So can you guess what I got myself as a Christmas present? Yup, a watch. (Surprise surprise). So why did I end up buying this watch, out of all of the models out there that pay tribute to the British Royal Navy-issued MilSub? Here’s why. The Commando has:
1) Key characteristics echoing the original MilSub design: sword hands, full 60 minute marked bezel (unlike the 15 minute civilian version) and circle T marker.
2) A date function, which preserves the look of the no-date MilSubs while giving me the date functionality that I like in a daily wearer.
3) A 40mm case (more accurately reflecting the original MilSub dimensions), instead of the 42mm cases of most of the other models I’ve found, which are also a bit too large for my wrists.
4) An affordable price, especially relative to other boutique brands.
5) Great customer service from Hager owner Pete Brown and his wife Brenda, which should not be left unmentioned! (Each watch is individually inspected by Pete before it’s dropped off at the post office).
Now, that’s not to say that this watch doesn’t have some shortcomings. The watch is water resistant to “only” 100m, short of the 200m dive watch minimum. The bezel is also only a 60-click bezel instead of a smoother 120. Yes, reference 5517s didn’t have white gold surrounds on dial markings, and no, the lume here won’t blow you away. But all in all, the Hager Commando is the one that has most closely hit all of the features I want (though time will tell if quality holds up in the long run). If you do run across any other nice MilSub examples, please let me know.
Interested in MilSub style without the $50,000-$100,000 price tag? Pick up one of these Commandos from Hager Watches!
For another write-up, check out Gear Journal’s coverage of the Hager Commando.