On December 20, 2019, a presidential pen stroke created the newest branch of the U.S. military, the U.S. Space Force. And for those paying attention, the advent of space as a warfighting domain was not a surprise. America’s “near-peer” (China) demonstrated the ability to shoot down satellites as early as 2007. While driving, it takes only a brief interruption of a smartphone’s GPS to remind us of our increasing reliance on space-borne technology. That considered, perhaps the formation of the United States Space Force wasn’t so crazy after all.
As these things go, the work of establishing an “identity” for the Space Force was soon underway. The brass decided that servicemembers would be called “guardians” and just seven months after its inauguration, a motto was adopted: “Semper supra”, or “Always above”. Soon, a couple of Air Force and Coast Guard musicians teamed up to compose the official march. Before long, all that was left to do was sort out the uniforms. But one question remained: what about the Space Force’s watch?
From full branches to individual units, it’s a proud military tradition for a military cadre to have its own watch. Here, Norwegian Micromilspec steps in, having developed bespoke watches for land, air, and sea sections worldwide, from the U.S. Asymmetric Warfare Unit to the Swedish Fallskärmsjägarklubben (yes, that’s its real name). With this impressive resume, Micromilspec has introduced what it simply calls The U.S. Space Force Watch. A 42mm, ruggedly designed automatic tool watch, it brings together versatility, solid specs, and futuristic geometry that make for a terrific first watch for America’s newest military branch.
A standout feature of the U.S. Space Force Watch is the cleverly designed dial. Emblazoned with the official Space Force “Delta” logo above the abbreviation “USSF,” it’s immediately clear that this is a watch made for a mission. Concentric oblong rings punctuated with silvery stars create orbits around the central post, while applied hour markers — Super-LumiNova painted and outlined in polished steel — take on a capsule shape that itself seems very astronomical. This gentle outline appears in the hands, as well, whose lack of right angles is evocative of spaceships. The watch even has an Easter egg: at just the right alignment, the seconds hand pairs with either the hour or minute hand to create the silhouette of a rocket launch. A date window whose porthole design would be well-matched on the hull of a spacecraft aligns nicely with the 3 o’clock crown while another notable feature appears on the watch’s rehaute: The USSF motto printed at the top to really drives home the concept.
One of the most interesting aspects of the U.S. Space Force Watch is the unidirectional rotating bezel that sits atop an angular case. Smaller than the case diameter, it makes a big watch feel more svelte than its actual 42mm size. Traveling down the lugs, we arrive at the straight-edge design where the included 20mm bracelet and strap connect. The design is seamless, making this a true integrated steel sports piece. Flip it over, and a clear caseback reveals not only the Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement, but also some important info like water resistance (10 ATM), serial number, further USSF branding, and room for personalized engraving.
Going where few brands have gone before, Micromilspec has made both a service and civilian version of the U.S. Space Force Watch. Civvies can pre-order the all-stainless steel version on the Micromilspec website starting at $1,500 USD, while Space Force guardians and employees have access to the all-PVD version. Pre-order sale ends on July 15th. More info at the Micromilspec website.
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Model: U.S. Space Force Watch
Dimensions: 42mm diameter, 12.5mm thickness, 20mm lugs
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Case Material: Stainless steel (Civilian version), PVD steel (USSF version)
Movement: Swiss-made Sellita SW200 (Automatic, time & date)
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Black rubber strap ($1,500 USD), black leather strap ($1,550 USD), steel bracelet ($1,600 USD), bundle of all 3 straps ($1,700 USD)
Availability: Available now on brand website for pre-order. Only available until Saturday, July 15.