Good watch for basic training?

#1
Hi all,

I start basic training on Jly 7th at Pirbright. I notice on the kit lists Ive seen that it includes a watch with backlight capability.

Was just wondering if anyone has any recomendations for a good one or is it best to get a cheap casio or the like?

Thanks in advance.
DJ
 
#2
#3
Don't waste money on it. Buy the cheapest you can get. You are pretty likely to wreck it.
 
#5
counterstrike said:
Try this squaddie favourite at Argos

You can set the light to come on with a flick of the wrist if you want, its clear to read but not too bright.

The watch is quite flat so doesn't snag easily.

Mine has lasted about 5 years without a battery change, and at the price I'd more likely just get a new watch!

Mine has truely been battered and still works well.



Hope this helps :roll:
From an earlier post.


Oh, and make that about 7 years without a battery change, but it does need it now!
 
#6
Casio do a digital G Shock with Stopwatch, world time etc. But two useful features for a Soldier is 1. It's solar powered so never a battery problem and, 2. It's linked to the atomic clocks so it's never wrong and you can never be late! Robust as fcuk too!
 
#8
These are the mutts nutts mate, just make sure you keep your torch at the right 'attitude' when looking at it at night.

And made by Fossil too ...

 
#9


This is all you need. Water resistance, very dim backlight so you don't blind yourself and shine like a beacon when you check the time in the woods and cheap as chips.

I feel like a casio salesman because every time someone asks, I recommend that.

Forget the G-shocks and the Suuntos. Get 3 of the above and you're sorted for your military career. The next time you buy a watch, it might be nuclear powered.
 
#10
Scabster_Mooch said:
I feel like a casio salesman because every time someone asks, I recommend that.

Know the feeling! :roll:
 
#11
Get a G-Shock. I've had mine for about six years now, it's survived trips all over the world, scuba diving below 40m, suffered the general knocks and bangs associated with an adventurous lifestyle, and its great for the Army as it's non-reflective, black, has a stopwatch and all sorts of gucci functions, and is generally unkillable.
 
#12
Hugh_Jardon said:
Get a G-Shock. I've had mine for about six years now, it's survived trips all over the world, scuba diving below 40m, suffered the general knocks and bangs associated with an adventurous lifestyle, and its great for the Army as it's non-reflective, black, has a stopwatch and all sorts of gucci functions, and is generally unkillable.
By all means, after training.

The reason I say so is that there will doubtlessly be a quantity of tea-leaves amongst the lads number in training, so should he be the unfortunate who has a watch nicked, it won't be as bad losing a tenners worth, rather than fifty plus worth.
 
#14
young_lofty said:
Hugh_Jardon said:
Get a G-Shock. I've had mine for about six years now, it's survived trips all over the world, scuba diving below 40m, suffered the general knocks and bangs associated with an adventurous lifestyle, and its great for the Army as it's non-reflective, black, has a stopwatch and all sorts of gucci functions, and is generally unkillable.
By all means, after training.

The reason I say so is that there will doubtlessly be a quantity of tea-leaves amongst the lads number in training, so should he be the unfortunate who has a watch nicked, it won't be as bad losing a tenners worth, rather than fifty plus worth.
£50? Where did you buy yours? Admittedly, mine was buckshee - y'know some credit card companies do reward points? Well, I got mine with points from an Amex card. Still, think mine only retails for about £20... £30 at most, I'll have a wee shufti, wait out.
 
#15
there is only one time in the army

1
2
3
1

thats all you need
Or for the really keen...
1 stop
2 stop
3 stop
OUT!

On the watch front, I use the issue and its fine but with regard to the cheep stuff I once forgot my watch before a big ex (dont ask) and went to Argos and baught the cheepest watch there. It was fine but had no way of telling the time in the dark. Whatever you get, make sure it glows (if analouge) or a backlight function (if digital).
 
#17
What is it about Arrse and fcuking watch porn............I expect MDN will be along any minute with some wise words to the potential watch purchaser.
 
#18
Northern_Biff said:
What is it about Arrse and fcuking watch porn............I expect MDN will be along any minute with some wise words to the potential watch purchaser.
Much as I respect his obvious taste and experience, I find it very hard to justify spending the best part of a years wage on a time-telling piece of equipment! My g-shock and Citizen Aqualand NX do me very well thank you!
 

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#19
The time will always be the same, 1 2 3 1!
You are better off watching the DS!
 
#20
Definately a G shock for me!
I wore my last one for 9 years with only one battery change.
As far as I know its still working in a drawer somewhere but the rubber strap perished and are no longer available!
AJ
 

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