Last month we introduced Hemel, a brand seeking to bring refinement to the classic field watch. Komrade is a new brand from New Zealand founded by an ex soldier that has no such pretensions. These are tool watches in the truest sense of the word.
Komrade is the creation of New Zealander Anthony Peters, a soldier with the British Army for 23 years, serving with the Royal Marines and 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment in the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. He’s a man who knows extreme environments and the importance of accurate timekeeping.
During my time in the forces, the need for accurate and reliable timekeeping was vital, lifesaving even. As my fascination with watches and service ready timepieces in particular grew, so too did my desire to own a watch I could be proud of. I wanted something I could rely on, regardless of what I put it through. Eventually I purchased an ‘expensive’ watch. The pleasure of owning it soured when the bill for replacement parts left a bad taste.
So with all that experience and a desire for a tough tool watch that could meet the challenge, Peters designed the Military Field Watch (MFW) and its variants, the Military Dive Watch (MDW) and the Urban. All three feature a Miyota 9015 movement, 300m water resistance, sapphire crystals, C3 lume and 120 click unidirectional bezels. All cases are hard wearing 316L steel and the MFW features DLC coating on the case and bezel and the MDW has DLC coating on the bezel. Impressively, both the Military Dive and Military Field watches have been catalogued and assigned NATO stock numbers.
I’m pleased to have a MFW model in for review and will be posting my thoughts on it in the near future. In the meantime if you want to learn more about Komrade please visit their website and Facebook page.