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Memorial Day Watches in Red, White & Blue

Paul Altieri

If you have been waiting for the right time to purchase your next luxury watch, there isn’t a much better opportunity than now. Our Memorial Day watch collection has been hand-selected to include some of our favorite patriotic watches.  Every watch in this collection will receive a FREE WatchCSA Certificate of authenticity if you buy between May 23, 2024, and May 27, 2024.

Many people across the country choose to honor our fallen heroes by wearing red, white, and blue. For watch enthusiasts, that might also mean wearing a patriotic watch on your wrist.  Rolex watches, OMEGA, Tudor, Patek Philippe, and other popular brands have released exciting watches over the years. Many with vibrant dial and bezel combinations, leaving us with plenty of red, white, and blue timepieces to browse through.  We’ve compiled a few of our favorite patriotic watches here.

Panerai Luminor GMT

Panerai Luminor GMT

Key Features:

Popular Case Diameters: 40mm – 44mm
Materials: Stainless steel, carbon, titanium
Features: GMT function, crown-protecting bridge, luminous markers
Bezel: Fixed stainless steel
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 300 meters (1,000 feet)
Strap/Bracelet: Leather, rubber strap, titanium, or stainless steel bracelet

The Panerai Luminor GMT is deeply rooted in military history, originally designed for the Italian Navy in the 1930s and 1940s. Crafted to meet the demanding needs of military divers, it offers exceptional visibility, durability, and water resistance. The watch’s robust design, including its distinctive crown-protecting bridge, ensures reliability in challenging conditions. The GMT function allows tracking time across multiple zones, a critical feature for military operations.

The relevance of the Panerai Luminor to Memorial Day lies in its embodiment of the values celebrated on this day. Memorial Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of military personnel who have defended their country. The Luminor GMT serves as a tribute to these individuals, symbolizing courage and endurance. Wearing this watch on Memorial Day is a way to honor the legacy of military service, making it a fitting choice for commemorating this important day.

Pepsi Bezel GMT Master II 126710BLRO

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO

Key Features:

     Case Diameter: 40mm
     Materials: Stainless steel; Everose Rolesor; 18k Everose gold; 18k white gold
     Features: Time + running seconds, date display, GMT functionality
     Bezel: Bi-directional GMT bezel with bi-color Cerachrom insert
     Movement: Rolex Caliber 3285
     Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet
     Strap/Bracelet: Oyster bracelet (gold and two-tone models); Jubilee bracelet (stainless steel models)

The red and blue Rolex Pepsi has been a cornerstone of the GMT Master collection since the first reference came to market in the 1950s.  It features a red and blue insert to distinguish between day and night hours and 24-hour graduations in white.  When choosing a patriotic watch to wear, it doesn’t get any more on the nose than the Pepsi GMT Master.  Even more popular is the Rolex Pepsi in stainless steel.

For decades, the famed Rolex Pepsi red and blue bezel featured an aluminum insert.  Around the mid-2000s, the material was discontinued in favor of more resilient ceramic, aka “Cerachrom.”  The first instance of a Pepsi bezel in ceramic didn’t hit the market until 2014 when Rolex released the white gold GMT Master II ref. 116719.  It would take four more years until we would see the triumphant return of the Pepsi Bezel on stainless steel via Rolex 126710.  It debuted on the 5-piece link Jubilee bracelet but has also since become available on the Oyster bracelet.  The newer-model Pepsi Rolex GMT Master II also takes advantage of the newest dual-time movement, the cal. 3285.  Collectors will appreciate such modern amenities as Chromalight lume on the dial, 904L Oystersteel, and the Triplock waterproof screw-down crown.

Breitling Navitimer

Breitling Navitimer

Key Features:

Popular Case Diameters: 34mm – 44mm
Materials: Stainless steel, two-tone, gold, platinum
Features: Chronograph, slide rule bezel, luminous hands and markers
Bezel: Bi-directional slide rule bezel
Movement: Automatic, manual winding, quartz
Water Resistance: 30 meters (100 feet)
Strap/Bracelet: Leather strap, rubber, gold or stainless steel bracelet

The Breitling Navitimer has a strong connection to the military, particularly in its association with aviation. Originally introduced in 1952, the Navitimer was designed with a unique slide rule bezel, enabling pilots to perform crucial calculations during flight. This made it an essential tool for military aviators who required precise navigation and timing. The watch’s robust construction and reliable chronograph functions further solidified its reputation among military personnel.

The relevance of the Breitling Navitimer to Memorial Day lies in its celebration of aviation history and the valor of military pilots. Memorial Day honors the bravery and sacrifices of all military personnel, including those who took to the skies to defend their country. The Navitimer, with its storied past and enduring association with aviation, serves as a tribute to these courageous individuals. Wearing this iconic watch on Memorial Day is a way to honor the legacy and achievements of military aviators, making it a fitting symbol for the occasion.

White Dial Rolex Datejust 41 126334

Rolex 126334

Key Features:

  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display
  • Dial: White
  • Bezel: Fixed, 18k white gold Fluted bezel
  • Crystal: Sapphire w/ Cyclops Lens
  • Luminescence: Chromalight
  • Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee Bracelet
  • Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet

The Rolex Datejust 41 isn’t Rolex’s first foray into producing larger Datejust watches.  That honor goes to the Datejust II, which came to market in 2009 sporting a 41mm case.  In 2016, Rolex tweaked the watch’s design to feature a more refined look and feel with more tapered and less bulky lugs, a new bracelet option, and a thinner bezel.  Rolex 126334 is the White Rolesor edition of the new and improved 41mm Datejust, featuring a harmonious blend of Oystersteel and 18k white gold.

As one of the most sought-after Rolex Datejust watches in the current Rolex lineup, Rolex 126334 is produced in a vast selection of design sets.  That includes either Jubilee or Oyster Rolex bracelets and countless dial color and hour marker combinations.  One example that might appeal to your wrist this Memorial Day is the Rolex 126334, with a classy white dial adorned with contemporary Chromalight baton hour markers.

Breitling Avenger

Breitling Avenger

Key Features:

Popular Case Diameters: 42mm – 44mm
Materials: Stainless steel, two-tone, carbon, ceramic, or titanium
Features: Chronograph, luminescent hands and markers, screw-locked crown
Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheted bezel
Movement: Automatic, manual winding, quartz
Water Resistance: 300 meters (1,000 feet)
Strap/Bracelet: Leather strap, rubber strap, titanium, or stainless steel bracelet

The Breitling Avenger is closely linked to the military through its design and functionality, crafted to meet the rigorous demands of aviation and tactical missions. Known for its robust construction, the Avenger features a reinforced case and high water resistance, making it suitable for extreme conditions encountered by military personnel. Its precision and reliability are trusted by pilots and special forces, ensuring accurate timekeeping and functionality under pressure. The watch’s design includes large, easy-to-read numerals and luminescent markers, crucial for readability in all environments.

The relevance of the Breitling Avenger to Memorial Day lies in its embodiment of the strength and resilience of military personnel. Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed for their country. The Avenger, with its military-grade durability and precision, serves as a tribute to these individuals. Wearing this watch on Memorial Day symbolizes a connection to the bravery and dedication of the armed forces, making it a fitting homage to the heroes being remembered.

Coral Red Dial Oyster Perpetual 126000

Rolex 126000

Key Features:

  • Case Size: 36mm
  • Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds
  • Dial: Coral Red
  • Bezel: Smooth bezel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Luminescence: Chromalight
  • Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet

Rolex added a fresh selection of colorful lacquer dials to their Rolex Oyster Perpetual lineup, including bright blue, green, yellow, and turquoise blue, just to name a few.  One such example that might catch your eye this Memorial Day is the vibrant coral red dial available on the 36mm, 31mm, and brand-new 41mm OP watches.  Each dial is topped with Rolex’s newer Chromalight lume, which glows bright blue in the dark and remains crisp white during the day, adding even further to the updated look of the overall watch.

At 36mm in diameter, Rolex 126000 is a cult favorite for its classic and versatile size and weight.  It utilizes Rolex’s next-generation cal. 3230 self-winding movement, complete with the brand’s signature antimagnetic Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers.  The newest time-only movement in the OP lineup also features integration to the Chronergy escapement with a more efficient skeletonized structure.  Aside from unparalleled accuracy, the movement also boasts a 70-hour power reserve, nearly double its predecessors.  When coupled with the exceptional Oystersteel finish and bright dial, this patriotic Rolex is hard to resist.

OMEGA Speedmaster

omega speedmaster moonwatch

Key Features:

Popular Case Diameters: 36mm – 44mm
Materials: Stainless steel, platinum, gold, titanium
Features: Chronograph, tachymeter scale, hesalite or sapphire crystal
Bezel: Fixed tachymeter bezel
Movement: Automatic, Manual-winding, or Quartz
Water Resistance: 50 meters (167 feet)
Strap/Bracelet: Leather strap or metal bracelet

The OMEGA Speedmaster has a storied connection to the military and space exploration, famously known as the “Moonwatch” due to its selection by NASA for manned space missions. Its precision, durability, and reliability under extreme conditions made it a trusted tool for astronauts, many of whom have military backgrounds. The Speedmaster’s robust construction and accurate chronograph functions have been crucial in various critical missions, reflecting its alignment with the rigorous standards of military equipment.

The relevance of the OMEGA Speedmaster to Memorial Day lies in its tribute to the bravery and achievements of military personnel, including those who ventured into space. Memorial Day honors the sacrifices and service of all military members, and the Speedmaster stands as a symbol of their courage and dedication. Wearing this iconic watch on Memorial Day is a way to honor the legacy of these heroes, celebrating both their contributions to space exploration and their broader role in protecting and serving their country.

Paul Altieri
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