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Harry Creekmore


 - posted March 29, 2003 12:55 PM      Profile for Harry Creekmore           Edit/Delete Post 
Question for Dave

Could you give some reccomendations for what
watches you have found the most useful for
navigational purposes. Brand names, price ranges
if you know.

David Burch


 - posted March 29, 2003 11:05 PM      Profile for David Burch           Edit/Delete Post 
There may be many alternatives, but i can tell you what i have done. For many years i only used casio, but timex now has some attractive models as well. I don't recall spending more than about $50 on any of them. My current watch is a Timex Expedition. Here are the criteria i think is required... many have all this and more these days

(1) digital, showing hr min and sec and date on the face
(2) waterproof to 100m or so
(3) Indeglo type light (this is timex invention, i think but all have some form now) Most other type lights simply are not bright enough in many cases.
(4) 24h option
(5) stopwatch and countdown timer
(6) leather or canvas strap... plastic ones tend to "work harden" after some time and crack and then if they get caught on something it might go overboard
(7) two time zones might be nice and then keep one on GMT, but i have frankly never much used that option, though i can imagine its usefulness.

note there are now watches with barometers in them. i have not worked with any of these myself, but know of several people who have used them and found the pressures accurate... i don't recall brand name, but will have to look this up before our classroom weather course ends end of next month.

--david

From: Starpath, Seattle, WA
Edward Brunelle


 - posted April 28, 2003 11:51 AM      Profile for Edward Brunelle           Edit/Delete Post 
I own a CASIO "Wave Ceptor". It is refered to as "An Atomic Watch". That is: It has a radio receiver in it that picks up time ticks from the Atomic Clock at Ft Collins Colorado. It cost about $45 and is probably the most accurate watch that a person can own. Most models are also very rugged. I have several...


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