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Choosing a Survival Watch

Choosing the Right Watch for Survival Situations

It’s hard to say how likely it is that you will find yourself in a survival situation. But I can tell that a few small choices in life can make a big difference in how you handle it. And, surprisingly, having a good watch matters more than you think.

If you're not sure which watches are best for survival situations or catastrophes, this guide will help you make a good choice.

A Survival Watch is More Important than You Think

A good watch is an important piece of equipment that you can have with you in any survival situation. Time is fluid and being able to mark time is critical. In a state of stress or panic, it becomes much harder to keep track of time passing. An accurate watch (we recommend Swiss movements) can help keep panic at bay.

A good watch gives you a reading on how much time you have until nightfall or dawn. And it’s required to calculate your location accurately. It will make things simpler for you when looking at maps or using them to navigate through the wilderness.

It should be an essential part of your survival kit, and it's not something that you should skimp on. There are a few things to consider when choosing a watch for these types of environments:

Your survival watch must be waterproof and shockproof

You want to make sure that your watch is waterproof and shockproof, as well. It should be able to go at least 100 feet deep (10 ATM) in water and be able to withstand a fall from 5,000 feet up in the air. It should be designed to take a beating and still function well. No cheap parts and nothing that breaks easily.

We also recommend a quality watch band. Either a NATO Watch Strap (designed for tactical situations) or a Stainless Steel watch band is best.

The watch should also be lightweight and durable

If you're like me, you want your survival watch to be light and durable. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to lug around a heavy piece of machinery when I'm trying to survive in the wild. The last thing I want is something weighing me down while my life depends on every ounce of energy that I have left.

I also need a watch that can withstand the elements. If it gets wet or gets damaged by falling into water or getting jostled around during physical activity, then it's useless! Make sure it has been tested against rainwater and is waterproof at least 100 meters under. Additionally, make sure it can withstand daily wear-and-tear from hunting/trail running/climbing mountains.

Watches that require recharging won't work

I’m sorry, but your Apple Watch won’t cut it. It can handle one day, but any extended survival situation will be a problem. And it’s not made to withstand a survival or tactical situation. You have enough gadgets, get yourself a proper watch.

One of the most important features of any survival watch is that it doesn't require recharging. If your watch dies and you can't replace the battery, then you're stuck without a way to tell time. That's not an option in a survival situation, because every second counts when it comes to your safety.

Choose a watch that will last for years—not days or weeks—and give reliable readings for many months at a time, especially if you're going on long trips away from civilization and power outlets (or even just camping). Not that you’ll need to survive years without electricity, but you reduce the odds that your watch dies during a crisis situation.

Smith & Bradley Watches are Made for Survival

Smith & Bradley watches were designed for the toughest tactical situations. Police beats. War zones. Deep ocean dives. We intentionally made our watches for wearing daily in tough environments. This gives them a great advantage in survival situations. We build watches that will last a lifetime and take a beating. So you’ll never have to worry in an extended power outage or survival situation.

We’ve thought through every detail from specifically designed stainless steel crowns that deflect impact to the right type of crystal on the case. The illumination is designed so that you can see it, but it never gives away your location. And these specific choices include the watch bands, which are designed to keep your watch with you at all times. There’s no detail that hasn’t been perfected.

Smith & Bradley is a Survival Companion

A Rolex is great until you’re covered in mud to keep the bugs from biting you. We intentionally made great watches for tough situations and then keep the price reasonable. Our goal is to make sure you have a watch that can be worn every day even if a catastrophe occurs.

One thing we haven’t mentioned: make sure it’s comfortable. Comfort is an important feature when buying a survival watch. You generally don’t want to notice your watch unless you’re looking at it. Our size scaling and design choices make our watches comfortable to wear anytime.

Choose a Watch for Survival Situations

A watch is probably the last thing you’ll think through when planning to deal with a crisis. But it’s more important that you realize. The ability to keep time is critical and you’re likely to have trouble doing it during times of panic.

So make sure one of the watches in your watch collection is a tactical watch designed to perform in survival situations. We’ve designed every Smith & Bradley watch to last a lifetime and withstand the impacts of everyday life. And we’ve designed a ton of tactical watches used by Navy Seals, Law Enforcement Officers and Soldiers on the front lines.

These watches understand their role in a serious situation. And they will perform when you need them. We guarantee it. Shop Smith & Bradley watches now.