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Offline Badlad

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Wrist watches for caving
« on: September 15, 2021, 09:23:49 am »
I've usually chosen a budget Casio watch for caving.  Both work and caving end up getting the thing scratched so never thought it worth spending much money on.  Been having a bit of trouble finding the right kind of watch on the internet.  Recently bought what was described as a retro casio for about £20.  When it turned up it looked really tiny on my wrist, much smaller than the casio's of old.  Perhaps it was more kids or ladies size.  Wondered what other cavers use

Anyone got any advice on simple, waterproof watches suitable for caving and building type work?

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 10:40:43 am »
I have a pink Baby G (the 'girls' one) after I flattened the battery on one of the classic Casio's (I think a button probably got stuck). I use the last-but-one hole in the watch strap though, so not one for larger wrists! (unsurprisingly)

Something like this:
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/5432525
but I got it second-hand on eBay.

It's not as low-profile as some, but it is pretty bomb-proof. Plus it's pink :)

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 10:44:36 am »
Casio yes, G-Shock best.

Hving said this I left a £25 Sekonda in a garment pocket that went through the washing machine, no issues.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2021, 11:14:19 am »
There is a clock on my camera which I have with us most of the time . The watch that is Sue  ( my wife ) proof hasn't been invented yet . :(
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2021, 11:27:35 am »
Like others, I use a Casio. Never had any trouble with them. Currently using a Casio W-212H, cost around £20 from local watch repair shop about 3 years ago, currently £26 on Amazon. I wear it all the time whether caving, gardening, DIY, etc.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2021, 11:30:11 am »

Casio yes, G-Shock best.


Something we agree on Roy  :)



Yes agree, I wouldn't be without mine.
20bar water resistant, dust resistant, minimum 5 year battery life although the last one lasted nearly 8 years. Replacement straps are cheap and the only thing that ever fails every few years.


There is a massive range:

Something around the £100 mark is best:

https://g-shock.co.uk/gd-350-1ber

or this:

https://g-shock.co.uk/mrg-b2000bs-3adr



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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2021, 11:33:03 am »

Casio yes, G-Shock best.


Something we agree on Roy  :)



Yes agree, I wouldn't be without mine.
20bar water resistant, dust resistant, minimum 5 year battery life although the last one lasted nearly 8 years. Replacement straps are cheap and the only thing that ever fails every few years.


There is a massive range:

Something around the £100 mark is best:

https://g-shock.co.uk/gd-350-1ber

or this:

https://g-shock.co.uk/mrg-b2000bs-3adr






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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2021, 11:37:29 am »
Quote from: Badlad link=topic=28553.msg349863#msg349863 date=1631694229

Anyone got any advice on simple, waterproof watches suitable for caving and building type work?
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I’ve got a Casio that has only done 1 Mulu expedition that you can have next time you’re in Sheffield.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2021, 12:05:40 pm »
The worst watch I have ever had was a Seiko was daft as it sounds. Cost well over £100, the face scratched easily and it packed up in 2 years. Thought it was the battery so got it changed, (needed a special tool), another £10 down the loo.

My old G -Shock I have had for many years. Battery went on that, it was an ordinary key fob battery I changed myself in 5 minutes with a fine screwdriver.
Really gave me things to think about.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2021, 12:08:16 pm »
I use a G Shock. Pretty bomb proof. Just changed the batter after 8 year

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2021, 02:03:47 pm »
F-91W cave the best, forget the rest. https://www.hillierjewellers.co.uk/gents-resin-watch-f-91w-1yer-p3785 available in many colours :-)

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2021, 02:08:28 pm »
F-91W cave the best, forget the rest.

Exactly the one I use, same colour as well so it's easy to spot.  :thumbsup:

I do find that a wrist watch digs into the back of my hand when crawling though, so I usually wear it on the strap of my elbow pad instead.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2021, 03:51:38 pm »
This was allegedly designed with caving in mind, although I think they need to work on the scratch-proofing:

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2021, 03:58:32 pm »
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2021, 04:00:02 pm »
This was allegedly designed with caving in mind, although I think they need to work on the scratch-proofing:


And the price  :'(
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2021, 04:24:44 pm »
I don't normally wear a watch so I bought a casio, 10 year battery, supposedly 100m waterproof based on G-Shock but not branded as such (which makes it way cheaper) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000VE5XL6/ and I have found it to be impossible to lose or break both underground or above ground in any conditions.

Not that I get out that much...  but EVERY SINGLE BLOOMING TIME -  I have forgotten it and left it at home and realised while I was driving somewhere. I have yet to actually wear it on any outings, which comes back to my claim that I find it impossible to lose or break!
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2021, 04:38:08 pm »
Many thanks for all the responses.  Lots to think about.  See you soon Mark  :thumbsup:

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2021, 04:39:54 pm »
Many thanks for all the responses.  Lots to think about.  See you soon Mark  :thumbsup:

I always find it helpful as well
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2021, 04:43:38 pm »
I used to use a Casio, been through about 2-3 in my first 16 years caving. Great for telling the time and lasting.  :thumbsup:

Then a couple years ago got lured to the dark side of smart watches and after quite a bit of research got a Huawei Watch GT (note, not "GT2", that's a different beast). This is a "dumb" smart watch, so it doesn't do music, calls, emails, etc like most smart watches do nowadays. However what it does which i like for caving is it tracks GPS and altitude (using barometric pressure), so on expeditions it's actually quite handy. Dropping +500m deep caves in Albania it was pretty good against our disto survey! Below is a photo of a typical day (climb mountain, abseil down inside, climb back out, walk back down mountain).

The battery lasts for 3-4 weeks with normal use, which is fine for me. Plus the build quality seems excellent; it's surprisingly lasted +2 hard years of Derbyshire digging with no obvious fault other than an acceptably scratched screen. Can get new off eBay for ~£80 or second hand (but still good condition) for £40.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2021, 04:45:34 pm »
I used to use a Casio, been through about 2-3 in my first 16 years caving. Great for telling the time and lasting.  :thumbsup:

Then a couple years ago got lured to the dark side of smart watches and after quite a bit of research got a Huawei Watch GT (note, not "GT2", that's a different beast). This is a "dumb" smart watch, so it doesn't do music, calls, emails, etc like most smart watches do nowadays. However what it does which i like for caving is it tracks GPS and altitude (using barometric pressure), so on expeditions it's actually quite handy. Dropping +500m deep caves in Albania it was pretty good against our disto survey! Below is a photo of a typical day (climb mountain, abseil down inside, climb back out, walk back down mountain).

The battery lasts for 3-4 weeks with normal use, which is fine for me. Plus the build quality seems excellent; it's surprisingly lasted +2 hard years of Derbyshire digging with no obvious fault other than an acceptably scratched screen. Can get new off eBay for ~£80 or second hand (but still good condition) for £40.

Rob have you got very small hands or is that watch HUGE ?
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2021, 04:50:22 pm »
Rob have you got very small hands or is that watch HUGE ?
Haha, quite small hands, but it is pretty big (although it's smaller than it looks in that photo!). It took a little adjusting too, especially after a tiny Casio, but now i don't even notice it. Even in a wetsuit or oversuit.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2021, 04:57:25 pm »
I had Pulsar watches in the past which were worn all the time, caving, diving and work etc.
Never had one let me down, only changed them when they got so knocked about it was like a bit of scrap metal on my wrist.
I’ve had Casio’s as well but as someone said previously the plastic straps tend to fail before anything else does.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2021, 05:30:10 pm »
On e-bay F91W https://www.burningimage.net/genuine-and-fake-casio-f91w/ of course most will be genuine?

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2021, 06:03:04 pm »
This was allegedly designed with caving in mind, although I think they need to work on the scratch-proofing:
I inherited a Rolex Sea Dweller from my father and used it caving. It was fine but the face is scratched - shame as he had it refurbished a few years ago. It has an interesting history in that he bought it cheap off somebody in his dive club who later was charged with burglary so the provenance is in question! So I back to a 'mud resistant' G shock that is solar powered (not a lot of use if you spend too long underground of course ;)

 

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