The MS-5517 or “Sword” is part of our MilSub Range or Military Inspired Diving Watches (1950’s-1970’s). Here we have distilled the essence of these classic British Special Boat Squadron (a Special Forces Unit of the Royal Marines) watches. It has the sword hands, the full 60-minute bezel in the classic case with crown guard. A restrained classic. There are 2 designs: MS-5517 Vintage, a closer interpretation of the classic SBS watch; and MS-5517-DO (Date Option)
- MS-5517 Vintage: No date and full 60-minute bezel insert in ceramic with coloured lumen, mimicking the faded lumen of the original.
- MS-5517-DO: With date complication, 60-minute bezel insert in ceramic, outer minute track with military (24 hour) markings and raw C3 SuperLumiNova. This is our interpretation of what the MS-5517 should/would be.
Specifications – MS-5517:
Bracelet 20.0mm x 4.0mm (non-tapering), End links Solid, All links removable via Torx screws
Bezel 41.50mm, 15min Bezel Insert Ceramic with Luminescence
Complications: Date or No Date
— Seagull ST-1812 Automatic (2892-A2 clone) – $980 USD
— Soprod A-10 Automatic (renamed to M100) – $1350 USD
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Black
Case Size: Width 40.5 mm x Height 12.9 mm x Length 51 mm
Lug Width: 20
Movement: Seagull ST-1812
Crystal: Sapphire, 4.5mm, AR Coating
Display Back: Stainless Steel with 6 Torx Screw
Lume: C3 Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 300 M
I was pretty sure that Dan Fock was a detail dilettante, but it wasn't until I received the OWC MilSub MS-5517 that I was quite assured of it. Let's be clear that the OWC MilSub MS-5517 isn't a perfect watch, but it has some amazing details that only could have come from Dan's perseverance and sheer struggle with his suppliers, who no doubt needed a lot of pushing to get certain things right.