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Looking for a watch

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RedneckRampage, May 2, 2012.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I've had a G-Shock for a few years and it eats batteries like they are free. A coupe days ago it went crazy, the screen went dim, thinks it's 1/43/03...so it's time for a new one. I'm looking in the $1-200 range. I'm tired of digital, and am looking for kinda a military/survival style watch that is durable. Suggestions?
     
  2. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    One that fits your criteria is Traser. Hard core/tough, reliable, tritium, rotating bezel, simple and survival/tactical. I received a sterile version as a gift a long time ago and it has had the snot knocked out of it on the range, ground fighting on the gravel (when the mats are not large enough), and training in the wilderness. And I'm not known to be easy on gear and mine while no longer show room new is still a solid performer. It seems to be easy on the battery and depending on your model selection should meet your budgetary criteria. Traser is not a statement, it is a tool.
     
  3. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    You might consider getting a Seiko Diver of some sort - mechanical, so no batteries to replace. Glows great in the dark (although, not as good as the Traser watches). Day/Date. Timer. They can take a beating. A little large, though.
     
  4. Dinged

    Dinged Portland, OR Active Member

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    Casio G-Shock Blackout GR8900A-1 Tough Solar Watch.

    I know you said you're tired of digital, but I thought I'd give my two cents. I recently picked this up for $120, solar powered so it doesn't use batteries, not sure how long it'll last but I reckon it should be a while. Digits are easy to read during the day except in direct sunlight, and at night the back light is more than ample. As with all G Shocks it's tough as nails, I've banged it against lots of things, dropped it, shot guns with it, it's all good.

    I really wanted something like this one...

    gw-2500b-1ajf-a.jpg

    But from what I've read the LED back light isn't the best, since it lights up the bottom half only. And coming at $200+, no thanks, too rich for my blood, haha.
     
  5. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Ok another fine candidate is the Citizen Eco-Drive Military Caliber E100. A little dressy compared to the Traser. It is under $150 and needs no batteries. Solar power and mine requires very little sun to keep it charged. This is my dress and SHTF watch when watch batteries are no longer at Fred Meyer!

    I cannot vouch for its ruggedness as I just don't take it to work. And I use a rotating timer bezel several times a day and rely on tritrium which this watch does not have. So it is saved for the NRA Banquets!

    BM818003E - Citizen Eco-Drive Military Caliber E100 Mens Watch at Abt
     
  6. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    I'm a watch geek. Have quite a collection. I got a Gshock 'multiband' at Costco. It is solar powered and satalite synched. never needs a battery. Also have a LumInox Navy Seal dive watch. Battery lasts 2-3 years. I've had this one since 1999. Only two of 20 watches, but I love them both.
     
  7. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    Have this one also. Great watch!
     
  8. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I also have one of these self winders, never needs batteries as there are none.
     
  9. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I have a Seiko Solar that works great and uses no batteries (although I guess there is some kind of battery that is kept charged by the photovoltaic cell). Mine is more or a dress watch, but I'm sure they make some more "tactical" styles.