My Watches

Malpaso posted:
MG in TX posted:
punctum posted:

Any thoughts on the Garmin Fenix 3?   I'm looking to add a GPS watch to the (modest) collection.  

Punctum there was an earlier dedicated thread to it on LF, damn if I can recall where but do a search for it as a Brit. bobbie (IIRC) had some solid feedback on it.

Not sure if this is the thread you were thinking of. Not dedicated to it, but it gets a lot of mention - http://www.lightfighter.net/to...it2-vs-garmin-tacix?

That's it &  kudo's to Mal for the strong search-fu.

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MG in TX posted:
Malpaso posted:
MG in TX posted:
punctum posted:

Any thoughts on the Garmin Fenix 3?   I'm looking to add a GPS watch to the (modest) collection.  

Punctum there was an earlier dedicated thread to it on LF, damn if I can recall where but do a search for it as a Brit. bobbie (IIRC) had some solid feedback on it.

Not sure if this is the thread you were thinking of. Not dedicated to it, but it gets a lot of mention - http://www.lightfighter.net/to...it2-vs-garmin-tacix?

That's it &  kudo's to Mal for the strong search-fu.

Very strong...and very helpful.

Thanks, gents.

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Is there a GPS watch that's not an exercise watch? I'm looking for a backup to my Garmin handheld. I want just the basics; map coordinates, compass, altimeter, tracking, etc., and of course, the time. Solar and Atomic would be helpful as well. I don't need a heart rate monitor, pacing, calories, etc. Suunto has some, but they're too expensive for this use. I'd be better off buying another handheld GPS.

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Malpaso posted:

Is there a GPS watch that's not an exercise watch? I'm looking for a backup to my Garmin handheld. I want just the basics; map coordinates, compass, altimeter, tracking, etc., and of course, the time. Solar and Atomic would be helpful as well. I don't need a heart rate monitor, pacing, calories, etc. Suunto has some, but they're too expensive for this use. I'd be better off buying another handheld GPS.

What's your budget? The first thing I can think of is the Garmin Foretrex 401, might be worth asking Joe Strohman as to his cost on it. Also, Suunto's been giving out pretty steep discounts on their Ambit3 line, if you're a Promotive member; they even have some leftover Ambit2 S watches, albeit in more garish colors (red and lime green).

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

 

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Garmin also makes non-heart rate GPS watches, like the Fenix and Tactix. Those are also pricey though. You could check with Strohman Enterprises as they carry Garmin products.

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Malpaso posted:

Is there a GPS watch that's not an exercise watch? I'm looking for a backup to my Garmin handheld. I want just the basics; map coordinates, compass, altimeter, tracking, etc., and of course, the time. Solar and Atomic would be helpful as well. I don't need a heart rate monitor, pacing, calories, etc. Suunto has some, but they're too expensive for this use. I'd be better off buying another handheld GPS.

What's your budget? The first thing I can think of is the Garmin Foretrex 401, might be worth asking Joe Strohman as to his cost on it. Also, Suunto's been giving out pretty steep discounts on their Ambit3 line, if you're a Promotive member; they even have some leftover Ambit2 S watches, albeit in more garish colors (red and lime green).

Budget would be less than another handheld . I looked at the Foretrex, but it looks like a handheld on a wristband. I may end up with the non HR Fenix, although it has way more stuff than I need, and no solar.

ETA - just read that the Fenix altimeter is a barometric altimeter. That's a no-go. I want a GPS driven altimeter.

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Malpaso posted:
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Malpaso posted:

Is there a GPS watch that's not an exercise watch? I'm looking for a backup to my Garmin handheld. I want just the basics; map coordinates, compass, altimeter, tracking, etc., and of course, the time. Solar and Atomic would be helpful as well. I don't need a heart rate monitor, pacing, calories, etc. Suunto has some, but they're too expensive for this use. I'd be better off buying another handheld GPS.

What's your budget? The first thing I can think of is the Garmin Foretrex 401, might be worth asking Joe Strohman as to his cost on it. Also, Suunto's been giving out pretty steep discounts on their Ambit3 line, if you're a Promotive member; they even have some leftover Ambit2 S watches, albeit in more garish colors (red and lime green).

Budget would be less than another handheld . I looked at the Foretrex, but it looks like a handheld on a wristband. I may end up with the non HR Fenix, although it has way more stuff than I need, and no solar.

Well, on Promotive, the Ambit2 S in Lime comes in at ~140 USD, which should be well within less than another handheld. ~200 USD for an Ambit3 Sport, ~250 USD for an Ambit3 Peak (the Peak has longer battery life and a barometer). No solar, like the fēnix 3, but cheaper, and just as feature rich (which may be a detriment, because now you have a bunch of buttons and functions you'll likely never use).

The Ambit3 Peak's altimeter can be switched between GPS, GPS/baro hybrid, or baro only, FWIW.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

 

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Longeye posted:

Subterfuge,

Have you done anything about the ugly bezel on the Orange Monster? 

Are there options?

I've seen a pre-production coin edge for the Monster, but no news on whether it will be going ahead or not.  I have cut a spot for a bezel insert in an SRP637 bezel, which is doable with the OM:

 

Stock for reference-

 

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Malpaso posted:
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Malpaso posted:

Is there a GPS watch that's not an exercise watch? I'm looking for a backup to my Garmin handheld. I want just the basics; map coordinates, compass, altimeter, tracking, etc., and of course, the time. Solar and Atomic would be helpful as well. I don't need a heart rate monitor, pacing, calories, etc. Suunto has some, but they're too expensive for this use. I'd be better off buying another handheld GPS.

What's your budget? The first thing I can think of is the Garmin Foretrex 401, might be worth asking Joe Strohman as to his cost on it. Also, Suunto's been giving out pretty steep discounts on their Ambit3 line, if you're a Promotive member; they even have some leftover Ambit2 S watches, albeit in more garish colors (red and lime green).

Budget would be less than another handheld . I looked at the Foretrex, but it looks like a handheld on a wristband. I may end up with the non HR Fenix, although it has way more stuff than I need, and no solar.

ETA - just read that the Fenix altimeter is a barometric altimeter. That's a no-go. I want a GPS driven altimeter.

I've used a Garmin Tactix since April and my understanding is that excluding a few changes it is in many ways a Fenix in a different case.  That being said, the Tactix has an option to display GPS elevation any time the GPS is tracking.  (And while I don't have a Fenix handy, I tested this on my Tactix this afternoon.  I also pulled up the Fenix manual from Garmin and it shows the Fenix has the same capability). From the sound of it, I was gathering you might be ruling out a Fenix but I thought this was worth at least putting out there.

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Send it.

This thread made me recently pick up a refurbished Seiko SKX007K2 to use as a swim watch. But... I had another idea for it. Yesterday at the National Matches at Camp Perry, the squadded practice was cancelled due to a thunder storm. I decided to use the free time to whip up a prototype of something astronaut inspired.

In order to time Service Rifle stages, some people use timers. However, I wanted a more elegant solution. The shooting coat always covered my watches, and this is the result. I sewed velcro straps onto my right (firing hand) sleeve in order to mount the watch. I tested it on my left sleeve to keep it in my view, but my sling would get in the way. This way, I can adjust the bezel at the start of each slow fire stage and I can glance at it when entering values in my data book. So far, I'm liking it.

http://imgur.com/TRUgzAF
*Don't mind the zipper on the right sleeve. I bought a lefty jacket and swapped everything over, but left that zipper.

http://imgur.com/Qv0oAiT

http://imgur.com/D9WCfqb

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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the demise of my beloved Seiko Orange Monster. I do not know what failed, but it stopped ticking at 7:23am today. With vigorous shaking I can get it tick for about 20-30 more seconds but not with the normal movement of hands. I am not really surprised as it went from being -5 to 9 seconds a day to loosing roughly 30 seconds a day. When finances are right I'll send her off to be refurbished/modded.

Until then I'm down to wearing an old Fossil, since I was really a one watch man.

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dan187 posted:

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the demise of my beloved Seiko Orange Monster. I do not know what failed, but it stopped ticking at 7:23am today. With vigorous shaking I can get it tick for about 20-30 more seconds but not with the normal movement of hands. I am not really surprised as it went from being -5 to 9 seconds a day to loosing roughly 30 seconds a day. When finances are right I'll send her off to be refurbished/modded.

Until then I'm down to wearing an old Fossil, since I was really a one watch man.

I can drop a new 7S26 in there very inexpensively.  It may take a while, but it won't cost much. 

recent stuff:

Finally... this is the second custom date wheel, first one is in Ranger5s nearly finished 6309 revamp- but you can't see it until it's done, and he's seen it.

7002 w/ NH36 movement conversion-

SRP773 (blue version of the new 6309 reissue) with SKX coin edge machined to fit, 6309 bubble dome sapphire crystal, SKX009 insert:

SRP637 from before, now with ceramic bezel insert & SBDX001 MM300 dial & hands, SBDC001 sumo chapter ring and crown.  Bezel needs a little more work.

SKX Enhanced Ghost Agent- Dagaz Agent dial, M/H hands, bezel insert, display case back, DLW lightning S hand, Stage 3S blasted case, Graphite Black Cerakoted triple grip bezel & 1st run large S/a engraved crown, NH36 hacking handwinding movement, Prototype gray AR flat sapphire, Prototype laser engraved 60 min chapter ring- stage 3S blast

If anyone is looking for one of the new SRP777s shoot me a message, I can get them at the lower end of the market price.

 

 

 

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Subterfuge, when I'm ready (finance wise) I hope to send it off to you. I figure while it's in the shop is the time to mod it. I want to update the movement, as I strongly desire hacking. Might as well get the case cleaned up and maybe Cerekoted while I'm at it. With the looming election though, I'm putting my money towards items more likely to become banned right now.

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dan187 posted:

Subterfuge, when I'm ready (finance wise) I hope to send it off to you. I figure while it's in the shop is the time to mod it. I want to update the movement, as I strongly desire hacking. Might as well get the case cleaned up and maybe Cerekoted while I'm at it. With the looming election though, I'm putting my money towards items more likely to become banned right now.

Oh, like books?  

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What is the consensus on Seiko or Citizen solar powered watches for general daily wear? I am looking for something relatively inexpensive, fairly accurate, and at somewhat durable. I work in a medical clinic as an X-ray tech so I don't need G-shock tough for a daily wear. I figure after I get my OM repaired/modded, I will probably not want to wear it all the time (oh hell I probably still will though). I've looked on amazon at some of the solar watches at around $100 and just don't know how well they hold up.

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Just got an email from Air Blue (pilot watch side of Deep Blue) with a 50% off code on all stock. Code is THANKS. www.airbluewatches.com

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dan187 posted:

What is the consensus on Seiko or Citizen solar powered watches for general daily wear? I am looking for something relatively inexpensive, fairly accurate, and at somewhat durable. I work in a medical clinic as an X-ray tech so I don't need G-shock tough for a daily wear. I figure after I get my OM repaired/modded, I will probably not want to wear it all the time (oh hell I probably still will though). I've looked on amazon at some of the solar watches at around $100 and just don't know how well they hold up.

Both are very durable.

dan187 posted:

What is the consensus on Seiko or Citizen solar powered watches for general daily wear? I am looking for something relatively inexpensive, fairly accurate, and at somewhat durable. I work in a medical clinic as an X-ray tech so I don't need G-shock tough for a daily wear. I figure after I get my OM repaired/modded, I will probably not want to wear it all the time (oh hell I probably still will though). I've looked on amazon at some of the solar watches at around $100 and just don't know how well they hold up.

I've worn a Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph for a while and really like it.  Many places sell it for ~$175, but they can be had for $112 at jomashop.com.  It's simple, functional, perfectly sized(for me), and has been accurate and durable.  And it's cheap enough that I don't worry about it.  I haven't really swam with it much outside of shallow pools, but it works in that environment and in heavy rain.  

It comes with a green canvas band, which is unfortunately leather lined and gets smelly.  But it looks good.

This watch has since been moved to  less frequent wearing, and I now have it on a martini racing band.



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This is what I've been wearing for awhile:

Victorinox Classic Chrono.  I've had this watch about 10 years now.  Had to replace the battery twice so far.  Typical quartz watch accuracy.  It's a heavy steel case, but not too thick; I like the feel of it.  This is my "dress" watch - I don't wear it on duty, or even at the range, so I really can't attest to any durability issues.  I was disappointed in the lume, so I sent it off to MCWW to have the hands repainted.  I can't say it made much of a difference.  I get about 2 -3 hours of lume off a full charge, but that's about it.

I bought this G-Shock around 2006.  It went with me through basic at FLETC, and I still haven't changed the battery.  I have swam countless hours in the ocean, fired thousands of rounds downrange, and generally abused the crap out of it.  I missed having a second hand on it, and eventually stopped wearing this watch because I couldn't read the small numbers.  (Getting old sucks.)

This G-Shock has become my daily wear for almost 4 years now.  This is the solar powered-radio version, GW-2310FB.  Only once has the battery indicator gone below high: during the winter, I was wearing jackets all day, and I had the light set to come on automatically whenever I lifted my arm.  (Using the steering wheel with one hand activates the light.)  So it never saw the light of day.  After a couple months, it finally showed medium on the battery charge.  But I left it in the window for a day, and it was back to a full charge.

It doesn't always sync with the atomic clock.  Seems kinda random when it does and doesn't.  I live in a steep canyon, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.  Otherwise, your standard G-shock reliability.  And the numbers are large enough that I can read the display, day or night.

I wanted to go back to a simple analog watch, but was short on funds.  So I found this on Amazon for only $15.   It's not a G-shock, but it's held up very well after 1.5 years so far.  The glass hasn't scratched, and it keeps time consistent with a quartz watch.  It's stood up to lots of firearms training and swimming.  Best of all, the lume on this cheap watch is some of the better I have seen.  I can read this at 0500, even if it hasn't seen light in 12 hours. 

I've been looking at the Smith & Bradley line, if I ever get the funds for another nice watch.

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I've looked for one of those Swiss Army Classic Chronos after seeing an issued one on the wrist of a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot, but they're literally nowhere to be found.

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Alright, I've been feeding the watch addiction for awhile now, egged on by this thread at times, and have come to a problem. My retirement present watch from my wife was a Marathon GSAR with the US crest metal bracelet. Well, that tank has been beat up off and on for 8 years now and needs a rehab. The illumination is weak now, the bezel is beat to snot and the triangle at 12 o'clock on the bezel went elsewhere long ago. I am looking for a good recommendation for said rehab. See attached pic for rough condition of the watch. It still runs well and you can kill small dogs with this thing in a tube sock, it just needs a bit of a refreshimage

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Might be good to send it to Jim Madrid, the designer of the TSAR.  I'll try to dig up his email.

I jad a similar need and he took good care of it, along with installing a GMT bezel that he only had a few remaining samples of.

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jcustisredux posted:

Might be good to send it to Jim Madrid, the designer of the TSAR.  I'll try to dig up his email.

I jad a similar need and he took good care of it, along with installing a GMT bezel that he only had a few remaining samples of.

What happened with the GMT? Im guessing its been canned, was there a reason?

Essayons!

CCG,

 Try contacting International Watch Works to see what they can do for you.  I'm pretty sure that Marathon does not have a rehab service and that the trit tubes are pretty hard to come by without an entire, replacement dial. 

If you're going to have the watch opened up anyway, you should have the movement serviced.  The movement in your watch is a pretty standard auto and should be able to be serviced by any, competent watch repair shop. 

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I had my TSAR refirbed by my schools watch program- I bought a replacement bezel insert from CountyComm (via ebay) and they realigned the hands. Replacing the Tritium isn't worth the effort, at least for me. Surprising how much a new insert does for it, aside from some very hard to see scratches it looks good as new now. 

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TBJmedic posted:
jcustisredux posted:

Might be good to send it to Jim Madrid, the designer of the TSAR.  I'll try to dig up his email.

I jad a similar need and he took good care of it, along with installing a GMT bezel that he only had a few remaining samples of.

What happened with the GMT? Im guessing its been canned, was there a reason?

I've got no idea if there was a GMT option when the TSAR first came out or it's a standard bezel on a standard attachment, but he had one and after seeing Jim C's, I wanted it on. There's a pic it in an earlier post of this thread.

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I've been meaning to post these for a while.  Got my watch from Subterfuge a while back, but I've been in JRTC and other silly places, so never got around to posting here.  My bad.

Absolutely love the watch.

Here's the professional pictures he took:

And here's one I took:

Trying to imitate this picture:

Watch is a Tudor, for anyone wondering.

jcustisredux posted:

I've looked for one of those Swiss Army Classic Chronos after seeing an issued one on the wrist of a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot, but they're literally nowhere to be found.

They have them on mass drop. 

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/v...watch?referer=WUQGM3

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Mass drop has a Victorinox automatic chronograph watch now for anyone looking.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/v...watch?referer=WUQGM3

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