The Watch that
Won the War
Won the War
Bastogne Machine Gunner
During the Battle of the Bulge, 19-year-old Army private Vincent Speranza manned a foxhole as Germans surrounded the Belgian town of Bastogne. The tenacious machine gunner of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, earned the nickname "Curse and Traverse" during the bloody battle.
We teamed up with the "Screaming Eagle" veteran, author, and war hero of Bastogne to create a special watch collection and to share his story. The Vincent Speranza Limited Edition honors all those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom.
At age 22, Tom Rice left Coronado, California, to volunteer and defend his country with the 101st Airborne Division. On the night of June 6th, 1944, Staff Sergeant Rice jumped into Normandy. Upon exiting, Tom tore his arm up to his wrist and lost his brand new prized A-11 wrist watch.
Together with Tom Rice, we re-created his lost watch and proudly present the 101st Airborne Division Limited Edition Collection to celebrate the exceptional service of these great men and to honor their sacrifice, bravery, and resilience.
The A-11, built to withstand the rigors of use in the field, tells a story of accuracy, heroism, and courage.
Assembled in the U.S., we continue to honor the great A-11 tradition by matching a sturdy surgical steel grade case with a robust automatic movement, authentic dial design, and a versatile collection of straps to suit every occasion.SHOP NOW
All our watches are driven by the automatic Seiko NH35 movement with hacking and hand winding functions. As quartz watches were not invented and widely distributed until well after WWII in 1969, we aimed at keeping the essential mechanical aspect of the A-11.Learn More
The original A-11 specification (outlined inthe TM 9-1575 War Department Technical Manual for Wrist Watches, Pocket Watches, Stop Watches, And Clocks) calls for the use of a minimum 15-jewel hacking movement. Increasing the jewels to 24 vs.15 jewels of the original A-11 with our movement, is an improvement that provides greater longevity and accuracy.
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