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By TLex It's no secret that Arnold Schwarzenegger loves his big military watches. He's been seen wearing some pretty special timepieces over the years. The A.S. M47-331 Military Tank Watch, various models from Audemars Piguet, Panerai and U-Boat, a huge Laco Pilot's watch, a legendary Zlatoust Russian diver; and now a high-end bespoke beater from VintageVDB, named AS - The One!

Starting with its Barbarian sized Titanium case that has been bead-blasted, emphasizing its utilitarian intent. It measures a 56mm in diameter with a thickness of 19mm and a lug to lug measurement of 71mm. Only Arnie could pull off these dimensions!

The large crown has been placed on the left side of the case - destro style, so that Arnie can wear it in comfort. The chunky bezel is also in Titanium. It features large hexagonal bolts; the 12hr marker has been filled with vintage lume. The bolts are set in a 5 minute instrumentation with a bidirectional 5min click cycle.

Special features of the AS - The One include: a black sandwich dial with handmade hands and white AS logo, a 24 karat gold name plate (side of case) and a solid Tantalum caseback with a hand engraving of Arnie from his Mr Universe days flexing his muscles.

The watch is powered by a high-end automatic movement with a 5 day power reserve, which I believe is Technotime's double barrel caliber. The movement features a custom VDB rotor with Geneva stripes and the text 'Geprüfter Chronometer' (official chronometer).

It is presented on a handmade strap with a massive VDB buckle. What an amazing watch; way more exclusive than anything you'll get from U-BOAT! ;)

Like this? Then check out the VintageVDB KAITEN XL prototype watch. It shares a number of common features with the AS - The One such as its high-end movement.


  1. it even looks big on arnie!!! would look funny on my 6in wrist.

  2. EGADS!

    How much did they have to pay the serial canoodler to pose in his hotel room with a confused look on his face wearing that hideous monstrosity? Sheesh...