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Do you wear a watch?
I do not normally wear a wristwatch everyday, however I like to wear one when I'm hunting. When hunting, I don't like having to pull out my phone to check the time and can just check the wristwatch easily. I use cheapo watches, with some illumination is good, but not a deal breaker. Hope to get one season out of it.
Hunting is an escape for me and I am not constantly checking the time for sure, but I like to be able to check the time when the notion crosses my mind. Any thoughts on watches?
I have a wrist watch on my bow riser - dont even have to move my arm to check the time
Never. I was given a Rolex as a retirement gift from a company that I worked for. Turns out it was a fake. I didn't mind because I never wore it anyway. LOL.
I have a Garmin watch. I use it for running but it also has all kinds of useful hunting tools on it including topos and linking with my inreach.
I used to wear a watch until cell phones came along. Not so much anymore. The band broke on the last watch I wore and I never bothered to get a new one.
I stopped wearing a watch when I moved out here
I was given a Tag Heuer watch for retirement 11 years ago. Have not worn it a week in those 11 years.
I stopped wearing a watch when I retired. The only time I do wear one now is when I’m hunting, and every once in a while, fishing. Like the OP, I also wear a cheap one. It’s a $20 Casio analog wristwatch that I believe is in it’s 6th or 7th year. When the battery finally dies, I’ll get another $20 Walmart special.
I wear a Apple Watch, in an emergency they can use the tracking to find me so the coyotes don't get to feast on me.
Cellphones have watches now? Next thing you know they will have cameras. I said that tongue in cheek. I wear a wristwatch. I d have a cell phone but it is folded up and turned off in my pack. It is too bad that we rely on a watch while hunting. My eyes tell me when I can see well enough to shoot and I know when it is too dark for my eyes at the end of the day.
Years ago I always wore one or sometimes had one mounted on my riser. Lost quite a few climbing trees from strap pins popping loose or broken straps. Found a couple of the the following year going back to the same tree. Cell phones are a blessing & a huge distraction
Quit wearing a watch when I got my first Blackberry then an iPhone about plus 15 yrs ago.
I used to wear a watch always. Usually a cheap digital Casio or Timex. When they broke it was usually while trying to get my stand off my back and the backpack straps would snap the band off the clock part. Now I just look at my phone when I want to know what time it is......which I usually have to pull out of my pocket twice because I usually get distracted by something else on my phone the first time I pull it out and forget to look at the time. Then I pull it out again when I remember I wanted to know what time it was.
I started wearing watches when I was in middle school, Waaaay before cell phones. I now feel naked without one.
They are handy while hunting. Easier to access at first and last light to determine legal shooting time. I do not like to have my cell phone light up myself when checking times early and late.
Yes, I wear a nice mechanical watch. My son is a watchmaker and you would be surprised at what some folks with money wear for a watch. They sure don't just tell time anymore and I'm talking about mechanical watches, not quartz movement watches. I also do not carry a cell phone with me everywhere that does almost anything you need it to.
I cheat and use a battery operated watch . It is analog. For you young guys it has hands. Sorry, that is a poke at my grandkids.
Only when in the high country hunting elk. At the end of the season I pull the button out on the side thst sets the time and it stops and next year I push it back in and the battery is still good. Lol
I do wear one for the same reason as you. Hate checking my phone. Rather turn it off and leave it off. Plus I need an alarm so the watch serves that purpose too.
Yup, it keeps an honest hunter honest.
Just an example, shooting time ends 6:45 pm and a very large buck came in at 6:47 pm, would you shoot it and no one but God knows about it.
I wear a "till" watch. If you ask me what time it is I will say 10 till 5. Not 4-50.
A $30 Casio, old habits die hard.
Yikes! I might struggle with that one jjs! Just so you know, I usually quit significantly before LST ends. I usually hunt with stand and sticks so like a little light as I'm taking everything down.
Been wearing one for 49 years or so. It doesn't feel right if it's not on my arm. Just a cheap Timex digital. I have replaced the band on it several times, but never the battery. Just keeps going. I'm one of those who will always wear one I guess.
Garmin, I track everything from heart rate, calories, steps, sleep, and workouts.
Keeps me focused plus I’ve never been big sleeper. Couple hours and I was good but now I try to average six hours a night.
Garmin Instinct Solar, got it at the Pope & Young silent auction last year.
Wear a Timex Ironman every day. Feel naked without it. Phones killed watches.
I wear a wrist watch everyday...been doing that for over 60 years. Timex Expedition with the push button light...about $35 bucks and they last 5 years or so.
Old fart here, Timex with hands, has a light if you press the stem. Battery lasts about 5 years if you use the light a lot. I do.
Doctors are going to have a hard time in the future. As part of their wellness checks to see if your brain is still ticking they ask you to draw a clock at a specific time. If you can't tell time on an analog clock you going to be automatically diagnosed with oldtimers. They also give you three words to test short term memery. I gave them last years words and then this years words, impressed the nurse.
your watches only last 1 year? i'm on the same cheapo timex ironman watch from like a decade ago.
I do the same. Don't normally wear one. But a cheapo one just to wear while hunting so I don't just stare at me phone the whole time.
Timex indiglo. Enough light to see a few items when I need to. When I can hear it ticking I know it will be a good day on stand..
Garmin with heart rate, gps, can set up running interval programs, count laps in the pool, etc. If I weren't tracking/programming my fitness, I'd still have a cheapie watch because I'd feel naked without one.
No. It would get terribly dirty and smelly If I wore one everyday. I don’t wear ridiculous bracelets or rings either. Actually, I don’t wear any kind of bling. Lol while hunting, I use a cheap watch and it’s usually not even on my wrist. It’s usually in my pocket.
Yep, always have. Must be a generational thing.
I feel naked without a watch. $30 Casio works great
Yep, even though I always have an iPhone with me, I still wear a wrist watch…….old habits are hard to break.
Casio G-Shock for hunting and backpacking. Had it for +5 years on the same battery and no issues.
Yes, wear one daily. Take it off when I go to sleep or have sex.
After retiring, I'm finding myself wearing a watch less and less. "What is time to a hog?"
For everyday life, yes. Usually my 1994 Seiko analog/digital combo (my all-time favorite), though I have others. For hunting. never. I always have my phone, and I have a small, inexpensive clip-on watch on my backpack or fanny pack, positioned so I can see it without moving should I feel the need to check the time.
Wear one to work but never hunting.
Used to wear Seiko watches. I’ve had an Apple Watch for a few years now.
When hunting I carry a watch in my pocket, which I rarely (if ever) use. If I can see the sun I know what time it is. The phone/leash stays in the truck.
I wear a wrist watch but, when I hunt in a stand I have a pocket watch I hang up so I don't have to move to tell time. I keep a log with what I see and the time it comes out and where from so I have an idea of the times of most activity. Be suprised how on a schedule some animals are.
Everyday, rain, snow, sleet or hail, since I was 15....45 years and counting. would be lost without it....old habits die hard. Analog baby!!
A friend of mine loves watches. He doesn’t hunt so he’s not that great of a guy. He always has a watch on each wrist. We were on vacation with them this spring and he was excited deciding which watches to take along. Some people love their watches.
Sounds like he needs a hobby! ;-)
I too use a pocket watch in top bibs pocket. Not worried about movement just move slow.
I wear Walmart that cost $8.88 last 2to 3 years hoping santa brings me a timex indiglo but now I see they have a solar one wonder what they cost.
I have worn a Seiko for 30 years.
No, won't wear a metal band watch ever since I saw that game warden yrs ago get struck by lightning like 4 times... leather or other material bands hold all kinds of stink... I place a sundial near my stand and check that once in a while, makes a good yardage marker also. ;0)
Can’t imagine not wearing a watch. A quick roll of the wrist in the middle of the night. For a time check.
I've been wearing a Timex Ironman of one version or another for about as long as they've been available. Typically, the rubber banded variety. I have a couple of fancy watches, but I never wear them.
Yup Apple Watch all the time.
For my job it's kind of a necessity, so I wear one. I have a G-shock as I need something durable, it's lasted years.
I wear a garmin gps watch hunting incase I get turned around walking out in the dark
During much of my career I was kind of bound to the watch. Meetings, appts, timing on projects etc. So I always said when I retire I'll never wear a watch again And I haven't in 16 1/2 years. Always a way to know what time it is, like when the lakes freeze or thaw, or the leaves come down, Santa shows up, the urge to hunt, football starts, you know what I mean! Oh, and been a widower for 22 years so nobody to report to! :) Ah, and guess what they gave me as a retirement gift!! Yup, a gold one.
I used to wear a watch all the time and had to because of my job. My grandfather never wore a watch and could tell the time of the day by the sun really well. I am now like my grandfather and don't worry about the time. If I really need to know I check my flip phone.
I work outside and on sunny days I can tell what time it is to within 30 minutes or less of what the clock says. And like Shuteye, if I need to know the time to the minute, I check my flip phone too! It's really not all that difficult to do. And it's FREE!!!
I always wear a watch, so no different when in the field. Timex indiglo is useful and inexpensive but does mean a little more movement to reach over and push the button. I am a big fan of Luminox watches, as the time can easily be seen at any light level, and the rotating bezel is useful for marking waiting time.
Casio G-Shock. I never take it off, they usually last me 4 or 5 years.
My Nuclear Cardiology patients have to uptake for 30 minutes after injection, so I use the countdown timer/alarm. Since I need it all day at work, I am used to wearing it all the time.
Wow Matt, a fake Rolex for Retirement? I bet that gives you a warm and fuzzy for your old employer eh? There has to be a “the rest of the story” on that one…
Ive never been enamored with expensive cars, jewelry or watches. I wear a nice Citizens Eco watch daily but no watch on hunts; shiny, clunky with the potential to get bloody, scratched etc.
A couple folks here locally in Ca have been held up at gunpoint for their nice watches and jewelry….one recently going into Trader Joes in Danville. In this political environment where criminal have free reign, I prefer not having a target on my back.