Mark B. Miller is a man of action: a veteran who served ten years in Naval Intelligence, stationed with the Naval Special Warfare and Naval Aviation teams in Iraq supporting missions in the field. He was also into watches. He began crafting custom Seikos, a popular hands-on entry into the hobby among enthusiasts, but Miller considered it a learning experience for what would come next. Eventually, he took his hobby one step further—owing to his naval aviation past, he began crafting flight watches for friends and family. He stripped and re-lumed hands, experimented with thermal bluing his own screws and hands for that extra authenticity, sourced and assembled his own Sellita SW200 movements, which he modified to eliminate the date complication and setting mechanism—no easy task, but an extra effort that shows true attention to detail.
By 2019, Miller was ready to launch his own vision of “form meets function.” Thus was born the Winfield Watch Company, and its Mission Series: rugged adventure watches meant to withstand Miller’s travels, his sense of wanderlust, plus anything else this rugged world can throw at it.
The Mission Timer One is an impressive piece of kit: its case is 316L stainless steel, an industry standard, but with a rugged bead-blasted and heat treated finish. Its dial is PVD coated with raised indices for excellent contrast and visibility, enhanced by Super-LumiNova C3 spread liberally across the hands and numbers. A double-gasket screw-down crown, 120-click countdown bezel, and 200-meter water resistance enhance the toughness. Meanwhile, the Ronda 715Li quartz movement promises a 10-year battery life, NIHS 91-10-compliant shock resistance and magnet-proof operation. The strap attached to the Mission Timer One is just as beefy: a fully-leather piece 4mm thick, or if you prefer, it also comes with a NATO strap that enhances the watch’s colorways perfectly.
The Mission Timer One oozes vintage military design: from the simple Arabic numerals to the angular lugs and hefty bezel—what Winfield calls a countdown timer—and a crown guard that evinces a vintage look. That crown features the Winfield logo, an excellent bit of attention to detail.
The overall design is simple, immediately readable, and timeless in its own way, featuring a silver case and bright green lumination. The hands are designed for maximum contrast: a fat coffin-shaped hour hand and long, skinny minute hand, are set against the high-contrast second hand in red.
But the Mission Timer One, and Miller’s compelling story, aren’t the only things that sets the Winfield Watch Company apart from your typical watch start-up. Unlike other microbrands, Winfield is not dependent on pre-sales and/or Kickstarter efforts for operating capital. This is a fully-funded company, producing watches for sale – right now. That means no lengthy pre-order waiting period, or finger-crossing that a company will hit their crowdfunding goal. The Mission Timer One became available for sale – with immediate delivery – as of November 1st. Each watch is fully tested and quality checked in the US, and comes with a two-year warranty.
So go on and take the Mission Timer One into the desert, or mountaineering, or aboard a naval vessel in dangerous waters. Because thanks in large part to the world travels of its founder – from conflict hotspots to outdoor adventures, from mountain peaks to skydiving – Winfield Watch Company has crafted a rugged tool watch able to keep pace with our own personal adventures, wherever those may take us.