Any recommendations for a decent watch?

#1
My boy is doing his national service (OK, so he's not in this army...), and he's been told he needs a watch. Sounds simple enough, but I want him to have something that won't break on the first exercise, but won't break the bank either. Oh yeah, and it has to be able to work in continued below-zero temperatures.

Any suggestions?

cheers.
 
#2
Try a Casio child's watch, something bog simple with a black face and luminous analogue style dial. He will not need a time bezel. It should be cheap, and they used to have a failure rate of 1 in 200, which is not bad. It should not cost you more than £30, so if it gets lost, broken or stolen then it is no big deal. As for cold weather, if the watch is worn next to the body, this is not a problem.

By the way, there is the old army adage "if you need it, they give it to you." That no longer applies in the British Army of course (stab twist kick), but it might apply to your son's mob.
 
#4
Thanks Gents, I'll look at both those suggestions.

I know it sounded a dumb question, and there are a few obvious things, like nothing under a fiver with Mickey Mouse on, or grand-plus Breitling, but just thought I'd ask for some sound advice.

bullet_catcher - Here, they get given the essentials, like guns, (some) ammo and a nice furry hat... But there are a few add-ons, like watches, that you have get your own.

They even give free hair-cuts. But the style is limited to No2, No2, or, if sir if feeling risque, a No2.

cheers.
 
#5
The Traser is overpriced & no better than a brand new G10 watch on ebay £40,
or a very good Casio G Shock.

Both watches are hard wearing & every bit as good as a Traser & more reliable than a Rolex!!!

Of course, there are loads of good watches, but you haven't mentioned what your price limit is. That would help.
 
#6
Any cheap watch with basic functions will do. I have a 17 year old Casio Triathlon watch that I have worn on exercises since the early 90s, including throughout Sandhurst. It has time and date (both very useful), plus a stopwatch and a light. Illumination is important I think; mine has 'indiglow', very nice.
 
#8
cunny_funt said:
The Traser is overpriced & no better than a brand new G10 watch on ebay £40,
or a very good Casio G Shock.

Both watches are hard wearing & every bit as good as a Traser & more reliable than a Rolex!!!

Agreed on the Traser, cannot beat a G-shock for military use.However, would question wether a G-10 is more reliable thatn a Rolex! I have a Rolex Sub that I bought in 1982 and its still going strong , only had one service in that time and has recently passed a pressure test. Rememeber being on an un-pressurised Herc at 28,000 feet when the glass on my mates G-10 popped off, never had any problems with the rolex. It cost £333 in 82, with 10% forces discount that I belive Rolex still do. Obviously a big investmant in those days for a Tom but has become a collectable model, worth over 3K now!
 
#9
For that money get a G-Shock. It'll last and if you get the solar one it'll never need batteries. They really are tough as old boots.
 
#10
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#11
bought a watch in Iraq, needed the strap adjusting my sis took it to the jewellers. She came home sans watch, where is it I ask, "oh they have sent it off to be adjusted".

"where I ask?"

"Tag heur"

"Its a fake!"

"ehr no its real"

So I ring the jewellers telling them its a fake, " Sir it is a real tag heur and very expensive"

"how expensive?"

" Couple of grand Sir"


I had been involved in getting a market trader out of a fix as he was about to be bumped off, so he sold me this watch for about 10 dollars. Did nt realise it was real. I think it was his way of thanking me. Tag Heur Carrera Carbon Fibre Inlay with Ayrton Senna on it"

Safe to say its locked up now what a prof.
 
#13
BuckFelize said:
Not another fcuking watch thread! USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION.

Thread 1

Thread 2

Thread 3

and on and on and on...
Stop being such a boring cnut for fcuk sake!!! :)

The bloke has only just joined the site & wouldn't have known about the other threads!
 
#14
para-dox said:
cunny_funt said:
The Traser is overpriced & no better than a brand new G10 watch on ebay £40,
or a very good Casio G Shock.

Both watches are hard wearing & every bit as good as a Traser & more reliable than a Rolex!!!

Agreed on the Traser, cannot beat a G-shock for military use.However, would question wether a G-10 is more reliable thatn a Rolex! I have a Rolex Sub that I bought in 1982 and its still going strong , only had one service in that time and has recently passed a pressure test. Rememeber being on an un-pressurised Herc at 28,000 feet when the glass on my mates G-10 popped off, never had any problems with the rolex. It cost £333 in 82, with 10% forces discount that I belive Rolex still do. Obviously a big investmant in those days for a Tom but has become a collectable model, worth over 3K now!
Ok, I agree not all Rolex's are crap. You've oviously got a better one than Wayne T had.

He had a brand new Submariner & was gobbing off about how good it was in the RatPit.

With that he demonstrated it's ruggedness by banging it on the bar a few times......
it went Boiiiiiiiing
& there were a thousand bits all over the bar.

His mates were in tears of laughter & a few looked liked they'd wet themselves.
The G10 I had on my wrist at the time is still working & accurate to the minute!
 
#15
Have to agree about g-shock, maybe not usefull for your lad but bought a solar g-shock in the px in KAF and cant fault it, tough as fcuk with a good strap that isnt uncomfortable when sweaty and gopping
 
#16
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Ok, I agree not all Rolex's are crap. You've oviously got a better one than Wayne T had.

He had a brand new Submariner & was gobbing off about how good it was in the RatPit.

With that he demonstrated it's ruggedness by banging it on the bar a few times......
it went Boiiiiiiiing
& there were a thousand bits all over the bar.

His mates were in tears of laughter & a few looked liked they'd wet themselves.
The G10 I had on my wrist at the time is still working & accurate to the minute![/quote]

Seen a few end of month sell-offs off Rolexs in the Rat pit when times were hard . Bought when flush after an NI or Belize tour, flogged for a few hundred.
 
#17
Thanks, I'll check out the G-Shock stuff.

OK, I should have used the search, but between feeding the kids and stopping them beating the crap of each other, I forgot... :oops:

Solar power isn't such an issue as a) it so cold, the watch'll be under his sleeve for most of the time and b) for about three or four months of the year, it's either overcast and snowing, or just plain dark.
 
#18
I think a bezel is very much worth having. Principally for the grillions of times that you are given - "you've got ten minutes - GO!" set bezel, you don't have to remember what time it was when you started. Useful for all sorts of activities from boiling eggs to speed marches.

I have one of these:
http://www.armywatch.co.uk/royal-navy-automatic-dated.htm
I like it although it usually gets slagged off on these watch threads. It's an automatic. A quartz version is also available and is £100 cheaper.

The quartz version is also available in a black finish and might be more suitable.
http://www.armywatch.co.uk/sbs-divers-watch.htm

A key thing that you do want is fixed strap bars so it can take a G1098 strap. Stops it getting torn off the strap.

Casio do some serviceable cheap watches, not sure how secure the straps are though. It's not much of a bargain if it's fallen off in a snowdrift.
 
#19
Try one of these...



You could glue beta lights to the hour markings so it would work at night too.
 
#20
Same as i wrote on the other 3 threads. Buy a G-Shock. End of.
 
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