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What makes a tactical watch "tactical"?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by Sharpone, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Sharpone

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    Is there some specific function(s) that make a watch tactical?
     
  2. photomic

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    telling the time? :jester:

    no seriously,
    tactical watch may mean many different things.
    What's you definition of "tactical"?

    Some collectors want a watch that only look cool and "tactical".
    Some collectors wants only official and original issued watches.
    Real military officer depending on the corp (infantry, navy, amphibious, airborne and jetfighter pilots) have very different requirements...
    (and they often use cheap digital Timex&Casio watches)
     
  3. Valerian

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    If I remember correctly, some 5.11 Tactical watches have some kind of bullet trajectory calculators. That I'm willing to admit might be a genuine tactical feature.
     
  4. djturnz

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    A piece of Picatinny rail?
     
  5. 17Chap

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    When I take mine off at night it plans and executes it's escape and evasion. In the morning I can't find it. It's turned up in the bathroom, desktop, end table, computer desk and kitchen table. One of these days it will make it out to the car, then I expect it will disappear for good. When that happens, I'm getting a non-tactical watch that will stay put.

    :D :D :D

    Chap
     
  6. jehan60188

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    it's all black? no that would make in "assault" watch

    it has a molle strap on it?
     
  7. Buzzbait

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    "Tactical" is a load of marketing bull. It's just the styling of an item, for those who wish they were one the "them". You know "them". The guys in bulletproof vests, hovering above unknowing average people, in their black tactical helicopters.

    Let me introduce you to the St. Moritz Titan2.

    1. Slim design that won't get hung up and ripped off of your wrist.
    2. Easy to read face.
    3. Chronograph
    4. Alarm
    5. Lume dial for night viewing
    6. Uber-scratch resistant Sapphire crystal
    7. Interior anti-glare coating
    8. Light weight but strong titanium screwback case
    9. Screwdown crown for water resistance
    10. 18mm strap that can be replaced at any Walmart in America
    11. Very robust quartz Miyota movement
    12. Accurate to within 2 or 3 seconds per year (Yes, I timed it).

    This watch is totally filled with common sense functions that make it one of the most practical analog utility watches ever made. Yet it is the complete opposite of what most people would think of as "tactical". It's what our fathers called a field watch.

    [img width=640 height=480]http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l256/Buzzbait67/St%20Moritz/Picture440.jpg[/img]



    Now here is a Kobold Phantom Tactical watch:

    1. Cool sounding brand name
    2. Huge and ungainly size
    3. Keeps lousy time
    5. Black finish that gets scratched off
    6. Heavy bracelet
    7. Giant crown that digs int your wrist
    8. Rotating bezel that you'll never use
    9. Unnecessarily complicated face
    10. Insanely expensive
    11. Water resistant to a depth that would kill most fish

    [​IMG]
    Now that's what I call Tactical.
     
  8. jeeves3443

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    I think we should start with defining the difference between 'tactical features' and watch for 'tactical missions'.

    A tactical watch should be easily readable in high stress environments, yet not so easily readable that a sharpshooter can take off your hand on a moonless night.

    Tactical features would be things like a 'round trajectory calculator' or compass/GPS, maybe a small flashlight.

    "Tactical" is for marketing to civilians.




    Buzzbait. I love the St Moritz.
    Although, I'd call it a chronograph.
    Field watches typically don't have any complications.
    In my experience anyway.


    And, I'd call the Kobold Phantom "Tacticool." Especially if the coating scratches off with a finger nail and it doesn't keep decent time.
     
  9. rueingeni

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    That St. Moritz is a sexy watch, Buzzbait. I agree that the term "tactical" is just something used for marketing. Features that would be probably be desirable in some sort of a... military environment, I guess, would probably be:

    -Waterproof
    -Reliability
    -Good illumination
    -Ease of reading

    As far as additional "features" are concerned, I don't know since I'm not in the military, but I would guess that stopwatches/chronographs might come in handy at times. Other than that, I think that the ruggedness and readability of the watch is the most important factor.
     
  10. yam350

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    Really a `tactical´watch should also have a cover for the dial, first to protect it in what is often a dirty, damage prone environment and second to cover the luminous dial at night, night scopes can pick out the dial on a watch if it's facing them a little, certainly enough to get you some attention.
     
  11. shrap

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    Yup, it's all style and not related to substance.

    You might be surprised what watches are actually used in wartime.
     
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    In the 70s we would have called that watch stylish.
     
  13. Flight-ER-Doc

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    The marketing department?
     
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    That is my favorite answer ever to this question. Well done! ;D

    --Bob Q
     
  15. Brangdon

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    A bezel which rises up, rotates and cuts through rope like a saw is pretty tactical. Bond had one in Live and Let Die.
     
  16. yam350

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    Here http://www.armywatch.co.uk/ are the watches we used to get issued, in the infantry the plainest one was what we got, usually we would buy one of the straps with a cover to protect the face and to keep crap off it. Our requirements were, accurate, easily settable in order to syochronise ( have six different commanders on the same battle field with watches giving six different times= fun), sufficiently good luminosity to tell the time in the dark and ruggedly reliable from a soldier's point of view. For a hole digging, rifle toting infantry man what more could we want? Even now with the potential for barometer/altimeters, compasses etc you don't want all that stuff in your watch, eggs and baskets come to mind.For soldiers the K.I.S.S. rule applies double.

    I have a question:- If soldiers need a `Tactical´ watch, does that imply that Generals and President need Strategic watches?
     
  17. MarioP

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    Unfortunately, now everything must be "tacticool". As for a real tactical piece, something reliable, simple and easy to read. No need for gadgets on your watch...... and if you really need a knife, saw, or compass, bring real ones along.

    My 2 cents

    Mario
     
  18. snidera

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    But a laser is much better.
     
  19. yam350

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    I'm not sure which movie it was but in one of the spy spoof movies of the seventies, one of the heroes had either a watch or a lighter that contained 72 death dealing devices! Now that is tactical.
     
  20. rueingeni

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    Or how about the Bond watch that contained the electromagnet that could divert bullets? :lolhammer: