Milus watches are steeped in military history.
The Swiss watchmaker’s Snow Star was designed for US Navy pilots during World War II, who carried a box containing a Milus watch and other precious objects to help them survive if forced to land in unknown territories.
Items in the box were chosen for their value in negotiations with a pilot’s captors; potentially giving them something to barter for their freedom or even their lives.
Milus draws on that history for modern remakes of the Snow Star, and a fresh reference arrived earlier this year with a bright green dial inspired by the Boreal Forests that grow in the frozen north above 50 degrees latitude.
Other than the green sunray dial, the 2022 Snow Star is almost identical in architecture and design to the 1940s original.
The three-hander with date is powered by an ETA 2892 automatic movement inside a virtually un-scratchable 39mm 904L steel mirror-polished case.
The Milus Snow Star Boreal Green retails for $1,776 on a leather strap, but eBay is currently auctioning one of the watches to raise money for American Red Cross efforts to help the people of Ukraine.
The auction opens on eBay today, August 18, and ends on August 28.