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Watch Buyer’s Guide

Rugged watches that keep much more than time

Whether you’re camping, out ATV riding or shooting with buddies, a reliable wrist watch is essential to any mission. Beyond telling you the time, watches are capable of helping you navigate in the wilds, warn you of inclement weather and even help you figure out the firing solution for your next long-range shot. We take a look at the features of six watches that caught our eye.

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This titanium-banded watch features a digital compass, measures temperature down to -10° C and is powered by a solar rechargeable battery that can last for up to six months on a single charge.
Brand: Casio
Model: Pathfinder PAG240T-7
MSRP: $300
URL: www.pathfinder.casio.com
Key Features:
Solar power; digital compass; altimeter; barometer; thermometer; 31 time zones; five daily alarms; 1/100-second stopwatch; countdown timer; waterproof to 200 meters

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The shock-resistant GDF100-1B contains twin built-in sensors that help it calculate changing weather conditions by giving you altitude, atmospheric pressure and temperature data.
Brand: Casio
Model: GDF100-1B
MSRP: $130
URL: www.gshock.com
Key Features:
Altimeter; barometer; thermometer; 31 time zones; five daily alarms; 1/100-second stopwatch; countdown timer; waterproof to 200 meters

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The Luminox’s sleek black-on-black look is a real eye pleaser. It features self-powered micro gas lights in the hour markers and hands for easy reading in low-light or no-light conditions.
Brand: Luminox
Model: Evo Navy Seal 3051 Blackout Watch
MSRP: $350
URL: www.luminox.com
Key Features:
Date; ratcheted unidirectional rotating 0-60 elapsed-time bezel; bright gas light hour markers on dial; glow-in-the-dark tritium-filled hands; water resistant to 200 meters

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Input your ballistic and environmental data into the 5.11 SureShot calculator and it will give you a shooting solution in MILS, TMOA or SMOA out to 1,000 meters.
Brand: 5.11
Model: Field Ops Watch
MSRP: $239.99
URL: www.511tactical.com
Key Features:
Built-in 13-variable firing solution calculator; digital compass; second time zone; alarm; chronograph; countdown timer; waterproof to 30 meters

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Fossil’s Dean Nylon Watch features luminescent hands and hour markers as well as three chronograph sub-dials that display seconds, minutes and hours.
Brand: Fossil
Model: Dean Nylon Watch – Camo
MSRP: $115
URL: www.fossil.com
Key Features:
Chronograph; date; comfortable camouflage nylon strap; water resistant to 50 meters

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Worn by special military forces around the world, Suunto’s Core is chock full of features, including ones that help you navigate, such as a compass with digital bearing, countdown timer and depth meter.
Brand: Suunto
Model: Core All Black Military
MSRP: $299
URL: www.suunto.com
Key Features:
Altimeter; barometer; compass; depth measurement; countdown clock; sunrise and sunset times; reads ambient and water temperatures; displays four languages (English, French, German, Spanish); water resistant to 30 meters