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Hello mates,
I have a challenge for you:
  • your budget is 800€/$
  • you only get to buy ONE watch
  • You keep the leftover money for other things
  • Your entire colection disapears (this is your watch for your entire life)

This challenge is meant for choosing a durable, realiable, tought and versatile watch that can someday "save" your life.
So what do you choose??
 

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My choice would be the Rangeman : GPR-B1000

I think its a obvious One :cool:
 

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Casio Oceanus 400 or 1000-2000 analog ones.
Next in line Lineage 600.
Next is Tissot T-Touch used but it's non solar.
 

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That’s a tough one. Obviously this question is posted in the Digital/ABC forum, so if I had to choose a digital watch, it‘d probably be a Protrek of some sort. As much as the other “smarter“ watches can do more, if this is going to be my only watch forever, I feel like most smart watches available now wouldn’t be supported that long (via updates, etc...). Connected watches are pretty disposable, similar to our cell phones and that would scare me for a “forever” watch.

TBH, if this question was posted on the Public Forum, Id probably chose a mechanical dive watch (automatic), preferably with an ETA or Seiko movement, and used (so my $800 bucks would go further). Unfortunately I dont have a specific watch in mind. That would take me a lot of research to find “the one”.

Glad that I don’t have to really make this decision. Hell, I’d be just as hard if I had to sell my entire collection except for one. I honestly don’t know which one I’d keep.
 

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Casio Oceanus 400 or 1000-2000 analog ones.
Next in line Lineage 600.
Next is Tissot T-Touch used but it's non solar.
So, in the end it would be a Casio Oceanus (best for the budget? Or used top of line?)
 

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I'd pick an ana-digi Protrek. Can be dressed up to formal wear or down to hiking/sports companion. Solar/atomic, ABC. Truly a great one watch and well within the budget. Here is my PRW-50FC-1 with sapphire crystal, still far from the top of the budget.

If I wouldn't have to worry about dressing it up, I'd buy a Garmin Instinct Solar. Battery lasts forever and its many functions dwarf the Protrek (which is an amazingly functional watch on its own right). Also well within budget.


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That’s a tough one. Obviously this question is posted in the Digital/ABC forum, so if I had to choose a digital watch, it‘d probably be a Protrek of some sort. As much as the other “smarter“ watches can do more, if this is going to be my only watch forever, I feel like most smart watches available now wouldn’t be supported that long (via updates, etc...). Connected watches are pretty disposable, similar to our cell phones and that would scare me for a “forever” watch.

TBH, if this question was posted on the Public Forum, Id probably chose a mechanical dive watch (automatic), preferably with an ETA or Seiko movement, and used (so my $800 bucks would go further). Unfortunately I dont have a specific watch in mind. That would take me a lot of research to find “the one”.

Glad that I don’t have to really make this decision. Hell, I’d be just as hard if I had to sell my entire collection except for one. I honestly don’t know which one I’d keep.
Yes this question is made with Survival and durability in mind, so just in my opinion and preference i decided to put in this Category.
But your free to choose :)
Those "Smart" watches for me are a No too, in a case where eletricity isn't available it can fail you.
Still, i would like to see your choice in the matter.
 

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I'd pick an ana-digi Protrek. Can be dressed up to formal wear or down to hiking/sports companion. Solar/atomic, ABC. Truly a great one watch and well within the budget. Here is my PRW-50FC-1 with sapphire crystal, still far from the top of the budget.

If I wouldn't have to worry about dressing it up, I'd buy a Garmin Instinct Solar. Battery lasts forever and its many functions dwarf the Protrek (which is an amazingly functional watch on its own right). Also well within budget.


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Its a cool choice, and since is lower in budget, in what would you spend the rest? Since is a lifetime watch, i would spend in a spare bracelet.
 

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So, in the end it would be a Casio Oceanus (best for the budget? Or used top of line?)
Oceanus. Best of all. Some people like S100 and it's even under the budget MSRP. For used you can get amazing deals if you pass entry offerings.
In my life i did not seen any way to brake quality quartz watch and this comes with sapphire, titanium and slew of functionality wrapped up in totally go anywhere package.
Slim profile, comfortable and top notch quality.
People happily forgot how many achievements of the past been done with what now considered dress watch. You don't need to wear hockey puck or know barometric pressure in package which will be obsolete in 10 years because better smaller faster.... is on the market.
 

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Reality is unless a watch is capable of transmitting a SoS signal out in the woods, no other watch will really save you. Rest is all marketing trying to sell features like ABC blah blah blah.

Avid camper/hiker here and I ALWAYS carry my Garmin handheld GPS and compass for backpacking trips (especially if its in the place with deicy phone reception). I have some old folks in my camping group that don't even wear a watch but rely on their wits and knowledge of the areas/terrain.
 

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I suppose the Casio Range-Beast would be a good choice, but it is super large. Having a lot of technology on your wrist doesn't save your life. In fact, it can do the opposite in a number of situations. I hike/climb mainly alone. I have had solar watches crap out on me. I had a Casio DW-9052 that was torn apart during a climb. I recently had a ProTrek digital mess up that was purchased new. I have a Casio GPS Range-Beast, but rarely wear it.

For adventuring out I have found light-weight and comfort is key. Paying attention to the weather and your surroundings is vital. You want a watch that is very legible and can be seen in low light situations. For a digital I would choose a DW-5600 (resin case so not to mess with compass bearings) with a clip-on compass. For an analog quartz I choose the Marathon Navigator (fiber shell case to not affect compass bearings) with a clip-on compass. For an automatic a Citizen NY0081 with a clip-on compass on the rubber strap away from the case (again to minimize affect on the compass).

ABC watches are useless. Ok maybe not useless, but definitely have limitations. The temperatures are not accurate when worn. The barometric pressure constantly changes with time and/or elevation. The compass is susceptible to a number of local environmental factors. The altimeter is based on the barometric pressure, so as time and elevation change the less accurate the altimeter. It is cool to have these features, but in a real serious situation they really can't be trusted. I would say the compass feature is somewhat reliable, but the rest not so much.

My GPS Rangeman is also not completely accurate. When taking GPS points the altitude varies by as much as 30+ feet when duplicating readings from the watch at the exact location. The GPS does last a long time, but the solar cell is not capable of keeping up with charging the watch when in use. Also, the watch is so bulky you will hit it against rocks, trees, snag it on brush, and constantly be removing dirt and debris from the many corners. It is a neat piece of tech, but just too large in the field to wear 24/7.

These are my choices and I would save the remaining money to purchase gear.
 

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Hello mates,
I have a challenge for you:
  • your budget is 800€/$
  • you only get to buy ONE watch
  • You keep the leftover money for other things
  • Your entire colection disapears (this is your watch for your entire life)
This challenge is meant for choosing a durable, realiable, tought and versatile watch that can someday "save" your life.
So what do you choose??
I suppose the Casio Range-Beast would be a good choice, but it is super large. Having a lot of technology on your wrist doesn't save your life. In fact, it can do the opposite in a number of situations. I hike/climb mainly alone. I have had solar watches crap out on me. I had a Casio DW-9052 that was torn apart during a climb. I recently had a ProTrek digital mess up that was purchased new. I have a Casio GPS Range-Beast, but rarely wear it.

For adventuring out I have found light-weight and comfort is key. Paying attention to the weather and your surroundings is vital. You want a watch that is very legible and can be seen in low light situations. For a digital I would choose a DW-5600 (resin case so not to mess with compass bearings) with a clip-on compass. For an analog quartz I choose the Marathon Navigator (fiber shell case to not affect compass bearings) with a clip-on compass. For an automatic a Citizen NY0081 with a clip-on compass on the rubber strap away from the case (again to minimize affect on the compass).

ABC watches are useless. Ok maybe not useless, but definitely have limitations. The temperatures are not accurate when worn. The barometric pressure constantly changes with time and/or elevation. The compass is susceptible to a number of local environmental factors. The altimeter is based on the barometric pressure, so as time and elevation change the less accurate the altimeter. It is cool to have these features, but in a real serious situation they really can't be trusted. I would say the compass feature is somewhat reliable, but the rest not so much.

My GPS Rangeman is also not completely accurate. When taking GPS points the altitude varies by as much as 30+ feet when duplicating readings from the watch at the exact location. The GPS does last a long time, but the solar cell is not capable of keeping up with charging the watch when in use. Also, the watch is so bulky you will hit it against rocks, trees, snag it on brush, and constantly be removing dirt and debris from the many corners. It is a neat piece of tech, but just too large in the field to wear 24/7.

These are my choices and I would save the remaining money to purchase gear.
What's the title of this thread?

"You just get to choose One!"

Choose one watch. OK, here are five watches. Kind of misses the point of the thread, doesn't it?
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