Today, we honor those who served in America's Armed Forces in a holiday that coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day around the world, both of which take place on the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the end of World War I in 1918. Several watch companies focus on veteran's initiatives throughout the year, while others release special products to coincide specifically with Veteran's Day. Here are three of them, each very different.
This special edition of Bulova's Hack Watch — itself a tribute to a 1950s/1960s American military timepiece — is being launched alongside an announcement that the Veteran's Watchmaking Initiative will become one of the brand's new service centers. (Bulova also donated tools and equipment to the school, which gives veterans a chance to learn watchmaking.)
Movement: Miyota 82S0 automatic
Ulysse Nardin frequently partners on different initiatives with One More Wave, a U.S. organization that provides surf therapy to wounded veterans. Included in this price is a surfboard, handmade in San Diego, from One More Wave, which provides boards free of charge for vets.
Movement: Mechanical handwound
This watch is actually from our friends across the pond, and its sale helps aid wounded British vets. Limited to 300 pieces, this pilot's watch is made in collaboration with Help for Heroes, which provides emotional and financial support to wounded members of British Armed Forces.
Diameter: Japanese automatic