Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
A vintage military watch is more than just a time-keeping device, it is the one of the most personal and intimate pieces of kit a soldier would have carried. Balancing reliability and precision, a military watch must also be easily readable yet small enough to keep from being ungainly and cumbersome on the wrist. The combination of these factors tends to give vintage military watches a spartan, clean aesthetic - a look that has been adopted and co-opted by countless brands looking to breath authenticity into their own offerings.
This watch, known as a Majetek, was a design harnessed by the Czech military (typically the Air Force) during the late 1930s through the 1940s and produced by three different brands - Longines, Lemania and Eterna. While some variations existed between the brands' end products (notably, Longines' Majetek featured a coin-edge bezel and Cathedral hands), the hallmark of the watch was it's unique 37mm steel case with square bezel, round dial aperture and sloping straight lugs. Over the years, the Majetek was seen in two distinct layouts; one with a central sweeping seconds hand and one with a running seconds hand at 6:00.
So cherished was this case design that both Eterna and Longines brought it back in their Heritage lines in recent years, nodding to the simple and elegant tool watch.
With its running seconds at 6:00, it is very likely that this particular model was an earlier production watch, probably dating to the latter half of the 1930s. Its modular style case (a case back ring screws into the top case, sandwiching the movement 'dish' and crystal) is pleasingly simple. The top case shows signs of wear, but bears no suggestion of being over polished. The dial, once a matte black, has taken on an incredible tropicalization and the luminous material has aged splendidly. Though it doesn't bear military markings - perhaps due to a replacement back or having never been issued - this watch has definitely seen it's share of battles and lived to tell the tale.
With both heritage models pricing out at over $2000 a pop, we're left scratching our heads and asking, "why not get the real McCoy?"
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.