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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Analog Watch on 03/12/2012 19:24:43 MDT Print View

Just broke my trusty Timex Ironman digital and want something a little classier (I don't wear a watch running that much anymore). Can anyone recommend something simple but quality? Willing to pay ~150.
I like the Bertucci A-2T. REI will have them 20% off soon and I have a $10 dividend to throw in as well, so could pick one up for ~75. Only downside I have heard is that the hands aren't very bright at night.


Basically, looking for something simple like this...also like dive-style watches with rotating bezels. I don't want/need something Star Trek looking with 500 features.

This watch would go backpacking with me (so it should be waterproof/durable) but will also be for daily wear; something that still doesn't look bad when I'm flying my wife out to the marina in my helicopter for a night on the town.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Analog Watch on 03/12/2012 19:52:25 MDT Print View

When my Seiko dies

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Analog Watch" on 03/12/2012 20:27:41 MDT Print View

Not Bertucci, but it tells time and looks the part.


Edited by Eugeneius on 03/12/2012 20:28:31 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: "Analog Watch" on 03/12/2012 20:43:19 MDT Print View

My last two Timex were my last ones ever. Not what they once were.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Ummmm on 03/12/2012 21:14:17 MDT Print View

Ken, which one?

My Seiko, purchased Christmas 1985, has been repaired once only for a leak but was still running fine when it leaked a drop or two. I have to put a new band on every four years or so. Otherwise been excellent. And no batteries since it is automatic. The old 150M divers watch has been great. In and out of the ocean and shower. I occasionally think I'll buy a new one. But it still keeps on ticking and so I save a few bob.

Edited by WarrenGreer on 03/12/2012 21:18:12 MDT.

Ben F
(tekhna) - F
Re: Ummmm on 03/12/2012 21:15:51 MDT Print View

What's a watch? I didn't know they still made those things.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
But on 03/12/2012 21:19:36 MDT Print View

you probably carry a cell phone. I have one, but never carry it. It's in the car for emergency situations only. So, I still need a watch. I understand from some of my friends who are dads that the watch is making a resurgence.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Ummmm on 03/12/2012 21:22:31 MDT Print View

I have a Seiko Kinetic from the early 90's. Has always kept poor time. Gains minutes every week. Really would like an analog with alarm.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
mine ran on 03/12/2012 21:40:23 MDT Print View

slow for many years and the watch maker adjusted that out. But if you let the watch stop the accuracy will suffer again. Ask me how I know. Now it runs fast over a few months.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
watches on 03/12/2012 21:53:11 MDT Print View

Craig, I have a thing for watches...and field watches are my favorite.

I've been eyeing this one for a long time. I love seikos, and these are automatic watches (no battery, human kinetic energy powered)

Cheapest place I've found them is at amazon. ~$70. Also comes in OD green face and strap, or British Tan face and strap. I've been itching to pick one up for the longest time.

Here's a pic of them dressed up with a leather band. The back two are the same watch I linked above. Definitely helicopter worthy IMO.

You mentioned dive watches with rotating bezels. I've heard great things about Orient and Invicta dive watches. They look like your typical Rolex Submariner style dive watch, but priced $100-200. Great tool watches that you won't cry over when they inevitably get scratched from use.

If you like chronographs, again, check out seiko...great value, and often look a lot more expensive than they really are.

This is my daily work-beater. I got it for around $90 when they were available on amazon. I have no clue how legit the site linked below is, but I'm only listing it for reference to the pics:

Good luck!

Edited by Konrad1013 on 03/12/2012 22:10:54 MDT.

David Hankins
(hankinsohl) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Analog Watch - Survivorman on 03/12/2012 22:16:48 MDT Print View

I was looking for an analog watch awhile ago and got this one:

Tissot T-Touch
Tissot from Amazon

Edited by hankinsohl on 03/12/2012 22:23:50 MDT.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Watches on 03/12/2012 22:30:11 MDT Print View

Thanks so far everyone.

Konrad, that Seiko looks nice.
The only thing I don't know about automatics is how long they can be left without wearing them before they go dead...then I have to buy a winder.
But I'll definitely consider one.

What has me somewhat sold on the Bertucci so far is the one-piece Ti body; no spring loaded pins for the strap so it seems pretty solid.

Stephen Stephens
Analog watch on 03/13/2012 00:30:48 MDT Print View

The St. Moritz Pathfinder Ti used to be carried in the Backpacking Light store and was recommended by some of the BPL staff. You may find it worth looking at. Sorry,I don't know how to create a link or post a picture of it.

Jeremy and Angela
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
automatics on 03/13/2012 00:58:49 MDT Print View

Automatics should run for about 40 hours, starting from fully-wound. (Depends on the watch.) Some Jaeger LeCoultres have an 8-day reserve, but I'm guessing you don't want to be hiking with one.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Momentum Pathfinder II on 03/13/2012 09:20:19 MDT Print View

I was looking at the Momentum site and also came upon the Pathfinder II. It has what I'm looking for. All I want is to tell time and set an alarm. I think it gors for around $160.

David's Survivorman watch is awesome, but I don't have $350 for a watch.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Bertucci A-2T on 03/13/2012 10:13:20 MDT Print View

I was on the watch hunt for a new watch a couple of weeks ago my trusty timex watches just don't last longer than 2 years . I was looking at the Bertucci watch line because it had pinless design I hate when a watch pin pops out. SIerra trading post was have awesome deals on the Bertucci line plus 40 to 45 % off the watch . Then I read reviews all the problems people had with the brand on several websites.

I was also looking at the Maratac nato watch bands they also had links to the Marathon watches that the military use the field watches and it had a solid stainless steel pins and field replaceable batteries. Cool watch I wish I could own but it just to expensive for me.

But in the back of my mind was this Casio watch with heart beat monitor I purchased 1982 in Okinawa,Japan for running. It packed away in box but I would here the alarm beep every morning till last year I never replaced the the battery on the watch.

I personal don't like paying lots of money for watches,So I picked up Casio Forester Aw-80 ani-digi color: Brown watch with a 10 year battery If I get 10 years out of the watch I will be happy. My Local Kohl's is having a great sale right now on all watches I picked up my casio watch for $22.50. They also have Seikos on sale also.

I replaced the watch band with a nylon Maratac Mil series 16mm watch band I purchased from broad arrow because their shipping was $5.00 cheaper than Countrycom .

Have fun on your watch hunt,
Ps: Is that a Variflex or Nash Skateboard your on in your Avatar photo? I am just old skateboarder also.

Edited by socal-nomad on 03/13/2012 10:18:38 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Analog Watch on 03/13/2012 11:23:25 MDT Print View


Some thoughts...

I don't like one watch for everything. The watch band on a hiking and running watch gets soaked in sweat leaving the salt deposits behind and the band gets rather stiff if it is made from leather or nylon. Also leather bands don't last as long as nylon. I hate the newer plastic or rubber bands... to sweaty.

Here are the watches I have used in the picture.

Left is my military issued watch. You have to wind it every day. I retired it after 20 years, because I got tired of winding it. It is over 40 years old and still keeps perfect time. I also retired it because it is a collector's item and is becoming more valuable each year. It is made by Benrus and has a 17 jewel movement. Also there are small numbers are the military time marks, e.g. 3 or 15.

The center watch is the first Victronix Swiss Army Watch. I got it because it has a battery and date function. But the luminous parts (need to shine a light on it for a while) is very small -- only on the hands; whereas the military watch has luminous points on all the numbers too. I like the face of the Swiss Army watch the best. Very clean and easy to read. I retired it after 20 years, because it was also becoming a collector item and I did not want to break it... but like the military watch it has held up over time.

The watch on the right is what I wear now. Notice the band is getting icky for city use. I got this because it has an Indiglo button to light it up at night. It works well. The housing is made from some sort of resin, but it has held up so far. I think some of the actual US military spec watches today are resin, so they are pretty tough.

If this breaks I will get a military style watch with tritium for night use. Tritium is a radioactive material that will be bright at night. No button or internal light needed. Tritium has a half-life of about 10 years, so it should be bright enough to read for 20 years or so. On a quality tritium watch, the tritium vials can be renewed once they get too dim. Tritium is the same material the military uses in their compasses. A Traser P5900 can be gotten for around $120. The housing is made from resin. It does not have a rotating dial. A good tritium watch with a metal housing will be way outside your budget.

If you get a watch with spring bars, get a NATO style band. If one bar breaks or comes out, the watch will still stay on your wrist. A NATO band is one long band that threads over the spring bars and under the watch case.

So what would I do if I were you? I would get two watches. Probably a Timex Expedition for hiking and running. And a good dress watch... gives your wife something to buy you for Xmas or birthday. My main dress watch is a Seiko my dad gave me when I graduated from high school, so that has held up too.

On second thought, the watch you should be wearing on those helicopter trips is a Rolex Black Submariner Oyster Bracelet Mens Watch. I found one on sale for $9,949 if you are interested.

Andy F
(AndyF) - F

Locale: Ohio
low tech on 03/13/2012 12:26:00 MDT Print View

These look interesting, but their practicality probably depends on how likely you are to have a clear sky and your required precision. ;)

Edited by AndyF on 03/13/2012 12:27:40 MDT.

Jonathan Rozes

Locale: Pacific Wonderland
Thumbs up for the A2T on 03/13/2012 12:40:31 MDT Print View

I've had an A2T "Vintage" model for a couple years now and I'm very happy with it. It's durable, easy to read, accurate, and has a five-year battery. It's not self-luminous, but with light-adjusted eyes, I have no problem reading it throughout the night. I also appreciate the offset winder, which doesn't dig into your hand when you hyperextend your wrist. Mine weighs 1.98 ounces with the nylon strap.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re. Analog Watch on 03/13/2012 12:58:29 MDT Print View

@ Nick Gatel:


The Timex watch on the right... does it come with an alarm? How about a countdown alarm? And finally, is it loud enough to wake up an average sleeper? Vague, I know, but I prefer louder alarms. Thanks in advance.