Founder Review: Vaer C3/C5 Korean Field

Founder Review: Vaer C3/C5 Korean Field
Unlike the service watches of WW2, which have a range of modern interpretations and homages, the timepieces of the Korean War have largely been forgotten.
In 2021, we launched the Korean War Field Watch to help remedy this imbalance, and serve as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the allied forces in this conflict. The original C3 Korean Field quickly became a bestseller thanks to collector-oriented features, such as a historically accurate 36mm case, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, 10ATM water resistant rating and a uniquely decorated caseback.
While the original C3 Korean Field was incredibly successful - we've always pushed to constantly improve our watches. Whenever we've launched a bestseller, the next question we've always asked ourselves is: what can we do to make it even better.
After months of design and development, we're excited to announce the arrival of the V2 version of our bestselling C3/C5 Korean Field. The new model boasts major upgrades across the board... most importantly:
  1. Upgraded to Solar Powered = Much Longer Lifecycle
  2. New Deep Etched Caseback = Huge Visual Upgrade
  3. Now available in 40mm = Fits a wider range of wrists

What are the C3/C5 Korean Field Core Features?

Our caseback and movement upgrades bolster the core feature set of the C3/C5 Korean Field, which includes a waterproof warranty, domed sapphire crystal, 2x quick-change straps, and full USA assembly.

The 6 Key Features of this Watch:

1) USA Assembly 🇺🇸
2) Waterproof Warranty 🐟
3) Sapphire Crystal 💎
4) Solar Movement ☀️
5) Screwdown Crown 🔒
6) Two Quick-Change Straps 2️⃣

We're very proud of this unique and compelling feature set, and we think it's one of the most distinctive field watch options on the market today. Are their more affordable field watch options out there? Sure. Do they match up with a Vaer model on all these core value features? Definitely not.

As the largest independent assembler of watches in the USA, we're proud to be pushing the boundaries of what's possible in terms of both price and function. Not only is the Korean Field one of the only sub-$300 USA watches on the market today, it's also one of the only options that's also solar powered.

What's the difference between the C3 and C5 versions? 

The short answer is: sizing. The C5 is our original 40mm case size, which we view as the happy medium in the world of men's wristwatches. The original Rolex Submariner was 40mm diameter, 20mm lugs, which is the same proportion as the S5/C5/A5, and our opinion the most "classic" size for most men's wrists.

The C3 is our smaller sizing, with a 36mm case diameter (though maintaining the 20mm lug-width). This is the best option for those with smaller wrists (less than 7 inches), or those that prefer a more low-profile vintage look.

On the Korean Field, the difference between the two sizes in minimal. With the most significant difference being larger lume areas on the C5 hour and minute hands, and a more prominent crown.

Why did we remake this watch?

Just like it’s sibling the C3/C5 Design Navy, the Korean Field has been out of the Vaer lineup for several months as we’ve worked to develop and perfect the V2 version. Assembling 10ATM solar field watches in America isn’t easy (which is why Vaer is the only brand doing it) and we’re excited to bring this compelling historic design back to the core collection. While the 36mm sized C3 version is most authentic to the original service watches of the 1950s, we recognize that modern tastes have changed, and are excited to now offer the Korean Field in a 40mm sized C5 version.

Since Day 1, we've committed to a decades-long product lifecycle for our watches. While traditional quartz models can last decades with proper care, the inconvenience of battery changes every few years often leaves them unused, especially for folks who live in remote off-grid regions. Solar solves this problem - by delivering a watch just as refined and rugged as ever, with the added bonus of never needing to replace the power-source.

Are solar watches well-suited for the outdoors?

A solar watch is an outdoorsman's best-friend. Imagine being out in the wild, far from civilization – no power outlets, no batteries, just you and nature. This is where the true value of solar watches shines. Their ability to charge from the sun, coupled with their perpetual power reserve, ensures reliable timekeeping no matter where you are.

Moreover, when it comes to Vaer’s lineup - the appeal of solar-powered watches for remote travel is further improved by our guaranteed waterproof warranty and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. These features make them resilient companions in diverse environments, from remote mountain peaks, deep forest hideaways, and vast ocean-depths.

What if I’m in a location without sunlight?

One of the most remarkable features of solar watches is their ability to charge under virtually any light conditions. While direct sunlight is the most efficient source of energy, our solar watches are designed to draw power from more than just the sun's rays. These watches can also harness ambient light - be it from the faint glow of dawn, the diffuse light on a cloudy day, or even the twilight of dusk.

Indoor lights are equally effective. Whether you're working under the bright lights of an office or enjoying a cozy evening with a table lamp on, your solar watch is quietly and constantly replenishing its energy. Remarkably, the solar cells can even utilize the glow of a candle to recharge. This charging versatility ensures that even if you're unable to access direct sunlight for extended periods, your solar watch will continue ticking accurately, keeping you on time, every time. This is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of solar-powered timepieces, making them an ideal choice for both urban settings and remote off-grid environments.

Why should I buy this watch?

Originally designed as an affordable limited edition quartz counterpart to our WWII-inspired automatic A12 Dirty Dozen, the C3/C5 Korean Field has earned a permanent place in the Vaer lineup thanks to its combination of "set-it-and-forget-it" outdoor functionality and with a connection to the iconic history of military timekeeping.

In addition to historically accurate dial design, the caseback on this model features a unique deep-etched engraving. Replacing the Vaer logo at the center is an etching of the Korean Peninsula which serves as a reminder of the sacrifice and commitment of thousands of allied soldiers who served in the conflict, and the countless casualties resulting from the war. 

As a reminder, Vaer provides a 20% discount to all active military service members - and also donates a portion of our profits to the Veteran's Outdoor Advocacy Group as a member of 1% For The Planet.

Ready to shop? You can purchase your own C5 Korean Field by clicking here

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