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This New Timex Watch Is Inspired by World War II Flight Crews

Produced in collaboration with British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn, the Survival Watch references vintage military survival equipment.

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Timex has teamed up once again with British menswear designer Nigel Cabourn on a cool new collaboration timepiece, this time dubbed the Survival Watch. (You may recall the last collaboration, the Referee Watch, which debuted a year ago.) Another fun, affordable timepiece in the Timex spirit, the Survival model references the ventile flight suits worn by British airmen during World War II: In the event that an aircraft went down in the water, the airman was dressed in a yellow flight suit and life preserver so that rescue aircraft could easily spot him.

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The Survival, which is housed in a 36mm Mk1 field watch case, references this yellow equipment with its bright dial, which is stamped with the broad arrow symbol that indicates British crown property. Featuring 50m of water resistance, a mineral glass crystal and a rugged quartz movement, the Survival is paired with two interchangeable straps, including fabric and leather NATO-style, slip-through models with yellow undersides. $180 gets you the watch and a special vintage-inspired, yellow cotton drill watch pouch designed with Cabourn.

If you’re looking for a great summer watch — or you simply enjoy military history and military-inspired gear — it’s worth checking out the Survival.

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