Following two popular Kickstarter campaigns, one a watch commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pramzius is back with an intriguing new Kickstarter: the Iron Wolf. This new watch line takes inspiration, and its name, from Lithuanian medieval legend; Pramzius’ Iron Wolf timepiece tells the 720-year-old story of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
Legend has it that the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania was on a hunting trip when he stopped to take a rest near the Vilnia River and fell into a deep sleep. He dreamt of a mighty iron wolf, standing firm atop a hill with its head raised, baying with the strength of a hundred wolves. After he woke up, the Duke sought a priest to interpret his dream. The priest told him that the iron wolf represented a castle and a city, which the Duke was to build on the land — promising that its reputation would spread far and wide, just like the howling of the mysterious wolf. This future city, Vilnius, would later become the capital of Lithuania, and today, the city’s symbolic Iron Wolf is used by sports teams, the Lithuanian military and many other national groups. And now, a watch brand, thanks to Pramzius.
After 15 years of experience importing watches from Lithuania, Pramzius and its co-founder Craig Hester decided to make the Iron Wolf the brand’s first military watch, based on this ancient legend. The resulting timepiece is now the official watch of The Wolf, the infantry fighting vehicle (or IFV) used by Lithuania’s NATO ground forces.
This modern military watch is tough yet elegant, measuring 44mm on the wrist. Within are subtle and not-so subtle elements cleverly conveying the story of the Iron Wolf. Encased in 316L surgical-grade stainless steel, the Iron Wolf offers buyers not one, but three different dial options: genuine mother of pearl, carbon fiber and full lume sandwich dials. (In other words, this is not your typical military watch.)
The Swiss Super-LumiNova dial is constructed out of 15 individual silk-screen layers of lume, while each dial is marked with the Wolf IFV’s official logo, located just under 12 o’clock: “Vilkas,” or “wolf” in Lithuanian.
The chronograph’s subdials are visible in gunsight design, which, along with the gun turret embedded in the crown, speaks to the Vilkas inspiration. On the chrono, meanwhile, there are crosshairs at the end of the sweep second hand.
Every aspect of the Iron Wolf ties back to both the legend and the Wolf IFV: anti-reflective crystal sits atop, surrounded by the 120 click uni-directional rotating bezel which represents the teeth, or the bite, of the wolf. The caseback features custom-made artwork, specially commissioned by Pramzius and inspired by the imagery associated with Lithuania’s famed symbol.
Behind the military-inspired dial beats one of two movements, the Miyota 82S7 open heart automatic – which Pramzius previously used in their Trans-Siberian watch – or the Miyota 6S21 hybrid quartz chronograph; the choice is yours. Whichever you pick, you’ll be getting a dependable, well-presented watch, befitting its name.
The Iron Wolf timepiece is water-resistant to 10 ATM or 100 meters. A custom bracelet, NATO nylon and handmade leather strap are provided with purchase – with the leather straps built by Constantine Hussar, AKA The Strap Lord. Each individual strap was made one at a time, by hand, by Hussar, lending a bespoke, craftsman’s touch to this military piece.
Add all of that up, and it’s no wonder then that the Iron Wolf has already exceeded its Kickstarter goal. For a pledge of just $389 USD, backers are entitled to 1 Iron Wolf Full Kit Watch, which includes one watch of any dial/movement configuration, the aforementioned bracelet, NATO and handmade leather strap, and custom, camo-style packaging. Estimated delivery for the watches is April 2020, and all Pramzius watches will be covered by a two-year warranty and be serviced by US-based watchmakers.