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Suunto Vector317 viewsPersonally, I like Luminox, but to see two of them up there that to me look so similar means that some other watch is being overlooked.

Having deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces (CF), I came across several common watch brands being worn. Obviously Timex is one of them. The reason being they are so inexpensive that guys don't mind if they bang them up or loose them. And most guys want an alarm function.

But another brand that was pretty popluar between the guys who looked at thier watch as more of a tool to aid in several tasks (rather than just telling the time or using for an alarm) is Suunto.

Many guys had the Suunto X9i (me included which I subsequently replaced with an X10) and even more had the Vector.

The X9i/X10 were popular for thier GPS feature as GPS aren't individual issue. So you saw guys in leadership positions weaing them (those that would have to call in a quick sitrep or contact report.)

The vector on the other hand is popular becuase of the digital compass. The CF works on mils (6400 mils to a circle) but fast air and aviation works on degrees. So some guys had the vector in the case they had to call in fast air or aviation. Also, our Forward Observation Officers get them issued.

So I propose that either the Vector or X10 (as thier current GPS watch) get the nod for inclusion in the Top 10 Service Watches and the Luminox Traser or 3000 gets pulled.

Pictures pulled from stock Suunto pictures.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/17/2010 05:35PM by Ray C.
SuuntoX10.jpg
Suunto X10228 viewsPersonally, I like Luminox, but to see two of them up there that to me look so similar means that some other watch is being overlooked.

Having deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces (CF), I came across several common watch brands being worn. Obviously Timex is one of them. The reason being they are so inexpensive that guys don't mind if they bang them up or loose them. And most guys want an alarm function.

But another brand that was pretty popluar between the guys who looked at thier watch as more of a tool to aid in several tasks (rather than just telling the time or using for an alarm) is Suunto.

Many guys had the Suunto X9i (me included which I subsequently replaced with an X10) and even more had the Vector.

The X9i/X10 were popular for thier GPS feature as GPS aren't individual issue. So you saw guys in leadership positions weaing them (those that would have to call in a quick sitrep or contact report.)

The vector on the other hand is popular becuase of the digital compass. The CF works on mils (6400 mils to a circle) but fast air and aviation works on degrees. So some guys had the vector in the case they had to call in fast air or aviation. Also, our Forward Observation Officers get them issued.

So I propose that either the Vector or X10 (as thier current GPS watch) get the nod for inclusion in the Top 10 Service Watches and the Luminox Traser or 3000 gets pulled.

Pictures pulled from stock Suunto pictures.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/17/2010 05:35PM by Ray C.
TimexIronMan.jpg
Timex Ironman Solar690 viewsI still believe that we should have 1-2 Timex models... For instance the Ironman solar

Submitted by Catalin
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Citizen Eco Drive 200 m BM64001614 viewsIts easy too read at a glance, has fantastic lume, a reliable Eco-drive movement and can be purchased for less than US$150. I wear one at my job as a maintenance/caretaker and it has served me well.

Submitted by jeremd676
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How could we not include Marathon?1950 viewsThe current US Government contract holder.

A substantial and solid line of watches including dive, chrono and navigator styles including use and options of quartz and automatic movements as well as tritium gas tubes for lume.

Submitted by: turner/Bill
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Here in the US I've noticed that most ppl buy G-Shocks with MSRP under USD $100. All of the following are under USD $100.826 viewsSubmitted by Adam in NYC

I'll interpret what Adam did not explicitly say: these G-Shocks are so inexpensive that people use (or abuse) them and when they are broken, they will be replaced without tears being shed. I remember that during the Swatch high (mid 90ies) many Swiss service men would buy or use a Swatch with exactly that line of thought (Note Reto)
GShockDuo.jpg
Here in the US I've noticed that most ppl buy G-Shocks with MSRP under USD $100. All of the following are under USD $100.804 viewsSubmitted by Adam in NYC

I'll interpret what Adam did not explicitly say: these G-Shocks are so inexpensive that people use (or abuse) them and when they are broken, they will be replaced without tears being shed. I remember that during the Swatch high (mid 90ies) many Swiss service men would buy or use a Swatch with exactly that line of thought (Note Reto)
GW5600J.jpg
Here in the US I've noticed that most ppl buy G-Shocks with MSRP under USD $100. All of the following are under USD $100.936 viewsSubmitted by Adam in NYC

I'll interpret what Adam did not explicitly say: these G-Shocks are so inexpensive that people use (or abuse) them and when they are broken, they will be replaced without tears being shed. I remember that during the Swatch high (mid 90ies) many Swiss service men would buy or use a Swatch with exactly that line of thought (Note Reto)
LuminoxTraserBlackYellow.jpg
I see service men and women in G-Shocks mostly, but1001 viewsI think they would be better served by the Luminox because it is analogue and has a functional elapsed time bezel. Personally I find digital watches too abstract. The mind always knows how to interpret hour and minute hands and a visual bezel when in a high stress mental fog. Plus you need to use both hands to control the functions of a digital watch and your other hand may be doing something it cannot be taken away from if you are a soldier, medic or fireman.

There are certain additional advantages to a multi-functional digital, but as a basic timepiece it can fail to deliver the pertinent information whereas an analogue watch such as the Luminox is ready at a glance.

So I vote for a high-contrast Luminox/Traser such as the white or yellow on black, with a black dial.

Submitted by "thebarak"
 
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