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Best Watch for Law Enforcement Officers

Best watch for law enforcement officers

What makes a great watch for law enforcement officers?

Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) have a super demanding job and need a watch that is up to the task. After speaking with LEOs (police officers and military police) and conducting other online research, we the best watches for LEOs have the following attributes:

    • Durable: Wrestling, bashing down doors and other high impact activities on top of general day-to-day duties require a watch that is capable of taking a real beating in a variety of environmental conditions including resistance to water.
    • Affordable: Until you rise the ranks, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to outlay a lot of money for a watch that can easily get misplaced, broken or even stolen.
  • Discreet: Something flashy has the potential to go down the wrong way with superiors and colleagues as it can be single you out for thinking you’re better than others and perhaps not a team player. Best to fit in for a few years, earn your reputation then upgrade to something more suited to your personality.
  • Digital over analog: The consensus is that digital is easier to read and more accurate at a quick glance for most LEOs. Every minute can matter, so readability and telling the time quickly are important
  • Illumination: This one is little subjective as rookies doing night and morning shifts may very well need strong illumination and a night light. Others may require a stealth watch if they are in a tactical position.
 

Our 5 best watches for LEOs

Taking the above attributes into account, we’ve reviewed many watches and narrowed our choice down to the following top 5.

1. G-Shock 9052

Casio G-Shock DW9052 Close Up - Police officer watch

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Very tough
  • Popular and unassuming choice. Great for rookies finding their feet.

Cons

  • Not a lot of features at this price
  • Can be bulky for smaller wrists

The entry level G-Shock by Casio has a lot going for it. It’s cheap, super tough, shock resistant 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 models to something like a GWM5610 Solar (also in this list), G-Shock 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. If you’re starting your career as a police officer, we think this is the best G-Shock option.

Check out G-Shock Prices

 

2. Suunto Core All Black Military

Suunto Core All Black Military

Pros

  • Feature packed ABC (altimeter, barometer &
    digital compass)
  • Large, easy to read face
  • Sleek, stealth design is very popular
  • Handy sunrise & sunset functions

Cons

  • Might be a little flashy for some
  • Negative display can be harder to read
  • Battery life can be on the short side if constantly using ABC features

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. Note, there is no GPS function. If you need GPS you’ll need a Suunto Ambit3 or similar model.

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.

Check out Suunto Core Prices

 

3. G-Shock GWM5610 Solar

Casio G-Shock GWM5610 Solar

Pros

  • Tough as nails
  • Solar means no need to replace the battery
  • Atomic timekeeping – never need to reset the time
  • Small and discrete square form factor can fit on any wrist

Cons

  • Arguably not a super good looking watch. May need an off-duty watch.
  • Backlight can not always be counted on

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 watch, 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 solar powered, 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.

Check out G-Shock GWM5610 Prices

 

4. Seiko 5

Seiko 5 SNK809 Automatic

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Low depth profile for automatic
  • Can be dressed up or down
  • Great price for a quality automatic

Cons

  • Analog display is not for everyone
  • 37mm might be too small for some LEOs

The Seiko 5 SNK809 is an entry level automatic timepiece 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 an officer normally chained to a desk.

This simple yet stylish stainless steel 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. Potentially a great option for police officers as they start to move up the ranks.

Check out Seiko 5 Prices

 

5. Luminox Navy Seal

Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark 3051.BO

Pros

  • Tritium provides fantastic luminosity
  • Super lightweight (56 g or 1.98 oz)
  • Easy to read dial

Cons

  • More of a tactical watch
  • No screw down case
  • Most expensive in our list

We are big fans of the Luminox 3051 as it’s easily one of the best tactical watches 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. The Navy Seal pedigree means this watch has top, reliable water resistance too.

If your role involves a lot of water contact you might also want to consider a good dive watch as part of your gear setup.

We’ve feature the black out version here to complete the tactical, military watch feel. But you could easily opt for the regular/non-black out model. The case is made from stainless steel with a Carbonox coating which increases durability and provides the nice black matte finish.

This watch clearly isn’t for all LEOs. And we accept that. We’ve included it here as a good tactical option or those that value luminosity above everything else.

Check out Luminox Navy Seal BO Prices

Are you a LEO with more suggestions we should review? Please feel free to let us know what you’ve been using below and whether you’d buy it again.

Best Dive Watches for 2019 Revealed

Best Dive Watches for 2019

Scuba diving is testament to mankind’s ingenuity in overcoming natural barriers, and dive watches are one of the best examples this. Combining precise engineering and looks into an accessory for an activity that humans shouldn’t really be doing is why dive watches have a soft spot in our hearts here at WKOW.

So, if you’re thinking about purchasing a dive watch for that 2019 holiday, or potentially saving for that special splurge or even ‘holy grail’ timepiece, this guide will definitely point you in the right direction without getting your feet wet.

What makes a good dive watch?

Records dive time

The main functions of a high-quality dive watch is to allow scuba divers to keep a record on the dive time, under pressure by using a rotating (or analog) bezel that allows the wearer to pre-select a period of time up to 60 minutes. This allows the wearer to understand their dive time, and then calculate maximum dive time before hazardous gases build up in their blood system. Diving is by its a nature a risky sport, so the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your dive watch is going to give way mid-dive, leaving you more vulnerable than is necessary. This is where technical specifications and user reviews come into play.

Durable

The robustness will be tested underwater. Yes, you’ve got additional pressure from water above, but watches also get banged around a lot whilst diving. This can be from rocks, coral, your own tank/gear and even fine sea particles such as sand and seaweed can play havoc to the durability of a dive watch.

Water resistant

This one is pretty obvious, but it’s also important to be realistic with exactly how much water resistance you really need. ie If you’ll mostly be using it snorkelling, buying a 500m water resistant watch is most likely overkill.

Design is important, but not everything

We all love a sexy design, but don’t just base important gear decision on looks. Instead, make sure it has the features you’re going to use the most. This doesn’t mean you need to go for the highest-price model simply because it has the most features. If you aren’t going to use the feature, you’re basically adding extra expense for no benefit.

I’m a certified diver and personally prefer a simple design when I’m diving because I don’t want to be wasting my dive time playing around with features, dials and buttons. This is time I can spend hanging out with my dorsal appendaged friends. That said, we’ve included a range of watches for different budgets, styles, preferences and dive levels (ie newly certified has different requirements than a pro diver) in the round up of our 7 favorite dive watches below:

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating: 656 ft

Price: Check on Amazon
Best for: Value conscious without compromising on quality

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating: 2000 ft
Price: Check on Amazon

Best for: Sticklers for precise chronometer movement and classic designs

Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating: 1000 ft
Price: $8,775.00

Best for: Wearers of iconic, durable and timeless dive accessories

 

1. Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating

656 ft

Case diameter

44 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.9

This is one of the most affordable pieces on our list, but this doesn’t come at a big compromise on style or performance. The lower price point and more casual look of this watch has allowed it to attract the eye of many divers. The solar quartz movement with a long power reserve means it will keep you under the water with a minimum of maintenance and stress.

These Padi licensed Seiko models are water resistant up to 200 meters (656 ft), made of stainless steel and the overall look is quite appealing with a smaller form factor than some of the more bulkier dive watches on the market.

The crystal is made out of a Seiko proprietary hardened mineral crystal called “Hardlex”. This material is more impact resistant, but slightly less scratch resistant than sapphire crystal. The Lumibrite on hands and indexes allows for easy dial reading for at least 4 hours once fully charged by a light source.

The word Prospex implies professional specifications and these watches don’t disappoint the budget conscious diver that also needs precise engineering. With a lower price point, you’d be forgiven for splurging a little more on that new Go Pro you’ve been eyeing…

This is the best dive watch in our list for the budget conscious or recently certified divers that don’t want to fork out loads on their first dive watch.

Buy Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

 

2. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating

2000 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

The Omega Seamaster has experienced a resurgence in popularity ever since Pierce Brosnan wore a Seamaster Professional in Goldeneye . But even before this, the Seamaster has been a long time favorite of water sport aficionados, with the rivalry between Omega and Rolex pushing advancements in underwater technology and design. The following video shows a detailed history of the Seamaster Planet Ocean, featuring the old and newer designs – it’s beautifully shot too!

Where this model really departs from its predecessors is the technology and associated attention to detail. They’ve removed the satin aluminium inserts from the unidirectional rotating bezel and replaced with scratch resistant ceramic inserts. And, perhaps the biggest improvement to design is the use of liquid metal, rather than traditional casting and subsequent machining. This produces a very precise, strong and corrosion resistant timepiece.

This level of engineering finds its way throughout the entire watch, including the movement system.  Powered by the Omega 8500 caliber Co-Axial based automatic movement which has been widely regarded as a robust and precise movement system. This is a true competitor and alternative to the Rolex Submariner.

One of the main drawbacks of the new Planet Ocean’s technology is that they are a few millimeters thicker. This has left some enthusiasts shaking their head as one of the Seamaster’s long running standout traits has been its slim, elegant design. This Omega has been known to actually feel thicker than it is.

The bold design with broad arrow hands and gloss dials, works effortlessly with the well proportioned, precise engineering contained within this iconic and practical Omega that James Bond still wears to this day. This is definitely one to consider if you have the budget and want a stylish, practical and superbly engineered dive watch.

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3. Tudor Pelagos Blue

Depth Rating

1650 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

Next on our list of best dive watches for 2019 is the Tudor Pelagos Titanium dive watch. Tudor is a sister company to Rolex – both are owned by the Hans Wildorf Foundation, so it’s no surprise that this watch follows in the footsteps of the Rolex Submariner. We’ve chosen to feature the blue version of the watch, as we’ve fallen in love with the vibrancy and deepness of this blue backing. Check out the brilliant blue color in the video below:

Swiss made with automatic hand movement, this Tudor has been gaining in popularity with divers since the Pelagos’ rebirth in 2012. Because it is made of titanium, it is lighter than its stainless steel counterparts, which is a great feature if you plan on this watch being your everyday “desk diver” too. The titanium case and bracelet have a brushed finished, which makes it stand out from a traditionally high-polished finish of a stainless steel and tends to hide scratches very well.

Not sure what titanium in watches is all about? Read our article on Stainless Steel vs Titanium as a primer.

In 2015, Tudor introduced its own revamped movement system, the MT56 12 with a 70 hour power reserve. The saphire crystal is completely flat, eliminating any distortion that a raised crystal provides, which is a handy underwater feature. The build quality can be felt and heard in the click of the bezel as you move it.

The Tudor Pelagos is much more than a “cheaper” version of its big brother, Rolex. The titanium build provides a sophisticated , lightweight alternative to a Submariner or Planet Ocean and is very worthy of at least adding to your diver shortlist. At least try and check out the brilliant deep blue version as we’ve found it to be very striking, whilst remaining elegant for those dinner occasions.

Buy Tudor Pelagos Blue

 

4. Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

40 mm

Price

$$$

Overall rating

4.6

Rolex has followed diving technology ever since aqua lungs were invented and revolutionized the depths humans could explore. The Submariner was invented shortly after, with it’s iconic status cemented by Sean Connery wearing one in the first Bond film, Dr No.

There are two main versions of the Submariner; with and without a date plus magnifier. The non-date version costs about $1,000 less and is arguably the more popular of the two. It was also the original as the date version only came in later.

Featuring a 40mm wide case crafted from a single block of a corrosive-resistant 904L steel, and a turning bezel made from Cerachom (a type of ceramic) which makes it extremely resistant to scratching, fading and corrosion. The movement is controlled by the in-house Rolex Calibre 3130. An important visual and functional feature is the winding crown, which closes much like a submarine latch.

This video shows the beauty of the Submariner close up in all its beauty:

The Submariner isn’t just renowned by divers (incl Navy Seals), or for precise engineering. It redefined what it meant to own a prestige timepiece. You certainly do pay a premium for the Rolex brand, but in return, you know you’re getting an incredibly engineered watch that will last for many years and is universally loved and admired. Indeed, a significant factor for many in purchasing this watch is for the status, announcing to the world that you’ve made it. Don’t let this fool you though, the Submariner is a serious dive watch and definitely worth considering.

Buy Rolex Submariner

 

5. TAG Heuer Aquaracer

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

41 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.4

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer is another diving watch with an interesting history. The Aquaracer has evolved from the  Heuer 2000 which came out in 1982. Tag Heuer have used this time to add various features, whilst retaining the original elegance and style.

The 41 mm case features alternating polished and brushed stainless steel, bringing a casual elegance to this watch. The biggest change in recent years has been the addition of the ceramic bezel. Similar to Rolex’s Submariner and Omega’s Planet Ocean, the ceramic rotating bezel allows this TAG to take an absolute beating without scratching, fading or corroding. This is a massive feature for a dive watch given that it’s very common to bang your hands on all sorts of rocks, corals, sand and other general underwater hazards whilst diving.

But, the Aquaracer is considerably more affordable than a Submariner or Planet Ocean, making it a great entry-level dive watch for collectors and wearers.

The Aquaracer uses a rubber strap and comes in both chronograph (three-counter calibre 16) and automatic (Calibre 5) models. The chronograph models are generally around $1,000 more than the automatic models. Both models are quality, durable diving watches.

Check out this detailed review on the Aquaracer below – FWIW, I don’t think this diver deserves any hate!

What I like a lot about the Aquaracer is that it doesn’t try and be a Submariner clone. It is bold and unique in its own right. Go elsewhere for a Submariner clone. Choose a Tag Heuer Aquaracer if you want an extremely durable Swiss-engineered dive watch that has many of the features that rival its more expensive counterparts.

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6. Oris Titanium Divers

Depth Rating

3280 ft

Case diameter

49 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.5

Oris, a Swiss watchmaker that was once more widely known for its alarm clocks than watches, has been producing high quality dive watches since the 2006 Carlos Coste Limited Edition Chronograph. We’ve chosen the titanium version of the Oris Diver collection because the watch is on the chunky side and we love how lightweight this watch is. It’s actually a little deceiving when you first pick it up – as given its size you’d expect it to be heavier.

The 49mm case is the largest in our roundup of favorite watches for 2019, so it’s mainly worn by men and you’d definitely want to put it on your wrist before buying. Other notable features are the ceramic unidirectional bezel which is great for resisting scratches and bumps, anti-reflective sapphire window and a date window at 6 O’clock. Aesthetically, the subtle waves behind the dial give it a smooth look against black face and the luminous indicators work well at night.

This watch definitely makes a statement, and whilst it may not have the same branding appeal as a Rolex or Omega, it is definitely a great piece of diving gear if you prefer slightly larger timepieces that won’t weigh you down. We’ve seen some good deals on these men’s models too, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

Buy Oris Titanium Divers

 

7. Victorinox Dive Master 500

Depth Rating

1640 ft

Case diameter

43 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.4

Victorinox’s move into higher end watches has given consumers the option of a well engineered, durable, sporty watch at a price point which is more affordable to most of us. Indeed, this is one of the least expensive quartz movement dive watches that is rated to 500 meters water resistance.

The simple, practical design with a stainless steel case and silicone strap performs very well under low light conditions, with bold, luminous hands, hour markers and graduations on the unidirectional stainless steel bezel. Bezel rotation is met with solid, deep clicks – something that is often missing in less expensive dive watches. The date function features a magnified display for easy reading.

This should be on your radar if you want a practical dive watch rated to 500m, but aren’t prepared to fork out thousands more for brand or prestige appeal. It is a very good piece for the price and worthy of consideration.

Buy Victorinox Dive Master 500

 

What’s your favorite dive watch to consider for 2019? Feel like we’ve left out some worthy tool watches? Let us know in the comments below. Happy diving!

 

What type of watch did James Bond wear in Octopussy?

seiko-g757James Bond wears the Seiko G757 watch in Octopussy. James Bond became and instant hit on the big screen after Sean Connery’s portrayal in Ian Flemming’s “Dr. No”. Since then, many actors have taken up the mantle of the gentleman spy, including Roger Moore. Moore starred as a stylish, sharp, and dashing version of James Bond in 1983’s Octopussy. In the movie, Moore’s Bond is given a Seiko G757 by “Q”.

The Seiko that James is given in the movie looks exactly like the one Seiko actually made with one small exception: James’ watch doubled as an impossibly small TV. The real Seiko G757 is a classy watch reminiscent of early 80s super cars, like the Lamborghini. Stainless steel band with a mineral glass face. The watch is a classic piece that is no longer made by Seiko, and you’ll be hard pressed to find them in good condition.

Where can I buy a Seiko G757?

Well the watch itself is discontinued and the only place you can find them anymore is on eBay or yard and estate sales (if you’re lucky). But Casio has made a very similar watch that would serve you well: The Men’s A1200WHD.

While the watch isn’t very high end, it does have the same look and feel as the G757, and with a price of just $26.49, it is also rather affordable.

The watch itself is water resistant to 100 meters (about 330 feet) which, they claim, is suitable for swimming and snorkling, but I would caution against that. If price is an indicator of quality – and with watches it usually is – a $26.49 watch is likely not to be tested for its durability. This watch is probably fine to shower with, and maybe light swimming, but I wouldn’t take it into the ocean or submerge it in water for any lengthy period.

Another consideration for this watch is its quartz movement. A Quartz movement watch will always be more accurate than a self-winding watch, but will require you to change the battery out whenever it dies. They claim the watch as a 10 year battery, and while I have no experience with this particular watch or battery, I would like to see such a thing for myself.

All in all, the A1200WHD by Casio is a good substitute for the Seiko G757 as long as you aren’t expecting it to have a built in TV.