Outdoor watches

9:41 p.m. on June 20, 2013 (EDT)
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What watch do wear in the great outdoors ?

Here is mine, a Seiko Solar 200m Dive watch #V175 with a Zulu strap.


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10:11 p.m. on June 20, 2013 (EDT)
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Casio ProTrek 2500-1(ABC/solar:)

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5:27 a.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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A Seiko Chronograph
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and a G-shock


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8:47 a.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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A Timex Expedition my wife and daughter got me for Father's Day '12.  Its features range from telling the time to making a pretty blue light when you press the stem.

From the looks of some of these pics I'd be afraid I'd press the wrong buttons and accidentally time travel.

9:01 a.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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LoneStranger said:

From the looks of some of these pics I'd be afraid I'd press the wrong buttons and accidentally time travel.

Lol. The manual that came with my Pro Trek is very(and I mean very) long. I gave up on it and after a day of fiddling around with it I was pretty dialed into the various functions of the watch. 

Time travel...

I have to go back and look again. Maybe I am missing something. 

This could be quite beneficial being I could go back to a time when was at a grocery store and snag up a few things while I am on trail. 

May be able to drop some weight in my pack. ;)

9:32 a.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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Victorinox Summit XLT... no bells or whistles


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11:40 a.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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A Casio Pathfinder--solar powered, altimeter, etc.

Sorry:  no watch-porn photo. 

8:32 p.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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Great watches everyone I knew there would be a G-shock

in the crowd lol they are great watches to.

8:33 p.m. on June 21, 2013 (EDT)
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Munro Baggs Another said:

Victorinox Summit XLT... no bells or whistles


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 Great topo map background for your watch !

7:26 a.m. on June 22, 2013 (EDT)
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I haven't worn a watch in years and don't miss it. Those are some fine looking timepieces, though.

This is a watch intended for the backcountry... and only $16,000.00 


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See http://kitup.military.com/2013/06/breitling-unveils-16000-emergency.html for particulars.

11:50 a.m. on June 22, 2013 (EDT)
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I wear a Ironman Triathlon watch. But I rarely use any of its functions, just using it for the time and alarm clock.


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I bought mine for $5 at Goodwill in Flagstaff AZ a couple years ago. New it would have been $40  The indiglo feature stopped working shortly after I bought it.

2:16 p.m. on June 22, 2013 (EDT)
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ha! only 16 grand for a watch?  i guess i'll have to choose between that and the rolex daytona i've been eyeballing.  now where did i put that winning powerball ticket...

3:01 p.m. on June 22, 2013 (EDT)
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lumi-nox 100m. doesn't need a light, always glows in the dark. just the date and time. nothing fancy.

11:48 p.m. on June 23, 2013 (EDT)
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I was thinking about a Suunto. Looking at the Core model. Any thoughts?

4:35 a.m. on June 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Dwayne Oakes said:

Great watches everyone I knew there would be a G-shock

in the crowd lol they are great watches to.

I know they look silly, but really are fairly indestructible. I've used it caving and it held up brilliantly to being banged on cave walls, being underwater, and the fact that it lights up very bright was a good help to track my progress!

12:13 a.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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Only thing I desire from a watch is to tell the time and not cost me more than $15 when it gets lost. And for that I use the gloriously simply and durable Timex 1440 Sport. 


10:05 a.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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You can't go wrong with a Timex or G-Shock for the outdoors.

10:38 a.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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For years I seldom used a watch, and when I did it was something cheap. But recently I purchased a SUUNTO Core watch like this. Its proper name is "SUUNTO Core Wrist Top Computer with Altimeter, Barometer and Compass"! That's quite a moniker for a watch. It cost quite a bit but I got it on sale for a much more reasonable price. Its selling point was the duel time capability and the barometer which, being a bit of a weather nerd, I enjoy using. The watch itself is big and clunky; I seem to bang it into things alot, but it is reasonably strong and aside from a few scratches on the bevel, is holding up well. Do I really need a watch of this type? No, but it is fun to play around with and the Storm Alarm is handy.

10:41 a.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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I wear a Casio with altimeter, barometer, etc for trips where I need to know how high I'm going. My old Timex works just fine for many applications, but unfortunately, it just doesn't cut it for more technical approaches. 

12:07 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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Here is my SUUNTO Core watch, complete with rustic motif, three years after purchase.


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3:20 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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my goto trail watch, luminox 200 m

 

 


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3:51 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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I love my suunto core all black.  I posted a review and have a pic of it in my profile.  Great watch!!  

5:56 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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I was a little surprised no one mentioned the suunto core for so long. I used to have the pathfinder until i lost it. As much as I loved it I decided to go with the suunto for a couple reasons. Couple extra features (the storm alert function is really handy), bigger face, better looking for everyday use and user replaceable battery. I went with the grey face model, I think it's called glacier grey? just because i found the darker face harder to see.

8:37 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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I've been using a ten-year old Suunto Vector, and even though the direction bezel is worn shinny, it still tracks as good as ever. I've heard the newer ones have software problems, but mine has worked flawlessly from day one.

10:02 p.m. on June 27, 2013 (EDT)
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Cool watches north 1 and tj !

11:49 a.m. on June 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Basic Timex with a parachute cord band courtesy of my daughter.

My needs in a watch are also few; tell the time.  The GPS I carry has a superior compass, altimeter, timer, etc than the ones on watches. Then again my GPS tells time too.  Why do I still wear a watch at all?20130620_115032.jpg

8:04 p.m. on June 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Basic Timex with a parachute cord band courtesy of my daughter.

My needs in a watch are also few; tell the time.  The GPS I carry has a superior compass, altimeter, timer, etc than the ones on watches. Then again my GPS tells time too.  Why do I still wear a watch at all?20130620_115032.jpg

 cool band

12:50 p.m. on July 1, 2013 (EDT)
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Albeit heavy but here's what I wear...Omega Seamaster.  I know I know...not an outdoor watch :)  Looking to get a Casio Protek or Suunto Ambit when finances allows.


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1:57 a.m. on July 3, 2013 (EDT)
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That's a great watch mangus, not sure how I would feel taking that out into the backcountry. I would constantly be watching my wrist to make sure I don't bang it against a rock!

2:50 p.m. on July 3, 2013 (EDT)
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seiko automatic/kinetic dive watches.  i have a really old one with a nylon/zulu band that i use for winter, and one with a metal bracelet that i wear all the time.  waterproof, thick crystals that don't break or easily scratch, and they don't break.  watch.jpg

5:27 p.m. on July 3, 2013 (EDT)
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north1.  I find myself calibrating my core often.  Do you have to calibrate yours much?

Lots of nice watches on here.  I have always been a nerd watch guy.  Mangus, that Omega is a bit too nice to be wearing on adventures.  I would be afraid to mess that baby up.  

10:17 a.m. on July 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Really nice Seamaster and Seiko. I have always liked and had Seiko's.

You get a lot of watch for an affordable price.

10:43 a.m. on July 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Jason:

I seldom use the compass on my SUUNTO, but the barometer/altimeter do seem to need calibrating now and then. I don't think this is unusual though; having worked in the scientific field we were always calibrating our instruments and I would rather have a meens of checking the accuracy than not. I also fly a lot in small planes and helicopters which might have something to do with it. Considering some instruments can't be calibrated, at least not by the user, I don't consider it an inconvenience.

3:12 p.m. on July 4, 2013 (EDT)
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  • Any altimeter that uses air pressure to calculate elevation will have to be recalibrated every time the weather shifts a bit. Ones that use GPS shouldn't need calibration at all.
  • A lot of ABC watches max out at elevations much lower than you'd find in a plane. 
  • As for direction, a bit of knowledge and a basic old Timex will give you a heading good enough to get you home.
3:22 p.m. on July 4, 2013 (EDT)
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North,

I don't mind calibrating my watch either.  It is actually kind of fun.  I rarely use the compass as well because I always carry a regular compass.  I calibrate my watch with my old magellan map 410 gps receiver before and after hikes to do cross checks to see how well my watch holds its calibration.  It seems to stay pretty close.  I rarely carry my gps anymore on hikes.   My watch is much lighter and I usually have a map and compass on me anyway.  My favorite Core function is the trip function that shows your elevation gain/loss over time during a hike.

8:35 p.m. on July 9, 2013 (EDT)
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TJ1984 said:

That's a great watch mangus, not sure how I would feel taking that out into the backcountry. I would constantly be watching my wrist to make sure I don't bang it against a rock!

 Thanks :)  I've banged this watch on a lot of things and no scratches on the actual face.  The rest of the watch does show some wear on them.  I've managed to take good care of it when out in the woods...it's a tough watch :)

I do need a better watch though, something more geared towards outdoor use like the Casio Protek or a Suunto.

5:27 p.m. on July 21, 2013 (EDT)
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This is my Timex. Nothing fancy, not expensive, but it works. Its 2 years old now and has suffered many different conditions, even briefly under water. Its my everyday carry, my work, and my hiking watch. Replaced the battery once about a month ago. Its taken a lickin' and its still tickin'.


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5:32 p.m. on July 21, 2013 (EDT)
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LoneStranger said:

A Timex Expedition my wife and daughter got me for Father's Day '12.  Its features range from telling the time to making a pretty blue light when you press the stem.

From the looks of some of these pics I'd be afraid I'd press the wrong buttons and accidentally time travel.

 +1 on the Expedition (and I got mine for Father's Day '11).


1) I don't want to be concerned about losing or breaking a watch that required a second mortgage.

2) I've found my watch tells time--which is all I need it for.

Oh, and after 2 years, I'm still on the first battery. So I don't really need anything solar.

6:25 p.m. on July 21, 2013 (EDT)
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Luminox, good enough for Special Forces, very rugged and no fail luminescents at night!

8:17 p.m. on July 24, 2013 (EDT)
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+1 on the luminox!

8:06 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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+1 on Timex. My old, beatup Indiglo works just fine, and I can use it as a compass, too. 

Plus, when you wake up at night, you can use the cool blue light to navigate around the tent without waking up your tentmate. 

I have a Casio with altimeter, etc, but it's bulky and uncomfortable to wear. 

9:22 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Peter1955 said:

I have a Casio with altimeter, etc, but it's bulky and uncomfortable to wear. 

Mine although it looks bulky is quite comfortable. I believe this is due to the design of the band and the incorporation of the "winglets."

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I can assure you that it is very comfortable for the time that I have worn it on the wrist. 

In the field the watch is typically attached to my pack harness because if it is on the wrist it will read the temp for your body heat and not the actual outside temp. 

(as seen here/look on the left portion of the harness)

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10:16 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice watch, Rick;

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Casio and Timex. My Casio doesn't have the wings on the underside, though.

And, yeah, I have the same problem with temperatures. 

10:47 a.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks. She is a lil dinged up now but I use it. Hey the dings add character right?

The bezel is metal so when I say dings it is more like the coating is just missing in a few spots. ;)

2:10 p.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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For decades I've worn a simple Timex, in agreement with Grimstuff.

A couple months ago I decided to buy the Garmin GPS Fenix watch. It  includes clock, timers, barometer, altitude, compass and true GPS for setting way points and returning to origin, all digital functions.

I had purchased a GPS watch a couple years ago, but the battery usage life between charging was absurd. So, when the Fenix watch came out, I reviewed the reviews. I purchased the Fenix from REI. I've been a member since 1974.

You might look into it. I know that $400 is a lot to shell-out, but it's an experiment for me to learn and decide if it's worth the cost and time to determine if a GPS on your wrist is a practical tool.

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