The Dirty Dozen movie inspired a generation of watch fans to buy a field watch, or milspec if you prefer.
Something functional, unshowy and containing lots of lume so that night time timekeeping was available at a glance. Sure, not everyone is a night shift worker, badger den watcher, or serves in the military, but there are lots of reasons why you want a rugged field watch in your collection.
The latest model from Bremont ticks the right boxes, mixing trad elements with modern materials. Hardened steel case, 40mm wide and sapphire crystal of course. Screwdown crown helps offer 100m of water resistance. The Bremont movement offers Chronometer grade timekeeping too. It’s a beautifully polished watch with a big, finger-friendly winding crown. NATO strap naturally.
Taken all round this is a high quality milspec watch, although it doesn’t really do anything a £700 Luminox or £900 Alpina can’t accomplish. That said, the price tag of £3200 makes this a luxury watch. It’s almost a grand more than a Tudor Ranger, which looks similar and offers much the same fuctionality.
Although it’s limited to 200 pieces, we reckon there are better value military watches to collect and the Bremont is a collectors watch at this price level, not an outdoors, get mucky, go wild camping sort of watch. I certainly wouldn’t wear a 3K watch whilst bog snorkelling in Wales, or mountain biking in a forest, in case the thing was damaged by the British elements. So really, what’s the point of a Dirty Dozen watch if it’s too valuable to get dirty?