Officer's watch

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The Speake-Marin Resilience evokes the officer's watch style
© Speake-Marin
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5153G, showing the Officer's case and lugs
© Patek Philippe

An officer's watch is a style reminiscent of the trench watches of World War I but with more upscale features.

The typical components of an officer's watch are as follows:

The overall impression reflects the marriage watches created at that time by mounting a small pocket watch for wrist use during wartime. But, in contrast to trench watches, officer's watches included more expensive and upscale features.

The officer's watch case continues to be popular today, with companies like Patek Philippe and Chronoswiss embracing the style. Patek produced perhaps the definitive officer's watch for their 150th anniversary in 1989, their Ref. 3960 Calatrava. It includes all of the elements above, with Breguet hands and numbers and a hinged case back.

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