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    Question Shock resistant watches

    Hi everyone,

    I first came to WUS because I’m quite a fan of G-Shock watches. My interest in G-Shock prompted me to think about watches from other brands which make shock resistant timepieces.

    Can anyone tell me of watches which are shock resistant? They can be any type: digital, analogue, quartz or automatic. I've tried google, but I can't seem to find anything.

    Secondly, are dive watches considered ‘shock resistant’ since they’re made to handle higher pressures?

    :thanks

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    I will take a first stab at this.
    I am a WIS in training, so if I err, I appologize and I will quickly be corrected.
    Hopefully the more knowledgeable will add to what I say.

    All modern watches made today or even 10 or more years ago are
    considered shock resistant. There are exceptions but they are few.
    The sticky part is the degree of shock protection. Your G-Shock is entirely digital
    so there are no moving parts inside. This makes it inherently shock resistant
    and very difficult to damage. Quartz analog movements are second most
    shock resistant and can take quite a beating. There is little mechanical
    complexity to go wrong and thus it is more durable and shock resistant.
    All of my hard use watches are always Quartz Analog.
    I can't stand a digital watch and haven't owned one in ~20years.
    My current favorite Quartz analog is my Marathon TSAR.
    Most people here (watch crazy nuts, called WIS) favor mechanical movements.
    These movements are the traditional movements invented ~100 years ago.
    They are very complex, but despite this they have evolved to a very
    high degree and have shock resistant engineering built in that allow them
    to take an amazing amount of abuse. People will argue the amounts but
    unless you are using a jack hammer, high powered firearm or some such
    violent act, they are relatively safe. Ironically the toughest mechanical
    watch can be damaged by a good solid drop onto a concrete floor. Not
    always, but I've had it happen. A good watchmaker can usually fix it
    right up w/ out too much trouble.

    To sum it up. Study what kind of movement you like and pick which one
    best suites your intended uses. I worry little about the shock resistance
    of ANY of my watches whether mechanical (auto) or Quartz. I shoot handguns
    a lot (.38 p++, 9mm p+, .357, .40, .44, .45, and .454 Casull) and don't bother
    with removing my watches. ALL THE WISSes just GASPED!
    None have lost any time nor been the worse for wear, but I almost always
    wear a Quartz during firearms training.
    This may disqualify me from earning my WIS degree.
    Just my 2 cents worth.


    *edit* Dive watches are made to be waterproof. That is something entirely different
    than shock resistant. BUT, to answer your question, YES, dive watches are some of the
    toughest watches made. You will have a difficult time tearing one up. Don't worry too
    much about the shock resistance.
    Just don't go dropping your watch on purpose from great heights either.


    Peace,
    J.
    Last edited by J.Wayne; April 5th, 2007 at 11:05.

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Wayne View Post
    This may disqualify me from earning my WIS degree.
    What is does the acronym WIS stand for?

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    I'm surprised the Casull doesn't knock the watch right off your wrist!
    Charlie

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    Seamaster, 1961, Gold, Cal. 500
    Seamaster Pro 2231.80
    Speedmaster 3523.30
    Speedmaster Pro 3570.50

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    One of the reasons (in addition to the monster huge tritium tubes on the Classic II dial) I bought the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon was it's shock resistance. The website claims ISO testing for 7,500 Gs, which is the most I've come across in my surfing around looking for my grail. It's a really cool watch, practical, too. I love it.
    I couldn't cut and paste the flash text from the Ball Watch site, so here is the link:
    http://www.ballwatch.com/Web_EN/technology_shockre.aspx
    Attached Images Attached Images


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    Krieger Titanium Oceanus Chronometer #00099
    Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Wayne View Post
    I will take a first stab at this.
    I am a WIS in training, so if I err, I appologize and I will quickly be corrected.
    Hopefully the more knowledgeable will add to what I say.

    All modern watches made today or even 10 or more years ago are
    considered shock resistant. There are exceptions but they are few.
    The sticky part is the degree of shock protection. Your G-Shock is entirely digital
    so there are no moving parts inside. This makes it inherently shock resistant
    and very difficult to damage. Quartz analog movements are second most
    shock resistant and can take quite a beating. There is little mechanical
    complexity to go wrong and thus it is more durable and shock resistant.
    All of my hard use watches are always Quartz Analog.
    I can't stand a digital watch and haven't owned one in ~20years.
    My current favorite Quartz analog is my Marathon TSAR.
    Most people here (watch crazy nuts, called WIS) favor mechanical movements.
    These movements are the traditional movements invented ~100 years ago.
    They are very complex, but despite this they have evolved to a very
    high degree and have shock resistant engineering built in that allow them
    to take an amazing amount of abuse. People will argue the amounts but
    unless you are using a jack hammer, high powered firearm or some such
    violent act, they are relatively safe. Ironically the toughest mechanical
    watch can be damaged by a good solid drop onto a concrete floor. Not
    always, but I've had it happen. A good watchmaker can usually fix it
    right up w/ out too much trouble.

    To sum it up. Study what kind of movement you like and pick which one
    best suites your intended uses. I worry little about the shock resistance
    of ANY of my watches whether mechanical (auto) or Quartz. I shoot handguns
    a lot (.38 p++, 9mm p+, .357, .40, .44, .45, and .454 Casull) and don't bother
    with removing my watches. ALL THE WISSes just GASPED!
    None have lost any time nor been the worse for wear, but I almost always
    wear a Quartz during firearms training.
    This may disqualify me from earning my WIS degree.
    Just my 2 cents worth.


    *edit* Dive watches are made to be waterproof. That is something entirely different
    than shock resistant. BUT, to answer your question, YES, dive watches are some of the
    toughest watches made. You will have a difficult time tearing one up. Don't worry too
    much about the shock resistance.
    Just don't go dropping your watch on purpose from great heights either.


    Peace,
    J.
    Hi there,

    Thanks for your detailed response. As you describe, being quite tough is very different to being shock resistant. For example, the G-Shock can be dropped onto concrete and not be damaged because it is shock resistant. You can even run one over with a car, and it will still function as per normal! Unfortunately, the watches you describe don't have this same level of toughness - they don't meet the iso standard for shock resistance.

    Thanks for letting me know that the watch standards have increased significantly, and can handle a much higher level of abuse compared to previous.

    You see, I am looking for a watch that can survive some abuse (accidental).

    :thanks

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    Re: Shock resistant watches

    Quote Originally Posted by designdweeb View Post
    One of the reasons (in addition to the monster huge tritium tubes on the Classic II dial) I bought the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon was it's shock resistance. The website claims ISO testing for 7,500 Gs, which is the most I've come across in my surfing around looking for my grail. It's a really cool watch, practical, too. I love it.
    I couldn't cut and paste the flash text from the Ball Watch site, so here is the link:
    http://www.ballwatch.com/Web_EN/technology_shockre.aspx
    Hi,

    Thanks for showing me this fantastic watch company. I've never heard of them before, but they make beautiful watches which are extremely strong.

    Dare I ask what the usual asking price is for one their watches?

    Thanks

    :gold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Damage View Post
    Hi there,

    Thanks for your detailed response. As you describe, being quite tough is very different to being shock resistant. For example, the G-Shock can be dropped onto concrete and not be damaged because it is shock resistant. You can even run one over with a car, and it will still function as per normal! Unfortunately, the watches you describe don't have this same level of toughness - they don't meet the iso standard for shock resistance.

    Thanks for letting me know that the watch standards have increased significantly, and can handle a much higher level of abuse compared to previous.

    You see, I am looking for a watch that can survive some abuse (accidental).

    :thanks
    If you choose to place shock resistance at the very top of your requirement
    to owning a watch, you will sadly miss out on thousands of awesome
    watches. As I stated, the G-Shock is entirely digital, w/ no moving parts.
    This gives it the ultimate advantage "technically" speaking.
    In the real world, you have to take into consideration the fact that a
    human being is wearing the watch. All of the quality made Quartz analog and
    many of the mechanical movements would survive much more abuse than
    you could wearing it. Does that make sense?
    What I'm trying to say is that you would likely have to withstand great
    bodily harm, e.g. breaking your bones, or death by falling, to hurt a modern
    watch. What good is your G-Shock, or any watch, if you are dead?
    Just something to think about. Don't become obsessed by one detail and
    lose sight of the big picture.


    Peace and best of luck,
    J.

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