American watchmaker ProTek is launching a new collection of watches to mark its naming as the official watch of the United States Marine Corp. Aptly named the USMC Series 1000 collection, the series of nine watches express the hard wearing ethos of the brand, both in functionality and in aesthetics. All of ProTek’s watches are designed for first responders, whether that be law enforcement officers, military special forces, mountain rescue, or EMTs. Its design inspiration comes from the rugged nature of these professions, prioritizing practicality over intricate frills. In its latest release, the brand is employing a fresh creative approach to create the tactical USMC collection.
On the exterior, the USMC dive watch series features a 42mm carbon composite case with a unidirectional ratcheting bezel. Its silhouette uses sharp lines and angles that are reminiscent of the way a gemstone is cut with facets, introducing a new case style into the ProTek catalog. On the reverse, the screw-down case back is embossed with the USMC logo, speaking to the partnership between the brand and the military branch. Complete with a screw down crown, the watches are water resistant to 200 meters, an attribute that is tested in both air and water for assurance. The case is secured by a genuine rubber strap with a ribbed pattern that adds to the robustness of the watch. All nine models sport a unique colorway, with those defining details occupying an outer dial ring, the crown, or in some cases the rubber strap.
For the dial, ProTek opts for a sleek black background with contrasting white details. The 12-hour Arabic style indices are bold, while the complementing 24-hour indices are adjacent in a slightly smaller font size. Adding another functional aspect is a date window at 3 o’clock using a sleek white numeral with a pronounced white outline. Around the periphery of the dial is a set of geometric markers that provide an alternate method of indicating the time in low light conditions. Those rectangular markers as well as the hands feature ProTek’s self-powered ProGlo illumination. The tritium illumination is brighter than conventional lume and is capable of glowing continuously for 25 years without needing a charge from an external light source.
Powering the USMC collection is a Citizen/Miyota quartz movement that offers a 10-year battery life. With a mechanism that is ultra-accurate and long lasting, the watch embodies the reliability and toughness of the Marine Corps professionals it supports.
Pricing for each of the models in the new ProTek USMC collection is marked at $450.
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