CHRONOGRAPHS INSPIRED BY WW2 PILOT WATCHES
Heritage-Inspired. Rugged. Assembled in Canada.
“We know how hard it is to find a watch with the right look, a solid build, and a fair price. That is why we started Redwood.”
The Redwood Brothers
Recon: Covert Operations in EAST ASIA
In 1946, as battles raged between Chinese nationalist and communist forces, American war-hero Chennault founded Civil Air Transport to airlift supplies into war zones using surplus C-46 Commando and C-47 Dakota aircraft. CAT recruited daredevil Flying Tigers veterans - who had fought the Japanese in the Pacific - for this high-risk operation. The company was soon acquired by the CIA, flying commercial routes as cover for operating secret anti-communist missions all over East Asia well into the 60s.
The Redwood Recon was inspired by the legendary chronographs issued to air force pilots from WWII onwards. The perfect blend of classic design with modern functionality, the Recon is ready for anything you throw at it. Even though most of us will never land a Curtiss aircraft under small arms fire, it is important to know the Recon has a solid historical background and the means to back its looks.
HYBRID MECAQUARTZ CHRONOGRAPH
Experience the precision, ruggedness, and reliability of the Seiko VK64 chronograph movement, a significant upgrade from traditional manual wound pilot chronographs. This hybrid meca-quartz movement seamlessly combines the unparalleled accuracy of quartz timekeeping with the mechanical finesse of a 5 Hz smooth sweeping seconds chronograph module.
You will enjoy exceptional legibility with the Recon's high-contrast dial and large numerals. Whether you choose the Commando with its sword-shaped hands evoking cockpit instruments or the Dakota with period-correct all-black hands, effortless and accurate time-telling awaits. Both models proudly feature a date indicator, further elevating functionality.
The Recon is also equipped with a sapphire crystal. Being one of the hardest materials - rated at 9 on the Mohs hardness scale whereas diamonds rate at 10 - it is highly scratch-resistant. Its flat shape further minimizes the risk of damage. Its 1.5mm thickness is designed to withstand shock and strong hydrostatic pressure experienced underwater.
The Commando model is available with a black PVD coating for a fully stealth package. With a 40mm case diameter and 47mm length, it is true to period watches. The beefy lugs are drilled for convenient springbar removal.
With its mesmerizingly powerful lume, the Recon ensures exceptional legibility under the most challenging conditions. WW2 pilot watches used radioactive radium to provide illumination, causing safety issue during operation and disposal. Redwood uses non-radioactive Super-LumiNova pigments, a major improvement over mid-century technology. The pigment appears white in daytime conditions and produces a strong greenish glow in low light after exposure to light or UV.
INCLUDED CANVAS POUCH
Each Redwood Recon Chronograph is shipped in a watch pouch borrowing design elements from the M56 compass bag. The sturdy pouch is made of a thick cotton canvas and features 2 slots for the watch and tools or additional straps. It provides a secure, safe and compact way to store and carry the Recon.
HYBRID MECAQUARTZ MOVEMENT
Internal AR Coating
STRAPMil-Type (1-Piece) Leather or Ribbed Nylon Strap
Brushed Stainless Steel Hardware
Matte Black Dial
WEIGHT57g (Excluding Strap)
What our customers think
"I actually loved my first watch so much I got a second and they both are amazing! The glow works wonders and the water resistance helps with all my wet PNW adventures. I'll probably be getting another."
"Build quality is excellent, and has accompanied me on hikes, hunting trips, and mountain biking, all while being fashionable at the same time!"
"This watch has withstood a good sixth months of fieldwork with constantly being hit by tree branches and shrubs and hasn't been scratched by any of it. Can't complain about anything with this watch. "
"It's a great watch. Simple, stylish, highly legible, quality construction. It's my number one go-to watch. "
THE REDWOOD PROMISE
Good design, rugged construction, fair price: When we were shopping for a watch, we were told we could only pick two out of the three.
Redwood was born from the desire to be able to own a watch with a great design anchored in history, a quality build with solid specs and a fair price. This is the Redwood Promise.
At Redwood, we have great respect and admiration for heritage designs. Military watches from WW2 to the 80s and the outdoor lifestyle have been our biggest influence [read more]
We decided early on to build rugged watches because we wanted our customers to have a product that would last for years. By using quality materials, we ensure their durability and good looks [read more]
Redwood is a small. independent, family-owned brand. We take pride in building solid watches and selling them at an honest price. With no corporate backers, we are free from pressures to reach sales goals and profit margins.
Early on, we had the goal to manufacture watches in Canada. Since 2020, our watches are proudly assembled in our own workshop on the north shore of the great St-Lawrence river near Montreal, Canada [read more]