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Old 04-07-2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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Is there a non digital wrist watch that can handle off road riding?

Guys,
I just broke another wrist watch.

That's about 10 in my lifetime.
The second hand fell off and jammed the hands.
Can any non digital watch take the abuse of daily riding on a dual sport bike?

Riding in Guatemala killed mine this winter.

This one:
http://www.militarywatchcompany.com/...ion=full&id=91

I like a watch with a face, numbers a second hand(because I am a RN) and the date but nothing seems to last on my wrist.

Anyone with better luck?
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Casio G Shock series! Mine has survived a lot of off ridding...
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:56 AM   #3
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Guys,
I just broke another wrist watch.
Can any non digital watch take the abuse of daily riding on a dual sport bike?
bill
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:15 AM   #4
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I'm also a fan of G-shock's. I use pneumatic hammers at work and they survive that for years.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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Omega Speedmaster

Only watch I am interested in owning: Omega Speedmaster, but I can't afford it myself ^^;

If it is good enough to be worn on the moon or in outer space, I am betting it will stand up to a few bumps...
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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Greetings Bill,

I ride offroad usually at least a few days per week and usually a week long trip every month so can relate to your predicament.

Two watches that have done well by me, meaning they have lasted a few years of this continuous abuse without fail are:

Seiko dive watch



I have used the quartz model and it has over 300 dives on it in addition to the offroad abuse.

Once the jungle claimed my Seiko (band failed in a crash and lost the watch) I replaced it with a Smith and Wesson tactical watch



it has so far survived three years of diving and riding and still running crisply.

All watches no matter what manufacturer i end up grinding off all the bezel numbers from the dive bezel of the watch due to the mud, grime, and crashing they endure. However mechanically both watches have performed without fail. I have killed other watches; Swatch, Casio (an analog dive model), etc.

Smith and Wesson in the mud of Laos.



My watches are only removed from my hands when going in for surgery. Otherwise they are on my hands 24/7 and never taken off. These two have stood the test of time.

Both watches are clear and easy to read with sweeping second hand and a rotating dive bezel.

Hope this helps and enjoy your riding.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #7
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I wore a Seiko dive watch in military operations, mountaineering, you name it. Lasted about 25 years, and really just needs a refurbishing and new battery now. Something of that sort ought to do the trick, I'd expect.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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Fortis or Rolex.

Besides being able to tell time, you can also use them as currency when in a far off land with no other options.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:49 PM   #9
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I have a Seiko Titanium watch for my off road beater. So light you can't tell it is on your wrist. I can't kill mine.

About 100 bucks on eBay.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:29 PM   #10
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Thanks to all,
Some nice suggestions so far. I have looked at the S&W Tactical, I think it is Tritium which is a real plus for me. The Seiko Titanium is another winner because of the weight.

I thought the G-Shocks are digital.

If someone would post a picture of the Seiko Titanium or a link that would be great.

I'll try to find a link.

http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SGG711-Q.../dp/B000SSPML6
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:22 AM   #11
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Suunto Vector down

Guys,
So I needed a replacement watch and I am on the road.
My KTM has a rally bar in the cockpit and I had a Suunto Vector mounted on a foam block the company sells. I rode around the world with it like that and just now to Guatemala and back.

http://www.amazon.com/Suunto-Wrist-T.../dp/B00005JGR5

So desperate for a watch I strapped it on my wrist. It lasted about 2 weeks riding off road around Moab and died, the buttons are all screwed up.

Honestly, WTF???
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:50 AM   #12
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I've been wearing a Seiko Automatic dive watch since the mid-80's. I'm on my second one now. The first one gave up the ghost about ten years ago (my fault, I never had any preventative work done on it). Like Medic09, I've worn mine while in the Army during jungle, desert, and mountains ops. I've done all kinds of crazy things while wearing Seikos; repelling out of helicopters through triple canopy jungle, "playing" in the surf on top of coral reefs, mountain climbing, mountain biking, riding thumpers and a Buell for years (beaucoup vibrations), etc. You get the idea. My current Auto actually gains a few seconds each day. I'd rather be early than late anyway.

They can be found, inexpensively, on Amazon.com. I'd stay away from eBay, there are many counterfeits and unscrupulous people on that site. The Seikos made in Malayasia are good, the ones made in Japan are better and worth the extra cost.

Good luck and let us know what you finally decide upon!
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:48 AM   #13
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Find something on LL Bean. Anything they sell is guaranteed for life.

Hold onto your receipt and send 'em back when you need a new one.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/search/2/1...freeText=watch
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #14
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Marathon G-SAR. can find them here:
http://www.countycomm.com/presar.htm

i got issued mine a couple years ago, almost never leaves my wrist. don't even know where my old G-Shock it replaced is...

i have a maratac band for it, almost impossible to lose the watch even if you lose a pin. can find them here:
http://www.broadarrow.net/maratac.htm

if i ever lose this one i would not hesitate to shell out the $700 to get a replacement.

it's automatic so no worries about batteries and it has tritium face and dials.

no pics with maratac band, but here are a couple shots (i have girlie wrists so don't judge)
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:49 PM   #15
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There are a few G-shock watches that are non-digital.
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