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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-21-2009 05:05 AM
SundancerKid I have a few watches but like a few others, I prefer to go the cheap and replaceable route when sailing. My sailing watch is a Casio Sea Pathfinder (which I believe is a cheaper version of the Pathfinder). Waterproof to 100m, back light, alarms, tide graph, stopwatch and dual time. Gains one second every 5 days which is easy enough to keep track of. Has taken a few years of some tough punishment. Don't know how much it cost because I got it free with a magazine subscription. If I lose it, no big deal...
11-21-2009 03:12 AM
flitemdic Tag Heuer- any one of them are good. If it fits right, and you keep an eye on it, the losing it over the side chances are reduced, (although not eliminated, obviously). I've only had one. It has lasted through two very aggressive careers, multiple outdoor adventure sports, and two boats. I can't say enough about it- it's a one time expense, has gone 23 years now with no problem except the bezel stop wore out, and so now the ring will go backwards as well as forwards- only life changing if you dive without a computer.
11-21-2009 01:32 AM
jerryrlitton I wear a Casio Pathfinder. Somebody mentioned before that it updates with WWV here in the states but it also updates 3 other places in the world. Very accurate, multiple time zones, Compass (Fairly accurate) temp, baro and altimeter. Good down to 200M with solar power also.
Casio Pathfinder Watches: Mens - Digital - Altimeter – Barometer - Compass
Jerry
11-20-2009 11:53 PM
wind_magic I remember looking into it years ago, and if I were to get a good watch it would be a Luminox.
11-20-2009 11:13 PM
Starlyte
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Originally Posted by dugout View Post
I would say the Luminox 3901, (Navy Seal with the velcro band). I have and have had many watches and the Luminox is the one I would depend upon if I had to. Mine has been through hell and still ride my wrist most of the time.
Luminox - no one beats it. I also have the Navy Seal. Remarkable Watch...
11-20-2009 11:04 PM
byr0n I wear a Victorinox Dive Master 500M. I have had it a couple years and have not had an issue with it. It was about 500 bucks though...
11-20-2009 02:32 AM
nemier
Rolex Sea Dweller

I have been wearing my Rolex everyday for the last 22 years.
Never had a problem, it's bullet proof & completely automatic.
I think it's the only watch I'll ever have.
11-19-2009 11:11 PM
dugout I would say the Luminox 3901, (Navy Seal with the velcro band). I have and have had many watches and the Luminox is the one I would depend upon if I had to. Mine has been through hell and still ride my wrist most of the time.
11-19-2009 02:59 PM
Icarus05
Citizen Ecodrive Skyhawk

I would go with this b/c I've had one for 6 years with no problems. No batteries or winding. I has the digital bit for stop watch etc... plus can store and switch between timezones world wide. I used to be a professional pilot which is why I originally went with this type of watch. Of course you don't have to have it but I can't stand not. Even with access to a hundred other things that will tell you time and more, I like having it on my watch.

If you really want to get serious about the "going to sea" part and extreme circumstances, the other feature that this watch has that I actually use a lot is called an E6-B on the bezel. This is a sort of circular slide rule that all pilots learn to use at some point. They are easy to learn and use and do all sorts of calculations for time/dis., speed, fuel burn, etc....Again it is totally analog, easy to use and I've actually used it on distance races, road trips, etc...
11-19-2009 12:10 PM
TintedChrome I'm a watch guy too, and while I'll wear whatever I happen to be wearing that day sailing (it is, after all, just a watch, and my philosophy is that if all it's going to do is sit in a watch box and never be worn then it's useless), on an extended cruise where I'd be away from home for a long while I'd only bring two -

my quartz Luminox, simply because it's built like a friggin tank, is extremely accurate, and the luminous dials are mighty convenient at night..


and my "automatik" Sinn 556, because frankly I'm completely in love with it and it's a "dressier" watch to wear when making landfall.. Plus, it looks stunning in person and I love the attention it gets from the women despite its incredibly simple dial



Other than that, other watches that have made it onto a boat are an Omega Seamaster 120, old Gruen military watch, Glycine Airman, Swatch Chrono, and countless cheapies.. I've lost a Fortis Flieger Chrono over the side though (bummer!), so some crab off the coast of Brittany is sporting that one.. and I got so pissed off at the Seiko automatic and it's ridiculous 6-8 hr power reserve and chronic inaccuracy (granted it was a cheapie) that I voluntarily offered that one up to Neptune two years ago off the coast of Maine after it made an escape attempt by snapping one of the spring-bars and falling onto the cockpit sole.

But yeah, all that to say - it's a watch -wear what you like and what you're comfortable wearing for extended periods of time. And don't wear anything you're not prepared to lose or replace.
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