xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' It's about... Time? ~ The Prepared Guy

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's about... Time?

Let me first state, I'm a watch guy.  Keeping track of time is essential and will be even more so when SHTF.  Everything during SHTF will be more critical.  Including time keeping.  

I am obsessive about being early to, really, anything.  And I'm critical of anyone who is not.  And not just an important meeting where my income is on the line.  If time isn't the most critical and important single item on your daily to do list then you probably don't make a task/to-do list daily.  If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.  Planning is inextricably connected to and critical of time.  I'm not simply talking about work or business but also family.  Our existence on this planet, in this mortal body is painfully limited.  It's ALL about time.   

It's about making plans and executing them according to your plan.  It's about knowing and understanding the variables and learning about what you may have forgotten or didn't know about.  If the plan didn't work out exactly as was planned then adjust the plan and try again.  The greatest variable in most plans is TIME.  

"We live and we die by time.  We must not commit the sin of turning our back on time."  3 minutes, 3 hours, 3 days, 3 weeks.  Pretty important stuff if you ask me.  

Now that I have established the critical nature of time I ask the question:  How do you keep time.  Me?  A wrist watch of course.  Is there any other way?  Oh right, the smart phone.  You can keep your smart phone.  I'll stick with a wrist watch.  I'm old school that way.   

Here is a list of the qualifications I have come up with for the ideal SHTF slash End of Days watch:

Durable:  This watch must be able to stand up to years of abuse.  I always find myself slamming my watch into a door jam or against a rock.    

Reliable:  Also a trait of a durable watch, it has to keep at least relatively accurate time and functions operate consistently and accurately.

Long life:  Must have a proven track record of a very long usable life span, better than a decade of hard use.  

Rechargable/automatic  (solar, kinetic, winding, etc.): Although I could stock up on lithium batteries I would prefer to have a watch that doesn't require a regular battery change.  The battery may fail at an in opportune moment and anytime you open a watch you compromise its ability to stay waterproof.  An ideal SHTF watch should be auto winding, manually windable or solar charging.  A mechanical watch would be preferable but you are gonna have to pay out the nose for a quality one.

Compass/Altimeter/Barometer:  These are three very helpful, convenient functions of an SHTF watch.  Not an absolute necessity but definitely nice.  When it comes to trusting my life to a compass I'll take a handheld magnetic compass any day over an electronic one, but having one on your wrist can come in handy if it's proven to be trustworthy.       

Analog display:  A brightly glowing dial will save greatly on battery life.  I find it easier to see the hands of an analog display in many different lighting situations when it may be difficult to read a digital display even with a backlight. 

Rubber wrist strap:  Comfort is important, but so is durability.  I don't like leather or other fabric/nylon straps as when they get wet the stay wet for a long time and it's just annoying to have to try to avoid getting my watch wet every time I wash my hands.

During an SHFT event you may not be able to count on your smart phone working or it receiving data, including the correct time.  Will the power needed to recharge it be available just so you can use it to tell the time?   

One of my first watches was a Casio.  I forget the model but I believe that it was one of their first altimeter/barometer/depth gauge watches.  It was a great watch and it actually still works 30 years later.  I stopped wearing it because the gauges stopped being accurate.  I attribute that to it being one of their first models with those features.  I have a metal housing Casio that I purchased on my birthday 23 years ago.  It too also still works just well.  Both of these watches were not terribly cheap nor overly expensive.  That they still work tells me they are quality products.

One watch that continually comes up in discussion as a great option as an SHTF watch is the Casio G-shock series.  So far it seems to meet all of my qualification for an end of days watch.  I have no doubt that they will last a long time.  There are many different options, looks (analog and digital) and price ranges to choose from.  The analog dial of the Casio Mud Master series of watches lends to a more 'professional' and quality appearance, which means that I can wear it everyday and everywhere.  It won't do you any good if you don't have it with you when you need it.  This particular watch is over $500.  For me and my nearly obsessive desire to keep track of time, and because I am a 'watch guy' I have no problem spending this kind of money for a watch.  There are many other G-Shock models available.  Some under $50.  The Casio brand has been reliable and trustworthy for me.  The true definition of 'quality'.  

Suunto has been a very good watch also.  I love the look and their functionality.  I really beat the crap out of them because I never take them off when I probably should.  Which I'm sure is why I'm on my second one.  Even thought the Suunto has a very large CR2430 lithium battery the battery life sucks.  Battery replacement is easy and inexpensive but still inconvenient.  Critical and inconvenience don't go together very well.  The display can be difficult to see at times because of glare.  If Suunto made an analog version with a solar face rated to withstand impacts like the G-Shock then they would be a serious contender to the Casio Mud Master.  Before my current Suunto Altimax dies (I've already lost one of them) the Casio Mud Master will be my next watch, which I hope will last through the Millennium.  Winking smiley face. 



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