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Sunday, 5 July 2020

EDC Of Tomorrow



I dunno if I’ll ever have much use for coherent particle beam weapons. But it looks like Captain Kirk has a thing for Rolex! For awhile I was seriously into the old school mechanical automatic watches. Mine was a “boutique knock-off” - that is, it used a mass produced copy of one of the old Rolex movements. Ran like one too... and still does.

But... at my core I am a man that believes things can always get worse, depending on the situation and the chimps involved. EDC is about being prepped...so I started looking for a serious SHTF watch... and found it.

Looks like your average chit house $100.00 Casio from Walmart, dunninit? Au contraire. It’s solar powered and stores up energy in the on-board battery that is good for two years if it is kept in the dark. It’s an energy mizer... when I put it in the drawer at night, the hands stop, the display goes out and it goes dormant until I put it on again in the morn. It has the best pressure sensor on the market and a first class barometer and altimeter. The compass is good too and is programmable to compensate for magnetic declination. It does the atomic time thing and resets itself once a day so it’s always accurate to a fraction of a second. It has all the other tech watch farkles too, like timer, 5 alarms, stopwatch, dual time zone display, etc, etc. Unless you are a Navy Seal diving to uncivilized depths, you can consider this thing to be waterproof. It’s a big watch that looks like it’d be heavy and uncomfortable, but it’s neither. This thing is like a high end AR15 rifle - versatile, robust and reliable. It’s a formidable piece of gear, and it’s well worth the hour or two it takes to learn how it works and how to set it up. I’ve had mine for two years now, and it will probably be the last watch I ever buy.

If you have a better one, I am a watch hound and would live to hear about it in the comments. 😊👍

16 comments:

  1. Not better, just...different. My EDC is a Seiko Solar Chronograph, V175 movement.

    Apparently designed for 200m of water, though none of my flashlights are rated that deep and I lost my Fisher Space Pen, so me noting the time of my death, or evidence against Hilary! due to drowning/implosion/hypothermia/nitrogen narcosis/covid19 will not be possible. Sorry.

    It keeps excellent time, never out more than 10s after 6 months. It also has a stopwatch hand that, with jeweler's loupe assistance, reads to .2s. Comes in handy charting my declining patience for the fuckery one is inflicted in this mad world.

    The OEM black rubber wriststrap died, so I repurposed the 1" OD Canvas waistbelt off an old backpack, including the Fastex buckle. An alarm and a compass would have been useful, but I am nonetheless content.

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    1. May I ask how old it is, Stefan? I used to be a big Seiko fan until about 5 or 6 years ago... my last watch from them was a dog and never ran right. On some of the watch forums the geeks were saying their quality has gone down recently and unfortunately, my experience reflected that. My first Seiko still works, but it has a million miles on it and is battered and bruised...

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    2. It would be about six years old now, so either I just missed the downturn or got one of a thousand.

      A pity, they were good quality. I have the remains of a Pulsar that died a courageous yet gruesome death in the line of duty that I'd love to have a watchmaker set right again...Pulsar was also a fine Japanese company that was absorbed by Seiko.

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  2. You can't beat a kinetic energy weapon, currently available in a wide selection of chemical powered models.

    Always wanted to have an 'Episode' with real Marines doing a boarding of any of the future Enterprises. Shotguns, grenades, select-fire weapons, real body armor and lots of knives. They'd go through Feds, Klingons or Romulans like shit through a goose.

    As to watches, well, can't do them. I somehow emit a field of chaos that destroys self-winders, burns out batteries and can shatter faceplates and bodies strong enough for 100 meters below.

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    1. I know a few fellas like that myself, Beans.

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  3. I stopped buying Timex watches when when washing my hands caused a Timex waterproof watch to fog.

    I've been very happy with my Casio G Shock even though it has less bells and whistles than yours.
    And even though I know it has neither an atomic pile, nor a fusion reactor, the word "Atomic" in the name proved irresistible to an aging science fiction guy.

    Garmin's tactix® Delta - Sapphire Edition looks interesting but is pricy.
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/696005

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    1. All the G Shocks are excellent buys, John. That Garmin looks like it would be much slimmer than my G Shock, which might be a big plus for some folks...

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  4. Wow Glen, that is a fancy watch! Very cool!

    I am a pocket watch man myself - yes, I do not often have it on me for sporting events or other activities outside, but then again do I really need to check the time then?

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    1. I have my grandfather's 'beater' pocket watch, TB and I love them too...

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  5. Could not stand to wear a tuna can like that on my wrist.
    20$ got me all I need from Sportsman's Guide Catalog.
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ba/dd/e8/badde88cd48cd4ecacb953eb0971d34b.jpg

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    1. Nice! No, you don't want a big watch like mine if you are reaching in to awkward places where clearance is at a minimum - like when you are tearing down engines. I am a big fan of the simple analog style watches too.

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  6. That is an Omega Moonwatch. Worn by Armstrong on his moonwalk.
    Mine is a few years older.

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    1. Gah! Thanks Neal, I shoulda caught that! I actually looks nothing like a Rolex except for the metal strap...

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  7. Old ESQ. I still like mechanical watches the best.

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    1. How old is that, Scott? Do they still make them...?

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    2. 25 or so years. I think they are now owned by Movada. I have several mechanical dive watches as well from my more adventurous days.
      My grandfather was a watch repairman and he left me a pocketwatch that winds with a key.
      I will dig it out and find the maker.
      Thanks for the post.

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