Best Style of Watch

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  1. BobBigBoy

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    Relatives are asking about graduation gifts for our DD and she needs a watch. What style is best, digital or analog? Is the G shock popular, is there a regulation about color or is white Ok for a female? Just want to make sure we get the most practical form of time piece without drawing attention.
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  2. cadetmom100

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    Just FYI... No watches are permitted during BCT... so not as much need to worry about toughness for that aspect....
     
  3. AFAYahoo

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    There will be plenty of training situations during the school year where your daughter will want a durable, sturdy watch that can take a pounding. For classes etc., she can wear something more feminine, if she desires. If I remember correctly, there are regulations about earrings (color, size, etc) that can be worn while in uniform, so my guess is there might be something about watches also. My son went to BCT with a black digital watch, band was made of rubber. Its still surviving, but we also got him a nice watch (still black, but metal) for Christmas that he uses for class and on weekends. After Recognition in March, your daughter will be able to wear civilian clothes and will have more opportunities to be fashionable so if a white watch won't cut it at first, she can wear it after LMD (last military duty) or on weekends!

    Graduation gifts are difficult, because there is so little the incoming basics are allowed to take with them. Even after BCT, they will be limited on what they can have in their rooms based on squadron regulations. I just told my family last year that money would probably be the best thing for my son. He loved that! Put plenty in the bank and took some with him to BCT.

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  4. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    If I'm not mistaken (off the top of my head), the rule on watches is that it just has to be conservative and not to big. I have a fossil watch right now with a silver band and black face. Just use your best judgement. And if it isn't in regs per an AMT for example, he/she can just wear it out when in civilian clothes.
     
  5. Christcorp

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    As previously mentioned; the cadets can't have their watch during basic, so why not wait until basic is over: and ask your cadet what type of watch they want. Maybe you can buy it during Parent's weekend if you're there. If it's from a relative who isn't going to be there, your cadet can tell them after BCT. I'm sure they won't ask for a Tag Heuer. (They usually wait until their Junior/Senior year before mentioning one of those. )
     
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    My DS has mentioned the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16, more than once. Saving my $$ for graduation......
     
  7. FromRVa15

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    And I thought I was splurging on a watch when I spent $115 on one... O_O
     
  9. scraper

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    After BCT they still will be training/beatings and lots of it. G shock is most durable based on my exprience with my son in the doolie year! You need something that can wash off easily.
     
  10. Christcorp

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    When my daughter was graduating and mentioning how us "Old timers" don't understand the technology like the younger generation, I giggled. "Especially considering she knows I have degrees in electronics and computer science and taught her and her brother most of what they know about computers, technology, cell phones, etc..."

    Anyway; to be "Cute", I bought her a nice gift. An Abacus, Slide Rule, and a sun dial. I told her it was the only technology I could remember how to use. LOL...

    P.S. (If you have to ask what an abacus or slide rule is, you're too young and the post wasn't meant for you).
     
  11. Idzak

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    How about a digital sun dial, no batteries.
     
  12. JMC0759

    JMC0759 S-USMMA '12 D-USAFA '15

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    I have worn a Luminox watch for many years. It is the "official" Navy Seals watch and is really rugged. I am notoriously hard on watches and I swear by the one I wear. It is a favorite of my law enforcement co-workers. The faces come in different colors and the all-black face should pass muster after BCT. They make more expensive models in metal that are geared towards pilots.

    The great feature of the watch, besides being completely water-proof is that it will glow in the dark without having to press any buttons. A nice feature when you are walking back from Mitch's late at night in the dead of winter and you don't want to take off your gloves to see the time.
     
  13. Adrian S

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    I love your idea of the Abacus, Slide Rule, and sun dial... How funny that "this generation" has already forgotten that it was "our generation" that developed a lot of the technology for the personal computers, AND cell phones.
     
  14. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    White watches are not allowed, and for doolie year you probably don't want something too fancy or expensive. Watch faces tend to get scraped against the wall bordering the terrazo when running the strips while carrying a backpack freshman year. One of my friends was not happy when her fancy watch got all scratched up right after she bought it.

    Upperclass years you can stay away from the walls :thumb:
     

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