The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition

The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition

The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition
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The Military Edition - 2020 Special Edition


The 2020 Special Edition of the Military Edition Series is our new favorite watch. We're only building 15 of these... ever. For the Special Edition this year we chose to use a rare variant of the Hamilton 4992B movement.

This movement has a special "US GOVT" engraving that's original to the piece. Only about 10% of the GCT Master Navigator movements have this marking, making this movement 10 times as rare as the one inside our standard Military Edition watches.

To make this watch truly special, we decided to use a bronze case and crown. This specific bronze alloy is very strong, not much heavier than the titanium cases we typically use, and will patina over time. We cannot wait to see pictures of these watches in a couple of years. The patina will be spectacular!

Finally, we needed a unique and different strap to make this watch stand out. We hope you agree that this tan canvas was the absolute perfect pairing for the Special Edition. This watch will come with three total straps; the tan canvas, black with white stitching, and the bomber jacket. 

NOTE: These watches ship in January or February 2021

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2020 Military Edition
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 49mm
  • Case Finish: Machined Bronze
  • Crown/Hardware: Machined Bronze
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Front Crystal: Domed German Glass
  • Back Crystal: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Machined Titanium
  • Hands: Original Antiques
  • Strap #1: Military Canvas with Leather Backing
  • Strap #2: Black Horween Leather with White Stitching
  • Strap #3: Bomber Jacket Leather with Stitching


  • Original Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Co
  • Original Serial Number: Varies
  • Manufacture Year: Varies 1938 to 1950
  • Function: Hour, Minute, and Hacking Sweeping Seconds
  • Jewels: 22 Jewels
  • Size: 16size
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of the Military Edition?

The 50 watches in the Third Edition (2021) of the Military Edition will be $5,995 each.

The 50 watches in the Second Edition of the Military Edition were $5,995.

The 15 watches in the 2020 Special Edition were $7,995.

When and how can I purchase the Military Edition?

The Third Edition of the Military Edition will be offered for sale on Veterans Day (November 11th, 2021) at 12:00 pm Mountain Time. Sign up for our VIP Early Access list, and you will receive an email a few hours ahead of everyone else, giving you exclusive access to pre-order the watch. The First Edition (2019) and Second Edition (2020) sold out in under 8 hours!

When will the watches be made and shipped?

For the Third Edition (2021) we plan to manufacture the watches ahead of time and ship them as they are sold. If we sell out in one day as planned, we'll ship them just as quickly as possible after purchase, likely in 2 - 3 weeks.

What size is the Military Edition

The Military Edition is 49mm in diameter and 58mm lug to lug. The strap is 24mm, tapered to 22mm. The straps have been sized to fit any wrist between 6.5 and 8.5 inches (one size fits all). 

Will you make more Military Edition watches?

The Military Edition will be exclusively available on Veterans Day each year. We do not know how many antique pocket watches we can find in the future, so subsequent sets may have fewer pieces available and will likely sell at a higher price.

Is there a Military Discount available?

Yes. Active Duty Military and all U.S. Military Veterans can receive 10% off any purchase on by using discount code "Military." You will be contacted after purchase for proof of service.

What parts are antique, and what parts are modern?

Just like all watches in Vortic's American Artisan Series, everything inside the watch is an original, restored antique. All internal components, including the dial (face), hands, and movement (gears and springs that tell time), are from a pocket watch built a long time ago. We restore those antique movements using only original parts and then build a custom engineering system around it. Everything you can touch, on the outside of the watch, is modern. This includes the case, glass, leather straps, crown, etc. 

What does GCT mean, and why is it on the antique dial?

GCT, during World War II, meant Greenwich Civil Time, the standard European timezone. Now called UTC, or Coordinated Universal Time, it relates to the time at 0 degrees Longitude - the location of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. It was the standard timezone for all Allied forces during the war.

Since the movement is roughly 70 years old, how well will the watch keep time?

We take care to restore and regulate each one, but "perfect" timekeeping, similar to a modern wristwatch, is not achievable. Each watch will be adjusted to keep excellent time on a day-to-day basis, but there will be variations from watch to watch. We attempt to regulate timekeeping within 30 seconds per day when averaged across all positions. For day to day use, you should not notice any fault in timekeeping.

Is the watch waterproof?

The watch industry does not use the term "waterproof." We always say "water-resistant" because every single watch is different, and all customer environments are different. The Military Edition is rated to 5atm of water resistance, meaning it is perfect for day to day use, but not intended for use while showering or swimming. 

What is the warranty on the Military Edition?

All Vortic watches come with a 2-year warranty. The bottom line is, if anything ever goes wrong, even after you have the watch for 2 years, we will take care of you. We pride ourselves in our customer service, and we can fix just about anything!

What box or packaging does it arrive inside?

Check out the link below for the unboxing of the First Edition! The Second, Third, and Special Editions have some slight changes but those will be a surprise.

Military Unboxing Video


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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Otis McGregor
Love my Vortic Military Watch

My military watch is awesome. Love the look and feel. The extra bands gives me the option to change it up. If you are looking for historical and most important to me, unique, this is the watch for you.

Shane Capaldi
An incredible piece of aviation art and history!

From the rollout and the amazing presentation case, this watch is a true piece of aviation history meticulously restored. The team at Vortic is truly amazing. As a proud patriotic military aviator, I’m honored to be able to wear this piece of history. Thank you @Vortic!

John Mayer
Military 2nd Edition Special

My newest favorite, love the bronze case and khaki strap combination. It seems to be keeping very accurate time as well. I was happy to see some money went to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative in Odessa, Delaware

David Gross
Awesome and Amazing

I couldn’t be more pleased with my Special edition Military edition Vortic watch and the entire experience was just fantastic. I highly highly recommend this company. I feel so proud to wear my watch everyday knowing the commitment of the company to our veterans and to our history. I’m thankful for the opportunity to own this wonderful timepiece.