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What to Look for in a Tactical Watch?

What to Look for in a Tactical Watch?

As much as I love talking about the best automatic watches in the market, I also want to talk about some functional timepieces as well.

In this article, I will go over some of the best features that you should look out for when buying a tactical watch.

What is a Tactical Watch?

Before I talk about the buying guide, I must first define what a tactical watch is. A tactical watch is basically a wristwatch that has all of the features that meet the specific needs of hardcore athletes and security personnel.

There is no ‘perfect’ tactical watch because there is no such watch. There are, however, some features that you might want to consider which is why I’ve created this article to help you find the one that is right for you and your needs.

Buying Tips

  1. Always Go Sapphire

A tactical watch needs to be robust and durable because you will never know when you will be thrust into heavy action. That being said, you should never go for a tactical watch that is built without using sapphire glass.

Sapphire glass is scratch-proof which means that even if you roll over on dirt or sand, the watch will be impenetrable and you will not see and perceivable scratches at all.

  1. Opt for Quartz

It pains me to say this, but as much as I love mechanical watches from a sheer craftsmanship standpoint, if you are going to buy a tactical watch, it is best that you go for quartz.

According to the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, mechanical watches are accurate, provided that you ensure its mainspring is doing its thing. A bad mechanical watch can veer away up to 6 seconds from the correct and accurate time.

A tactical watch needs to be precise and that is why Quartz is the way to go. It may not be as stylish as a mechanical watch, but it is definitely functional, to say the least.

  1. Should Come with Lights

Any military activity spans the entire day which means that you need a trusty watch that you can use with clarity no matter what time it is.

That being said, always opt for a watch that has luminescent hands. This way, you can tell the time even in poorly-lit environments. Furthermore, you also want a watch that has a dedicated light button as well since luminescent hands might not last as long as you’d want it to be.

  1. Water Resistance

As you peruse your favorite watch store, you’ve probably come across the term ‘ATM’. ATM is just an abbreviation for ‘atmosphere’ and it is a measure of water pressure given a certain meter.

For example, 3ATM means that the watch can withstand the water pressure up to 30 meters. That being said, it is important that you get at least a watch that has 10ATM and 100-meter water resistance.

  1. Analog or Digital

You might find some tactical watches to be using an analog display while others use digital. Choosing one is a matter of personal taste. If you ask me, digital watches are more accurate in telling the time as it is not subject to mechanical forces. However, I do have to admit that analog watches look more stylish. It is really up to you which one you should choose; you can’t go wrong with either one

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