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Don't know how may people know about this company but they have a wide range of very cool watches.

http://www.specialopswatch.com/



These are not cheap watches, but they also have some affordable price points.

Personally I really like the 45mm Silver and Black Seal, but they are really expensive.
I also like many of the Dark Ops Warrior models. Also like the Titanium series. A lot of nice options. cool site. Check it out.

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MTM, manufacturer of the Pro Ops line of specialized military watches was founded in 1980 by watch technicians and ex-military personnel. MTM is a pioneer in supplying customized watches to corporations, military and police units worldwide. MTM’s mission is to develop tough, dependable, rugged military watches utilizing state of the art technology…watches that comply with and supersede military standards and will complement future warriors and military forces worldwide in the 21st century.

Originally, MTM was approached by members of an elite special forces unit who requested that they develop watches for their unit. They requested features not yet available in the watch industry. These were to be special forces watches which incorporated cutting edge technology and materials. The goal was to find and utilize such technology and to integrate it into the watch with functions that were useful to soldiers, special forces, and tactical units in the field.

During the developmental stage of the MTM Pro Ops Series, inquiries were made by other divisions looking into the possibility of MTM developing a pilot or aviator watch, navy seal watches, police watches and other military equipment. The decision to release the MTM Special Ops first, as the flagship model with its revolutionary lighting system, was then made. It was shortly after 9/11 and the beginning of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq that sales began to accelerate at a rapid pace.

Soon, demand began to increase for specialized watches from SWAT teams, Green Beret and Commando units, Delta Force and law enforcement operations worldwide. That demand led to the eventual development of the Vultures, Seals, Patriots, Predators, Silencers, Navigators, Warriors, etc, which are now being worn proudly by members of the FBI, DEA, U.S. Coast Guard, Navy Seals and the U.S. Secret Service Tactical Team.

The success of MTM Pro Ops Watches is a testament to the rugged dependability and forward looking design that goes into each and every model. In the U.S., MTM Pro Ops Watches are available exclusively from MTM and are not available in retail stores. They are available internationally through thoroughly screened and approved distributors only.
 

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I actually like the look of this watch, If it came in at 50mm I would spend $400 to $500 for it!
 

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I couldnt find anywhere what movement is usedexcept its swiss, maybe I dont know where to look
 

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nice stuff. oakley also has a law enforcement product line. you fax them a copy of your law enforcement i.d. and it takes only 4-5 minutes to receive your password and acct. number. the discounts are on average 40-70% off retail.they also give the same deal for active military..
 

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I like the dial with gas tubes for hour markers and minimal printing to keep it simple. IMO, the way they skip the 5 minute tabs at 20 and 40 minutes gives the watch an unbalanced look. The tabs look pretty sharp and are likely to catch on any object they come close to.
 

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I do like the glowing tube watches and these have a nice look to them. Thanks for the link James. ....Bob
 

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Marc - I moved your post into the existing MTM thread :)
 

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Sorry, I missed seeing the thread already existed.....

A Brief History of Military Watches

Military watches, as their name suggests, were developed for use in the armed forces. The first military watches were naval pieces, chronometers that worked well for their purposes, but as other branches of the military - aviation in particular - made major technological advances around the time of the Second World War, precise seconds became critical. As the saying goes, "necessity is the mother of invention," and Navigator (also known as "Pilot") watches were born.

In Navigator watch design, the seconds bezel allowed the pilot to synchronize the seconds hand with correct reference time before takeoff, and to make manual corrections to radio time signals while in flight, thus eliminating any "chronometer error" and the navigational errors that could result.

Great War, Great Technological Advances

Seconds continued to be of the essence in both military technology and military watches. "Center-seconds" hands, (also called a "hack seconds feature") - the feature that allowed for synchronization between two timepieces - continued to improve and advance.

The definitive Navigator "hack" watches feature a black dial and white Arabic numerals and indices, hour, minute, and center-seconds hands. Sizing is all over the board; historically, such notable companies as Elgin, Waltham, and Bulova Watches crafted watches (for the renamed Army Air Force in 1941), as small as 31mm in diameter. The German army tended toward larger faces, often in the 55mm range. These watches were worn on the outside of a flight jacket or on the navigator's thigh. The Germans also added antimagnetic protection to their chronometers.

Within another major Axis power, Seiko produced a staggering number of military watches for the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy. These watches averaged around 49mm in diameter.

Navigating The Cold War

As the days of WWII faded into memory and the strained peace of the "Cold War" became reality, military budgets and military technology boomed. In the era of nuclear bombs the airplane ascended to its most powerful military and political role in history. Watchmakers rose to the call by designing an instrument worthy of going into battle with humankind's most powerful weapon. Those were the Glory Days of the military watch, although no one design house can claim full credit for the strides made in the industry during that time.

Cold War-era military watches were much larger in size than the average American navigators before them. Averaging 36mm in diameter, the crafting of these timepieces was moved to Switzerland and Swiss military watch companies with centuries' old reputations for precision. Like those before them, these Navigators also featured a matte black dial marked with white Arabic numerals 1-12, and with white indices. The new designs did not have white numerals at cardinal 3, 6, 9, and 12. Another new addition was a shatterproof Perspex acrylic crystal, which protected its large 12 ligne movement from magnetic fields. These hand-wound watches were expected to be water-resistant to 20 feet, including water-resistance under low-pressure at operational altitudes.
 

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I've owned this watch for about 2 years, and never had a problem.




[align=center]SOLID 316L STAINLESS STEEL WATCH CASE AND BEZEL WITH UPGRADED, DURABLE, BLACK DLC PLATING.

330 FEET/100 METERS WATER RESISTANT.

BRIGHTEST LIGHT EVER OFFERED IN A WATCH.


ELECTROMAGNETIC RECHARGEABLE BATTERY.

SCRATCH RESISTANT
CRYSTAL.

UNIDIRECTIONAL,
STAINLESS STEEL, RATCHETING BEZEL.

LOCKING, SCREW DOWN CROWN.

CARBON FIBER DIAL.

LUMINOUS NUMBERS.

NYLON 66 BALLISTIC VELCRO BAND.

3 YEAR WARRANTY.

LIMITED EDITION, EACH WATCH INDVIDUALLY NUMBERED.
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[align=center]BLACK HAWK™ BALLISTIC VELCRO BAND WATCH SPECS
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Scorpio wrote:
I've owned this watch for about 2 years, and never had a problem.




[align=center]SOLID 316L STAINLESS STEEL WATCH CASE AND BEZEL WITH UPGRADED, DURABLE, BLACK DLC PLATING.

330 FEET/100 METERS WATER RESISTANT.

BRIGHTEST LIGHT EVER OFFERED IN A WATCH.



LIMITED EDITION, EACH WATCH INDVIDUALLY NUMBERED.
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[align=center]BLACK HAWK™ BALLISTIC VELCRO BAND WATCH SPECS
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How do you like that nylon strap? I've been thinking about ordering one of these straps from them for my NFW.

Thoughts???
 

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Not the greatest of quality overalbut a good and fairly solid piece, the PVD is about the best i have ever seen on a watch though.



Not to shabby.

 
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