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    Best watches for survival situations

    I have lots of hobbies that i enjoy, one of them is watches and the other one is survival. And it just popped into my head that what would be the best watch to ware if you were surviving in the wilderness. Me personal, I think a nice ABC watch,specifically the casio pathfinder. i want to know what everyone else thinks.
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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    I think anything with atleast 100-200M water resistant, shock proof, and simple should work.
    Out of my collection I would choose my G-Shock GW810D-1A. It has a battery, and is also solar powered.
    It's a very good watch. Pathfinders are good as well.

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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    Two words: G-Shock.

    Any one will do.

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    (P.S. You know you've been on WUS a long time when you can Google Image a watch you own and find your own photo of it.)
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    I have a Suunto Vector and I'm sure it would do the trick.
    "The race is long and,in the end, it's only with yourself..."

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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    *Nothing with a battery.

    *Something with a mechanical movement.

    *An automatic would be good.

    *Something that is water resistant to 200m.

    *Screw down crown would be more protection from the elements.

    No matter situation. As long as you have a watch that keeps ticking from movement, and water resistant. You will always have something that keeps track of time when you need it, even if it isn't actuate. The first GMT clocks were mechanical clocks on ships that kept near perfect time.
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    G-Shock MTG930DA-8V, G-Shock GW-5600J-1, Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E, G-Shock Riseman GW9200-1, and a Vostok Amphibia with a Russian Navy missile ship and a Russian Tank on a stainless steel oyster watch band.


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    Was just watching "127 Hours" today. Protagonist was wearing a Suunto. Dunno if it contributed significantly to his survival but he survived.
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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    Quote Originally Posted by aznhomer16 View Post
    Was just watching "127 Hours" today. Protagonist was wearing a Suunto. Dunno if it contributed significantly to his survival but he survived.
    The courage to cut his own arm off with a dull leatherman was also fairly instrumental in his survival.




    As for me, I'd probably go with a Skyhawk AT. I could see the slide rule maybe coming in handy, the Eco Drive would likely outlast my own life while stranded, Ti is pretty tough, 200m resistant, lots of timing functions, etc.

    An ABC would probably be the best choice, but that's a little boring imo. I usually think the spirit of this game is what watch do you think would be the best if you had to make do with it on short notice. If it's just about the right tool for the job, then ideally I'd have a radio and survival gear and not need to worry about what watch I had on.
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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    A stick and the sun, because when it's nighttime, you aren't going anywhere right?

    I have a daily wear Bertucci field watch made out of steel. They also have titanium versions. For long term, Mad Max style wasteland survival, I figure you could buy a titanium version, and stick an automatic movement in it so you don't have to deal with batteries. Screw down caseback and crown, 100m water resistance. Recessed mineral crystal too.

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    Fixed lugs with a large space between the bars and the case, so if your strap breaks you can just improvise a strap from a torn cloth or something.

    Otherwise, I agree with Midshipman01. I'd rather have proper gear and not need to worry about what watch I have.

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    Re: Best watches for survival situations

    If only Victorianox and Wenger would apply their knife knowledge to watches...
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    ^Heh, heh, heh.
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