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A3 Tradition - USA Auto 36mm

Regular price $ 549

The A3 is the 36mm version of our best-selling collection of USA assembled automatic watches. Blending rugged durability with retro-inspired sizing and unrivaled on-wrist comfort.

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Shipping & Returns

It’s important to us that you’re fully satisfied with your purchase. If you receive your watch, and for some reason you’re not in love with it, you can send it on back! Products can be returned for a full refund within 30 day from receiving our watch, as long as your product is in unused/unworn condition. We stand behind and products, which is Vaer offers a warranty of 2 years from purchase. If you experience any issues due to defects in materials and workmanship, we’ll either repair or replace your watch. Your watch is meant to be taken in the water and used in daily life, so if your watch for some reason fails in the water, you can reach out to us, and we’ll make it right.

"If you drew a three-way Venn diagram that compared
style, durability, and price, Vaer’s watches would be dead center."

- Huckberry

American Exceptionalism

What makes the A3 special? In our opinion it's the ability to maintain a perfect balance of competing ideas. Simultaneously traditional and modern, elegant and rugged, simple and complex - this watch is a humble, everyday-wearer, with the specs and credentials to put most $1000 watches to shame.


Water Resistance Rating

Love the water? The Vaer A3 is perfectly suited for swimming, surfing and diving.


Domed Crystal

The A3 feature a scratch resistant domed sapphire crystal and an exhibition caseback.


Assembly and Testing

The A3 is assembled and tested in America, and includes a signed certificate from the technician.

Guaranteed Waterproof

10ATM tested with a locking crown

Vaer has always been an ocean-based brand. Headquartered half a mile from the Pacific coastline, we view water resistance not merely as a hypothetical "nice-to-have," but as a functional everyday necessity. The mechanically powered A3 is perfectly suited to extended ocean adventures, boating trips, and if the need arises, extended stays on deserted tropical islands. With no batteries, the Vaer A3 will keep time for decades with proper care.  

2x Easy Change Straps

Endless Customization with Additional Straps

The A3 collection offers a range of customization, not only offering a wide range of dial designs, but also a full lineup of our 20mm interchangeable straps. All A3 watches now come standard a comfortable and functional waterproof silicone strap, and your choice of a custom second strap, which will include options such as our USA made Horween Leathers straps, and a range of ocean-ready nylon designs. To add even more functionality to your watch, you can also bundle a 3rd strap of your choice, from our full range of color combinations.

Assembled in the USA

An investment in American craftsmanship

Your daily wristwatch is an incredibly important and personal object, and we think you should have a choice of where it's put together. While we do offer the choice of Swiss and Asian assembly, our core offering is USA assembly by our team of technicians. The A3 line is powered by the ultra-thin Japanese made 9039 movement, though we are exploring the option of an American made movement in the future.

Our Strongest Lume... Ever

25x Layers of Heavy Painted Old Radium Superluminova

For lume lovers the A3 boasts our strongest lume performance to date, with 25x painted layers of Old Radium Superluminova compared to the standard 15x layers on other Vaer models. In addition to a powerful glow, the heavy lume paint gives the numerals and indexes a noticeably raised finished.

Technical Specifications

  • Watch Model
    Case Diameter
    Dial Color
    H+M Hand Color
    S Hand Color
    Case Material
    Case Back
    Sapphire Crystal
    Case Thickness
  • Thickness w/ Crystal
    Case Weight
    Weight inc. Strap
    Water Resistance
  • Complication
    Power Reserve
    Regulated Accuracy
    Strap Size
  • A3 Tradition
    316L Steel
    Sapphire Exhibition
    Single Domed
  • 11.6mm
    60 grams
    78 grams
    10ATM (100m)
    Miyota 9039
    42 Hours
    -5/+15 sec / day
    SuperLuminova Old Radium

Core Features

  • Assembled and Tested in America
    Guaranteed waterproof warranty
    24-month warranty
    Polished highlight chamfering on case & lugs
    Satin brushed stainless steel case
    Vaer engraving on crown, caseback and buckles
    Japanese Miyota 9039 Automatic
    28,800 Beat Rate
    Hacking seconds
    Parashock anti-shock system
    Screw-in crown and caseback
    25 Layers Super-LumiNova Hands & Numerals
    Single-domed sapphire crystal w/ internal AR
    Standard Quick Release 20mm Silicone Strap
    Free second strap (Nylon or Horween Leather)
    Optional Made in USA Horween leather strap
    Signed certificate from assembly technician
    Premium watch giftbox with embossed Vaer logo
    Cross-compatible with all Vaer 20mm straps

Built to Last a Lifetime

Vaer is a small self-funded company, and we’ve spent countless hours designing and building the A3 watch. We hope you love it as much as we do. But if for some reason there's a problem or it's not a fit, you can get in touch with us, and as the founders we'll do everything we can to ensure you have a positive experience with our brand.  

Free Shipping

For Purchases in America

Due to batch assembly and demand, most watches ship in 7 days.

Easy Returns

Full Refund within 30 Days

We think you'll love this watch. If not, we make it easy to exchange.

Full Warranty

2 Year Complete Coverage

All Vaer watches are sold with a 24 month guaranteed warranty.

A3 Tradition - USA Auto 36mm
Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Quick Release - Khaki - $ 549
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Quick Release - Khaki - $ 549
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Premium Jubilee Bracelet - $ 649
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Premium Steel Bracelet - $ 629
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Lined Horween Leather - Tan - $ 639
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Lined Horween Leather - Black - $ 639
  • Quick Release - Tropic Strap / Single Pass - Khaki - $ 549

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