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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2021, 06:12:48 pm »
On e-bay F91W https://www.burningimage.net/genuine-and-fake-casio-f91w/ of course most will be genuine?

Fake or not does it keep water out and tell the time ? thats all that matters to me .  ;D
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2021, 06:23:55 pm »
I've used Casio watches for decades. No idea how many over all but just the basic 50m or 100m water resistant with a backlight. Not just for caving but all the time. I find the stopwatch function useful for above ground navigation. The batteries never run out but the rubber strap breaks eventually and I just buy a new replacement watch.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2021, 06:41:10 pm »
...h got a Huawei Watch GT (note, not "GT2", that's a different beast). This is a "dumb" smart watch... battery lasts for 3-4 weeks with normal use... 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 #28 on: September 15, 2021, 08:25:09 pm »
Casio all the way. Bought a W-59 in 2013 and it's only really run out of juice this year. A bit scratched, yes, and the sidelight got too dim to use in any circumstance except caving by about 2018 haha, but it's still trying to this day :lol:

I have a F91W now because I lost the other one for a while. Like Paul I find the straps go first. You can buy nylon straps on ebay and attach or you can also sometimes buy a multi-pack of replacement straps for the same price as a new watch.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2021, 08:47:54 pm »
Rolexes are actually very good; better to avoid scratching them by wearing gloves/wristbands over the top though, as per earlier comment above. Submariner better than Oyster perpetual datejust or Explorer.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2021, 09:42:59 pm »
Unfortunately I am still not old enough or responsible enough to wear a watch.
I also thought that caving was supposed to be a great way to get away from the time pressures daily life tries to impose on us.
I like most of you have a remarkably accurate sense of thirst that helps me arrive at the right place prior to closing time. Uncanny really and has worked for over 35 years, maybe if it begins to fail that will be the signal to wear a watch.
So save the face of your rolex and dont buy the casio, blow the money on an after trip pint.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2021, 07:30:22 am »
I've also generally used Casios as they're hard to destroy. My first one survived 6 months in a tropical jungle, a 40m fall onto rocks in the Berger (which cracked its face but it still functioned) and eventually ran out of battery about a year later. I've had several since - I tried G-shocks but found them too bulky, so went back to the cheap and cheerful ones.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2021, 09:09:49 am »
I just keep my Apple Watch on. Gotta track those calories :lol:
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2021, 10:29:54 am »
Another advantage i like of smart watches, and whilst not caving related exactly it is related to building and general messy jobs, is that you can check incoming messages (whatsapp, sms, calls, etc) without having to get your phone out of your pocket with your filthy hands.

I know this may seem silly, but there are some calls i really do need to take, especially work or family related, and if you are, say, halfway through clipping a messy sheep's bottom it's a faff checking your phone even when it's some random withheld number calling.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2021, 05:01:31 pm »
I wear my Garmin fenix 3 for normal caving but have a scratch cover (transparent stick on) and keep it under gloves/neoprene I use cut off long wetsocks instead of elbow pads as they cover both elbows and forearms, it has held up well so far although I have not been digging with it.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2021, 05:03:37 pm »
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2021, 06:45:37 pm »
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2021, 07:05:31 pm »
Timex analogue expedition or camper with a nato strap for climbing and caving for me. I usually have one for Sunday best and relegate the other to caving duties when it gets a bit scruffy. The current caving one is probably ten years old at least.
They are bombproof, can be had for a few quid. The Indiglo feature is very useful in club huts when drunk in the dark and trying to find the dorm door for more cheese / beer / The Bog.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2021, 07:34:15 pm »
Careful, blackshiver, cap'n chris will be saying 'I told you so'.   ;D

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2021, 07:43:28 pm »
Careful, blackshiver, cap'n chris will be saying 'I told you so'.   ;D

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2021, 11:38:03 pm »
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I use cut off long wetsocks instead of elbow pads as they cover both elbows and forearms

Great tip,  :thumbsup: thank you mak  ;D
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2021, 07:47:18 am »
Timex analogue expedition or camper with a nato strap for climbing and caving for me.

That is a nice looking option! And I do like the timex movements. I find that NATO straps stay soggy and stain a bit after particularly wet and muddy trips, so prefer rubber/resin ones.


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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2021, 03:48:38 pm »
I’ve never liked digital watches, only ones with numbers and fingers that go round . . . no reason, really. Anyway some time last century I bought a Traser watch on special offer at Hidden Earth, and for nearly a quarter of a century it was my constant companion. It did a lot of caving, a bit of white-water rafting and a bit of diving to modest depths (20-odd metres) so when finally one of the lugs broke and it was deemed by Traser to be unmendable, I bought another one that’s water-resistant to 200 m (not that I’ll ever go anywhere near that depth ... except, perhaps, by accident or if somebody ties me up and chucks me in the drink) – still, it’s nice to have a bit in reserve.

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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #44 on: September 20, 2021, 11:01:30 am »
By an amazing "coincidence" I have just had an email from eBay "Price drop on Casio watches". Amazing in that I have not searched or looked at these on eBay for years!

Also, the Sekonda I was bragging about has now stopped, but think its the battery.

I have dug out the 20 -25 year old G-Shock out of a rummage box into where it had disappeared. Dirty, dusty, but its trusty little heart still beating fine.
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Re: Wrist watches for caving
« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2021, 02:57:25 pm »
I used to have a Ten Pound Ticker Timex watch exclusively for caving.
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