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Old 03-30-2008, 11:28   #1
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Default Navy SEALs/Army Rangers wear what type watch ? ? ?

is there a particular model/brand of watch that SEALs or Army Rangers (or any of our special forces ) tend to prefer ? thanks ...
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:08   #2
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just the average G-Shocks, Suunto's & Timex's, lots of info here on that subject. Years ago Seiko 6109 & 6105 Diver's were popular. I have used a Seiko Diver & Casio G-shock during my service time.
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Old 03-30-2008, 13:38   #3
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FWIW, I saw SEAL instructors on a Discovery Channel show: G-shocks and at least one Seiko automatic diver. I thought I saw a Citizen Promaster in another. In another show on the US Army Rangers, the Timex Ironman seemed to be ubiquitous.
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It can depend on the period of time as well. I was an regular infantryman, from 1984-88; when I got promoted to Corporal I got issued a little Hamilton watch, which I still have.
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G-Shock or whatever else you can pick up in the PX. Some HSLD types are issued something kewl. I was at Hurlburt Field FL training the AFSOC DAGRE teams in edged weapons they pretty much all wore G-Shocks, my POC wore a Ti Zilla but we are friends.
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I started wth a Timex Ironman, went to a Hamilton/LL Bean Khaki diver and then a Seiko Arnold.

September 1988 at Scout Swimmer school. I'm wearing the Hamilton.


January 1989, not a watch, but a Silva wrist compass.


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Default Well according to a 'certain website that specialises in WALTS'

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is there a particular model/brand of watch that SEALs or Army Rangers (or any of our special forces ) tend to prefer ? thanks ...

They wear something that is in the 'contract' and the rest of us can buy the 'excess to that contract'.

Nah, basically the Tier 1 SF in the USA wear something similar to the SF in most other Allied nations. Australian (RAN) Clearance Divers are issued with the G Shock and the Citizen Aqualand Duplex (and have been for quite a while) and the Aus. Army 4RAR and SASR go for the G Shock. Most other Regiments sell G Shock at their lines.

The G Shock (whilst I'm not a fan) is cheap, reliable, robust and very anonymous. Anonymity being a 'good' thing.

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It went from G-Shocks to Suuntos to Garmin Fortrexes. Check out current photos and you'll see large black square boxes where a watch would be. That's the Garmin GPS, which also works as a watch. G-shocks are still very popular, they just don't tell you where you are like a Suunto or Garmin.

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Most of the Army SF Group and Ranger Batt guys I know use Suunto Vectors or Casio G-Shocks. The guys in the regular Infantry or Cav units wear just about everthing, from Timex, Casio, Marathon, Seiko, Citizen, Suunto, up to Omega and Rolex. On my last tour to Iraq a few guys wore Rolex and Omega
watches, I wore a Citizen Aqualand, some had Suuntos, and one kid had a Tudor Chrono his dad gave him. But most of the guys wore G-shocks, which are quite affordable at the post PX.
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I would also add that most Vietnam era SF guys had a Rolex watch and Randall knife as status symbols. I think that is now changing to a Suunto watch and Strider knife.
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I'm at a Marine Special Operations Battalion (MARSOC), the youngest member of SOCOM. BTW, for the historians, we used to be called Force Recon. Anyway, I'm a watch guy, and I have taken note:

- Battalion Commander wears a Suunto X9i. He was former enlisted Force Recon, was Black Ops in Afghanistan prior to OEF, etc...
- Master Gunnery Sergeant (the unit's most senior operator) wears a Rolex GMT. 20+ years Direct Action / Special Reconnaissance experience... He sits in an office now...he probly wears some other watch for the field.
- My Master Sergeant wears a Suunto Vector. 14 years experience, of course basic Army airborne qual'd, Marine Combat Diver qual'd, military freefall qual'd, CQB, HRST, HRP, and both OIF and OEF tours.
- Everyone else wears Pathfinders, Suuntos, and G-shocks. Most young guys wear the cheap, basic Timex and G-shock timepieces. When they get more experienced they start buying timepieces that have compass and altititude functions, which greatly aids in navigation.

BTW, the Marines we send to the teams do wear Garmin Fortrexes, in addition to their own watch. They wear them on opposite arms The Fortrexes are issued.

*There are no "issued watches."

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Default L.L. Bean Field Watch on a SEAL Instructor?

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FWIW, I saw SEAL instructors on a Discovery Channel show: G-shocks and at least one Seiko automatic diver. I thought I saw a Citizen Promaster in another. In another show on the US Army Rangers, the Timex Ironman seemed to be ubiquitous.
I think I own the DVD for that program (Military Channel replays it a lot, too). I think the 3rd Phase proctor was actually wearing an L.L. Bean field watch, or something that closely resembled it. I actually own the L.L. Bean watch, and it's solid/waterproof to 100m. That's how I recognized it - or think I recognized it.
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