Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) have a super demanding job and need a watch that is up to the task. After speaking with LEOs and conducting other online research, we believe the best watches for LEOs have the following attributes:
The entry level G-Shock by Casio has a lot going for it. It’s cheap, super tough and has enough basic features to get the job done.
Given the price, popularity and unassuming nature of this watch, there is very little downside to purchasing one. If you like it, chances are you’ll upgrade to something like a GWM5610 Solar (also in this list), Mudman or Rangeman down the track.
Worst case if you do decide it’s not the right watch for you, at least you haven’t spent much money on it and it hasn’t drawn any unwanted attention.
The Suunto Core All Black (or Military) is a popular watch that comes packed with a host of features. An affordable Altitude, Barometer & Compass (ABC) watch that has a good backlight when you need it. Other features include a storm sensing function that recognises a drop in air pressure and sends you a warning.
The popularity of this watch has led to it achieving cult status, which has only increased since the release of the popular Equalizer movies where Denzel wears a slightly modified version of the Suunto Core All Black.
The biggest downside to this watch for a LEO is actually its good looks as it has the potential to draw a little too much attention from superiors.
This watch is one to consider if you’re after a feature packed watch with sleek good looks. This could easily be your 24/7 watch, which is certainly something to consider as it means you’ll never have to remember to change watches for duty.
If you’re comfortable wearing a slightly flashy watch, there’s very little stopping this from being the watch for you.
The G-Shock GWM5610 Solar is about as close to a set and forget watch as you can get. With a solar power source and atomic timekeeping, you really don’t need to worry about anything.
Add in the toughness of a G-Shock, water resistance of 200m (660 ft) and a discrete square form factor, you’ve got a watch that many LEOs swear by as their main duty watch.
The downsides are minimal. It’s a solar powered watch, so if you’re using the light for an extended period of time it will reach its limit and stop working until exposed to sunlight again.
Of course looks are subjective. But, I think it’s fair to say this isn’t the sexiest watch on the list. That is great whilst on duty as it won’t draw attention, but the flip side is you may want another watch when off duty.
Bottom line is this is a fantastic watch for the on duty LEO. It is roughly double the cost of the other G-Shock on this list, so whether you choose this will depend on whether you like the convenience of solar power and atomic timekeeping in a discrete package.
The Seiko 5 SNK809 is an entry level automatic that has packed great build quality, versatile styling and durability into an affordable price.
It is an automatic, which means it is self winding with arm movement. Once fully wound, it has a 40 hour power reserve. You will need to move around 8 hours each day to ensure it maintains power and accuracy, but this should be fine unless you’re chained to a desk.
This simple yet stylish watch can easily be dressed up for any formal events with a new strap/bracelet. It’s simplicity also means it isn’t overly flashy, so it shouldn’t catch any unwanted attention.
The biggest drawbacks are that it’s an analog which clearly doesn’t have a lot of the digital features and instant readability of the digital watches in this list. This may be a huge issue depending on the requirements of your job.
If you are in the market for an affordable, durable and simple automatic that you can wear 24/7, the Seiko 5 is certainly worth exploring further.
We are big fans of the Luminox 3051 as a tool watch for LEOs. We’ve previously written about this watch specifically for police officers and whilst it is the most expensive in our list, it is still an affordable option for most.
The readability of this watch under ALL conditions, including darkness and underwater is what really makes this watch stand out (pun intended) from the rest. The tritium in the hands and markers is made from a radioactive isotope that slowly decays over time. This is different from most other watches that use phosphorescent inserts that need to be recharged by an external light source.
We’ve feature the black out version here to complete the tactical, military feel. But you could easily opt for the regular/non-black out model.
This watch clearly isn’t for all LEOs. And we accept that. We’ve included it here as a tactical option or those that value luminosity above everything else.
Are you a LEO with more suggestions? Please feel free to let us know what you’ve been using below and whether you’d buy it again.
So, you’re checking out a new addition to your watch collection and the model comes in both titanium and stainless steel. Or the model is more high end and only comes in titanium, and you’re wondering whether it’s worth the 20% price increase compared to the non-titanium model? Valid questions that I’ve also pondered, so here’s my thoughts on titanium vs stainless steel.
Spoiler alert for high end watches- it’s complicated when it comes to material used in expensive watches. This is especially true when patents and specialized coatings are used by the manufacturer.
I recommend basing your purchase on aesthetics rather than quality of material as there aren’t many general rules that will apply in all circumstances.
The pros and cons of each titanium vs stainless steel are summarised below:
HIGHER CORROSION RESISTANCE
DOESN'T IRRITATE SKIN
Great for larger watches
SCRATCHES MORE VISIBLE
LOWER CORROSION RESISTANCE
CAN IRRITATE SKIN
larger watches can be heavy
SCRATCHES LESS VISIBLE
Do you like a heavy or a light watch? To many that is the deciding factor on whether to fork out extra for a titanium watch. One of the key benefits of titanium as a material is that it has a high strength-to-weight ratio. This means that a titanium watch can be lighter than it’s stainless steel cousin, but remain very strong.
If considering a smaller watch (ie less than 41mm), the light weight and feel of titanium can be a turn-off as it can make the watch “feel cheap”. If this is you, then stick to stainless steel. There is little to be gained from the extra price.
If you’re more comfortable wearing a lighter watch, or considering purchasing a larger watch (say 42mm or more), than titanium may very well be what you’re after.
There is a healthy debate around whether titanium does actually scratch more. If comparing the main type of stainless steel used in watches; 316L, to the most common titanium used in watches; Grade 5 (or Ti-6Al-4V), then titanium is indeed harder and should therefore scratch less.
But, the downside of titanium is that when scratches do occur, the oxidation properties of titanium kick in and form a new layer, making the scratch appear a different color to the rest of the material and therefore scratches are more visible. The good news is that these small scratches can generally be buffed out.
Titanium’s superb corrosion resistance properties make it a clear winner on this front. This is especially true if you’re thinking about getting a quality dive watch or even if you plan to wear it during activities where you’re likely to sweat.
Stainless steel watches can react to the skin if you have a nickel allergy. Titanium has no nickel and therefore won’t irritate the skin the same way. Titanium is often used in medical devices partly because the body doesn’t react to it. If you know you have sensitive skin, then a titanium model may be a great investment.
Titanium is more expensive to produce as it requires a lot of energy during manufacturing using the Kroll Process and is much more difficult to work with than stainless steel. One of the main issues with producing products out of titanium is the tools used to machine it have a short lifespan before needing to be replaced.
So whilst titanium may be a superior material in many regards, it’s not scarcity like gold or diamonds that influences price the most. The difference mostly comes from the increase in cost required to produce the alloy and machine the watch case (or bracelet).
Shallow as it may be, unless you have a real need for titanium, then it really just comes down to good old fashioned aesthetics. Do you prefer the dulled grey look of titanium or the shiny classic metallic look of stainless steel? It really doesn’t need to be more complicated than this for most people. If you like the look of titanium and are happy to pay a little more because it’s worth it to you, then by all means go grab a titanium watch and add it to your collection.
We’ve singled out the Citizen Eco-drive because we like this watch and it has both titanium and stainless steel variants. Note, the titanium version has a blue ion coating, which makes the titanium pop a little more and reduces the dullish look that can be associated with titanium. This is indicative of many different treatments that manufacturers apply, making it very difficult to compare apples with apples based on raw material quality alone.
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
You’re probably familiar with the Denzel Washington film adaptation, and potentially even own a Suunto Core Ultimate Black like that worn in the Equalizer movies. But, have you taken the time to pay tribute to the original 80’s series, also titled, The Equalizer?
There’s a lot of great old school action in the 5 seasons of The Equalizer series. Edward Woodward plays Robert McCall who atones for his past by helping others that find him through his newspaper ads: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 212 555 4200.”
There’s certainly less action and violence in the original TV series, but some have argued the story and plot of the original surpasses anything the first two Equalizer movies have offered.
The watches worn by the main characters in each provides a nice reflection on the different takes the directors have taken. The elegant, simple gold time piece worn by Edward Woodward suits his refined character. Where as the digital military style watch worn by Denzel fits his precise and practical portrayal of Robert McCall.
Who wore it better – Edward or Denzel? Let me know in the comments below.
Stephen Curry, guard for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and two time league MVP, is actually a bit of a watch collector.
The notoriously under-sized boy from Charlotte sprung out of his father’s (Dell Curry) footprints during the 2012-13 season with a record 272 three pointers made during the regular season. Steph has since shattered this record on several occasions and led the Warriors to NBA glory during the 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is a phenomenal talent that many now regard as the best shooter in NBA history. However, it wasn’t always this way, as the following short documentary shows his long term struggle to overcome his small stature. Give it a watch, it’s a great story of perseverance.
Steph Curry wears multiple watch brands ranging from high end Rolexes, to the more affordable Movado Museum Classic. With a $35 million salary (2018 Golden State), Steph can clearly afford to wear exclusively super high-end watches if he was so inclined, but we like that the family man mixes up his flashy watches with some simple, elegant and attainable timepieces.
Stephen has been spotted wearing various Rolexes. For the big occasions, he appears to prefer his impressive Rolex Deepsea diver. He wore this whilst accepting his MVP trophy in 2016 and when he met President Obama in 2015 through his charity efforts on fighting malaria. His Deepsea is a large 44mm steel oyster model featuring self winding calibre 3135 movement, patented scratch resistance Cerachrom unidirectional bezel with 60 min graduations, and a 70 hour power reserve. Make no mistake, this is a serious dive watch, but obviously also carries the elegance for occasions such as meeting the US President.
Steph also owns a 40mm Everose Day-Date President he’s previously sported to some games.
One of Steph’s more attainable, yet elegant timepieces is his Movado Museum Classic that he’s worn to post-game press conferences.
We find that Steph wearing a watch with a family friendly budget to a press conference where his daughter, Riley, stole the show to be quite fitting. The classy, yet relaxed Movado with a simple numberless blackface is dressed up with the goldtone hands and the signature dot at 12 o’clock. This watch suits Stephen Curry’s image perfectly.
We couldn’t let this opportunity slip to show you the video of Riley taking control of yet another press conference with her effortless charm:
You can grab yourself a Movado Museum Classic from Amazon below. Whilst we can’t guarantee it will help you become the next MVP, you can at least look the part.
We remember seeing Denzel Washington wearing a Suunto Core Ultimate Black in the first installment of The Equalizer. But there has been some heated controversy over whether the watch he wears in the second movie is actually the same model.In the Equalizer 2, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall (Denzel) comes back to deliver the vigilante justice expected. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.
We get to see him using his stopwatch to check how long to complete his kills as he does in the original. Upon closer inspection, it does indeed look like the same trusty watch he used in the first movie – the Suunto Core Ultimate Black. However, the stopwatch feature of Denzel’s watch looks different from the original Suunto. Here is a nice video that explains the differences between the original version and the one shown in the movie.
The watch itself is made to keep pace with a very energetic lifestyle. It features an array of gadgets perfect for those of us that are in the military, are super active, or have secret aspirations to stop assassins… The built in compass, depth measurement, altimeter & barometer will all come in handy during your (and my) next secret mission. The sleek black design camouflages well with most surroundings (other colors are also available). We certainly think it’s one of the better digital watches available today. So, despite the controversies over whether the stopwatch feature does actually belong to the Suunto Core or whether it’s digitally enhanced, we still think the Suunto Core Ultimate Black is a great option to consider for your next athletic watch. Vigilant justice is optional!!
Warren Buffett, currently worth $90B and 3rd on Forbes rich list behind Jezz Bezos and friend Bill Gates, made his fortune by being an incredibly astute investor in various companies. Known for his frugal and practical nature despite his immense wealth, we’re naturally interested in type of watch the ‘Oracle from Omaha’ chooses to wear.
Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.
Certainly not exactly a watch for the masses with a current price tag of $27,947.90, the 18K Rolex Day Date is not overly flashy either. Known for its classic, timeless elegance, the Rolex Day Date is perhaps the most instantly recognizable watch in the world.
The most popular size of the Rolex Day Date is the 36mm, but you can certainly go bigger with a 40mm models. As the name suggests, the Day Date features the full day name on the dial, along with the date at 3 o’clock. Today, the movement is controlled by Rolex’s Calibre 3255, with self-winding mechanical movement offering superb precision, power reserve and resistance to shocks and magnetism.
Bernie Sanders, the United States Senator for Vermont raised to fame during the 2016 Presidential election when he eventually lost out to the Democratic nomination for US President to Hillary Clinton.
Known for his strong stance against corporate greed in applying his interpretation of democratic socialism, Sanders rallied a vocal fan-base that continued to find support after the 2016 presidential nomination defeat. Given his strong political views on the influence of corporations and role of social welfare, we thought it would be interesting to find out what watch the Senator chooses to wear.
The stainless steel dress watch is 39mm wide, with a black face, three hand functions, date function at 3 o’clock and water resistance rated to 30m – but certainly don’t take it diving (check out our guide to dive watches for this). Citizen has done a really good job of marketing their watch to the “everyday man” since their founding in 1930’s, something Bernie is no doubt aware of when choosing this watch as it fits his political profile perfectly. The Eco-Drive technology pioneered by Citizen does mean that Bernie can campaign without ever having to worry about changing his watch battery (unlike Donald Trump’s largely ill-received foray into watch manufacturing).
The model that Bernie wears (BM0910-57E) is hard to find for retail purchase today. But, that doesn’t really matter as we prefer the style and sleekness of the titanium version of the eco-drive. Both versions of the watch are affordable and stay true to Bernie’s “everyday” appeal.
Watch repair kits have proliferated onto the scene in recent years, allowing home enthusiasts and wannabe watchmakers access to whole new world of tinkering opportunity. But with so many options, the question remains, what is the best watch repair kit for you?
But before diving into some watch kits, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself whether you really need a fully fledged kit, or whether you really just need one or two pieces first and then start building your own kit.
This is generally the first question you should be asking yourself. Are you really just trying to fix the problem you have now, or do you actually want to have that 18+ piece kit handy in case of future emergencies. You might be better off in the long run by slowly building your high quality, bespoke kit if right now you really just want to remove a link or two from your bracelet.
Also, before embarking on a mad scientist type experiment with an expensive watch, ask yourself how much do you care about the watch you are DIY repairing. It will hurt a lot less if your repairs to a $50 Casio don’t got as planned than botching up that antique Rolex Submariner that’s stopped ticking.
The pros and cons of each option are listed below:
Watch repair kits
Many pieces in one kit
cheaper than buying individually
Generally lower quality
Best for light users
NEED to buy each Tool
Generally higher quality
Best for everyday or heavy use
Heck, if you just want to change the battery once every couple of years, you’re most likely better off financially (and with less headache) just going to your local jeweler and have them change it for you. But, you most likely wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t want to get your hands dirty and start tinkering with your watch collection.
An important point here, as just like jailbreaking your iPhone, opening up your watch will most likely result in voiding your manufacturers warranty. You’ve been warned! Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to the kits.
Your budget, short and long term requirements should dictate the quality of kit and how many tools you realistically need. The following tools are common in good quality kits:
We’ve chosen the following 3 watch repair kits based on price, quality and user reviews:
Ohuhu Professional 147 PCS Watch Kit
- Adjustable case opener
- 18x adjustable case opener pins
- Watch case opener knife
- Stainless steel tweezer
- Spring bar tool (& 2 spare tips)
- 108x watch strap spring pins
- Link remover (incl 3 spare pins and 2 spare gold pins)
- Watch case holder (10-45mm)
- 3x screwdrivers
- Carry Case
This 141 piece entry level kit is great for those that are making their first foray into watch repairing and want a kit with all of the essentials.
EzTool Professional Watch Repair Kit
- Extra large (up to 58mm) 3-point jaxa case wrench opener
- Watch link remover tool
- 3x pin-punch
- Spring bar removal tool
- Band holder
- 5x screwdrivers
- Case pry
- Carry case
Large watch cases and handy 41 page illustrated guide makes it easy to hit the ground running and make repairs straight away.
Stago Deluxe Watch Repair Tool Kit
- Adjustable case opener (up to 38mm)
- 18x adjustable case opener pins
- 3 in 1 screwdriver
- 4x mini pliers
- 90x Watch Strap Spring Pins
- Small Hammer
- Watch Case Knife
- Watch case Holder
- Watch Band Link Remover (incl 3 extra pins)
- 3x Slotted Screwdrivers
- Carry case
This sturdy 141 piece tool kit offers all the tools you could want as a novice watch repairer in a nicely designed carry bag.
Got some other kit/tool suggestions for tinkering with your watch collection? We’d love to hear your choices in the comments below. Happy repairing!
Gates is also well known for his many philanthropic endeavors. In fact, one of the primary reasons he is no longer the richest man in the world is because he has chosen to give away a substantial part of his fortune. He, along with Warren Buffet, also influenced many other mega-rich celebrities and entrepreneurs to donate at least half of their wealth through “the Giving Pledge”. Well played Mr Gates.
Given Mr Gates’ wealth, you’d possibly expect him to be sporting a super exclusive Rolex, Omega or similar. But no, fitting with Mr Gates’ rather conservative lifestyle, he opts to wear what he calls a “$10 watch”. This $10 watch is actually a Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV, and whilst it is certainly an inexpensive watch, you may have to pay a little more than the $10 quoted by Bill (check Amazon for current price).
Check out the video below by Politico where when asked whether the watch he is wearing is similar to a medical watch he is currently speaking about, Bill responds with “no, this is a $10 watch.”Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV is a digital watch with a 45 mm plastic case and silicon band. The Japanese manufactured Casio is water resistant to 50m and has quartz based movement. Digital features include 3 countdown dials, stopwatch and alarm. For a cheaper watch, it’s certainly well built and durable. Given many ultra-rich decide to show off their wealth with flashy, expensive watches, it’s refreshing that all fans of Bill Gates can “be like Bill” with a very affordable Casio.
This is a homage watch to the much more expensive and iconic Rolex Submariner and is a very practical watch for those on a budget, but still expect to get wet from time to time and want a durable watch that won’t break under the stresses of an active lifestyle. Whilst more than $10, few would argue that this watch is out of character with Bill’s preference for functionality over glamour. An affordable watch for the most active keyboard warriors, this would be our choice when emulating the style and philosophy of a man worth 90+ Billion.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a popular US sitcom that spices up the regular “cop-show” format with easy watching humor led by Andy Sandberg’s character Jake Peralta. Jake’s good, but often naive intentions land him and his precinct in difficult, and humorous, situations. The show has received praise (and awards) for the way they blend current social issues into the story line, such as the Captain Holt’s sexuality.
Terry Crews plays Terry Jeffords, a Detective Sergeant with a hard-ass appearance, but has recently become well acquainted with his softer side after being taken off field duty following the birth of his twin daughters. Terry has an annoying habit of referring to himself in the third person, but this gentle giant makes up for it with his leadership and support of his team through thick and thin.Terry wears a Luminox Navy Seal Colormark throughout the series. Given his bulky, muscular stature, and need to be ready for whatever life as a cop throws at him, the Luminox Navy Seal is a solid choice. With Swiss quartz movement, this watch features a black dial, black unidirectional bezel with white contrasting bezel markers, white hour markers and date displayed at 3 o’clock. The 200m water resistance is rather expected given the “Navy Seal” model, and whilst I can’t recall an episode where Terry needs to hunt any criminals underwater, he can if duty calls!
I need to eat 10,000 calories a day to maintain muscle mass!
Terry Jeffords, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Check out some of Terry’s finer moments in the mashup below: