Got A Survival Watch? Why Not?
By Adelia Ladson
When you’re assessing your survival gear, there’s one must-have survival tool that you may not have thought about. Do you have a good survival watch? There are so many features available on today’s survival and tactical watches that make them valuable assets in survival situations or for any outdoors adventure.
Features like a digital compass to keep you heading in the right direction and an EL backlight for reading the watch in any lighting situation are invaluable. With a survival watch, you also get tough construction, making it water-resistant and, to some degree, shock-resistant. On the higher-end, you get specialized features like an altimeter, barometer and thermometer. The Cadillac of survival watches have Bluetooth to connect you to your smart phone. Any advantage that you can have with you when you face the wild, either by choice or misadventure, increases your chances of survival. Here are a few customer favorites to get you started. I’m sure one of them will find its way on your arm.
What I really like about this survival watch is that it runs on solar power. Whether you’re in the air, on the sea or on land, the Casio Pro Trek Solar Triple Sensor Watch is your go-to timepiece for all of your outdoor adventures. It features multi-band 6 Atomic timekeeping and has a full auto LED super illuminator backlight with afterglow. It is water resistant up to 200 meters and also low temperature resistant. Its features also include a digital compass, sunrise/sunset data, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and world time for 48 cities. It has four daily alarms and one snooze alarm, plus, a stopwatch and countdown timer.
The Smith & Wesson Tactical Digital Shock Watch is a great everyday wristwatch that can take the abuse you dish out in your daily adventures. When you are looking for reliability, Smith & Wesson always has you covered. This watch is waterproof up to 50' and features a normal time mode, chronograph mode and alarm mode. The digital display shows hour, minutes, seconds, month, day and week and has an EL backlight. The watch gives you a daily alarm and hourly chime option and has an automatic calendar. The 1/100 chronograph has split count. The heavy duty rubber band is both comfortable and sturdy.
The unique design of the tough and durable watch band and buckle allows the Trailblazer Solar Power Digital and Analog Watch to fit literally any size wrist. It’s a must-have addition to your tactical gear because it’s made to keep going even if the battery runs down! It is water-resistant up to 50m and the shock-resistant case is crafted of tough TPU with a high frequency machine-sealed clear resin dial window, allowing you to swim with it. The watch band is a comfortable and flexible polyurethane with a stainless steel buckle and strong stainless steel pins. The easy-to-read LED display shows the hour, minutes, seconds and day of the week, plus, the EL backlight lets you read it at night or in low-light conditions. This olive drab, digital watch has loads of features including 12/24 hour time, auto calendar, alarms and count down.
The tough Ghost Viper Tactical Outdoors Adventure Watch is made to withstand any environment, making a must-have addition to your outdoors adventure gear! It is water-resistant up to 50m and the shock-resistant case is crafted of tough ABS and stainless steel with a high frequency machine-sealed clear resin dial window, allowing you to swim with it. The black watch band is a tough polyurethane with a stainless steel buckle and strong stainless steel pins. It also has a uniquely designed watch band and buckle that allows it to fit literally any size wrist. The easy-to-read LED display shows the hour, minutes and date, plus, the EL backlight lets you read it at night or in low-light conditions. This black and orange, digital watch has loads of features including 12/24 hour time, auto calendar, hourly chime, daily alarm and 1/100 second chronograph with split functions.
Remember the Cadillac of survival watches I mentioned above? The Casio Pro Trek Quad Sensor With Bluetooth is it! Its ability to combine the best that technology has to offer, and innovative designs has made it the timepiece of choice for climbers, hikers, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Now, the Casio Pro Trek Quad Sensor adds Bluetooth capabilities that enable data communication with a smartphone running the Pro Trek connected app, for the ultimate in ease-of-use. The Quad Sensor system uses compact sensors that make it possible to pack compass, altitude/barometer, and temperature measurements, along with an accelerometer that keeps track of your step count, into a compact configuration. Calorie calculations use both step count and altitude information to take upgrades and downgrades into consideration, and calories burned values are recorded by the app. The app automatically records altitude data measured by the watch and route information acquired by a smartphone's GPS, and you can manually plot altitude points along your route using a Trekking Log feature. You can also perform a watch button operation to record your current location in memory. Then, after you move to a different place, a Location Indicator will point to the direction and display the distance back to the registered location. This makes it easy to determine the relationship between the two locations, which is an essential capability for outdoor activities.