Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

Praesidus is a New York based watch brand. Specialised in military-style timepieces, it generously supports veterans by financially assisting various organizations and communities.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

The brand’s flagship series A11 is inspired by the world-war era military watches made by celebrated US companies like Elgin, Waltham and Bulova. These historical timekeepers are now highly sought-after. Dating back to the 1940s, the designation A11 refers to a particular category of timepieces created according to the US military specifications to ensure robustness, reliability and optimum readability. A notable trait of them is the minimalistic, highly legible black dial with Arabic numerals and a hacking centre-seconds hand.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch hands on

In 2019, the brand introduced the A-11 Tom Rice Edition to honour WW II veteran Thomas Marcus Rice, known for his heroic operations during the historic Normandy campaign. Rice was a leading paratrooper of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army.

After the phenomenal success of this automatic watch series, Praesidus is introducing A-11 Vince Speranza Edition: A perfect everyday outdoor wristwatch, also suitable for tactical missions and extreme adventures.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

With the new collection, the brand is paying tribute to WWII veteran Vincent J. Speranza. He was a machine gunner of the 101st Airborne Division. Vince Speranza has been known for his pivotal role in preventing the German offensive campaign in the Battle of the Bulge.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

Fusing classic military designs with modern elements, the A-11 Vince Speranza Edition is available in 38mm diameter 316L stainless steel case. Vince Speranza operated M1919 browning 30.cal machine gun in the Battle of the Bulge. To evoke this, the brand has incorporated a replica of an M1919 bullet on the custom-made caseback.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch case back

Spotlighting a fluted ring pattern around it, the steel case-back also features special inscriptions about the timepiece and its source of inspiration.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

Assembled in the USA, the A-11 Vince Speranza watch houses a self-winding movement. Two options are available: Japanese and Swiss.

First option is the Japanese Seiko NH35A automatic movement, one of the most popular in its segment. This robust self-winding calibre beats at 21,600 v.p.h and drives hour, minute, centre seconds and date. Provisioned with 24 jewels, it features hacking seconds function, manual-winding option and a bi-directional rotor. It provides a power reserve of 41 hours.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition

Praesidus will also offer A-11 Vince Speranza watch versions with STP 1-11 Swiss automatic movement. Manufactured by Swiss Technology Production SA, this 26-jewel calibre features self-winding mechanism with ball-bearing, rapid date correction system and stop-seconds device. It has an oscillating frequency of 28, 800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Endowed with a power reserve of 44 hours, this movement displays hour, minute, centre seconds and date.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch

The A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch does not display the date. The black dial features applied numeral hour-markers, centre-seconds hand, cathedral-pattern hour and minute hands, and railway track inspired minute scale. Both hands are embedded with vintage-style Super-LumiNova for ensuring visibility even in poor light conditions.

Topped with a double-domed curved sapphire glass, the watch has a water resistance of 100 meters. Superbly crafted, the Italian leather strap is available in two options: the M1919 Barrel and the Machine Gunner.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch with M1919 Barrel strap
Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch with M1919 Barrel strap

The M1919 Barrel strap has a distinct holes pattern inspired by that of a machine gun barrel. The Machine Gunner strap is topped with a machine gun figure design.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch with Machine Gunner strap
Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch with Machine Gunner strap

The bottom-side of the Machine Gunner strap is inscribed with Vincent J Speranza Watch Edition “Battle of the Bulge” December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition straps

The packaging features a Humidor Box in reference to the Vince “Machine Gunner of Bastaogne” Speranza. The retail price will be US $275 for Japanese movement versions and US $425 for the variant with the Swiss STP caliber.

Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Edition watch with box

Praesidus will be launching a Kickstarter project on 1st March 2022 for raising funds for Vince Speranza A-11 Watches. As of now, the brand is presenting a pre-launch booking campaign with generous discount offers. For more details about this offer, please visit: https://praesidus.com/pages/vince-speranza.

Technical details

Model: Praesidus A-11 Vince Speranza Limited Edition

Case
Diameter: 38mm
Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Glass: Double-domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Water Resistant: 10 ATM

Movement
Japanese: Seiko NH35A Automatic, 24 Jewels, 21,600 vph, 41 hour power reserve
Swiss: STP 1-11 Automatic, 26 Jewels, 28,800 vph, 44 hour power reserve

Dial
Applied Indexes
Hour, minute and centre seconds hands
No date
Super-Luminova Indexes & hands

Strap
Custom made Italian Leather strap
Options: M1919 Barrel Strap & Machine Gunner Strap
Pink buckle in steel

Origin
Assembled in: USA

Price
275USD: with Japanese movement
425USD: with Swiss movement

Website: https://praesidus.com/