While several watch manufacturers have provided watches for the military, it is important to note that most of these watches were designed for durability and practicality in tough environments rather than luxury. However, some modern iterations of these watches are considered luxury because of their history, craftsmanship, and modern refinements.

Rolex – Rolex has a rich history with the military. The Rolex Submariner, for instance, was supplied to the British Royal Navy in the 1970s. In the US, Rolex’s GMT Master was favored by aviators for its ability to tell multiple time zones simultaneously. The watches are not officially issued, but their reliability in demanding environments made them a popular choice.

(Photo: Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb wearing his Rolex Sub in Afghanistan in 2001 with SEAL Team 3. Guess that gun?)

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Hamilton – Hamilton watches were widely used during World War II. The company halted its consumer production to focus on supplying the U.S. Armed Forces. The Hamilton Khaki Field watch, which harks back to this era, is a modern classic combining luxury and military heritage.

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Breitling – Known for its aviation watches, Breitling’s Navitimer was popular among pilots for its slide rule bezel used for navigation-related calculations. The brand’s Aerospace model was also used by some military pilots. The iconic Navitimer is featured below.