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Military watch collecting may have once been considered a poor man's hobby, but its longstanding history and limited pieces now make it an expensive pastime. Military watches are impossible to recreate, and current collectors are willing to pay a premium for watches with an interesting story or military unit connections.
Azimuth's new Militare-1 Bombardier VI has undergone a facelift with a throwback to the 1940's and an attempt at looking more vintage. The Bombardier VI has a matt brown dial (all previous Bombardiers had a black dial) and Luminova markings that are of a faded beige to give it an older, more rustic touch. Meant to be worn over the flight suit, the watch face and strap are oversized like most military pilot watches, with a large crown that makes it easier for pilots to wind the watch while wearing gloves when in flight. What's more, the placement of the crown on the left side of the watch makes certain that the crown doesn't scratch the wearer's wrist.
"Azimuth's Militare series of watches fashioned after military watches are very popular. We try to stay true to the design of the original military watch and add a touch of the Azimuth DNA to make these true collectibles," says Alvin Lye, director and co-founder of Azimuth.
- 316L stainless steel
- 47mm diameter
- 3 bar water resistance
- Vintage Fontainemelon ST96-4 manual winding
- Domed sapphire crystal
- Matt brown dial with pre-aged Luminova markings
- 22mm Buffalo strap with stitching and rivets
- Limited to 200 pieces worldwide
The Militare-1 Bombardier VI retails for SGD 2650 and is available in Azimuth Exclusive Boutiques at The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands (2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-87), Mandarin Gallery (333 Orchard Road, #02-20), KRASNAYA The Watch Gallery (Ion Orchard) and through Azimuth watch distributors in 25 countries worldwide.