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  1. CharClothed

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    Was going to post this in the gear section but didn't really see a matching sub-thread. I don't like regular watches cause they break if dropped or if they get wet. Not really what I'm after either. I've got a phone and that tells time fine. I'm looking for a mixture compass and sundial in pocket watch form. I'm looking at a couple online but the big problem is you never know the quality of the compass. Either way, does anyone have a suggestion of what would be best?
     
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    First question...... is what is your budget?

    My two suggestions for companies which make watches that do not break.... are Casio's Tough Solar series and Suunto's entire line. I used a Suunto for 8 years and thousands of miles outdoors before I had to replace it.

    I mentioned both those companies since they make 'watches' that are watches secondary to other primary functions which might suite your needs.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing what other suggestions there are. :)
     
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    I have had good luck with my casio G SHOCK solar. it has survived my abuse for the last 3 years, the solar feature is nice, mine does not have the compass, I added one to the band, it does have the atomic clock sync which was what I needed to maintain precise time. in retrospect I would have bought one like @87Burban has listed on the trade blanket.
     
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    G-Shock Mudman Tough Solar. Hands down, best watch I have ever used and the compass works great.
     
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    I can't do wrist watches. I hate the feel of it and my wrists are way to small for it. And like mentioned in the thread, I can use my phone to tell the time. I'm specifically looking for a sundial. Just if it's attached to a compass, that's a bonus.
     
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    Oh, ok, I thought that was a literal device, not literally a device. Carry on.
     
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    I own a Casio G-Shock GA-100. It's tough, but not solar. I would recommend either a Casio G-Shock with solar, or some type of Citizen Eco-Drive. I own a standard Citizen Eco-Drive, and my friend has a titanium one. It is very tough.
    -BushcrafterAU
     
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    My brother in law gave me his from the army. I would like to get the small compass for it. Other then that I love this watch. Prov 27:17
     
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    I have the tactix by garmin i like it. Has all the features it can send waypoints to other garmin devices like a hand held or you can send the car spot or destination to a friend or someone you just meet. I have met people and shared a cool spot that they did not know of. It was cool to send the coordinates to them from my watch.
     
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    40 dollar gshock at walmart. It does really fancy things like tell time and not break.
     
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    I repeat on the G-shock. I have a GA-1000. It has a compass (pretty accurate after I calibrated it) and a thermometer (which I like just for novelties sake). It's cool to know what type of cold I slept through.
    It's a pretty indestructible watch.
     
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    I use a ww2 Whittnauer pocket compass which I think is what you want. They are great but hard to find at a decent price, mine came down through the family.
     
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    Is no one reading the actual post?
     
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    HAHAHA As I was reading down I was thinking the same thing lol I have no input outside of a quick google search which I am sure you have already completed extensively. I would be interested in your feedback on whichever one you decide on though
     
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    Nope, everyone assumes you are looking for a basic watch with a compass. No one understands or even begins to comprehend why you would want a sun dial on your wrist. I'm not sure why either, but I got the message, just can't offer any help as I have no use for a wrist mounted sundial, and as such have never even consider what would make it a useful tool, a condition I would guess most folks here can agree with.
    But, if I come across a luddite colony in my travels I will be sure to ask for recomendations, and ask how they tell time on a cloudy dat and at night, but, that's not really my concern now is it.
    Best to you in your search for a sundial watch.
     
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    Less wrist mounted and more pocket. I like to get back to old times when I'm out in the wilderness and enjoying things. If I can use the sun to tell time, that's good enough for me.
     
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    You may be looking a few centuries too late! :)

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    The only time that matters to me in the woods is time until dark. I can judge that with my hand, doesn't require a device. Look it up.
     
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    The 15 minutes between your fingers trick?
     
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    15 per finger, but, yes. good enough for me.
     
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    :59::59:

    I read the entire post ...:11:

    But, as I stated ..I don't care what time is was ( Dark Wood / Foggy Overcast Days / Night ? ).. It was more important to seeeee where I was going..:4:
     
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    I have thought about getting a watch again, but don't really care for them. In my line of work I would hate to get on caught on something and loose my arm. Last time I wore a watch was when I was in the Army. Now I just look at the sun. Keep burning my eyes though. :D
     
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    Every watch is a compass. ..

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    I bought this one a while ago. Have not used it seriously so cannot comment of its compass accuracy. I have used it on occasion tell check local time. It is okay enough to get you within 15 minutes (since the face is marked in 15 minute increments). You may have already viewed at their website, but if not...
    https://www.stanleylondon.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?p=1&q=sundial
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    I usually just carry the pocket watch shown in the photos. It is a mechanical movement (manual winder). Pocket watches are widely available (even found them at WallyMart).
    Most trousers are designed with a usable "watch/coin" pocket. Might as well put it use.

    What SAK_Survival said.


    If you want an accurate compass then carry a dedicated compass.
     
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    And, every stick is a sundial...
     
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    I collect Casio G-Shock watches, and have for about 15 years. I have never been able to break one. Other brands, Yes. Never a G-shock. Many of them come with the functions you are looking for as well.

    There are Japan-only models as well (words are still in english, though), and some of them are very cool!
     
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    Things I want that I didn't know existed. Whoever my secret Santa is, ill take one of these. Please and thank you :)
     
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    Fred flintstone had a nice one.
     
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    G Shock is the way to go. Any of the tri-band watch are awesome. I have a G Shock Rangeman and love it.

    Solar powered and very tough.

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    Gshock doesn't make a sundial....
     
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    For wear to dynamic shooting training, outdoorsy pursuits, and the rare occasion I do physical work and could bung up a watch (I'm an office guy), I recently purchased a Timex Expedition and added a Suunto Clipper to the band.

    I could've gotten anything from a Resco to a Garmin, but I wanted the Timex. Growing up with MacGyver, he often wore an OD green banded field watch. Since I'd just received a new Victorinox SAK (to replace my near 30 year old Wenger now living in a safe) I wanted the Timex. This was somewhat about practicality and inexpensive but mostly about legacy and memories.
     
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    Last time I wore a watch was 2007 for work...Timex Indiglo with leather band...don't wear metal bands in electrical panels.
    Still use it out in the bush and hunting....so I can see the hands and enough light to take a leak with in the middle or the night.

    That said...I asked Santa for a Citizen Eco-Drive just because I thought they were the coolest watch I ever seen.
    Blacked out, no numbers...but you turn it the right way you can see where that hands are....
    As I have been retired for a while...fits my "I be there around 9ish,... attitude these days.
    This will be my "dangler show off" watch.

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    I love this watch.....LOL
     
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    The old Silva Huntsman compass had markings for a sun watch. I've got an original one and this one I rebuilt with the capsule from a small Brunton baseplate compass.

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    Apparently not, since it just got moved to "electronics". o_O
     
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    That's a pretty expensive flashlight! And it tells time, too!

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    Here's my rig, a old Wenger with a compass attached to the band. That watch has a lot of miles on it, been through 2 deployments and who knows how many miss-adventures.

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    Jas Townsend has a brass compass/sundial for about 40 dollars.
    Maybe Mom will give you an advance on your allowance.
     
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