Military watches have legions of fans

Military watches have legions of fans

Postby koimaster » April 6th 2017, 11:42am

It was a pilot’s timepiece that first drew Bill Heming to military watches. Previously a diving watch enthusiast, he had admired the style and engineering of a friend’s Breguet Type 20, issued by the French military in the 1950s, and bought his own at auction five years ago.


He regards such watches — those purchased by a military from a manufacturer and issued to service personnel — as a “piece of history”. “They are also relatively rare so it is somewhat of a challenge to find them,” says the retired lawyer from Boston, who sources pieces at auction, through fellow collectors or at specialist shops.His hobby coincides with a wider uptick in interest as watch enthusiasts’ websites, forums and social media put military pieces on collectors’ radars.

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