I have a soft spot in my heart for watches with little caps on the crowns aka canteen watches. The Praesidus A-5 UDT is such a watch. It’s a 38mm diver that is based on the USN BUSHIPS style of watch which had a screw-down crown protector and a little chain to keep things from falling off. From the product page:

By leaning on the WW2 USN BUSHIPS designs the A-5 is “field-tested” like no other. The proof is in the design – what else except for operational requirements would’ve led to welding an over- sized crown cap directly onto the case? For the A-5, we’ve pushed the original design further to extract an excellent 20ATM (660ft) water- resistance. Coupled with a double domed sapphire crystal not much is going to get in the way of reliable time-keeping for this tool-watch.

The BUSHIPS came from Hamilton and was a popular watch style for divers during World War II. The BUSHIPS designation came from the US Navy’s Bureau of Ships

The watch runs a  SOPROD Swiss Automatic P024 movement and has a bright Super Luminova face. It’s a surprisingly clever design for a microbrand watch and the company claims that “5% of each sale” goes to Veteran’s organizations. The price, at $595, isn’t great but it’s definitely something to check out if you’d like a bit of history on your wrist.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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