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A stunning new military-style watch, road tested on tour in Afghanistan, has just been released for Spring 2012. Utilizing Bamford Watch Department’s unique PVD coating process and featuring a modern twist on an historic design, the California Dial Submariner is an exciting addition to the Bamford range. The California Dial was originally designed for Allied forces during World War II and features a mix of roman numerals and Arabic numbers meant to act as a “geographic shield” for troops who might be captured by the enemy. The mixture of styles gave the captive a degree of anonymity, as a purely Arabic style was considered likely to indicate the wearer to be from the United States where the style was more prominent. Whilst most of the original Rolex California dials were installed into Bubblebacks, BWD have updated this style by using the latest Submariner non date (14060M). The BWD California editions are housed in a shockproof/waterproof customized OtterBox and come complete with Nato strap and bracelet tool. Each watch is presented in a limited edition of 41 pieces and retails for £10,000 GBP (approximately $15,896 USD).