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01-07-2011, 8:51 AM
I would like some experiences & suggestions on no-battery, water resistant, high visibility watches that can take lots of torture...

01-07-2011, 9:07 AM
One of the Casio "tough solar" series of watches, like this one:

01-07-2011, 9:37 AM
If I only had to have one... Marathon SAR! Google. CountyCom

01-07-2011, 9:39 AM
Second choice Sin Watches..

01-07-2011, 9:43 AM
G-Shock Solar Atomic Watch....

01-07-2011, 9:55 AM
casio g-shock solar and atomic, you can get them for about 50 bucks on the low end. I got mine at Costco for less than that and its my everyday watch now for last 6 years. Hands down the toughest and most reliable watch for under $50. Never had a prob. Time is always exactly right and I've never had it run out of power or lose time. Requires zero maintenance.

01-07-2011, 12:37 PM
Casio G-Shock sries of watches. G-shock or tough solar line you cant go wrong. I have a Tough Solar Pathfinder. Atomic clock, solar powered, Temp, Barometer, Compass, 100M Water resistant, world clock and tons of other features. Should last me quite a few years, and I am very tough on my stuff. Casio will fix older watches if they have problems also.

01-07-2011, 8:05 PM
I bought a ladies Fossil watch about 10 years ago.
It's been through all kinds of stuff.
Poop, daily washing, left if washer, hiking, fishing, digging in dirt, gold panning and to a Christmas Party.
But your not a lady, so never mind.;)

01-07-2011, 9:37 PM
Seiko Black Monster

01-07-2011, 10:32 PM
For me it would be a solar or self winding tritium watch.

Atomic clock
Dual analog digital display
re-sets automatically for DST (probably goes along with the Atomic clock option)
Tritium analog dials and Hour markers
Titanium (optional, but nice)
Solar powered (or Eco-drive or similar)

01-07-2011, 10:51 PM
If I only had to have one... Marathon SAR! Google. CountyCom


If only MTM would make a self winding black PVD Tritium oil filled Navy Seal watch. :chris:


01-08-2011, 5:35 AM
:) Why, Fossil has watches for men, too:

Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

One thing... atomic precision is not that important in this case ;)

01-08-2011, 7:06 AM
This is it (http://www.countycomm.com/presar.htm)

01-08-2011, 8:20 AM
MTM is the watch I want. The battery is rated for 10 years and I do not think anyone will be alive 10 years after teotwawki.

If only the Marathon came in black and looked better....






01-08-2011, 8:31 AM
Chase Durer they have some nice tough watches.

01-08-2011, 8:33 AM
Oh and Ball is verry good brand too.

01-08-2011, 11:02 AM
Once you use Tritium you will never go back to lighted watches. Here is a time exposure with tritium.


01-08-2011, 1:34 PM
I knew it! You are a damn terminator.. >.<

01-09-2011, 2:08 PM
While looking at more info on above brands/models, I came across a parameter called "gain/loss", which is the amount of seconds a watch will be faster or slower than the theoretic ideal - for example, Seiko Black Monster's is a "below 40 seconds" gain in 24 hours. If this is, say, 20 seconds, then in one year the watch will be 2 hours ahead of the "real" time.
This in itself wouldn't be an everyday problem "out there", but in a year or two, it could cause some confusion... so, it would be somewhat useful to know this value for the chosen watch.
Does "gain/loss" affect mechanical watches only?

01-09-2011, 2:12 PM
You should go to www.watchuseek.com

01-09-2011, 3:13 PM
Does "gain/loss" affect mechanical watches only?

Quartz watches drift as well, but to a much lesser extent.

FWIW, I have a couple Monsters, an Omega, a Sinn, Traser, Marathon and a bunch of other watches...

As far as practical performance goes, it's hard to beat a solar GShock. When you factor in cost, it's pretty much a no brainer. If I'm shooting, kayaking, whatever, that's what I wear.


-- Michael

01-10-2011, 12:06 PM
I'll go for this one: http://www.jomashop.com/casio-g-shock-gravity-g1500-1adr.html

Water/Shock resistant, solar/light rechargeable battery, min. 6 months power reserve, analog dial (can perform some compass functions), gain/loss < 15 sec /month, good night visibility

01-10-2011, 12:33 PM
I bought this and I'm very pleased with it. It is the lightest watch I've ever owned.


01-18-2011, 8:42 AM
Here's an awesome deal on a solar powered casio for $18:

It's a "tough solar" not a g-shock, but for $18 hard to go wrong.

01-18-2011, 3:36 PM
Here's an awesome deal on a solar powered casio for $18:

It's a "tough solar" not a g-shock, but for $18 hard to go wrong.

Awesome! (M. I. C. )

Now you just need one of these to go with it........


01-18-2011, 7:31 PM
I used Casio G-Shock watches for about 15 years and LOVED them. They take a huge amount of torture and keep on ticking. 2 years ago I developed a latex/rubber sensitivity and had to find a watch that was 100% metal. I changed over to the Casio Waveceptor Atomic Timekeeper (similar to this one: Casio Waveceptor (http://www.amazon.com/Casio-apos-Ceptor-watch-WVQ550A-1A1V/dp/B000JX7JOI/ref=sr_1_39?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1295407272&sr=1-39)) and have found that it is just as sturdy as the G-Shock and more professional looking too.

Just so that you can understand when I am saying they stand up to torture... I wear my watches through just about everything. Fresh Water, Salt Water, Rock Climbing (talk about banging into abrasive surfaces), Shooting, Tactical Training, and lots more is what I expect my watches to survive on a frequent basis.

01-18-2011, 8:24 PM
G-Shock Solar Atomic Watch....
That's what I've got.

Set it and forget it unless I change time zones.