I read Brandon’s post about the Rolex Submariner, and I have to agree that it’s a solid timepiece. A lot of the guys on my team in Baghdad rolled with these. But, to me, that’s a ton of coin to spend on a watch that I’m going to absolutely abuse downrange. I personally would highly recommend the Pulsar Solar 4000 Diver. I kicked it over there every day and it never let me down. And the best part, it’s around 250 bucks!
The Pulsar 4000 is solar powered, so never needs a battery. It keeps solid time, and I rarely have to adjust. The watch comes with a rubber band, which I’ve opted to swap out and replace with a Waterborne dive band. TAD Gear makes a similar nylon band that is made in the USA, which I haven’t had the chance to try out. (So, if anyone from TAD is reading this, let me know when they’re back in stock, so I can pick one up!). I have absolutely abused this timepiece for 7 plus years. The crystal is still in good shape and hardly shows the scratches that it’s endured. And I’ve taken it with me on a couple of recreational dives, of course nowhere near the 200M underwater rating, but no issues. It also has a rotating bevel and luminous hands.
All in all, this is a solid watch for an absolutely reasonable price. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to spending money on a watch. I personally have a TAG that I wear when I’m not getting dirty. But, if you’re not in a place to spend serious coin on a watch, or just don’t want to mess up your fancy timepiece, the Pulsar 4000 is a solid field watch.
Kit Up! contributor Bill Janson is a former Recon Marine and is the founder of Eleven 10, a tactical gear manufacturer.