A-17NG NATO GREEN
Automatic Soprod M100 R4 regulation
Domed sapphire crystal
NATO green gradient dial
Screw-in crown and case-back
Old radium X1 grade Superluminova® luminous
Military green synthetic tactical strap
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The evolution of the A-17. The new generation American pilot watch.
On December 31, 1948 Colonel J.C. Harvell, Chief of the USAF Equipment Laboratory Engineering Division, sent out a letter to the Waltham Watch Company and other watch brands asking for their comments on Specification n° 21277. This specification would later be known as MIL-W-6433.
At the end of 1948 the A-17 specification called for a Watch; Hack, Wrist, Luminescent Dial, 1300–2400 Auxiliary Markings, Type A-17. Further details of the specification were radium lume to be provided on the 1–12 hour markers, five minute markers, hour and minute hands, the tip of the sweep second hand and on the auxiliary 13–24 markings to facilitate the reading on 24 hour military time.
A tender issued to the Elgin National Watch Company, the Hamilton Watch Company, the Bulova Watch Company, the Gruen Watch Company and, surprisingly, the Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company. In the end the United States Air Force chose to exclusively use the Waltham Watch Company for their new Type A-17 Pilot’s watch.
A legend was born on March 23, 1951 when Mil Spec MIL-W-6433 was approved for the Waltham Type A-17.Discover the project
- 316L (1.4404) stainless steel
- Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
- Engraved case-back
Polished lugs, vertical brushed case-body, polished bezel with sanblasted indents, polished crown with sandblasted indents
- Gradient NATO green dial
- Thick painted numerals with grey border
- Thick painted (1.5mm) X1 grade old radium Superluminova® luminous print on numerals, hour indexes, H/M/S hands
Military green Cordura® tactical strap with polished 316L (1.4404) stainless steel pin buckle
10 ATM / 100m / 333ft
Swiss made Soprod M100 automatic mechanical movement
R4 regulation level: +4s/-4s per day and a maximum divergence in all positions of 15s/day.
Only 3.60mm thick
Hours, minutes, central seconds
Mechanical, self-winding, 28’800 bhp/4Hz
F-86 Sabre pilots watch
The A-17 had the initial vocation to equip long range bomber crews based in Europe. Then it became the F-86 Sabre pilots watch during the Korean war. It also equipped the crews of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet and the F-104 Starfighter.
The new A-17 NATO looks great. Wears nicely as well - though very different than my vintage A-17😉. Case and dial proportions all look very good in person.