The MIL-W-46374C manual winding watch - like the mid-1980s United States military one here - has both 12 and 24 hour markers and its dial has a very Cold War-esque radioactive symbol, indicating the luminous markers (hands and dial, per picture) are radioactive (luminosity is provide by a safe H3 tritium coating). The “C” version of the 46374 made its U.S. military debut in April 1984. No fancy buttons or bezels. Just a very simple and reliable watch that does what it is specified to do – tell time in the combat field.
Since the watch was first worn, it has been an information tool, giving its wearer some piece of intelligence otherwise not known. Perhaps nowhere is that truer or better realized than in the military watch. Almost as long as watches have existed, governments and military's have been buying and issuing timepieces to be used in nearly every military scenario imaginable. Strictly utilitarian, these watches have served as functional instruments, designed to give their wearers specific and accurate information in environments not often encountered by civilian watches.
The release of the MIL-W-46374C arrived shortly before the addition of Stocker & Yale into the mix of qualified watch makers supplying military watches to the U.S. government. S&Y became a major innovator and supplied some of the most rugged and collectable examples of the MIL-W-46374 specification in its two-decade history. The heavy duty plastic-cased watches that S&Y made for this specification and subsequent ones through W46374F, have held up quite well - especially for collectors who like to wear their watches. Strictly utilitarian, these watches have served as functional instruments, designed to give their wearers specific and accurate information in environments not often encountered by civilian watches.
This watch comes with a camo NATO, second NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
Mid-1980s MIL-W-46374C Stocker & Yale US Military-Issued Watch
DIAL: Brilliant original black dial with original hands. Tritium (H3) lume still glows brightly. Excellently aged patina on the dial indices and hands.
CASE: Original 39mm (recessed crown) x 40mm dark olive fiberglass/composite case in pre-loved condition. Stainless steel bezel. These cases do not have removable casebacks, rather the movement is accessed via front.
CRYSTAL: Mineral crystal has no scratches, whatsoever. It can be difficult to find military-issued watches such as these without scratches – after all, they have served rough duty.
BAND: New 18mm camo NATO strap with stainless steel hardware, which nicely compliments the military look of this Stocker & Yale. This 46374C also comes with a black, red, and green NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original seven-jewel Stocker & Yale 39988 manual wind mechanical movement. The movement is non-hacking.
CROWN: Original unsigned stainless steel crown.