In 1944, Vertex along with 11 other companies were tasked by the British Ministry of Defence to produce a timepiece that we know better today as one of the "Dirty Dozen". The Caliber 59 Nav watch is celebrated in British and international military and watchmaking history even today.
Vertex was revived in 2016, a century after its establishment, by Don Cochrane, the great-grandson of founder Claude Lyons. Its first line of watches paid homage to the brand's Dirty Dozen success, and in 2019 it's following up with another remake of a historical Vertex piece. The MP45 celebrates the monopusher chronograph timing watch desgined by the brand in 1945. These timekeepers were designed for convenient one-handed operation, with a single pusher controlling the chronograph start, stop and reset operations.
The watch retains various characteristics of classic military watches, from the broad arrow at six o'clock to the oversized Arabic numeral hour markers. Two registers on either side of the dial indicate the small hacking seconds as well as 30-minute chronograph totaliser. The watch is powered by a brand new manually-wound Sellita SW510 MP, 4Hz movement with a 48-hour power reserve.
In homage to its historic conception, Revolution is also offering a complimentary copy of British Military Timepieces: Uhren der britischen Streitkräfte, a hardcopy publication that encompasses over 1,200 timepieces used in the history of the British Military. This is the second edition written by Konrad Knirim.
Model: MP45 Manual Box/Papers: Yes/Yes Functions: Hours, minutes and small hacking seconds, central chronograph with 30-minute totaliser counter Material: Stainless steel Dimension: 40mm Dial: Black Case: Brushed stainless steel Movement: Manual Power Reserve: 48 hours Lume: Super-LumiNova Calibre: Sellita SW510 MP hand wound mechanical movement Water Resistance: 100m Strap: Comes with a black leather two-piece strap, an additional rubber strap, a nylon NATO and a French calfskin handstitched vintage brown leather strap. Lug Width: 20mm
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THE MONOPUSHER CHRONOGRAPH
While once the standard in chronograph design, monopusher chronographs have become something of a cult icon in watchmaking today. The design was evolved from pocket watch chronographs for one-handed control onto wristwatches, popular until the two-pusher design was developed for easier operation on the wrist. With its asymmetric format, monopusher chronographs today are eye-catching timepieces on the wrist .
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
The MP45 comes packed in a peli case with four straps — a black leather two-piece strap, an additional rubber strap, a nylon NATO and a French calfskin handstitched vintage brown leather strap from Revolution.
THE BROAD ARROW
"The Broad Arrow was a specific label used by the British Ministry of Defence to easily identify watches that had been issued by them to soldiers during the war. During that period, only such watches could be used for military operation purposes as they were deemed to be sturdy and accurate enough to meet operational needs. Although it's not a protected label, as Vertex was a watchmaker approved by the MoD during WWII, it shares that heritage.
FOR THE BOOKS
To round up your military watch collection, each purchase of the MP45 will grant you a complimentary copy of British Military Timepieces: Uhren der britischen Streitkräfte, a 793-page tome that details the history of timepieces in the British Military of the 19th and 20th centuries.