So I’m a clay pigeon shooter or trapshooter, and in order to time and count my shots I like to use a watch that’s suitable for the purpose. The Tactical Watch category, such as G-Shocks, Suunto, Luminox, Victorinox and so on are what I go after most of the time. Sometimes I want to have a reading on the weather, so I wear a watch that has a barometer built in. Here are some tips on how I choose my watches, and the features I like them to have.
What to Look for when Getting a Tactical Watch
A tactical watch satisfies the needs of security forces but of the extreme sports fans just as well. Since different people have different needs, there are no ”perfect” tactical watches. You just need to decide which qualities matter the most for you when choosing your tactical watch. Lots of info here.
No scratch, no risk!
A good tactical watch remains fully functional after years of impacts, rubs and shocks, combined with your intense outdoor hobbies/military missions. The crystal is scratch-free and reading the time doesn’t get difficult over the years. The same goes for the appearance, which shouldn’t fade in time.
Go for the tactical watch with a Sapphire lens as this, second to diamonds, is the most scratch-resistant and the hardest mineral in the world.
There are many long lasting materials for the case of a tactical watch and the safest choice is the high grade stainless steel. This is off the discussion in case of allergy, but you can still get a polymer-plastic and ceramic made watches.
Even though the materials of your tactical watch count, it’s all flushed away if the tactical watch was put together poorly. This is why you need to check if the tactical watch was tested under extreme conditions. A reliable brand is definitely worth it since you know it’s not going to put its name under the fire.
Always the right time
As you get precision and well organization of your items from your tactical vest, the same precision you expect from your tactical watch. Last thing you need is to re-adjust your timepiece every two weeks.
There’s no better looking watch as the mechanical watch, but this type is not as accurate as a quartz-based watch or digital one is. A mechanical watch is defined as precise as long as it doesn’t drift more than 6 seconds a day.
On the other hand, a quartz watch drifts no more than 0.07 seconds a day. See the difference?
On a plus, the mechanical watch is far more sensitive to heat and shocks than the other types of watches.
Light me up!
All military missions are 24hours games. You need to read the time in the dark, especially without the help from the other hand to press another button…
When hiking, holding a gun or fishing a hook you want to read the time with just a tilt of your head. So go for the mildly continuously glow on the watch any given day!
How deep is your…tactical watch able to go?
The amount of pressure a watch can take is given by the ATM, the pressure units. A 3ATM watch is able to take pressure equivalent to that which you find under 30 meters of water. ATM doesn’t reflect the depth as even under your shower the pressure on your watch might be greater than 3 ATM.
So, your tactical watch should be at least 10 ATM so you don’t have to worry when entering the water or your watch just got stepped on.
Digital or Analog?
Analog watches stand out with their classical appearance, whereas the digital watches are extremely accurate and give you several, complicated functions.
These days, you don’t just need to know what time is it, you also need to feel it. A tactical watch gives you a good pace and helps you to do whatever it is you’re doing to do it faster, better.
Subtle, all the way
Some of you don’t like to stand out, especially when out in a mission. Your tactical watch might come with a non-metallic band and the metal parts could be coated with black or dark plating that minimizes the Reflectance.
PVD is a high-end coating technique that gives a longer lasting and scratch resistance cover to your watch. PVD uses any type of inorganic material coating, even high quality, non-reflective materials.
All in all
Your tactical watch should give you accuracy, durability, comfort on the move, good materials and craftsmanship and facility when reading the time.
All the other details that we’ve talked about are for you to consider when making the final call.