96Zero Sabotage Watch Inspired By WW2 Suitcase Radio

96Zero Sabotage Watch Inspired By WW2 Suitcase Radio

The 96Zero Sabotage watch takes it’s design cue and sheds a light on an important piece of equipment used by the SOE during WW2 – the suitcase Radio.

The British Type 3 Mk. II, commonly known as the B2 (below), is the most well known spy radio set used during WW2. It was designed in 1942 by Captain John Brown at SOE Station IX, and manufactured by the Radio Communication Department of the SOE at Stonebridge Park. The set was issued to agents and resistance groups and special forces operating in occupied territory.

Type 3 Mk.II (B2) Spy Radio (1942-43) – Image courtesy of Bonhams

The B2 came in two designs. The initial version came in a plain leather suitcase that allowed an agent to travel inconspicuously. This is the most well-known variant. Later in the war it was dropped by parachute in two water-tight containers, that were more suitable for use by resistance groups operating in the field.

The subtlety of the Sabotage watch befits the spies and resistance fighters and yet still maintains the clandestine nature of their objectives by the interesting layout of the dial. The face itself is using Black 3.0 paint that absorbs up to 98% of visible light, this creates a wonderful shadowy feel to the face with an added depth to the subterfuge and mystery.

The dial design is very simple and clean, using one of the radio dials as the inspiration and whilst it is a 1940s design, it creates a contemporary look and feel with the black and contrasting luminosity.

For extra authenticity to the Sabotage watch, it comes in its own ‘SOE suitcase radio’ inspired suitcase box. The unique box really adds to the whole aesthetic of the 96Zero Sabotage. There will only be 50 of Sabotage watches made.

Technical Specifications:

  • Movement- Miyota 9015
  • Water resistant 10ATM
  • Stainless steel case 316L
  • DLC coated case and Bracelet
  • Sapphire Crystal 3mm thickness
  • Double deployment buckle
  • Screw down crown
  • Suitcase box and 3 extra straps as standard
  • Only 50 made
  • Price: £450

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