The GG-W-113 is one of the classic American military field watches produced in large quantities for servicemen during the Vietnam War. These were small (by modern standards), hand-wound field watches made to a strict specification that evolved over time, and they have an instantly recognizable, no-nonsense aesthetic that has made them beloved by watch collectors and lovers of militaria.
Military Watch Company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, has developed a modern homage to the GG-W-113 using a Seiko NH35 automatic movement. Otherwise, the watch looks largely the same as the original (although the case size has been updated from 34mm to 36mm), with a black dial with 24-hour track, triangular dart indices, stainless steel case, sword hands and case back etched with the original GG-W-113 manufacturer’s details.
The crown is of a slightly different design than the original, the luminous material used is no longer tritium, and there is no info published on the crystal material used (from the images it looks to be acrylic, though it may well be mineral) — but other than these details, this is a fairly convincing recreation of the original timepiece. If you like the looks of the original GG-W-113 but don’t want to risk buying a 50+ year-old watch that may or may not function, you could do worse than this modern recreation, which ships with two nato straps (black and khaki) and a 2-year limited warranty. What’s more, the watch is on sale, down to $211 from an MSRP of $235.
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