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Old 01-24-2011, 11:12 AM
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Default A new duty watch,

Well it has come time for me to retire my faithful Casio. Got me through my last few years in the military and through the academy but has finally crapped out. I turn to you guys/gals to tell me which watches you have put to the test and continues to keep ticking.

I'm looking for the basics of course. Water resistant/proof(?), depth, shock resistant (getting hit by objects/fists as opposed to just falling off the night stand), back light, subdued coloring, day/date, digital compass is a must, and a ballistic calc would be nice but not a deal breaker.

Any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:53 AM
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How much do you want to spend? I have partners that wear Rolexes and Omegas at work and I have partners that wear $5 swapmeet specials. Lately, I've been rotating between a Luminox and a Traser - I've got plenty of other watches (cause I'm stupid like that) and it won't kill me if either one breaks/gets lost/etc.

Almost all of my recent purchases have been of the solar and atomic variety - Citizens and Casios primarily...

If you're not into the swapmeet specials and want to find some decent watches, you can find good deals all over the internet. Personally, I make the mistake of repeatedly perusing the classified sections here:

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/
http://www.thewatchsite.com/index.ph...287479445f04ce

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I would rcommend the Casio G-Shock to the more expensive Casio Pathfinder. I aways alternate between the two, but the Pathfinder is always on my wrist.
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My Luminox keeps time really well, have had it for 8 years, gone through two batteries and one bezel. The tritium vials are nice for night patrol.

Just picked up a G-Shock Illuminator, leds turn on showing you the time when you turn your wrist. Been wearing it for a few days now...results are not in yet.
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I second the Casio Pathfinder. Costco had them a while back for $70.00 .
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Seiko Diver Auto / Explorer face and Sword hands.

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the sunto is a great watch. i have had mine for 3 years and it has lasted me 2 deployments through iraq and all i have done is changed the battery when it gets low.
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Samuelx- I have already prepared the lil lady and she gave me the go ahead to spend around $250. A Rolex/Omega on duty? Wow. I will check out those links for sure amigo. Thank you.

barca- That pathfinder looks pretty sweet. My initial search is showing some very positive reviews. Thanks for the recommendation.

1911- It lights up when you turn your wrist? Its little features like that which make that kid inside me say pick that one haha.
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+1 for Luminox
I believe even Navy SEALs use Luminox for their watch. Little expensive, but I think its worth every penny.
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Here is the one I just picked up...



You press the top right button which lights the watch up and hold it for 1.5 seconds and now when you turn your wrist 90-degrees it lights up the display. It auto-turns off so you can save some battery.

During low light training, one of my instructors said my Luminox was target indicating! At least you can turn off the Casio's light up feature by holding that same button down for another 1.5 seconds.
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anyone here ever used 5.11 tactical field op watch??
I am also looking for a watch that comes with digital compass system.
Also, is it easy to operate? how fast can user switch digital time to digital compass?
thank you
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Casio Protrek Tough Solar Triple Sensor PRG-130Y-1DR

Features:
Electro-luminescent backlight
Full auto EL light, afterglow
Solar powered
Low-temperature resistant (-10 C/14 F)
Moon Data Function
Tide Graph Function

Digital compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
Measuring range: 0 to 359
Measuring unit: 1
20 seconds continuous measurement
Graphic direction pointer
Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Magnetic declination correction

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
Measuring unit: 5 m (20 ft.)
Manual memory measurements
(up to 24 records, each including altitude, month, date, time)
High Altitude memory
Others: Reference altitude setting, Altitude tendency graph
*Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)

Barometer
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
*Changeover between hPa and inHg

Thermometer
Display range: -10 to 60C (14 to 140 F)
Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
*Changeover between Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F)

1/100 Sec Stopwatch : 23:59'59.99''
Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown timer : 1 sec to 60 minutesWorld time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Moon data (moon age of the input data, moon phase graph)
Daily alarms - 5 independent daily alarms
Hourly time signal
Battery level indicator
Power save function

Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24-hour format

Size of case :56.2 X 50.6 X 13.9 mm
Weight : 78 g
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Old 01-24-2011, 1:25 PM
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Try checking out Lum Tec. Lots of sexy watches!
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Casio Protrek Tough Solar Triple Sensor PRG-130Y-1DR

Features:
Electro-luminescent backlight
Full auto EL light, afterglow
Solar powered
Low-temperature resistant (-10 C/14 F)
Moon Data Function
Tide Graph Function

Digital compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
Measuring range: 0 to 359
Measuring unit: 1
20 seconds continuous measurement
Graphic direction pointer
Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Magnetic declination correction

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
Measuring unit: 5 m (20 ft.)
Manual memory measurements
(up to 24 records, each including altitude, month, date, time)
High Altitude memory
Others: Reference altitude setting, Altitude tendency graph
*Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)

Barometer
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
*Changeover between hPa and inHg

Thermometer
Display range: -10 to 60C (14 to 140 F)
Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
*Changeover between Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F)

1/100 Sec Stopwatch : 23:59'59.99''
Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown timer : 1 sec to 60 minutesWorld time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Moon data (moon age of the input data, moon phase graph)
Daily alarms - 5 independent daily alarms
Hourly time signal
Battery level indicator
Power save function

Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24-hour format

Size of case :56.2 X 50.6 X 13.9 mm
Weight : 78 g


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I've ruined 3 watches while on duty in the last three years so I just for the $5 walmart special.
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I get dizzy just looking at it.
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anyone here ever used 5.11 tactical field op watch??
I am also looking for a watch that comes with digital compass system.
Also, is it easy to operate? how fast can user switch digital time to digital compass?
thank you
I bought my Son a 5.11 watch in 2006 for his deployment to Iraq. He is a sniper and the watch I picked up had the sniper computer built in. He loved it but ended up loosing it in a black water canal over there.
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I've ruined 3 watches while on duty in the last three years so I just for the $5 walmart special.
+1... I broke a strap pin on a very nice, and somewhat expensive, Sieko my wife gave me as a present chasing some fool through an open space area at night. Never did find it. After that I wore nothing but Timex or similar on the job. Broke a couple of them along the way and never felt bad about it.

The Rolex and Omega stayed at home in the safe.
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I've ruined 3 watches while on duty in the last three years so I just for the $5 walmart special.
I completely agree. Try not to have anything I am not willing to throw in the trash if the time comes.
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Old 01-24-2011, 7:25 PM
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I've ruined 3 watches while on duty in the last three years so I just for the $5 walmart special.
I've scratched the face of every watch I wear on duty. My $5 WallyWatch has been going strong for three years now.
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Old 01-24-2011, 7:26 PM
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Sir, you have just answered my prayers. My god that is a watch! You wear one on duty?

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Casio Protrek Tough Solar Triple Sensor PRG-130Y-1DR

Features:
Electro-luminescent backlight
Full auto EL light, afterglow
Solar powered
Low-temperature resistant (-10 C/14 F)
Moon Data Function
Tide Graph Function

Digital compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
Measuring range: 0 to 359
Measuring unit: 1
20 seconds continuous measurement
Graphic direction pointer
Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Magnetic declination correction

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
Measuring unit: 5 m (20 ft.)
Manual memory measurements
(up to 24 records, each including altitude, month, date, time)
High Altitude memory
Others: Reference altitude setting, Altitude tendency graph
*Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)

Barometer
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
*Changeover between hPa and inHg

Thermometer
Display range: -10 to 60C (14 to 140 F)
Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
*Changeover between Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F)

1/100 Sec Stopwatch : 23:59'59.99''
Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown timer : 1 sec to 60 minutesWorld time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Moon data (moon age of the input data, moon phase graph)
Daily alarms - 5 independent daily alarms
Hourly time signal
Battery level indicator
Power save function

Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24-hour format

Size of case :56.2 X 50.6 X 13.9 mm
Weight : 78 g
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Timex Ironman. I tried wearing my Luminox 3955 but found that the smaller Ironman was better since I have to wear longsleeves due to our wonderful tattoo policy.
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Casio Protrek Tough Solar Triple Sensor PRG-130Y-1DR

Features:
Electro-luminescent backlight
Full auto EL light, afterglow
Solar powered
Low-temperature resistant (-10 C/14 F)
Moon Data Function
Tide Graph Function

Digital compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
Measuring range: 0 to 359
Measuring unit: 1
20 seconds continuous measurement
Graphic direction pointer
Bidirectional calibration and northerly calibration function
Magnetic declination correction

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000 m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft.)
Measuring unit: 5 m (20 ft.)
Manual memory measurements
(up to 24 records, each including altitude, month, date, time)
High Altitude memory
Others: Reference altitude setting, Altitude tendency graph
*Changeover between meters (m) and feet (ft)

Barometer
Display range: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.65 to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
*Changeover between hPa and inHg

Thermometer
Display range: -10 to 60C (14 to 140 F)
Display unit: 0.1 C (0.2 F)
*Changeover between Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F)

1/100 Sec Stopwatch : 23:59'59.99''
Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown timer : 1 sec to 60 minutesWorld time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
Moon data (moon age of the input data, moon phase graph)
Daily alarms - 5 independent daily alarms
Hourly time signal
Battery level indicator
Power save function

Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24-hour format

Size of case :56.2 X 50.6 X 13.9 mm
Weight : 78 g
Does it tell time too.
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Old 01-24-2011, 9:49 PM
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I think this model is going to $250.
I am planning to get this model because it fits my price range.
http://www.amazon.com/Casio-Pathfind...5936656&sr=8-2
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+1... I broke a strap pin on a very nice, and somewhat expensive, Sieko my wife gave me as a present chasing some fool through an open space area at night. Never did find it. After that I wore nothing but Timex or similar on the job. Broke a couple of them along the way and never felt bad about it.

The Rolex and Omega stayed at home in the safe.

This is a sound reason to use a Nato watch band. You can lose a pin without losing the watch.
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I ordered my Pathfinder through Amazon b/c the wife had free shipping. I have 4 G-Shock watch that I wear on duty, the only reason I hinted my wife for the watch is b/c it is atomic solar and never have to worry about replacing the battery especially if there was a natural disaster in California. The barometer, compass, and altitude will someday come in handy which my G-Shock can't compare too. The Suunto is nice, but you still have to replace the battery

My suggestion is if you purchase a Pathfinder, look for the solar atomic models. Prices may vary.
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I usually buy a Timex, Casio, or Armitron at Walmart. I usually spend so little on the watch it isn't worth me changing the battery. I have one sitting in my gym bag waiting for me to take it to the drug store to change out the battery.

I was tempted to buy a solar powered watch on Amazon that I saw for $30. That's about twice what I usually pay but then I won't have to worry about batteries.
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IIRC, we can write off a watch every year, right?

btw, WatchUSeek has a dedicated Gshock forum too...
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My G-shock has served me for 10 years and never needed anything more than 2 battery changes.
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I just bought this for myself ^^
http://www.amazon.com/Casio-PAG240-1...978624&sr=8-11
gift for myself after passing my panel interview from Border Patrol
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The Casio ABC watch I'd love to have is the PRX2000T. Couldn't afford one so I got the poor man's version PAW2000T, used...
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Casio Protrek Tough Solar Triple Sensor PRG-130Y-1DR
this casio watch looks awesome, but price range was too much for me.
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I wore cheap Timexes or Casios. Didn't cry too hard when I wound up taking someone on and broke them, which happened several times.
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Old 01-29-2011, 2:22 AM
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Maybe a Suunto?



If you'd prefer an automatic, I'd probably recommend a Seiko as they're not as expensive as a luxury brand, but just as tough and have beautiful bright lume.
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Old 01-29-2011, 9:58 AM
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I've used a Timex Expedition Indiglo since 1999. This watch has become a talisman in my career... it's a tough little timepiece and has lasted much longer than I expected.

Our MOU had a specific provision for uniforms and other personal equipment destroyed/lost/damaged in the line-of-duty.

$100 bucks Dept reimbursement for prescription eyeglasses
$50 bucks Dept reimbursement for a watch

Thus, I my Timex Expedition was intentionally priced under the $50 threshold.

Our Dept GOs require a watch, so I get the tax write off and $50 bucks if it's broken while on-duty. However, my Timex has lasted since 1999!

Stay safe!
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:08 AM
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I appreciate all the feed back amigos. Once I get a spare day I'm gonna start the process haha. I hear the guys on here who said cheap watches are the way to go. My Casio lasted over ten years. I just figured upgrade and give myself a treat.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:47 AM
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I wasn't LE, I was EMS, a paramedic. This watch is now 16 years old. I used it for 12 years in the field. It has been coveded in blood dozens of times, under sea water on rescues and had the poop knocked out of it during many rural rescues and kept working perfect. Has a night light. Not fancy or with many goodies but best I ever owned. Bought at Big 5 on sale back in the day for about $75.
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