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I met a soldier just back from Afghanistan - 1st tour and this brave soldier was wearing a G shock 'Rescue' and it got me wondering?
Any current or past military personal that could share w/ us the watch they wear in the field or on tour of duty?
What theater that watch was when on your wrist?
Or a watch that just went through 'basic'?
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Thanks for your contribution and bravery to our nation!
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A Timex Ironman got me through basic training and a little beyond, but after it died when dropped onto a carpet from a height of about three feet, I was convinced to move on.

A Swiss Army Renegade took me through the rest of my enlisted time, and held up very well.

As an officer now, I typically fall back on a couple atomic G-Shocks on bracelets or a variety of Seiko divers. My biggest preference when things matter is the G-Shock, because they fix my pet peeve. It's common for leaders, whether officer or NCO, to insist that the correct time is whatever their watch says. Since so many soldiers set their watch ahead, it always causes confusion. With an atomic G-Shock, I can calmly state that my watch is kept accurate based on the US government's official timekeeper, hence, my watch is correct. It really annoys colonels, but there's not much argument after that. b-)
 

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Last deployment I wore a Suunto Mil XLander, G shock 6900 MS, Marathon SAR, and G shock Mudman.

This time I'm planning on bringing my Suunto X10mi, Nite MX10, Resco Patriot, and a Casio Pathfinder....maybe a g shock or two in there as well but not sure which yet
 

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I went through basic with a Timex of some sort. I believe it was one of the Ironman types but that was '87.
I got a Citizen Wingman as a graduation present from flight school and wore it from then, '90, in Iraq in '91, Korea in '93-'94. I believe that's when I upgraded to the titanium Citizen Skyhawk and wore that for Bosnia in '97-'98.

Today I wear a Breitling Aerospace as my daily wear, jeans watch.
 

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Wore a G-shock when I enlisted in '88; that stayed with me until the mid-'90s when I was issued another G-shock after I went to Navy Dive School. Shortly thereafter my wife got me a Citizen Aqualand (which I still wear, occasionally) for diving, in conjunction with the G-shock. Finished flight training in 2000, and got a Citizen Eco-drive aviation watch, which I wore a lot for about a year, but it was so scratched after that that it stays in a drawer somewhere. In 2006 I got an Omega X-33 under their military pilot program; so now I mostly wear the X-33 and the Aqualand.
 

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As a combat medic, I wore Casio Pathfinder PAG40 when I was in Iraq 2005-2006. It got beat up but still did a great job.
 

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I had a G-shock in training, then later a Traser (I think), both of which survived all sorts of abuse. Then I got interested in watches and got a Rolex Submariner. I wore this flying throughout in Bosnia and Iraq, and it still looks pretty good, especially after its last service. Later the collection grew after I left the military now there is a Sinn 356, Fortis Marinemaster and Flieger Chrono, with a GMT on the way. Not sure which I would chose now if I was still flying in the military and could only take one watch with me. Probably either the Sub or Fortis GMT. I still have a nice pic somewhere of me in a makeshift bunker during a rocket attack with a Pot Noodle in one hand and my Sub on the other waiting out the attack.
 
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On my upcoming deployment I'll be sportin my Resco Patriot, Omega SMP GMT and TSAR. I'll always have my Casio Pathfinder stashed closeby.
 

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Two tours to Afghanistan. First time (2002) wore a Timex Expedition. Second time (2008) , I wore a Wenger, Suunto X9i, Timex Ironman, Vinatge Omega Geneve (that my interpreter bought for me), Seiko 5 (again, from my interpreter) and a Vostok Komandarskie (bought at a local market).

No idea what I wore when I first got in. But it was during my second tour that I developed a love of watches.

As for time checks - I wore the Suunto for that very reason. Everybody had access to a GPS of some sort which was what we all went by. Mine just happened to be on my wrist. (In fact it was most common to hear - "time check - as per GPS.")
 

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I haven't yet been on deployment. For field exercises and training, I wear my G-Shock Frogman.
 
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Typically the most popular field watches for military are the ones that are inexpensive and readily available in the military px clothing and sales and shopettes. Timex Ironman and G Shocks being the most popular. I wore a Timex Ironman during my time in service and in Iraq back in 2003.
 

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For most of my Royal Navy service I was a ship's Navigator - so after wearing a Seiko 6309 Diver (bought at the USN PX in Puerto Rico) for basic and diving training and a South Atlantic deployment, I upgraded (as I saw it then) to a Heuer (pre-TAG) quartz chronograph. That served me well for the various navigational tasks I had to perform.
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In those pre-GPS days, we still had to practice astro-navigation so needed an accurate watch with an easily read second hand, for which my issued CWC G10 came in handy:
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If I were still serving, I'd probably wear either my Fortis B-42 LE Cosmonaut Chrono (with the Lemania 5100) or the quartz equivalent, the ETA 251.262 powered Revue Thommen Airspeed, which is also handy for the time zone changes:

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I was with the 3rd Infantry from 1985 to 1989. I bought a cheap green Timex military "style" watch that was green plastic and hand wound from the PX. I think I paid $12 for it. I also bought a wide nylon green velcro strap for it. When worn it had a piece that velcroed over the entire watch to protect it from damage. I worn that cheap watch for three and a half years on border patrol. It worked fine until one day when I was sitting at the CQ desk the crystal just popped off. After that I bought one of the first G-Shocks (DW5600C). It lasted me for ten years.
 

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But you still have to practice for when they take out the GPS satellites or block the signal......right?

I've had enough system failures in my flying career to always want a whiskey compass, watch, and chart. :)
 
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