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Old 03-22-2005, 19:49   #16
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What about this watch:

http://www.shoplite.com/84601.htm

This watch does not have many features but I think it might basically meet my needs:

Second hand sweep for taking pulses

Alarm

Water resistant

Sturdy band

I like the pathfinder but quite a few of them are all digital and the compass feature would not be allowed in at least one Army school.
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Old 03-22-2005, 20:15   #17
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I have a Timex Expedition right now, which I purchased recently to replace my nine year old Timex Ironman. The model I have looks similar to that, ccrn, but without the rotating bezel or digital readout. It is very simple and I like it - but it is really freakin' loud! I cannot leave it on my nightstand or it will keep me awake!
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:35   #18
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G Shock.

I've worn it up to 35,000 feet un-pressurized.
Down to 110 feet below water.
Fired a few hundred thousand rounds while wearing it, to include anti-tank rockets, Claymore mines, etc.
I have fought with it, jumped with it, had it in some of the hottest and coldest climates on this planet, the only thing I've ever replaced on it was the battery.
If I were headed back into combat tomorrow thats one piece of kit Id be taking.

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BTW, I dont work for Casio.
Casio did not need to ask me to endorse their watch, they have earned my endorsement!
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Old 03-23-2005, 13:20   #19
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TS - I'm with you. The Casio G-Shock is the most cost effective, durable, versatile watch I've ever owned. I can't claim 35,000 agl/asl unpressurized but I will vouch for it at -240 ffw. So it doesn't have a sweep second hand - just set the countdown timer, push start, quit counting when it goes beep, and do the appropriate multiplication. Besides, I'm with bberkley - I would much rather spend the money on something useful than a piece of jewelry. My ego already has enough support, it doesn't need expensive watches. FWIW - Peregrino

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Old 03-23-2005, 13:34   #20
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Old 03-23-2005, 13:38   #21
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Aafes

I had the battery for my G shock changed at AAFES Camp Doha, then went swimming in the Gulf the next day, Viola! one dead G Shock! Evidently saltwater and circuit boards dont mix well. So I bought another G shock. Ditto what TS said. Just make sure they always change the seal when they change the battery.
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Old 03-23-2005, 13:44   #22
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A couple of friends of mine have the new G-shock Solar Atomic that gets a signal twice a day from the Atomic clock and uses Solar power. They were very reasonably priced at Sears of all places, I believe they were Around $70 for the basic model
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Old 03-23-2005, 13:49   #23
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I was a G-shock guy for ages until I was issued a Suunto Advisor. Last year I got one of teh new Nike watches to try out and if you think that the Suunto's buttons are bad for inadvertantly changing your function, the Nike buttons are a nightmare. They even turn my chime on and off especially when wearing a jacket.
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Old 03-23-2005, 13:54   #24
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I had the battery for my G shock changed at AAFES Camp Doha, then went swimming in the Gulf the next day, Viola! one dead G Shock! Evidently saltwater and circuit boards dont mix well. So I bought another G shock. Ditto what TS said. Just make sure they always change the seal when they change the battery.
You guys had it good, my first G-SHock had most of the Med off Tel Aviv inside when i went for a swim the day after buying!! It never had a seal!!!

Anyway, Casio exchanged it no problem, and i have the exchanged one still, about 3 years later.

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Old 03-23-2005, 15:35   #25
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I was a G-shock guy for ages until I was issued a Suunto Advisor. Last year I got one of teh new Nike watches to try out and if you think that the Suunto's buttons are bad for inadvertantly changing your function, the Nike buttons are a nightmare. They even turn my chime on and off especially when wearing a jacket.
Oh that is tactically sound

Yesterday I got a very base model G shock for 40 bucks at walmart.

I almost got the Atomic/ Solar one but I figured I would beat the shit out of the 40 dollar one and if it held up then I would upgrade.

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Old 03-23-2005, 21:54   #26
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After visiting the "Doxa" website I can conclude with the utmost certainty that those of you who have them are in an "elite" fraternity all to yourselves.
Doxa's are out of the reach of this mere "Civil Servant".

Hey, it only cost $200.00. I've had it for 26 years. That's $7.70 a year. By the way, I couldn't afford one of the new ones now either. Hell, my car needs at least $1500.00 in repairs. (Didn't have a car in 1969)
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Old 03-23-2005, 21:56   #27
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I am a former G-shock lover myself , its a great watch no doubt. I use my freestyle here in Iraq (http://www.freestyleusa.com/product/...ebuzz.html)and the best feature on this watch is the Vibrating alarm. Perfect to help keep track of time in noisy vehicles, and aircraft and it goes without saying you'll never have your watch start beeping while your trying to be sneaky sneaky. Plus being a dead sleeper audible watch alarms dont wake me up. Plus the price 70$ makes it pretty affordable. It's also rated to 500 ft although I haven't had it any deeper than a shower so I can't personally vouch on that.

One thing about the $uunto watches I don't like is of course the price and that for all the multifunctions none of my friends watches I have tried had a single gadget on them that actually was useful. unless you are a weatherman what do you need a barometer for ? clinometer, hey it's uphill you can see that right? And my experiences with the compass feature didn't leave me impressed. Maybe to have as a double back up if my compass fails and then My GPS batteries go dead. However 600$ is an expensive back up.

If you are looking for a wrist mounted GPS the Garmin Foretrex 101 (129$) is the Ideal. And it tells you what time it is , GPS time ! It doesn't get any more accurate than that right. However The $uunto GPS watches aren't as clunky or should I say the $uunto are much more wearable than the Garmin Foretrex.

I hope I have been some help
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Old 03-23-2005, 22:17   #28
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One thing about the $uunto watches I don't like is of course the price and that for all the multifunctions none of my friends watches I have tried had a single gadget on them that actually was useful. unless you are a weatherman what do you need a barometer for ? clinometer, hey it's uphill you can see that right? And my experiences with the compass feature didn't leave me impressed. Maybe to have as a double back up if my compass fails and then My GPS batteries go dead. However 600$ is an expensive back up.


I hope I have been some help
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Not sure what your field time is like as a light guy, but I have one of the Casio Pathfinders, and I have used the "gadgets" frequently.

You might consider that your average SF trooper who frequents this site does not ride around in a 15 ton vehicle with a ton of gear strapped to the outside, or have a reaction force on hand which includes a weatherman.

As a field soldier, I used the barometer to tell me when bad weather was approaching, or it was clearing. I use the compass frequently in the woods, in aircraft, or in vehicles when I want to check status on a heading. If you know your route planning, that can tell you where you are on your route. That is particularly handy if we do not have a vehicle power supply or 5 ton with batteries for a GPS out in the boonies where we usually wind up. The altimeter, if properly adjusted, can help you to verify where you are, to help set up a DZ, if your aircraft is climbing or descending, or if you are approaching jump altitude. Believe it or not, you can not always look and tell if you are going up or down hill. I have used the stopwatch to time fire missions, TOTs, to calculate speed, check the burn rate on my time fuze, or about a hundred other things.

It is a bit heavier and bulkier than just a plain wristwatch, but it is one thing I always have on and reduces the need for additional devices that are even bulkier that also measure time, barometric pressure, direction, and altitude.

Just my .02, but in closing, I would recommend that you look around at who you are talking to and where they have been before you start coming across as all-knowing and arrogant. There are some pretty experienced people on here who know what they are doing.

Good luck.

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Old 03-23-2005, 23:44   #29
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TR: I have read that the Casio GPS in the watch is not very accurate, and is sometimes 10's of metres off. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:39   #30
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TR: I have read that the Casio GPS in the watch is not very accurate, and is sometimes 10's of metres off. Any thoughts on that?

Have not seen the Casio with the GPS, just the Suunto, and it seemed to be pretty accurate.

Not a GPS expert, but all of them will depend on the antenna and ability to capture satellites. More satellites equals better accuracy. Not sure what role, if any the power supply plays in this.

Maybe someone who has one can answer that.

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