What kind of watch does “Navy Seals” wear?

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A watch is an indispensable tool when it comes to combat. If, in everyday civilian life, the functions of a watch can be easily replaced with a smartphone, which almost everyone has, then during hostilities, using a smartphone is out of the question.

Of course, the watch is much more convenient in the field, because in order to find out the time you just need to look at your wrist, and not look for the phone in your pockets, turn it on, look for the timer function, and so on.

“Navy Seals” – one of the most famous special forces in the world. They gained popularity by destroying one of the most famous terrorists of the 21st century – Osama bin Laden .

Operative, photo taken from https://coffeeordie.com/navy-seals-capex/

Since then, their popularity has been used more than once to sell products ( knives, watches, weapons ) when the manufacturer claimed that the product was used by SEALs . However, the logo with a trident on the dial does not always mean belonging to the squad’s equipment.

It should be emphasized right away that the watches used by “Navy Seals” in their missions are not always special, ie. not manufactured by order of the US Department of Defense.

Most of the watches used by soldiers are personal watches that are not part of official equipment.
The most popular and used бренды among the Seals are Casio G-Shock, Luminox, Timex, Suunto, Seiko и даже Rolex with Tudor .

More details below.

Operatives in the exercise, photo taken from https://wristocracy.com/navy-seals-watches/

” Navy SEALs”, or as it will be in English – Navy SEALs – a unit operating under water, in the air and on the ground. The name SEALs, which stands for Sea, Air and Land Teams, tells us about this.

Naturally, the watch that the military uses should work perfectly in any conditions where an infantryman may find himself.

The operative is wearing a G-Shock DW6900 watch, photo taken from https://www.g-central.com/navy-seals-g-shock-dw-6600-military-watch/
The operative is wearing a G-Shock DW6900 watch, photo taken from https://www.g-central.com/navy-seals-g-shock-dw-6600-military-watch/
The operative is wearing a G-Shock DW6900 watch, photo taken from https://www.g-central.com/navy-seals-g-shock-dw-6600-military-watch/

The operative is wearing a G-Shock DW6900 watch

The second watch on the list is the Luminox 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark.

The Luminox 3051 has earned the title of one of the few true SEAL watches. This is confirmed by the engraved Trident on the case back along with the name of the watch.

This is a Swiss кварц watch that has everything a field universal watch needs – a clearly distinguishable набирать номер , a unidirectional ободок for timing, вода resistance of 200 meters, a reliable movement and a high-quality tritium phosphor that does not require the sun to work.

Luminox watch advertisement, photo taken from https://www.divenewswire.com/luminox-navy-seals-formalize-relationship/
Luminox watch advertisement, photo taken from https://www.simonjewelers.com/product-category/watches/luminox/

Luminox watch advertisement

However, as many infantrymen claim, this watch is far from the most reliable and its ” stuffing” does not withstand daily overloads . Overall SEALs, they are not considered good and fit.

In addition, this watch is much more expensive than the same G-Shock, their cost now – from 30,000 rubles.

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The third watch, which is a success in the ranks of “Seals” – Timex Ironman.

In recent years, Timex has gained significant popularity among both Special Forces and the wider civilian community.

Also, the popularity of the watch was added by its frequent mention by the former SEAL operative – Jocko Williams , who speaks of them extremely positively.

https://www.brunswickgroup.com/crisis-management-jocko-i9278/

Partly thanks to him, Timex часы began to be actively used by “Navy Seals “. Timex Ironman is an affordable, reliable and functional watch. They are used not only by operatives, but also by athletes around the world.

Photo taken from https://www.superwatches.com/what-watches-do-navy-seals-wear/

Today you can buy such a watch for 3-5 thousand rubles.

Few people know, but the American special forces used Rolex Submariner and Tudor watches in their operations.

During the Vietnam War, the US Department of Defense ordered Rolex Submariner watches for special operations , including underwater.

The reason for this was the obvious lack of diving computers and other alternatives, reliable watches with the necessary water resistance. Now you can buy a watch for 4000 rubles and dive with it to great depths, but fifty years ago, everything was completely different.

https://wornandwound.com/the-px-watches-of-vietnam-a-survey-of-non-issued-popular-military-watches-of-the-vietnam-war/

Tudor watches were also issued by SEALs and could be seen on the wrists of operatives in the 70s and 80s.

Tudor Oyster-Prince watch used in Vietnam, photo taken from https://battlefieldmuseum.org/product/documented-vietnam-war-seal-issue-tudor-submariner-watch-reference-7928-80/
Tudor Oyster-Prince watch used in Vietnam, photo taken from https://battlefieldmuseum.org/product/documented-vietnam-war-seal-issue-tudor-submariner-watch-reference-7928-80/
Combat photo from Vietnam, photo taken from https://battlefieldmuseum.org/product/documented-vietnam-war-seal-issue-tudor-submariner-watch-reference-7928-80/

Tudor Oyster-Prince watch used in Vietnam

The Seiko watch is also one of any SEAL operative watch. Especially when it comes to underwater operations.

Seiko’s diving watch is as reliable as a tank, very comfortable and easy to read underwater.

Seiko Willard, photo taken from https://www.fratellowatches.com/veterans-day-vietnam-era-seiko-6105-8110/#gref

Seiko Willard

For these reasons, Seiko часы для дайвинга are often issued / used by SEALs and other special operations teams. For SEAL, Seiko was a 1970s G-Shock .

Today, Seiko diving watches are extremely popular with civilians as a modest yet legendary underwater instrument.

Seiko SKX007, photo taken from https://www.strapcode.com/products/metal-ss-bcl20-b010

Сейко SKX007

Different models of Seiko diving watches can be purchased from 25+ thousand rubles.

Operator wearing a Suunto watch, photo taken from https://besttacticalwatch.com/what-watch-do-navy-seals-wear/

Operator wearing a Suunto watch

Rounding out the selection are the Suunto Core watches .

Suunto watches are one of the best alternatives to modern watches. They have many critical functions (Altimeter, barometer, compass, etc.), large symbols (and therefore high readability).

However, some people complain about the low reliability compared to Casio watches, which can be a big problem in the middle of a job.

Suunto Core, photo taken from https://andrewskurka.com/my-new-suunto-core-plus-how-i-use-my-watch-while-backpacking/

Suunto Core

While it is an excellent watch for navigating to and from missions, it is not very reliable during direct combat.

Although they can be seen on the wrists of operatives, they are not the best choice during a combat mission.

Today Suunto Core can be purchased for ~ 15,000 rubles.

As you can see, SEALs prefer versatility and reliability, qualities that are important in the operatives themselves.

Спасибо за прочтение!

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