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watch buying tips

Discussion in 'Watches' started by easygamer, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. easygamer

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    any good ones out there maybe ex army or the kind of watch you can smash into a rock and not have a mark on it?
     
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  2. stockae92

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    Casio G-Shock
    Timex Ironman shock resist
    Victorinox INOX

    Most rock will leave a mark on the watch, but it will survive. :)
     
  3. Kryptonian

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    +1 on the g shocks! I have 2 that get well used. I don't know about smashed into a rock, but I've smacked mine on various objects with no effect. I did get bug spray on the one and it left little spots all over it. Was kind of a bummer.
     
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  4. Tromba

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    Look for something with a sapphire crystal. The number one requirement for me for durability.
     
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  5. medicevans

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    And sapphire is brittle which equals shatter. Hard to scratch though. So, do cracks count as scratches? Lol
     
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  6. medicevans

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    +2 gshock. Love mine. If a medic can't break it, it has to be tough.
     
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  7. echo63

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    Love my Ecozilla

    Not sure it can take beating with a rock, but mine has hit doorframes and walls.
    It has marks though, the edges are worn shiny, while the flat bits are still matte beadblast

    6mm thick glass should be able to take a beating with 2mm of bezel above the glass to protect it
    (its a bulky watch, 18mm thick from memory)


    I havent had a G-Shock - but from the ones i have seen, they seem to be pretty well built, almost everythingproof
     
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  8. Djs105

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    I've been wearing Timex Ironman watches for a while now. I really like the cloth bands they offer as I don't wanna wear a metal band at work and the rubber ones drive me crazy. They are like $30 or $40, so every 2-4 years I just buy a new one if the screen becomes too scratched.
     
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    G-Shock Riseman is built like a tank!
     
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    There is no better alternative than a G-Shock to meet your needs. But I'll say it again, immediately ditch the resin strap as it's the weakest and most annoying thing about them and put it on a Nato/Zulu. Purchase the $5 adapter if need be. It may very well be indestructible that way!
     
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    I totally agree. The rubber straps that most G-Shocks have are pretty crappy. The metal bands are usually a lot better.
     
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    Gshock if you dont mind a bit of plastic..... T-SAR if you want the full metal experience (and yes, sapphire is a bit brittle but the T-SAR has an extra thick one to make up for it).

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    Heavy duty metal everything, thick sapphire, tritium glow-for-years indicators, proper waterproof, can deal with shocks no problemo. Only downside i can think of is the battery-use. On mine its been around 4 years on a cell, but thats a good period to have it re waterproofed anyways!
     
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  13. Omega Man
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    I've never had a Timex Expedition fail, and I've been wearing variants of them since 2005. I'm always banging my watch into walls, doors, door jams, filing cabinets....stuff....
     
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    That's a very handsome tool watch, especially with the SS bracelet. Well done.
     
  15. karlito

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    I've had a Timex Ironman for over a decade. Dinged, scarred and still running. While I really like the looks of an analog, the Ironman has many useful features; alarm, timer, stopwatch, etc. Pretty cheap too.
     
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    It is a very handsome watch indeed! When i purchased mine i opted not to get the metal bracelet but to wear it on a nato instead, however when i do feel like full-metal then a seiko monster bracelet will fit just fine (tho its not as purdy);

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    Thats an actual pic from my watch (as opposed to the one i posted earlier that i blatantly stole from the interwebs). Mine is an '07 contract one, so the tritium isnt the brightest anymore but still works just fine. Watch had seen quite a beating in its life, at one point the lume marker on the dive bezel fell out so i had to refill that but other than that and 3 or so dying batteries since i bought it the watch has been nothing but brilliant! I can highly recommend it
     
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  17. ReGA_93

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    You could take a look at Traser watches. It's the house brand of MB Microtec, the manufacturer of pretty much all the tritium vials in use today. Traser manufactures a lot of the Luminox watches for the Luminox brand.
     
  18. Theo
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    Mechanical or battery ? Annalog or digital?