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Navy Seal Team Six Wrist Watches?  
User currently offlinewardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 32526 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?

Thx in advance.

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User currently offlineKingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 32504 times:

Cant comment on seal team gear but in my 20 years of naval service i was never issued a watch. Only told when in uniform it had to be conservative. G shocks were highly popular and held up well.

User currently offlinewardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32496 times:

I also been here, but I dont think its really "Military"
The name is just for marketing purposes really.
http://www.amazon.com/Traser-TRITIUM...Watch-Military-P6500/dp/B000NNTWXK


User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32388 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).

Tugg



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User currently offlinewardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32384 times:

So what would you recommend? I have been looking at the G-shocks (military) at Amazon. Very good deal in price.
Looks rugged too.

I dont know.

Pls help.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32383 times:

Quoting wardialer (Reply 4):

So what would you recommend? I have been looking at the G-shocks (military) at Amazon. Very good deal in price.
Looks rugged too.

Suunto makes some great watches- take a look at their website....



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User currently offlinewardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 32370 times:

I once owned a Tracer H3 watch P5500, and the watch fell from my hands and the hour hand broke off. And the watch said it was MIL-SPEC...Its just marketing.

Sunntos are fine, but there mostly for camping and hiking.

I want a military type watch which similar what the US troops use. And it HAS TO BE for rough extreme climates as well.

BTW - I stumbled onto this site while waiting for some responses here.
http://mygshock.com/wiki/Trivia

They also have pics of US troops wearing it. So, maybe I am leaning more on the G-Shock.

[Edited 2012-02-11 08:30:12]

User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8841 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32333 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.


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32273 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:

Quoting wardialer (Reply 6):
the G-Shock.

...is a good, mostly inexpensive choice. Seiko 5 or Monster series are also a nice choice that balances the varies aspects mentioned above.

Tugg



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User currently offlineEY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32262 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!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panerai

There are some beautiful watches: http://www.panerai.com/s_page.xpd?id_lingua=2&id_sezione=1


User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 32161 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 5):
Suunto makes some great watches- take a look at their website....
Quoting wardialer (Reply 6):
Sunntos are fine, but there mostly for camping and hiking.

they also make SCUBA watches and related items, so you know right there its good for the water part. Can also withstand pressure, at least...



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User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 31841 times:
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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...

http://www.rescowatch.com/



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7407 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 31809 times:

Quoting EY460 (Reply 9):
Then one day Silvester Stallone bought one and now they cost a fortune!

Silvester bought dozens of them and gave them out as gifts.


User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 31740 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.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 31641 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.



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