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gill0610

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I have seen quite a few posts regarding watches for those going to the various service academies. Is this something you would recommend for AROTC also? DS will be going to Clemson and DD was looking for suggestions to get him as a high school graduation gift.
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axxonboltz

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DW-6900 is an incredibly reliable model and for a bargain of a price. I read somewhere that it is practically one the unofficial watches of servicemen.
 

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Dckc88

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During orientation last year my DD said they strongly encouraged a gps/hr fitness watch to increase fitness and to use for training outside of PT. I don't know if that is common and I apologize that I don't remember which ones they recommended.
 

QA1517

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We went with the good but cheap rule. DS wore a simple timex and a cheaper pair of sunglasses. They will more than likely get broken, lost, stolen, misplaced, left in someones car, left in a back pack, left in someones dorm room............
 

gill0610

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Thanks. I don't think he has ever worn a watch in his life so probably wouldn't even have thought about needing one without these forums! The Casio looks like it's under $50 so will probably go that route. Any other suggestions for things he may need are appreciated!
 

USMCGrunt

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gill0610: If you search the site, you will find many discussions on graduation and commissioning gift ideas. they always pop up around this time of year.

There are great watches available (and a host of discussion threads on them) but for someone just starting this journey, I agree with QA1517's recommendation of a cheap, functional watch like Casio or Timex. You probably want water resistant with a stopwatch, timer, alarm, and light and they will only run about $35 - $50.00. There will always be an opportunity to upgrade.

Good luck!
 

gill0610

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Thanks. I did do some searches which is what made me think of a watch in the first place. Just wasn't sure if that was more for the academies, since I assume they can't have cell phones, or if it would apply to ROTC too. I already noted some ideas for commissioning too but doubt I will remember them in 4 years time lol. Sounds like the cheap watch is a must. Less than DD wanted to spend though so we will keep thinking!
 

Capt MJ

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Thanks. I did do some searches which is what made me think of a watch in the first place. Just wasn't sure if that was more for the academies, since I assume they can't have cell phones, or if it would apply to ROTC too. I already noted some ideas for commissioning too but doubt I will remember them in 4 years time lol. Sounds like the cheap watch is a must. Less than DD wanted to spend though so we will keep thinking!

Nothing wrong with a watch wardrobe. I always have a Casio or Timex, rubber or web strap, decent functions, water-resistant or proof, for PT and sweaty work where my iPhone is not easily to hand. A dress watch for uniform and now, business attire - I'm fond of the Citizen Eco-Drives with solar battery. I have my grandmother's tiny antique gold bracelet watch that takes careful manual winding for purely decorative use. I use my iPhone for time too, but still enjoy a watch.

The two very expensive watches I had - Tag Heuer and Rolex - both stolen. Back to moderate watches for me.
 

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