Military

It is commonly known in the collector community that Tudors were extensively used as issued Military watches. The reasons may be numerous, but the main one is most likely cost. Ever since the 1950’s Tudor and Rolex have been involved in military projects, and it seems that only the UK decided to go 100% Rolex. All other countries known to us, have tested Rolex and Tudor – and gone with Tudor. Cost, production time, and servicing requirements are most likely reasons for this.

In the military watch collectors community there are several variations of collectability. I have tried to categorize this in rarity levels. Where 1 is the least rare.

1. Watch purchased by service personell and used on duty – often seen or documented in books or similar resources.

2. Watch purchased by DOD or specific military branch directly at Authorized dealership – With or without markings

3. Watch purchased by DOD or specific military branch directly from Rolex / Tudor – and no markings

4. Watch purchased by DOD or specific military branch directly from Rolex / Tudor – and structured application of military markings by DOD / Branch

5. Watch purchased by DOD or specific military branch directly from Rolex / Tudor – and structured application of military markings by DOD / Branch + special hands and dials

6. Watch purchased by DOD or specific military branch directly from Rolex / Tudor – and structured application of military markings by DOD / Branch + special hands and dials / Panerai.

Type 5 watches would include the British issued milsubs with special references, engravings and specialized hands and dials. These are among the most coveted military watches – and prices soar above the 50-100.000 euro range depending on specifications.
Type 6 include the ultra rare 1940’s AND 1950’S military Panerai.

So far, we have identified military use Tudors from the following countries: (updated)

– France. Type 4 watches. Sold in batches directly from Tudor. Marked by French navy. Issued thru the 1960, 70’s and early 1980’s.

– Canada. Type 2 watches have been rumored. Typically from specific batches from bought in free trade from AD’s.

– USA. Type 3 and 4. Certain very early 1960’s pieces have been identified. Still researching this. Vietnam era pieces are Type 1’s. 

– Argentina. Researching. Cuerpa Infantaria and A.R.A Navy ones have been identified. Cuerpa Infantaria 7021’s have been found and verified. Type 4 piece. 7924 BigCrown A.R.A. has been discovered. Type 4 piece as well.

– Israel. Rolex 5513 and Tudor 7928 has been seen with IDF issue numbers on the caseback. Also other brands seen. Most likely type 4.

– South Africa. Identified. Even featured on our site. 🙂

– Jamaica – 1 piece found  and verified so far.

 

South African Navy

South African Navy

French Navy

French Navy

United States Navy

United States Navy

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