Monday, October 25, 2010
Praxis: Shock & water proof wind up watch.
One type of equipment I have put back is the Vietnam-era US Army-issue watch. As a matter of fact I have a half dozen new ones that I picked up at a gun show for $5.00 each back in the 90s. They are shock-resistant, waterproof, stem wound. Not the most accurate timepieces, but they are impervious to EMP and do not require batteries.
On operations, synchronizing your watch with others is important because every watch is different. So if you find one for sale at a reasonable price, snap it up. If the price is really right, get one for your buddy.
Anecdote from the 82nd Airborne. A trooper told me that in his squad, not everyone had a watch so when it came to night OP duty, one watch would be passed from soldier to soldier. If a paratrooper was lazy, he would reset the watch forward and hand it over. There were a number of goldbricks in the platoon and sometimes the watch would be off by as much as three hours by dawn. So don't trust someone else's watch.