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Holds up well
on February 19, 2014
I was issued this watch by the USMC in July, 2006 (watch built in April, 2006) so I've had it for 8 years now. Since then, I have taken this watch to 5 continents, multiple tours in 2 combat zones and put it through hell in training and operations. This watch has held up better than any I have ever owned, including Timex digital watches, Citizens, Rolexes, Bulova's and Wegner's (the Swiss Army guys). Because I got it for free, I felt no obligation to take care of it or baby it. Without a doubt this is the most durable timepiece I have seen, and I see a lot of different watches get put through the grinder in my community. Salt water, altitude, cold weather, dirt, dust, sand, mud….. you name it. Wipe it clean and keep on moving. I haven't had it serviced yet (I should, I know) and it seems to be ticking along just fine.
I only have two dings on this watch that have brought me down to 4 stars (I'd give it 4.5 if I could) after 8 years. First, the power reserve is only 24-36 hours, so if you take it off for a couple of days you need to reset it. Second, and more importantly, the Tritium is suspect. The tritium triangle fell off after about 5 years (filled with with porcelin touchup - the stuff you buy to repair chips in bathtubs) and the tritium on the hands and hours seem to have faded over the years. It is still readable at night, but towards dawn (8-10 hrs of darkness) I need to squint to see it and I have 20/10 vision.
Overall, this is my go to daily grinder. I replaced the original rubber band with a 20mm, 306L stainless steel band for durability and looks. You can get them for about $50 and it's well worth it.
I've never reviewed anything on Amazon and I didn't even buy it here but felt that I should so that other people can get a long term, honest review of this watch. I love it and highly recommend it if you can afford to drop the money. You won't be disappointed.