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#167581 - 02/22/09 08:04 PM Re: Watches? [Re: Tom_L]
timo Offline

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 39
I'm glad this topic came up. I've grown tired of the multi-gesticulation of using my cell phone as a watch. Unholstering, reholstering, unclipping, reclipping etc.

So after years of watchlessness I've placed my original Casio G-Shock back into service.

However...I've always wanted a Rolex Submariner and someday I'll treat myself to one. The Sea Dweller is also very nice. I'll never have a problem justifying it (to myself at least) because as MedB points out, there is satisfaction in owning something you know is well made, waterproof, durable and lets face it, looks great now and will always look good. The Submariner is simply an excellent example of great industrial design.

In the meantime I've remembered another "classic" from my youthful yearnings that also happens to share many of the above mentioned attributes. The Seiko SKX007 divers watch. It's been around forever, looks great, is durable and perhaps more to the point, is easily replaceable. In my recent research I came across yet another Seiko line. The "5" series has a nice "military" model that's even more affordable than the SKX007 diver. Either of these is automatic too. So very soon I'll be EDCing one of these two affordable alternatives to the Rolex.

#167582 - 02/22/09 08:10 PM Re: Watches? [Re: Markok765]

Up until a couple of months ago, for the last 12 years I have used 2 Timex Ironman/Triathlon watches. The first watch is in the bottom of a 300' deep lake....don't ask how. The second watch which I purchased in March 2003 still works fine, however the face face is too scratched up for everyday use. In early Janurary of this year, I put a new battery in the watch and it now is spending time (no pun intended) as a backup in the BOB.

I wanted to buy another Timex Ironman, however with our dollar taking a beating against most foreign currencies, the price point is way too high right now. A friend has worn a Armitron brand watch for a couple of years and of which he gave some good feedback on. I purchased a Armitron model 40/8152BKGN which has essentially the same functions and features and....almost 1/3 the price of the Ironman.

With this new watch, so far, so good. I like the bigger face diameter and bigger numbers. Also having the actual day of week along the very top of the face with the date number in the middle of the watch and just below the time makes for easier reference then the Ironman. Also the functions are easier to set and adjust then the Ironman.

The only downside (comaparitively speaking) is the light is not as bright as the Timex Indiglo system.

Time will tell how the watch holds up over the next few years.

#167583 - 02/22/09 08:14 PM Re: Watches? [Re: ]
CSG Offline

Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 72
Loc: Idaho
WIS = Watch Idiot Savant. It was a term coined, I believe, on one of the TimeZone forums regarding people so into watches they barely knew the time. So to speak...

As far as Rolex's in particular, if you own one, you understand. If not, wear whatever you damn want, I don't care. wink

#167586 - 02/22/09 08:36 PM Re: Watches? [Re: CSG]
Tjin Offline

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1747
I got a casio watch, a fairly simple model, which is relatively inexpensive, has everything i need and i don't mind scratching it. It's also a lot thinner and smaller then some more expensive watches, so it won't catch on anything.

#167587 - 02/22/09 09:03 PM Re: Watches? [Re: Tjin]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1447
Loc: North Carolina
Suunto wrist computer (multiple time zones, altimeter, barometer, compass) or a Seiko divers watch (had it for 22 years now, traded in a Rolex for it).

Why? reliability, waterproof, durability and ability to read at night. The batteries have lasted for years in each, so as long as I put fresh batteries in before I am gone for an extended period, I am good.

When in field environments, I generally wear the watches on a breast pocket (through a button hole if there is one) because I hate it being on my wrist.

#167588 - 02/22/09 09:05 PM Re: Watches? [Re: Tjin]
dkhoe Offline

Registered: 09/19/07
Posts: 3
I have a citizen eco drive chrono. Never needs batteries! You can pick up last years models on ebay for 50-70% off. I also just got the casio solar atomic watch. Very impressed with that one also.

#167589 - 02/22/09 09:30 PM Re: Watches? [Re: dkhoe]

Registered: 11/26/01
Posts: 81
Proud to say I don't own a watch . I see little need to strap a clock to my body , although seems to work for Flavor Flav.....

#167591 - 02/22/09 09:37 PM Re: Watches? [Re: dkhoe]
Desperado Offline

Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
Well, my first platoon sergeant set my preference on watches for life. He refused to allow digital watches due to the "BEEP Factor". He didn't want anyone with a watch that could "beep" giving up a position in the field. As such, he got all of us issued the true official issue watch. Tritium markings and all. It was considered part of our TA-50 gear and had to be turned in when we PCS'd.

Since then I have been partial to the Luminox watches.
I do the things that I must, and really regret, are unfortunately necessary.


#167598 - 02/22/09 10:59 PM Re: Watches? [Re: Desperado]
oldsoldier Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: MA
I miss my military watch...the older ones, similar to what desperado is talking about. I got a cheap knockoff one, the glass lasted a week. Since then, I use Timex Expedition analog watches exclusively. They are cheap, dependable, and do what I need them to do; tell time. The indiglo is bright enough to use to illuminate my immediate area. For $25, if I trash one every 2 years, I am OK with that.
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#167601 - 02/23/09 12:21 AM Re: Watches? [Re: oldsoldier]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
I kind of switch. Usually a S&W Tritium watch (sorta like the "SEAL watch" from Luminox), or a no-name swap-meet watch. Otherwise, I have a Wegner basic model, or when I'm really dressing up, a Citizen Eco Drive (LOVE IT). It was a "gift" to myself last May. I probably didn't have the money for it.

Speaking of official issue watches, are the watches on Countycomm the same as issued, or is it just hype?

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