A Ship-Shape Day for a Celebration

Every branch of the military has a day of celebration, and today belongs to the U.S. Navy.

Technically, today is not the Navy’s anniversary—that’s October 13. Navy Day occurs on Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday because of his avid support for the branch and his renown as an influential naval strategist.

Navy veterans—like all veterans—have good reasons to be proud of their service. If you or a loved one spent time as a sailor, a unique gift evoking memories of time at sea is a fitting way to mark Navy Day.

The SEALs are a highly trained special operations force within the Navy. This special watch has been requested by the Navy SEALs for its unique illumination technology. Borosilicate glass capsules with phosphor-lined interiors make up the watch’s hour positions and its hands. Tritium gas sealed within each capsule reacts with the phosphor lining, causing it to fluoresce for more than 25 years without the need for a recharge from a light source. And of course, it resists water down to 660 ft., making it a great unique gift for any diver or swimmer.

This brass-framed navigator’s magnifier was inspired by the domed compasses that enabled mariners to read tiny map typefaces while navigating. Made by a supplier of maritime instruments to Her Majesty’s Naval Service, the magnifier provides 2.5X magnification of charts—financial or nautical—or other small-print documents simply by sliding the dome over reading matter while on a flat surface.

This Morse code signal lamp recalls the optical signaling lights invented by the British Royal Navy in 1897 for discreet intra-fleet communication. Sailors opened and closed shutters on the lamp to project pulses of light in Morse code, enabling instant, silent transmission of maritime intelligence. Faithful to the original, this updated version requires one light bulb up to 100-watts.

On this Navy Day, we salute all those who represented the fighting spirit of the Navy, defending the unique gifts of freedom and democracy around the world. We thank you for your service.

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