The Canadian Forces are getting their military watch and datebook back in the mail after the government stopped selling them to civilians, even though it was widely understood that the government was not selling them.
The military had been selling them for nearly two decades, but the government decided to stop selling them last month.
The Canadian Forces say the change was made to comply with a new procurement law that requires the service to keep its military watches and datebooks in stock.
“The Department of National Defence has made a decision to no longer sell these military watches to the general public,” said Col. John Dufour, the deputy commander of the military’s watch and calendar unit.
“The military will continue to purchase these products from authorized vendors.”
The government did not respond to requests for comment.
The military says the change is necessary because it can’t ship these watches overseas, and because the government is not allowed to sell them to individuals.
In October, the government introduced a new law that allows the military to sell civilian-sized military watches without a government-issued serial number.
The new law also allows the Canadian Forces to sell its watches to individuals, who can then take them home and wear them.
“The Canadian Armed Forces are not authorized to sell military watches outside Canada,” said the military in a statement.
“This will not affect the manufacture of the watches.”
The military’s current watch and chronograph range was produced in Canada by Swiss-made Omega.
The watches come in sizes ranging from 1.7 to 2.8 inches, and are typically sold by the mill to individual customers.