Azimuth SP-1 Landship Battle Tank Collection Watch

Azimuth SP-1 Landship Battle Tank Collection Watch

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The Azimuth SP-1 Landship tank watch gets a new limited edition set of watches in full battle paint… called the “Battle Tank” collection. A set of six new watches from the brand have been given special paint jobs in honor of historic tanks (as described below). We have an aBlogtoWatch hands-on review of an SP-1 Landship watch coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out these interesting versions painted up like enthusiast WWII tank models. The Azimuth SP-1 Landship watch contains a modified Swiss ETA automatic movement that offers a retrograde minute counter and hour indicator as the turret. Price for each is $9,800 Singapore Dollars. azimuthwatch.com

Information from Azimuth:

Tank “000”

This watch embodies a WWII German 1943-1945 inspired three-toned camouflage scheme. The markings depict a knight on a charger, the symbol of the 505th Heavy Tank Battalion, which consisted of the famous Tiger and King Tiger tanks. The tanks from the 505th took part in major offensives like Operation Citadel and were deployed mainly in the Eastern Front in Russia and saw to the defense of East Prussia towards the end of the war. Their impressive kill ratio was approximately 5.7 enemy tanks destroyed for every one of their own.

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Tank “116”

This WWII German early war 1937-1940 inspired watch sports a German grey paint scheme. The markings depict a skull and crossbones emblem, used by the 192nd Sturmgeschutz Battalion. The tanks from the 192nd were involved in heavy fighting in Operation Barbarossa and the Russian Winter counter-offensive of 1942. Major Helmut Adam was famously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross as the commander of the 192nd Battalion.

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Tank “110”

This watch portrays a WWII German mid war 1943 inspired two-toned camouflage scheme. The markings of this famous Tiger I tank consists of a “Dao Fu”(inverted Chinese character “Lucky”) and imp emblems that identify it as a part of the 13th company of the 2nd SS Das Reich Division. The tanks from the 2nd SS Das Reich took part in the capture of the important city of Kharkov as well as the battle of Kursk in 1943. They were later transferred to France to defend against the Allies invasion of Normandy, and were subsequently deployed in Ardennes, Hungary and Austria, where they helped large numbers of civilians escape from the invading Red Army… more »

21 comments
Eric___007
Eric___007

These watches are simply offensive (not to mention childish). German WWII tanks should not be commemorated in any form. Even modern day Germans will not buy these watches. I did not like this brand before this, but now I will openly speak against it.

CG
CG

OMG! "defended" against the Red Army... you didn't write this did you? You took it from a pro Nazi flyer that tries to re-write history... in not a few places in this review. Tell me who was the aggressor in WW2? To make a watch that commemorates the Nazi regimes killing machines and then laud the fact that regiments received a bogus award "the Knights' Cross". The Nazis lost and used these tanks to slaughter innocents in their retreat. They killed millions upon millions of Jews, Christians, homosexuals (while keeping them in higher ranks), gypsies, scientists, teachers, doctors, the poor, the disfigured, the mentally ill, those that disagreed politically; never mind millions of innocents in their path to WORLD DOMINATION. What? No Swastika or SS Runes... or is that too "edgy". There is a Deaths Head also worn by SS Units in charge of killing most everything on the list. And you wonder why the German gov't has banned Nazi memorabilia... LapYoda got it right, you CELEBRATE the Victor not in this case, not the evil loser.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Well, I'm not offended by the German stuff. I'm not supporter of war for any side, and I doubt that was Azimuth's goal with these. I think the price is out to lunch, and the decorating is questionable at best. If these were cerakoted finished, I would perk right up, but they look like they are spray bombed with matte krylon and then with scale model decals dipped in warm water and applied? 

Ryan B
Ryan B

The car model decals are a big turn off and I would have expected a little more for 8 grand.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Let me guess, it didn't look "tank" enough before.  Ridiculous watches - have these manufactures not heard of subtlety?  I don't personally have a problem with the distinctly German theme.  After all thousands of advances in aerospace and rocketry wouldn't have occurred without the innovation of captured Nazi scientists, including the Apollo program.   Besides, Azimuth is a Swiss company and Switzerland tacitly supported the Nazis during the war, harbouring all their stolen wealth, barring Jewish refugees trying to escape the death camps and propagating a xenophobic attitude that persists today.  There's overwhelming evidence in support of this, in case anyone is upset about it.  At the end of the day, it's all history and whether or not you think enough time has passed to be able to forgive these countries for their crimes.

LapYoda
LapYoda

Does Azimuth not realize most of these "tanks" were on the wrong side?

Jacquess
Jacquess

$8k and you get shiny decal film? As a scale modeler I'm offended.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

How times have changed! My late father was in Sherman tanks in the Canadian Army in WWII. His German opposites used to refer to the Shermans as Tommy Cookers or Bronsons so superior was their own equipment. I am trying  - hate the expression - to get my head around a current day watch maker "commemorating" German/Nazi technology. You have to hand it to Azimuth for nerve. Let me think about this one.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@CG I agree. In any conflict a hero is the soldier who risks his life to save those of his comrades. But killing your enemy is a solider's job (on either side). So to commemorate victories in any war can only be viewed through the lens of that particular opponent. In the case of any aggression, there is nothing to be celebrated by a 'victory'. And that certainly applies to the Nazis and the Japanese in WWII.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@LapYoda Just a small note, losing side and wrong side are not the same. In every war both sides believe they are on the right and just side. I'm too young to know of course, but I believe that many Nazi's believed in their cause, and that they were fighting on the "right" side.

Jacquess
Jacquess

I'm going to elaborate a bit more on the decal: it's literally what you'd find in a $5 toy tank. Any competent hobbyist can apply a decal and make it look seamless, it won't take even an hour's work (drying time notwithstanding). I guess it's because I happen to know about the subject matter, but this is the worst emperor has no clothes situation I've seen in the overpriced watch world. 

CG
CG

Yes its "Ronson" as in the famous cigarette lighter manufacturer... the Brit and American tanks were death traps at the start of WW2. Have an old tanke down the street from Normandy invasions respect those guys like your father.., hell on earth they survived, My father USMC 2 years combat then to Korea don't know how they made it.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DangerussArt Agree, plus in the case of Tank 139, there appear to be decals on the side. That's what I expect to see on a plastic model of a tank, not an almost $8K watch. And are the paint jobs on these watches just paint (which will easily scratch off) or is there some harder finish applied?  Finally, I don't know of any service which uses light blue on ground vehicles. The U.S. Air Force does have light blue digital camouflage uniforms (so people falling out of airplanes can't be easily seen against the sky???), but that all I know about.

LapYoda
LapYoda

@Panagiotis @LapYoda The Germans of today are deeply ashamed of this period in their history, and I doubt many of them would be interested in celebrating it with watches that look like Panzers.  I understand that being on the losing side and the wrong side are not the same, but in this case, I believe they are.  Being of both Jewish and Chinese heritage, I am well aware of the atrocities of both the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese.  Yes, there were people on those sides who truly believed in what they were fighting for, and were fully complicit in the eradication of Jews, Romani, homosexuals, Chinese, Koreans, and other Asians whose only crime was being born to a different ethnic or social group, but frankly, I'm glad their evil was stopped.

I hate discussing politics on a watch site, but I just find these Nazi-aggrandizing watches so distasteful.  I don't mind flieger watches, but I would mind if they were decorated with Luftwaffe or Rising Sun logos.  Personal opinion, of course.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@MarkCarson I guess it's the equivalent of a swiss brand making a Japanese light tank watch because it looks cool. The Singapore people would be offended but someone in the US might not give it a second thought.

CG
CG

The USAAC and then the USAF used airfield support vehicles and MP jeeps that were paonted light blue. Not many and hard to find as surplus today.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@LapYoda I agree with your views and that sentiment I think is shared worldwide. Regarding the watch, I think it's squarely aimed at people who think it looks cool and don't care about the history or what it represents. And the watch coming from Singapore, a place far away from Germany where the impact of Naziism was of course less felt, I honestly feel it's just a "novelty" item. I cannot take it seriously and be offended by it.

I will not dwell too much on politics--it might not be the most appropriate forum--but we are merely having a civilized discussion about a polarizing piece.

My belief is that war atrocities usually have a deeper (read: financial) motive behind them. IMHO it doesn't "make sense" to wage war on people because of their race/sexual orientation/religion alone--there must be a deeper financial incentive for whoever initiates the war.

Therefore, Nazi war crimes may serve as a reminder of the blackness of the human soul, but to my eyes they are no worse than any other war atrocity being commited, as we speak, in many places of the world.

Anyway, this is a philosophical discussion, and in no way is it meant to offend anyone's beliefs. My forefarthers fought the Nazi's but I feel no enmity towards the country or its people.

CG
CG

Nope, no tanks! In blue digital! Think they've been watchin too many hip hop rap videos and like that "urban camo" look!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@CG But were they painted with digital camouflage? I doubt it. And anyway more to the point with these watches, no tanks painted like that. Cheers.