wardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1180 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 19975 times:
Since the Navy SEAL Team Six has been in the news lately, I was wondering what type of official wrist watches they use? I am looking for a watch myself to purchase and I just wish to use a watch that these SEALs use.
The ones on the net, I have been told that these are called Military just for marketing purposes.
Does someone here know who has been in the military who knows whether these wrist watches get issued by the US Military or they can wear whatever they want to?
And if thats the case, which brands are the fitted to use in the military?
tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5025 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 19837 times:
There is no "official" watch, especially for special forces. "Hey look at me everyone, I'm a US Special Forces member!" is just not what they do. Members wear a variety of watches.
They generally have to be durable, shock resistant, preferably water proof to 200M, a good strap, and have a simple clearly readable time face, oh and inexpensive (becasue no matter what you will lose it or break it more often than you want to).
I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
Dreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8380 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19782 times:
The Military brand stretched out of the Swiss Military brand of watches, pens, bags, etc, which itself grew out of the Swiss Military pocketknife. The pocketknife was indeed military standard issue (I still have mine, issued when I got my first uniform, rifle etc), but everything else is nothing but brand marketing, and has nothing to do with any military service I know of.
tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5025 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 19722 times:
Quoting wardialer (Reply 6): I want a military type watch which similar what the US troops use. And it HAS TO BE for rough extreme climates as well.
The questions are:
What do you want style-wise? (bezel, "a name", multiple sub-faces/displays, thick/slim, etc.)
What do you need task/capability-wise? (functions, water/shock/temperature resistance, quartz or mech., battery vs self winding, etc.)
How much money do you want to spend?
If money is no issue and you want style with durability try Kobold or Damasko or Rolex (really any of several high end, high price, watches that are durable and stylish).
Of course if you are really going to beat the heck out of it and do things where it might be lost then:
EY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 255 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 19711 times:
In Italy "Officine Panerai" supplied watches to the special forces during WWII and produced watches for the Italian Navy till the 90s. Then one day Silvester Stallone bought one and now they cost a fortune!
dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11443 posts, RR: 78 Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 19290 times:
While there is no official watch..guys wear what they feel works....sometimes SMUs will buy watches for the entire team for uniformity and interoperability...qthere is watch designed by a SEAL and favored by many of them...
stasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3273 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 19189 times:
I have had nothing but good luck with Fossil Watches. Having owned several over the past dozen years, they're well-made and comfortable to wear. The one watch that did break (the stem pulled out of the case) was no longer made and Fossil gave me a $100 shopping credit - on a 4 or 5 year old watch! Highly recommend the brand.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 38 Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 19090 times:
I got this one for Valentine's Day ....
.... rugged, water resistant to 1000m/3330ft, heavy, big, simple, stainless steel strap comes off with the included screwdriver and can be switched to the included rubber strap. Granted, there are lots and more exotic "SEAL" watches out there, but something simple, rugged and easy to read would be my pick for a "mission" ... only complaint I have is that the glass is mineral crystal not sapphire crystal so I gotta watch those scratches. Also, for those Non-Canadian's out there, its a Wenger which is marketed as Swiss Military in Canada.