Bausele MIL-SPEC, The Military Watches From Australia
The first and only non-U.S. watch to be granted a U.S. military IP license, assembled in the U.S. by U.S. military veterans.
Founded in 2011, Bausele always had “defense genes” in its DNA, manufacturing watches for the Australian Intelligence Corps and the Special Operations Engineers Regiment. Affected by the difficulties faced by U.S. army veterans, Aaron Coote, CEO of this Australian brand had the idea of a “mil-spec” watch to raise funds for military veterans. Not only 10% of each sale is donated to a veteran association but veterans were involved in the design process of the watches that are ultimately assembled by veterans in the U.S. (thanks to Ron and Emily Stroll from americaswatchmaker.com who employ veterans).
“The MIL-SPEC project started with the idea of creating a watch that would benefit veteran soldiers, but not just in the sense of a percentage set aside for charity but as a concrete and enduring initiative with an active role for veterans. To design the watch, we were able to bring together a remarkable collection of talent with the most diverse backgrounds. It’s been an amazing journey and we’re all quite proud of the result,” says Arron Coote, the CEO of Bausele.
As their name suggests, the Bausele MIL-SPEC are watches built to U.S. Army military specifications (MIL-W-46374F). Both inspired by 1940s military watches, two models proposed are a field watch (ref. 31101) and a dive watch (ref. 34101). An original feature, both the MIL-SPEC Field Watch and Dive Watch come with the Bausele crown with a compartment engineered into the crown and containing a specific element visible through a transparent cap. For this occasion, it is filled with natural American soil.
The Bausele MIL-SPEC Field Watch 31101
The Bausele field watch comes in a retro-inspired no-nonsense round 38mm case made out of brushed 316L steel (untreated or with black DLC coating). The double dome sapphire crystal slightly protrudes from the case. Both the dial numerals and hands feature old radium Luminova. The watch is powered by the Seiko NH38 automatic calibre. Running at 3Hz, this tried-and-tested movement is regulated within -20/+40 seconds per day. The hacking mechanism allows for precise settings. Its power reserve is of 41 hours.
Quick facts: 38mm 316L stainless steel case – screw-down crown – double dome sapphire crystal with AR coating – water resistant to 100m – Seiko NH38 automatic movement – hours, minutes and central seconds – 41-hour power reserve – leather or nylon strap – USD 700 – first limited edition of 500 pieces
The Bausele MIL-SPEC Dive Watch 34101
The Bausele dive watch stands out with its quirky vintage-inspired hexagonal case. There again, it comes in 316L steel, untreated or DLC-coated. The dial and hands also feature old radium Luminova. In this case, the movement is a Swiss workhorse, the Sellita SW200. Displaying hours, minutes and central seconds, it ticks at 4Hz with 38 hours of power reserve.
Quick facts: 39,5mm 316L stainless steel case – screw-down crown – dome sapphire crystal with AR coating – water resistant to 200m – Sellita SW200 automatic movement – hours, minutes and central seconds – 38-hour power reserve – tropic rubber strap – USD 1,200 – first limited edition of 500 pieces
For more information, please visit www.bausele.com.
Too thick and too expensive…I prefer Hamilton 38mm hand wound.
Return to the nearest military facility? Is that really on the watches? There isn’t any system at American military bases to take these watches, and track down the owner. That’s a very odd thing to put on a watch.