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Old 08-25-2019, 12:53 PM
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I don't know what a G-Shock is but suspect I wouldn't like the appearance of one. I wear a Chinese Rolex knock-off when I go out, cost $8.09 from ebay. I never considered that it could get me into trouble, but I almost never find myself in a real city.
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I don't wear watches. I can't stand having extra stuff on me. Jewelry-wise, I only wear my wedding band. I carry a small, traditional pocket knife and even that bugs me.

As a prepper, what are the biggest benefits of wearing a watch (aside from knowing current time)?

Aside from the discomfort of wearing one, I used to have problems with my perspiration quickly tearing up the band and the back of the watch.
Exact time. Compass. Altimeter. Barometric pressure chart. Thermometer. Alarm. Chronograph. Tide graphic. Just to mention some...
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I just wear a base model Casio from Walmart thats a 12 dollar watch. It looks like a cheap plastic watch and I don't like to wear a lot of money on my wrist. All I need it to see what time it is at a glance. Too many people see a watch as a badge of something. A basic Casio or Timex is good enough for my purpose. And it doesn't draw attention.
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I just wear a base model Casio from Walmart thats a 12 dollar watch. It lookalike a cheap plastic watch and I don't like to wear a lot of money on my wrist. All I need it to see what time it is at a glance. Too many people see a watch as a badge of something. A basic Casio or Times is good enough for my purpose. And it doesn't draw attention.
It is almost cheaper to buy a new one than change the battery as I found out this weekend.
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I have three of the inexpensive Casio analog watches for that very purpose. No financial risk on my wrist, simple timekeeping at a glance, spares on hand in case of battery or damage issues. They look pretty decent too but then again I am a Glock fan and think Glocks look cool as well.
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I just wear a base model Casio from Walmart thats a 12 dollar watch. It looks like a cheap plastic watch and I don't like to wear a lot of money on my wrist. All I need it to see what time it is at a glance. Too many people see a watch as a badge of something. A basic Casio or Timex is good enough for my purpose. And it doesn't draw attention.
You have some basic portrek casio models that look just like any other black watch while being solar powered, atomic an having several useful sensors such as compass, barometric presusre, etc. Sure,t hey cost a bit more, but its up to you to say if its worth it or not. my point is it doesnt have to be flashy.
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I'm right there with you. I've been wearing a $15.00 WalMart Timex for quite a few years. Used som lacrosse racquet cord and made my own wristband.. It has a light in it but, that's the first thing that dies on the battery. Has a "day of the month" window but, I never wind it forward or backward 24 hours to keep that current.

I pretty much just need it for time.

I've recently switched to a Gear Fit I picked up at a yard sale for about $20. It's kinda neat, got a few apps you can load up onto it. Holds a charge for 7 days, then you just plug it in overnight and it's good for another 6 or 7 days.

Has a "flashlight".. about the power of a candle but, it sure keeps me from trippin over my dogs at night.. Has a program that can monitor how much you toss and turn when sleeping, tells me when I'm getting a cell phone call, or an email.. Few other things as well.

I did my 20 in the Air Force and never even saw one of those G-Shock watches. Might have to swing by the BX next time I'm up at Lewis/Mchord and see what all the hub bub is about..

Just looked at some pictures of them on a websearch and they look like a lot of things that can run a battery down quick.. Might need bifocals and a 50 page manual to haul around with you so you can use all those dials and gauges..

I'm gonna hook my old Timex onto the carry handle of my Camelbak Mutt so I'll always have it available..

I can honestly say that I've never wondered to myself.. "Hmm, wonder what the barometric pressure is today?"
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I'm right there with you. I've been wearing a $15.00 WalMart Timex for quite a few years. Used som lacrosse racquet cord and made my own wristband.. It has a light in it but, that's the first thing that dies on the battery. Has a "day of the month" window but, I never wind it forward or backward 24 hours to keep that current.

I pretty much just need it for time.

I've recently switched to a Gear Fit I picked up at a yard sale for about $20. It's kinda neat, got a few apps you can load up onto it. Holds a charge for 7 days, then you just plug it in overnight and it's good for another 6 or 7 days.

Has a "flashlight".. about the power of a candle but, it sure keeps me from trippin over my dogs at night.. Has a program that can monitor how much you toss and turn when sleeping, tells me when I'm getting a cell phone call, or an email.. Few other things as well.

I did my 20 in the Air Force and never even saw one of those G-Shock watches. Might have to swing by the BX next time I'm up at Lewis/Mchord and see what all the hub bub is about..

Just looked at some pictures of them on a websearch and they look like a lot of things that can run a battery down quick.. Might need bifocals and a 50 page manual to haul around with you so you can use all those dials and gauges..

I'm gonna hook my old Timex onto the carry handle of my Camelbak Mutt so I'll always have it available..

I can honestly say that I've never wondered to myself.. "Hmm, wonder what the barometric pressure is today?"
You must have seen one daily but not even know it. Some Gshocks models aren not the big classic ones but just a boxy black wristwatch. Unless you inspect it closely and know how ot ID one, you wouldnt notice.
The one I have isnt a Gshock, its a casio protrek. Still very rugged, its made out of titanium for the wristband, stainless steel backplate and plastic/resin case. Beisdes having all the gadgets, alarms, compass, baro pressure chart, thermometers, tide graphic and a long etc, its also solar powered. I've had it for almost a decade now, still going strong. The backlight turns on automatically each time I tild it towards me, doesnt seem to drain the battery at all. I'd kill myself if I had to recharge my watch every week.
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I keep a 10 yr old Casio Pathfinder in me truck. I like checking the elevation when I am hunting and fishing in the High Country. I have checked my elevation up to 14000 feet in the Andes. The compass has come in handy in other countries when I needed to know what direction our embassy was, (just in case).
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I can honestly say that I've never wondered to myself.. "Hmm, wonder what the barometric pressure is today?"

I have a 3 sensor Protrek and honestly I hardly ever check pressure/alt, but I often check the weather on my phone/radio/TV.

When the SHTF and I canít turn on the local weather babe I suspect Iíll be checking barometric pressure more often.
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Retired, don't wear a watch, don't care if I'm late.
Same here. For a while there I was contemplating getting one of those triple sensor, solar powered wrist computers. Then I asked myself "watch or steaks?"

Steaks won. To be honest I find it difficult to not know where north is. Barometer? Not necessary, general education about the weather and current conditions do me well enough.

Altimeter? Hmm, good topo map works well and knowing your AO, don't need one.

I don't consider myself anything special, but as someone who considers themselves self reliant and such I don't find it necessary to have anything special.

Heck I don't expect the following
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Same here. For a while there I was contemplating getting one of those triple sensor, solar powered wrist computers. Then I asked myself "watch or steaks?"

Steaks won. To be honest I find it difficult to not know where north is. Barometer? Not necessary, general education about the weather and current conditions do me well enough.

Altimeter? Hmm, good topo map works well and knowing your AO, don't need one.

I don't consider myself anything special, but as someone who considers themselves self reliant and such I don't find it necessary to have anything special.

Heck I don't expect the following
Although its usually easy to find north, its not awlays the case. Cloudy night, stressed (as in stressed like you'd be during an emergency). But to be honest its mostly to tell time that you use it the most. Even when retired you still meet with people and liek to be on time, even for stuff like going to the movies with the wife, catching a train/plane and so on. Being on time and knowing what time it is is important for me and I feel like a hippie/teenager if I have to bring out my phone to tell what time it is.
Of all the sensors, the one I find the most useful is the barometric chart. Some people somewhat "feel" the pressure dropping, but when I see it clearly on a little graphic its cool to know weather is about to get pretty ugly. The steeper the fall, usually the worst it is.
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I've never used the method but it was taught in the scouts. You just hold the watch horizontal, point the hour hand at the sun. Half way between that point and the twelve numeral is south.
Southish. You watch is set to local legal time, which is often not close to local solar time, so expect an error up to about 15 degrees, up to 30 in daylight savings time, far worse in western AK.

I think a stick and a shadow works better, or as augmentation. It’s helpful if you know you deviation from solar time, for example in central AL.high noon is about 12:45 in the summer ( west Georgia is about 1:40)

Adak, AK, high noon is about 3:30 PM during DST ( technically Adak is on their own time zone, but everyone uses Alaska time zone except for a few tourists whose phones change automatically.)
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the only casios i buy if and when I can get them is the full screen back lit..

or I go to the divers/military style watch types..

I don't believe in pin lit styles i grew up with I like to be able to see the time when i look at my watches whether it be analog or digital

to each their own in terms of which watch you come to use for SHTF scenario I'm a watch snob and I use what works for me, however I ain't going to snub you in what you will wear as what you use will work for you..

whether you wear Rolex, timex, casio or any other brand you associate yourself with as long as it fits the form and function you use it in hoorah for you...

personally I would likely run a watch or another time piece 1 running standard and the other running daylight savings, though the reality of DLS is likely going to be ignored if the event you face is severe enough to cancel DLS time events ..

you will likely need to reset clocks non DLS time states

DLS=daylight saving..

i typically do a time state wst, cnt and est

this may vary in the state and side of the country you live in
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Of all the sensors, the one I find the most useful is the barometric chart. Some people somewhat "feel" the pressure dropping, but when I see it clearly on a little graphic its cool to know weather is about to get pretty ugly. The steeper the fall, usually the worst it is.

Exactly.
Itís easy to think of them as unneeded luxuries now when we have easy access to the weather channel but if the S ever does HTF and there is no weather channel?Well then knowing the Barometer is falling fast can save your life.

I have a few automatics and two quartz/battery, one of which is the Solar/Satellite 3sensor Casio.
I look at the Casio as cheap insurance or prep for hard times to come.
Iím not overly concerned someone will jack me for my watch.
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personally I would likely run a watch or another time piece 1 running standard and the other running daylight savings, though the reality of DLS is likely going to be ignored if the event you face is severe enough to cancel DLS time events ..

you will likely need to reset clocks non DLS time states

DLS=daylight saving..

i typically do a time state wst, cnt and est

this may vary in the state and side of the country you live in

I think I can safely say that nobody in the history of time has thought of DLS as being so complicated that theyíd need to carry two watches to figure out the time.


Youíd be a pioneer Iíll give you that.
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I love my G-Shock watch (gift from my now-wife). It's far less of an attention-grabber than some of my other options, like my analog Fossil or smart watch. But if you're wanting something low-key, nothing beats the boxed cheapo watches from Wally World. I have a few, and one I replaced the band with paracord for camping and hunting.
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I wear a simple Bertucci A-4T Tritium w nato band, Titanium case...

https://bertuccifieldwatches.com/ser...t-illuminated/

pretty basic, but 100% functional watch...

if you know watches, folks will know it, if not, then no one cares....
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I have a $7 watch from WalMart.
Do I even stand a chance here.....?
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Once upon a time, I was travelling along a very long range unassisted E&E corridor (read foot movement with rucksack) in central Europe. After a week or so of travel, I was directed by radio to establish a linkup with unknown "friendly assets" who would provide me with assistance for further travel (read a free ride).

Arriving at the proposed linkup site about 24 hours early, I surveilled it from a distance. The day before the appointed linkup window, two guys show up and park near the site for a few minutes, checking it out. Euro rental car, euro clothing, euro haircuts, and... identical Seiko Dive Watches on their exposed wrists. Of the sort wildly prevalent among members of my military units back at that time (early 80s). Especially among the combat diver teams. The very same watch I was wearing on my wrist. Those two watches, along with a certain physical build, mustache style, and age profile, pretty much 99.99% convinced me (through binos) that they were from a sister outfit and would be my friendly "Higher" contacts for the next day's linkup. As opposed to the "opposition" folks actively hunting for me (and others).

They were. Some dudes from Ft Bragg's 5th SFG(A) sent overseas TDY to support the E&E phase of our 10th Group UW exercise. They screwed up the Load, Safe, and Recognition signals plan so badly, that I should have (doctrinally) just blown off the meet and kept travelling through the countryside on foot.

But I knew (from those visible watches) exactly who they were. And by that time, I was really looking forward to travelling on wheels while resting my very tired feet.

Screw me. All they did after we linked up was to direct me to a safe house about 40 miles away... that I'd have to walk to. Thanks for nothing...

But yeah, certain clothing or accessories can ID you to switched-on observers. No different than spotting gang regalia, CCW tells, or pinning down folks (regionally, culturally, economically, or socially) by the things they adopt in their dress or personal appearance.

For a year or three back in the late 80's, it was worth your life to wear a Rolex on a public street in certain US cities. There was a spate of unprovoked killings for those time pieces. They became a faddish bit of high-dollar bling among some criminal enterprises. Gang members would just walk up in broad daylight, shoot the non-gang affiliated owner dead, then strip the watch off of the corpse. Wealthy business types becoming prime targets.

Where I live today, nobody bats an eye at a G-shock or other outdoor style sporting watch. Nor at outdoor/hiker/hunting type clothing. I've only had one person in the last decade notice that the other "watch" on my opposite wrist... is actually a Suunto wrist compass. Most folks are oblivious to the small things around them.

Most are too busy surfing the net or texting while walking or driving. They'd barely notice a person on fire unless they stumbled over the body.

Survival-wise, just have a rugged, dependable, and not-too-flashy watch that you won't cry over if broken, lost, or stolen. Have a backup for such an occurrence.
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