A-17 U.S 1950s Korean War Pattern Military Watch (Mechanical/Quartz Hybrid) with 100m Water Resistance
SKU Code: A-17/100QZ
This recreation of the A-17 is based on the original design used by U.S. pilots during the Korean War, which was fought between North Korea and South Korea from 1950 to 1953. This updated variant of the watch is now equipped with a high-performance hybrid movement, glass crystal, screw caseback, and 100 m (330ft) water resistance. The original A-17 itself was essentially an improved and updated version of the A-11 used by the USAAF in WW2.
The MWC hybrid watches essentially combine the best of new and traditional watchmaking technology. They encompass features from both our conventional automatic and quartz models, resulting in a hybrid ultra-low maintenance movement. The hybrid movement has a battery powering the movement through coils and a quartz oscillator, but the hands are mechanically actuated and controlled. Essentially the movement is mechanical except it's powered by a battery and regulated by a crystal, the only thing it doesn't have is a spring. This watch offers the ideal choice for buyers who would prefer the sweep secondhand as seen in automatic watches with the hassle-free maintenance benefits of a quartz watch.
The history of our recreation and how it came into being goes back to January 2009 when we were approached by a US veterans association who asked us to examine the viability of making a watch that was identical in appearance to the original watches which were made by Hamilton, Bulova, and Benrus during the Vietnam War. We were sent samples of watches to examine and also the original specification sheets and the result was a watch which was very close to the original and used a high grade fully jeweled hand-wound movement, this watch was the GG-W-113 which we still make. As a result of making that watch, we were contacted again with a view to recreating 2 earlier models, one was the A-11 from WW2 which are now almost impossible to find in good sound condition because most were made from 1943 onwards, when resources were limited and hence cheap metal was used. The 1950s pattern A-17 sits between the 1940s A-11 and the 1960s GG-W-113 and encompasses various characteristics shared by both of the other 2 watches.
This model was developed in 2019 to retain the appearance of the original watches but with multiple upgrades such as the screw-down crown, 100 m water resistance, and screw caseback as well as the hybrid movement.
- Width Inc Crown: 40 mm
- Width Exc Crown: 38 mm
- Hardened Crystal
- Thickness: 11.5 mm
- Weight: 52g
- Lug Size: 20 mm
- Lug to lug is 45 mm
- 100 m Water Resistance
- Screw caseback and crown
- Hybrid movement with "Hack System"
- 20 mm Nylon Webbing Strap