Papa Nui Seabees Watch Cap


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The Papa Nui Seabees Watch Cap continues the Papa’s exacting reproductions of the original Naval Watch Cap. Named for the Naval Construction Battalions, it comes in olive and is constructed 100% pure wool with an original contract number on the label.

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Story of the Papa Nui Seabees Watch Cap

The Papa Nui Seabees Watch Cap is part of a pair of new Watch Cap issues from the Papa for this season. This variation is an exacting recreation of a vintage model worn by the and comes in a 100% olive pure wool. It comes with a label that is different from other Papa Nui Watch Caps, denoting its use by the Seabees and has an original contract number 44-P-134804.

The Seabees, or to give them their full name the United States Naval Construction Battalions. Formed in 1941 during WWII, early Seabees units were responsible for the construction of everything from airfields, barracks to road.

The Papa’s Watch Caps are finest example of the type we’ve laid our hands on and this interpretation has the attention to detail and exceptional quality you have come to expect from all Papa Nui caps. Its rugged and warm features will hold you through the darkest night and through winds as direful as any that lash the salted seas.

Made ethically and knitted in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.

Key Features

  • Knitted in Japan
  • Replica of US Navy-issue Watch Cap
  • Original US Military knit batch contract number patch
  • 100% pure wool
  • One size

One size


100% pure wool






Papa Nui Cap Co

About Papa Nui Cap Co.

Coming from the South Pacific and taking cues from vintage military, utility and surf styles, Papa Nui Cap Co. is the creation of John Tesoriero. Drawing on decades of experience and an enviable collection of vintage clothing and militaria, each cap has a story all of its own. Every cap in the collection is designed and tested on the Atoll before being manufactured in Japan by John Lofgren & Co to the very highest quality. Designed to be rugged, handsome and to last a lifetime, every cap will age beautifully, reflecting the life of its wearer. As John himself says, “anything else is just a cap“.


As the Watch Cap is made from 100% pure wool we recommend washing cold only. Do not tumble dry. If necessary, have your watch cap professionally cleaned at your local dry cleaning facility.


Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm).

To find out more about how to measure your head to get the sizing of your cap perfect, see this detailed post about Papa Nui sizing. Need more information on how to fine tune the sizing of your Papa Nui cap? Our sizing page also contains information about how to stretch or shrink your cap.

Before attempting to stretch or shrink your cap, please see the Care section to see if this is possible with your model.

Shipping & Returns

We want shopping with Those That Know to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £6 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first at [email protected].

For more information about the process, see our returns page.