Steinhart Military 42 Black

The Military 42 Black by Steinhart was released in early 2015. It shares a lot with the earliest pilot’s watches, with the Art Deco-inspired numerals, the sectors of “old radium” beige SuperLuminova on the hands, and the black dial, but these have been updated into a modern design with a sleek black DLC-coated stainless steel case, simplified continuous seconds subdial and chapter ring. The watch is particularly attractive when you turn it over, with the hand-wound movement in view through the sapphire caseback. It has a vintage-look leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle.

The case is 42 mm in diameter and 13 mm thick. As in many of Steinhart’s pilot’s watches, water resistance is specified as “limited, no swimming or shower:” this is simply the literal interpretation of the normal 3 Atm/30 metre water resistance of most watches, which are suitable for everyday use and therefore stand up to splashes and rain, but which are not suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkelling, diving etc. Inside, the calibre is the hand-wound ETA Unitas 6498-1 originally designed for pocket watches, running at 18,000 vph (3 Hertz), power reserve 46 hours. The movement is finished with personalized Côtes de Genève, anthrazite plating and blued screws, and it is perfectly matched to the case in terms of size.


Reference and price

The Steinhart Military 42 Black is reference MY0603. Its price is €490 inclusive of VAT, €412 without VAT, plus shipping costs. It can be purchased direct on the brand’s website


The watch is also available as the Military 42, with brushed stainless steel case, reference MY0604, same price.


Below, a photo of the Superluminova in action:



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