Is there a non digital wrist watch that can handle off road riding?

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  1. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    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/shop/shop.php?action=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?
    bill
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  2. drmracni

    drmracni Montenegro

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    Casio G Shock series! Mine has survived a lot of off ridding...
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  3. beemer67

    beemer67 Really Old airhead

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    Bill, You just need to switch back to your old BMW- ST---it didn't vibrate as much :D


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  4. hoyks

    hoyks Tightass KLR rider

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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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    cnf m00k

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  6. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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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

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    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

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    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.

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    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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  7. Medic09

    Medic09 Been here awhile

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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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  8. The_Commander

    The_Commander The Man.

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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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  9. BajaRat

    BajaRat Been here awhile

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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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  10. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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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-Quartz-Titanium-Bracelet/dp/B000SSPML6
    bill
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  11. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    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-Top-Altimeter-Barometer-Thermometer/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???
    bill
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  12. Buckaroomedic

    Buckaroomedic Adventurer

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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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  14. riceaterslc

    riceaterslc Urinal Cake Engineer

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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:1drink)
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  15. forrestlaw

    forrestlaw Been here awhile

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    There are a few G-shock watches that are non-digital.
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  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I'm a cheapskate and wear a $20 Timex Expedition. It survived a crash on the Alcan that totalled my bike. It was beat up and worked until the day I lost it. It was replaced with my spare I had bought at the same time. It's been running for 4 years on the same battery.:gerg
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  17. Colt03

    Colt03 Been here awhile

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    I have had two Seiko automatic dive watch's I wear them all the time, the first lasted 20 plus years, I had it serviced once, the last time the factory service center said no parts left. I purchased a newer version five years ago, These are great watches.

    For a digital watch I have a Citizen AqualandNx dive computer, really cool watch.
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  18. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    sun stick ???
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  19. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    I have one, the watch part is good but the band is made onto the watch and cannot be replaced with another band. Not an issue unless you crash in such a way that it is torn off your arm.:eek1 Had to send it to Casio for repair.
    It is one of the few I've found that are analog and have an alarm.
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  20. Kirtsky

    Kirtsky Been here awhile

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    I think most of the 1500 series in the G-Shock line have hands. I have been wearing mine for over two years daily in industrial maintenance, riding for the last 8 months, kayaking for the last two years and it hasn't had a single issue.

    Actually, there are several models in the line with hands.
    http://www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/G-Shock/


    DOM, County Comm Caries adapters to switch out the bands if needed on G-Shocks. But, I have had mine nearly tear my hand off with no sign of letting go!
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