Sporting a distinctive Khaki Green dial, the ZRC Grands Fonds Militaria watch pays tribute to the heroes of the Second World War.
Introduced in 2020, this timepiece takes us to 6th June 1944 that marked D-Day. Amongst the allied forces that landed on the coast of Normandy, some 150,000 soldiers from the US Army were deployed throughout the land to help liberate France and bring the Second World War to an end, which actually happened nearly a year later.
These courageous men who had come to defend Europe during this immense conflict were equipped with full military gear which was easily-recognizable thanks to its khaki green colour decorated with highly-specific, perfectly-identifiable white typography. The font Stencil USA, created using stencilled design, thus its name, now features on the dial of ZRC’s GF300 Militaria watch.
The legendary Grands Fonds 300 watch was developed by ZRC back in 1958 after having submitted and won a tender launched by the French National Navy. It became the official Navy watch in 1964. This sturdy timekeeper was equipped with state-of-the-art technical features such as waterproofness to depths of 300 m, a crown set at 6 o’clock equipped with the Crown Protection SystemTM and ECS-patented bezel which eliminates risk of pollution and corrosion.
To pay tribute to the heroes who had come from a nation on the other side of the Atlantic to free a whole continent and to honour a key chapter in the History of Humankind, this new Grands Fonds 300 watch boasts a military green dial, vibrant khaki set off by white-dressed hour markers and punctuated with central dots for this Militaria version.
The four Arabic numerals set on the cardinal points, and complemented by arrowed indexes, reiterate the US Army’s traditional Stencil USA font.
This décor, resolutely inspired by soldiers’ uniforms, is hovered over by a pair of Super- LumiNova® X1-coated magnum-style hands which indicate the hours and minutes. This powerful luminescent substance also enhances the dot of the “lollipop”-style central direct-drive and the markers etched on the matt-black DLC bezel. A bezel which, like on all ZRC watches, rotates and is equipped with ECS (Easy Clean System).
The 40.5 mm-diameter mono-block case in non-magnetic 316L steel hosts the ETA 2824-2 calibre. This Swiss-made self-winding mechanical movement beats at a standard frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and delivers a power reserve of 38 hours.
The ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Militaria watch comes with a solid khaki-coloured rubber strap which matches the dial. The strap is attached to the wrist by a sandblasted ardillon buckle.
Model: ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Militaria
Monobloc case screwed case back & crown
Diameter: 40.5 mm
Material: Nonmagnetic 316L Steel – ISO764 Standard: 4800 A/m
Bezel: ECSTM system (Patent pending N°1462496; Unidirectional 60 divisions rotating bezel
Crown: Located at 6H (Crown Protection System™)
Inverted screwed thread with dual sealing
Crystal: Sapphire 3 mm padded
Water resistance up to 300 meters
Calibre ETA 2824-2
Power reserve: 38 h