in Film and TV, most notably being the watch of choice of Jack Bauer from “24”.

Currently in use by Special Forces units, S.W.A.T. teams, Secret Service, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Air Force pilots, Police officers, Delta Force units, and DEA, FBI, and SAS agents, the watch is no longer the domain of the military, and you too can own a tough, rugged, and reliable watch.

Check out this in depth review – you get a lot more than just a watch when you buy a MTM Special Ops Watch, as each one is limited edition, with its own unique number.

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How The G-Shock Replaced Rolex Military Wristwatches as Special Ops Watch of Choice

When it comes to a Special Ops Watch and the Navy SEALS, they used to be issued with a Rolex. Legend has that it was so they could use it to barter or negotiate if they got into sticky situations, but I think that was a bit of an old Navy story. But therein lays the inherent problem of the Rolex as a military issued watch. They are expensive to buy, with pressures on NAVY budgets, and expensive to maintain, and you can be sure as hell that the watch was going to get some rough treatment.

Until the early Eighties, Navy rules stated that “ Divers Watch must have a sweep second hand”. The problem with this is that it of course meant digital watches were excluded. However, the point of a sweep second hand was to measure time passing. Since a digital watch could do this, and some might say better, the rule was changed. The door was open to digital watches. Enter the CASIO G-Shock. Cheaper, tougher and with extra timing features, this was of great benefit to Navy budgets, and provided a tough, reliable time keeper for NAVY Seals. Don’t take my word for it – here is a quote from the guy who helped get the NAVY to reverse their decision on not having digital watches.

“When a Casio watch was lost or damaged, the costs to replace was minimum and compared to the costs to repair a Rolex and the time it took to get the Rolex back, made all the difference. By the way, the Casio G-shock watch did more than just measured lapsed time. Stopwatch, countdown timer..etc “

Lieutenant Commander, USN (Retired) Navy SEAL” -frogman80

Since then the G-Shock has really established itself as a military wristwatch, for all the reasons above. Rugged, tough, reliable and cheap to replace. Essential requirements in today’s military.

Casio Men's G9000MS-1CR G-Shock Military Concept Black Digital Watch

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