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The Drop: Redwood Field v3 Solar Watch

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Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: Redwood Field v3 Solar Watch

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The classic field watch is arguably one of the most versatile watches you can have on your wrist. Inspired by the A-11 military standard that defined the field watch during World War II, the Redwood Field v3 solar watch takes it up a notch by combining historical heritage, rugged durability, and modern technology in one package.

The A-11 military standard was established in the 1940s to provide detailed specifications for a field watch that could withstand the harsh conditions of war. The A-11 watch was issued to the USAAF and later to infantry and ground forces. It had a simple and legible dial, a reliable manual-wound movement, a waterproof and dustproof case, and a stop-seconds function to synchronize time with the commanding officer.

The Redwood Field v3 watch pays homage to the A-11 watch, also known as “the watch that won the war,” by retaining its essential features and design elements. However, it also improves upon it by using modern materials, dimensions, and technology.

The Redwood Field v3 watch case is made of stainless steel with a brushed finish. It has a modern diameter of 40mm, larger than the original A-11 watches, which were around 32-33mm. The case has massive drilled lugs for easy strap changing. The case also has an oversized screw-down crown for easy operation and water resistance. The crystal of the Redwood Field v3 watch is made of sapphire, which is one of the hardest materials available. It’s flat and 1.5mm thick, minimizing scratches and withstandstanding water pressure. It is also mounted with special seals to ensure water tightness.

The Redwood Field v3 watch has a 100M/330ft water resistance rating, suitable for swimming and snorkeling. This is achieved by using a screw-down crown and caseback, together with high-quality seals.

Powering the Redwood Field v3 watch is a solar-powered movement, so it doesn’t require any batteries or external power sources. It can run for up to six months on a single charge from sunlight or artificial light. Each available dial of the Redwood Field v3 watch (black, white, stealth, and olive) is high-contrast and minimalist, with large numerals and markers for easy reading. They’re coated with Super-LumiNova pigments that glow in the dark for low-light visibility.

All Redwood Field v3 watches come with a heritage-inspired watch roll that can hold up to six watches. The roll is made of olive drab cotton canvas with leather trim inspired by the M42 field jacket, making it a secure and convenient way to store and carry your watches.

What we like: It’s a tribute to the history and legacy of the A-11 watch but also a reflection of the innovation and craftsmanship of Redwood.

What to watch out for: A 40mm diameter case might be too big for some wrists, but the clean bezel lets it wear slightly smaller than the advertised size.

Final verdict: The Redwood Field v3 should be on your shortlist if you’re looking for a simple, no frills field watch with a highly legible dial and versatile styling.

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Chris Van Hoven is a multifaceted writer with a keen interest in technology, watches, and the world of automobiles. When he geeks out about technical details and specifications, his enthusiasm for these subjects is contagious.

Having contributed extensively to renowned publications, he has made a name for himself as an authority in the Philippine automotive industry. His expertise can be seen through his engaging articles as Editor-in-Chief of C! Magazine, a prominent car magazine where he offers insightful reviews and comprehensive analysis of various vehicles.

In addition to his automotive pursuits, Chris's horological inclinations are evident in his work for Calibre Magazine and Vintage Grail. Here, he explores the latest watch releases, trends, and the significance of various vintage timepieces, captivating readers with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Beyond his writing endeavors, Chris is an avid gamer, finding solace in the immersive world of PC gaming. His passion for gaming and tech-related gadgets allows him to stay at the forefront of the industry, always seeking the latest advancements and sharing his experiences with others.

Combining his love for technology, watches, and automotive wonders, Chris Van Hoven stands as a versatile writer who has built a reputation for his expertise and engaging style. His ability to weave together captivating stories and detailed analysis continues to capture readers and fuel his dedication to these ever-evolving fields.

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