Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Military Watches and Mil Specs

I've always really liked military watches because they emphasis function ahead of form.  Pure function. Military watches are based on military specifications.  Here's a great site that discusses mil spec watches

I'm particularly fond of the MOD 66-4 standard which the Omega Seamaster is designed after:

This is the original design as set forth by the Ministry of Defence from the 1960's.  This is an elegant watch design. I like the simplicity.  Of course, watch makers have taken this original design and abstract it to something unrecognizable over time.  See Def Stan 66-46/1

Today's MOD watchface from 1991, by contrast is less attractive.  Really quite uninspiring.

Again, form over function.

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