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wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Avocet on 12/16/2013 18:08:57 MST Print View


Too bad they're not made any more!

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Suunto owner/hater on 12/16/2013 18:30:11 MST Print View

Yeah, I have a 1st gen Suunto and it SUCKS up batteries.

And it SUCKS at ease of use.

And its night time illumination SUCKS.

Did I mention this watch SUCKS?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread. on 12/16/2013 18:36:12 MST Print View

Since this is BPL, a watch should be light and durable!


My Backpacking Watches

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Suunto on 12/16/2013 18:39:34 MST Print View

I have a Suunto X3HR and the company apparently doesn't make replacement bands. I bought one on the internet that claimed to fit the model number and it didn't fit. Thirty bucks down the rat hole.

When I called Suunto I got some guy with a foreign accent who told me to go to a jeweler to see if they could help. Now that's what I call customer service!

I'd never buy one of their products again. They may make the best product and may even offer the best service on planet earth but I'm one who slipped through the cracks despite repeated attempts to get help.

The watch still works fine but the plastic/rubber watch band split and needs to be replaced.

It's what I call planned obsolescence. In my world, Suunto is as obsolete as a dinosaur.

The irony of the whole situation is that my Avocet is no longer made yet I can still buy watch bands from the company and they still service existing products. Suunto could learn a thing or two (or five thousand) from Avocet.

Edited by wiiawiwb on 12/16/2013 18:51:27 MST.

watch on 12/16/2013 19:13:19 MST Print View


nothing fancy, readable in dark , well used


Edited by livingontheroad on 12/16/2013 19:15:34 MST.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Watch so basic ... on 12/16/2013 19:44:38 MST Print View

I use a seiko 5 auotmatic military style watch for casual and field use. At home I usually wear a diver model also automatic but a little dressier. But this is the daily beater for the field. no batteries to fail. Glow in the dark hands. Never given me any grief, oh and around $50. (I have a highgear Altimeter/Barometer/Thermometer/Compass, I wear skiing sometimes, but I really don't like the size of it, or its fiddle-factor. Too much watch to really be useful for my needs.


Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread. on 12/16/2013 20:14:59 MST Print View

There is one thing I've learned in this thread, that Timex and Casio make the ugliest watches on the face of the Earth.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
sieko on 12/16/2013 20:51:31 MST Print View

That Sieko 5 auto looks like a nice watch!

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Re: sieko on 12/16/2013 21:03:26 MST Print View

It meets Nick G's requirements of being light and durable. And it's surprisingly accurate. Also keeps time most days after being off for 12-24 hours. Waterproof to sport diving depths - and tested. Oh and available in many colors. I really think Seiko and its "Seiko 5" line is quality for everyday wear. I have a hamilton and some older, more fragile watches, but I do like the looks and usefulness of my seiko autos.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: sieko on 12/16/2013 22:06:32 MST Print View

That Seiko is a nice looking watch. Am I correct in assuming that isn't the original band?

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Re: Re: Re: sieko on 12/16/2013 22:18:11 MST Print View

No. It is the original band. I mentioned above, they offer these in colors. They are all military / police specific (khaki, Navy, Black, etc.). They ripped off the NATO band, but did it a dis-service in that they did not utilize a continuous band going under both band posts/mounts. The design is improved greatly with a real one-piece band, so that if one pin/post fails, you won't lose the watch. I have not, however, made that mod, instead rolling the dice for two years so far successfully. Forewarned is forearmed ladies and gentlemen.

Edited by bcutlerj on 12/16/2013 22:19:59 MST.

Derek M.
(dmusashe) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Casio PAW1300 on 12/16/2013 22:56:20 MST Print View

+1 on the Casio PAW1300.

Nice and slim for an altimeter watch and will never need new batteries because it's solar powered. It holds a charge very well.

I have a weird admiration for extremely low powered electronics like these watches. In a time when you have to charge your phone every 8 hours, it sort of nice to get so much functionality out of a piece of equipment that you never need to plug in.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Re: sieko on 12/16/2013 23:19:34 MST Print View

I'm between watches sadly enough. I had the titanium pathfinder (similar to what Rodger posted) but takes a special band which is now broken. Lesson learned. Being a special snowflake isn't desirable in a watch for me so unless I'm sure I can easily find and replace the band myself, I'm going to stick to the traditional two post setup from now on.

I have a Casio divers watch that's still running strong since 1996 but I don't like that it doesn't have a light and the luminescent hands/numbers don't hold a charge for very long. It now belongs to my son.

I also have the Garmin Forerunner which is great for running but the battery life is insufficient for backpacking when the GPS is on; I might get six or so miles on difficult terrain in GPS mode before the battery will die. It's not the most comfortable watch to wear so it's not something that's EDC or normally goes backpacking with me.

I considered getting the Garmin Fenix but because it uses a rechargeable battery which will eventually need to be replaced, I don't like the idea of buying another disposable gadget.

Other than the issue I had with the band, I was satisfied with my Pathfinder so I may buy another one with a better band or..... some point in the distant future pick up the Luminox Recon Pointman (yes I'm a tact-tool):

I like that it's just a simple watch and is illuminated with tritium. I'm not sure that I'd use the tachymeter feature and I'm fine with kilometers vs miles so I may just go with a .km version to save a couple bucks. The supplied NATO band appears to be of good quality and long enough to go over a jacket so it's nice that I (hopefully) wouldn't have to upgrade from it.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Tritium on 12/17/2013 00:04:26 MST Print View

Ian, you know that Tritium has a half life of 12.3 years, don't you?

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Tritium on 12/17/2013 00:10:34 MST Print View

"Ian, you know that Tritium has a half life of 12.3 years, don't you?"

Based on my experience with the USGI lensatic compass I'm fine with that and suspect that may be a conservative estimate. My compass is from the early 90s and is still glows strong enough to navigate at night sans headlamp.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Tritium on 12/17/2013 01:11:21 MST Print View

I use the same compass. Question is whose light will go out first - the compass or me.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread on 12/17/2013 13:57:05 MST Print View

rOg: I think that will run out fuel in 5 billion years.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Let's see a picture of your WATCH thread on 12/18/2013 01:26:26 MST Print View

The Casio SGW100-1V has a temperature sensor and an electronic compass... I don't use either of those but they sounded cool when I bought it.

What works for me is the 200 M water resistant design. I spend several months every year fly fishing and dunking my hand (and the watch) under water (salt and fresh) and this guy just keeps on ... ticking?... or whatever digital watches do. I've had it for years and it's still going.

Casio SGW100-1V

Mark S
(gixer) - F
Problems unfastening watch strap on 12/18/2013 14:09:37 MST Print View

Have a old Casio Pro-Trek which always served it's purpose well.

I struggle to unfasten the strap though, so haven't worn a watch in years.
Tried a few elasticated straps but not found anything that fits well and is comfortable yet :(

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

@Nick on 12/18/2013 19:49:34 MST Print View


My dad gave me his Swiss Army Watch, exactly like your red one, for graduating college. I've never seen another one before in my life, but it's that one.

Unfortunately, the resin casing wore away in the 15 years he had it and the watch is no longer produced by Swiss Army, so the watchband occasionally breaks. I learned this while hiking and luckily didn't lose the watch; it sits in a drawer now.

My father and I are looking for a suitable replacement "legacy" watch that I'll have for decades, like him and my grandfather have.

I think I'm going with this one:


My previous watch was neat. G-Shock Riseman.Shock

This one has a fun story. I bought it when I was 14 from a jewelry store clerk who was hell-bent on swindling me out of $100. The watch was almost ten years old and nearing the end of it's functional life, but I bought in with all my savings. I wore it religiously for four years.

When I was 18, I wanted to go see a band called Queens of the Stone Age play live in NYC. I sold my kid brother the watch for $30 ticket money. I got sick the day of the concert and couldn't go.

That was the last time in my life I'd been sick. Harrison is still wearing the watch, but it's almost dead; when he pushes the Indiglo button, the numbers disappear for 5 minutes. I have seen Queens of the Stone Age twice since then, so I've recovered.

Edited by mdilthey on 12/18/2013 20:06:37 MST.