We’re taking a look back at some of the gear special forces in the Navy use, this time the Navy watch. One thing we can’t change in life is how quickly time passes. Even though the rate of time never changes, external factors affect all of our ability to determine how much time has passed over a certain period. This is most certainly true on the battlefield. And because time can be the key factor in some missions, all personnel in the Navy special forces need a reliable way to know the time at any time.
Navy SEALs can find themselves going missions under water frequently. Because they may need to know when to resurface as part of the mission plan, or how much time before their air tank runs out, they need a watch. It’s important that their watch can handle underwater conditions.
The Navy watch is under the category of “diving watch.” With the title of “diving watch” come prestigious characteristics. All diving watches must have a certain amount of magnetic, shock, and chemical resistance; band integrity to prevent the watch from falling off under dire strain; and the ability to be seen in total darkness. An obvious requirement is also that they must be
water-resistant, but they also must be able to withstand pressure under a minimum of 330 feet of water.
Luminox is one producer that makes a Navy watch actually used by the SEALs. Their 3001 model, the Navy SEAL watch, has a stainless-steel casing, a polyurethane band, and a sapphire-crystal facing that’s scratch-resistant and has anti-reflective coating. This watch is resistant to water up to 660 feet, perfect
for those secret deep sea diving missions. The best part about this Navy watch is that the hands and hour indicator illuminate in darkness automatically and are guaranteed to stay lit for 25 years. The watch uses tiny gas lights which don’t require “charging” by being exposed to other lights. They also don’t require a button to be pressed to turn the light on. This is important when SEALs must remain in a dark place for long periods of time.
The Navy liked the SEAL watch so much that word spread, and the Air Force asked Luminox to make a watch specifically for F-117 Nighthawk Stealth pilots.
You don’t have to be in the SEALs to own a Navy watch. Besides using one under normal conditions, these watches are great for avid swimmers and those encountering wet weather on a regular basis. They also are great for use while hunting or camping, because you never know when it might start drizzling. These are the highest quality water-resistant watches you’ll find, so get yours now.
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Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.