Bulova Brings Back Its WW2-Era Military Hack Watch

Upgraded with an automatic movement.

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In celebration of its longstanding heritage with the US Military, American watchmaker Bulova is launching a new Military Collection, and the first model to be introduced into the line is a modernization of the original Hack watch used during the second world war.

For those unfamiliar, having a hackable movement was crucial for the military, as fighters would all pull out the crowns and “hack” the seconds hand at the 12 o’clock position so they could synchronize their watches for more precise missions. This gave rise to the name of the Hack watch, which back in the day, utilized a hand-wound movement, but thanks to modern technology, has now been upgraded by Bulova to a fully automatic Miyota Caliber 82S0 boasting a 42-hour power reserve.

All other design elements are largely kept true to its original predecessor: a highly legible 12 and 24-hour dial in black or white, a retro-sized 38mm stainless steel case in gray or silver, a double domed mineral crystal, and even an oversized crown. Of course, such a military watch also comes with a NATO-styled strap, available in an olive green or deep black leather.

For those interested in this rugged and historic piece, which starts at $395 USD, head over to Bulova’s website for more information.

Elsewhere in watches, Sinn has released a new 158 Chronograph in tribute to its legendary 155 Bw.

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