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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #375 on: February 15, 2014, 09:06:12 »
Anyone have experience with the Suunto Ambit 2? I've heard some good things about the Ambit 2, compared to the Core Black (which was hard to read), and that the ability to make your own apps for the Ambit 2 is pretty neat.
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #376 on: February 15, 2014, 18:07:36 »
Anyone have experience with the Suunto Ambit 2? I've heard some good things about the Ambit 2, compared to the Core Black (which was hard to read), and that the ability to make your own apps for the Ambit 2 is pretty neat.

I did some research and the Ambit doesn't meet my needs (extended backcountry travel) because it requires recharging.

I can't be bothered to carry extra gear to recharge it, like solar panels etc. Food gets priority in the payload!
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #378 on: February 20, 2014, 08:47:56 »
I own both the Suunto Core All Black and the Ambit 2, and they are two very different beasts. I bought the core long before the Ambit or the Ambit 2 were conceived of and I still use it as my go-to watch. Hint: you can change the contrast of the all black core by going into the service menu.

Now for the Ambit 2: awesome piece of kit. It does everything the core does and then lots more. One area that Suunto has been slow to respond to is the inclusion of the storm alarm running constantly in the background or the barometric arrows on the time screen. They have fundamentally changed the capabilities of the Ambit a few times with some awesome firmware releases and from what's been going around on the forums, there will be some pretty big updates coming in the next month or so as well. For the fitness side of things, the Ambit 2 is bar none the best out there right now. For straight navigation, it could use some work (one of the areas of improvement that might be coming with the next firmware release). If you are using it solely for navigation purposes, dare I say the Garmin Fenix/Tactix would be a better choice. I like the interface of the Ambit 2 better than that of the Garmin, and this is coming from someone who owns multiple garmin devices (Foretrex 401 and Oregon 400T). The Ambit will do everything, it's just not quite as good for navigation (yet). It's battery is good for over 30 days in standard ABC modes, and I have used mine to track multi-day backpacking treks...hell, even used it on PLQ for ContactReps. It's got the best GPS signal reception I've ever seen across any unit as well.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #380 on: July 11, 2014, 07:36:52 »
I got a g-shock and it works great in the field concidering th fact that its shock resistant . Make sure you get the non glossy ones or you might get jacked up. Coming from first hand experince . :bullet:

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #381 on: July 11, 2014, 08:38:57 »
^ Jacked up for a glossy wrist watch? My BS sense is tingling. How much field time do you have as an 18 year old new reserve Log Pte? Your other review for a Spyderco fixed blade knife being stronger on the basis that it is "grounded" (http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=113894.msg1317077;topicseen#new) and the fact that you thought only officers wore mess kit (http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,113120.msg1317084/topicseen.html#new) shows just how much you are out of your lane. Get some time in, get some real experience (whether military or outside) and then come back to review gear, not just list off a spec that sounded nice to you.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #382 on: December 31, 2014, 15:38:05 »
I use this watch with a generic black "sport" velcro wrist band and it has never let me down, has a sort of vintage look to it and no date to constantly re-adjust. I don't have to worry about the chrome however.
http://timex.ca/watches/timex-weekender-central-park-t2n647gp
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #383 on: March 14, 2015, 18:30:27 »
Ok so I need a watch for BMQ! Which watch do you guys own? And do you recommend it?
I've read this thread, looking for some new options/opinions.
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #384 on: March 14, 2015, 19:36:51 »
As has been said before, stop by your local walmart and pick up a $15.00 G-Shock.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #385 on: March 14, 2015, 20:08:17 »
Ok so I need a watch for BMQ! Which watch do you guys own? And do you recommend it?
I've read this thread, looking for some new options/opinions.
Thanks.

I wouldnt spend much, but I'd grab the one with the biggest digital time readout available. It's going to be beat to crap, and you really dont need any features other than time.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #386 on: March 15, 2015, 11:44:27 »
A second vote for the Casio G-Shock. I consider myself to be a bit of a "watch guy", and I have a decent collection of pretty cool (to me) timepieces from a number of manufacturers. When I deployed last year, I wore a G-Shock. My backup watch? Another G-Shock. It is today what the Timex Ironman was a generation ago -- the standard for durable, accurate field watches. And they are available almost everywhere (Walmart, Canex) at reasonable prices. A quick peek at amazon shows me a number of G-Shocks at less than $100.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #387 on: March 15, 2015, 11:56:02 »
I have $10 coleman watch from Walmart. It has every function I could desire: 24 HR time, backlight and a stop watch, hell it even has a calendar.

I've had it for two years, it has survived DP 1 and numerous exercises. I see no reason to spend more than that on a watch.

 

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #388 on: March 19, 2015, 13:55:51 »
Buy something simple, accurate and digital.  It's probably going to get banged up, so don't get something you're going to get pissed off about when the crystal gets scratched.  You're also going to want something that can be set against whatever the time is on the course WO's watch.  It doesn't matter if your watch is set to a magical atomic clock and accurate to 0.001 seconds.  If the course WO wants you outside at 0615 hrs, they're not going to be looking at your wrist, so make sure your time is their time.  To.  The.  Second. 

And then show up five minutes early just to be safe.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #389 on: March 19, 2015, 19:41:02 »
Seeing a lot of recommendations for digital, here.  Any reason why that over analog?

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #390 on: March 19, 2015, 20:52:04 »
For me personally a digital watch gives me more capabilities, stop watch, count down timer, alarm and date and time. For 50-100 dollars you can find a reliable watch with those options and many more and it will last you a long time while you will be hard pressed to find a pure analog watch with similar features in a similar price tag.

My personal experience is that digital watches are more reliable when factoring day to day abuse but that is just my personal observation.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #391 on: March 19, 2015, 23:23:20 »
Digital watches usually come with ruber-ish parts that can take a beating better (less brittle than metallic parts).
I have had to change parts on a titanium watch that I've owned for years, several times - smashing it on weight plates at the gym, dropped on the floor etc.. whereas my g-shock just takes the abuse.
It's also really handy sometimes to have a digital chrono and backlight. And large fonts.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #392 on: March 20, 2015, 00:03:48 »
I wear a 5.11 Sentinel. It is an analog watch with a sealed water proof housing, date counter and a rotating azimuth for timing up to 60 minutes. The silicon wristband has instructions for finding your cardinal directions using the watch and the sun as a compass. I have had the watch for 3 years now through field exercises, my civilian work as an LEO and is pretty beat up aesthetically, but works like brand new.

Has glow in the dark hands as well for all your nighttime needs.
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #393 on: January 16, 2016, 23:29:41 »
Haven't bought it yet, but if you want an analog watch with Indiglo, this seems solid

http://www.amazon.com/Timex-Intelligent-Quartz-Indiglo-Thermometer/dp/B00857937G

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #394 on: January 17, 2016, 00:14:38 »
G-Shock. My backup watch? Another G-Shock. It is today what the Timex Ironman was a generation ago -- .

I feel so old.  My old beat-up Ironman is still around.

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #395 on: January 17, 2016, 09:24:23 »
I feel so old.  My old beat-up Ironman is still around.

Same here, and it just keeps on ticking.
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #396 on: January 20, 2016, 01:29:37 »
The Ironmans battery life is legendary though. Rated for 2 years, still running after 7

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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #397 on: January 20, 2016, 14:01:16 »
I only quit using my Ironman because they wouldn't stay abreast of the newer operating systems for programming them. I think my last Ironman used Win98 or 2000. I upgraded my PC and the Ironman program wouldn't work. After some calls to the manufacturer, they said there would be no upgrade available and that I could buy a newer version of their watch. No thanks, toss a good watch because they won't support it? Last one I bought.
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #398 on: August 22, 2018, 14:13:41 »
Hi buddys,

i'm looking forward to buy a good military wrist Watch with a gps, and grid reference and i want your advised before making the choice:

The 2 models i'm looking are : Suunto Traverse Alpha -----------

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Give me the Pros and the cons

Thank you
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Re: Wrist Watch Recommendations - Merged Thread
« Reply #399 on: October 02, 2018, 11:08:04 »
I've been using a Timex Ironman since I joined, like a lot of you guys have. Been swimming wearing it, showered wearing it a million times. The screen has scratches on it from... A lot of things, but it functions perfectly still.