UK brand Nite was created in 2003 when Roger Green sunk his life savings into his new venture. The first watches were released the following year and he was soon supplying Britain’s elite troops, the SAS.
By 2006 the company was using GTLS for its illumination, now a defining feature of the brand. Nite then embarked on its direct-to-customer sales strategy and now sells exclusively online through its own website.
The brand made a name producing rugged military-style watches in the vein of competing brands Luminox, MWC and Traser.
This Alpha model is a very well executed diver that includes just enough colour to keep things interesting, but without over complicating the design. This quartz swiss replica watches is housed in a brushed steel case and matching bracelet. As expected there’s a sapphire crystal, blue ceramic bezel and screw-down crown. It utilises both blue and orange T100 tritium and at 42mm is more modestly sized than some of the other watches highlighted.
In Armourlite, we again have a company that has made military watch design the core of its business. As they state on their home page “we are an American company that makes the toughest and brightest tritium illuminated watches”.
The brand’s story is quite similar to some of the other companies featured here. A founder with previous watch industry experience establishing his own brand. For Armourlite this began initially on the back of his development of Armourglass – a toughened mineral crystal. From there he began to produce polycarbonate watches with T100 illumination.
Again I’m highlighting a watch from their range that isn’t typical of their offerings. The AL821, whilst military in origin, is more of a classic field watch.
Part of the Officer Series, this model is protected by a shatterproof Armourglass crystal. Apparently, that means the glass can withstand up to 6,000 Vickers – that’s a lot of pressure. Built out of 316L stainless steel and illuminated by both orange and green tritium markers the watch is powered by a Swiss Ronda 517 movement. There’s also a modest water resistance of 100 meters.
Marathon replica watches usa can trace its history back to the founding of Weinsturm Watch in 1904. The company became Marathon in 1939 and since 1941 has been supplying timepieces to the military. The company is still a family-owned business, currently in the hands of its fourth generation.
The Navigator model is built to strict military specifications under MIL-PRF-46374G.
First developed by Marathon Watch Company in 1986 this watch was made originally as a request by the Kelley Air Force Base. The result is a tidy watch with the distinctive asymmetrical case of a Navigator style model.
The watch is housed in a lightweight fibre shell case that is sweat and shock-resistant. There’s a couple of colour variations with each watch having been made in Switzerland and powered by a Swiss ETA F06 quartz movement. Like most military watches it’s not over-sized and comes in at a modest 41mm.
I’ve mentioned Vostok a number of times on this blog. They’re an iconic brand. The company that became Vostok can be traced back to WWII and Russia’s involvement in the conflict.
At the tail end of 1941, one of the Moscow watch plants was evacuated, in 150 railway carriages, to Kazan in South-West Russia. From there the story goes, the equipment, workers and their families covered the final 100KM to the city of Chistopol in a convoy of three thousand carts pulled by horses.
By April 1942 the factory was up and running and producing its first items for the military. However, wristwatch production didn’t begin until after the end of the war. 1965 is really where the story gets interesting for watch fans. It was then that the Chistopol Watch Factory became the official supplier of cheap replica breitling for the Ministry of Defense of the Soviet Union.
In 2003 a joint venture between the Chistopol factory and Vilnius Koliz resulted in the launch of the Vostok-Europe brand. Then in 2009 collaboration between Vostok-Europe and Mb-microtec laid the foundation for a new line of watches with tritium tubes.
This particular model was created for the fifth anniversary of the World Record expedition that made it to bottom of the deepest cave in the world, also known as underground Everest.
It’s an eyecatching watch powered by Seiko automatic movement and has both a power reserve and a 24hr sub-dial. The large 48mm case is PVD coated and there’s a hardened mineral crystal.