Question on watches

Apologies if this is the wrong place to put this but I've got a couple of quick questions on watches.

My son has finished uni and is off to Sandhurst next year and I'd like to get him a proper military watch as a present. I don't want to get him anything inappropriate (either too flash or not robust enough) so thought I'd ask here for some guidance on the best options for around £150 to £200.

What would you recommend as a good watch and, having been a bit alarmed by the comments on Telford Watches, where do you feel would be the best place to go to buy one?

Thanks in advance for your help & suggestions.
You could probably do a lot worse than this baby. We got one for our currant-bun some time ago for £150 and it's survived a Telic and a Herrick in sterling form and still looks and functions great.
He had/has no arrsing around with batteries and such and he's made up with the thing, since it took all the knocks and came up smiling. The only thing is that he sort of spoiled the image by putting a Scaley watch-strap on it. But whatever.

It's only waterproof to 50 metres, of course. But let's face it, it you're more than 50 metres underwater, the last fückin' thing you're going to be bothered about is whether your watch is going to be OK.


Admittedly, this watch is less about form than function, but with 3 time zones, glow in the dark hands, stopwatch and date, it's all I've needed on ex or tour. VERY tough too, I've not yet broken it despite putting through enough to do so.
How about getting him the nice watch when he graduates? Then he can help with the choice and it will mean more than getting it to go to training.

I'd second the Casop G Shock - alarm, light, stopwatch, time zones, tough. All you need for training.
Bugsy said:
It's only waterproof to 50 metres, of course. But let's face it, it you're more than 50 metres underwater, the last fückin' thing you're going to be bothered about is whether your watch is going to be OK.
Quick one on this, and its not a critism of the poster. I only found out from bitter experience and when I was researching a recent purchase

Water resistant - Don't wear near a kettle when its boiling (My Water resistant H3 GTLS has condensation on the indside from wearing on excercise)

50m - Wash your hands with it on

100m - Ok for swimming (but my wife went snorkelling in her sekonda and now has condensation inside)

200m - Minimum depth for diving etc

I must have had a Gshock from a bad batch - I bought one for tellic and the digital part sulked when it went above 50 deg C
Part_Timer said:
the digital part sulked when it went above 50 deg C
I was told (a long time ago) to avoid LCD displays be use they can't cope with either extreme hot or cold (Arctic) temps. Not sure if this has been solved in the intervening 15? years as I use a wind up watch for this reason.
I have the tactical 5.11 watch and it provides everything required for a day to day work watch. Has seen a few tours and survived.

It does have a sniper function, which I have no use of and dont believe many people would have, but apart from that it also has a very functional compass and the rest of the functions available on the G-Shock etc.

To top it off it comes in a sleek black design.

Mine along with a few other models available here:

5.11 Military Watches
Having finished the hurst earlier this month I can catagorically recommend that you do not buy a Suunto. Complete waste of £320. In 44 weeks I went through 2 and my third has condensation in the inside. Perhaps im unlucky. It has all the bells and whistle, and looks mega, but i find the face illuminates too much at night and takes thirty seconds to cancel.

If you want my honest advice get down Elizabeth duke and get him a ten pound casio, then buy him a second, smart watch to wear to social events and cutting around barracks . Ten pounder for the field if it gets smashed, its broke, no tears and buy a new one, and a nice omega or breitling for in camp :p .

Just my thoughts.


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Bottom end of the G Shock waterproof range, they take some serious stick and can be worn canoeing, sailing, climbing etc and the alarm will wake the dead which is a major help when in the hangover realms.

Minimum waterproof spec should be 200 metres as the spec is based on underwater shock pressure not static for example if you have a 100 metres rated watch at 33 metres and move your arm you can have the same pressure as 100 metres depth. A 100 metre watch may not serious day of sailing or canoeing.
walt_of_the_walts said:
A good british no nonsense watch.

But he might be able to get one issued to him.
MWC - whilst perfectly good watches - are not British. Nor are they issue items. They are not to be confused with CWC - which are MoD contractors. CWC make very good watches, though they are expensive. Their G10 quartz is a very good basic analogue watch without the whistles and bells. Precista's PRS10 is of a higher spec and is excellent VFM. In fact, all the new Precistas are superb watches and are as good as CWC's stock.

MWC sell hideously marked up items that are available from Hong Kong at a fraction of the price (watches571). I have two of these 'Ray Wong specials' and they're great 'beaters', i.e. for knocking about in. I've dived with them and they are fine. They have screw down crowns and a Swiss ETA movement. They keep excellent time.

RN Diver clone

SF Diver clone

CWC G10s can be sourced from either Xmod or off eBay very easily at a snip of the price of a Harry Spanker's one from Silverman's, if a G10 is what's required. The Pulsar G10s are wnak, though their aircrew chrono is OK, if somewhat dim on the lume front.

I would however, recommend a Nite MX10 or 20 or a Seiko Black Monster - a very robust auto with good lume.
This is my watch. I have it over a year now and I just love the classic simplicity. It tells the time and date,which is enough for me.

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