By Samantha Walsh
Aptly named “Marines Wrist Armor” there is a new breed of timepieces on the market. The US Marine Corps watch brand is the only officially licensed watch brand from the U.S. Defense Department, and it offers a wide range of products utilizing the most durable materials possible. These rugged new watches are worn by active duty Marines stationed around the world, and now they are available for US and international retail sales.
Designed and engineered in the USA, and brought to us by veteran watch exec Fredi Brodmann and Moret Group, NYC, this watch brand is up to the highest military standards, allowing it to perform even under the most extreme conditions. Featuring the latest generation of Swiss made Quartz movements, these watches are not only shock resistant, but also offer precise time measurement with extra functions including chronographs, telemeter bezels and more.
A variety of very definitive looks are offered, in different colors, strap options and dials. Straps range from bracelets, to silicone rubber with a unique USMC design, or water resistant leather or heavy woven nylon. All watches in the collection are water resistant to at least 200 meters, with the dive watches going to 300 meters. They also offer Swiss Made SuperLuminova or Tritium gas tubes on the hand and dials for maximum visibility even at night. In addition, they feature K1 anti-reflective, shatter-resistant mineral crystals.
Cases are rugged stainless steel and steel IP plated for the black versions. These highly durable watches also sport a great Marines logo on the dial and feature a USMC crown protection system. They retail from $195 to $395.