this is usually a heated debate, but I will once again chime in with my vote: The freestyle shark/tide watch. It is like $70, durable as all hell. Has lasted me 6 years so far. Still a beast. Its not flashy or anything, but it is a great watch for any open ocean swimmer or surfer. Most other watches are too focused on fashion etc. The freestyle watches are basic and run perfectly. I have my tides currently set to OC MD, SD and Maui and it is always spot on.
Just get a lowdown or the housing from Nixon. Both are cheap and easy and will last. The people i deal with coming back in the shop with watch problems are some of the other companies. Plus with nixon if anything happens to it they will replace it depending on what was wrong with it.
if you want a real surf watch. dont get g shock. those are for stupied ass black peope....
WOW, not only have you dissed an entire race, your talking trash about G-shocks? When did shock proof athletic watches become a race thing? Your an idiot.
OP_ Get a Gshock Golfman- proven mission after mission by every seal team in the country. And, i guess, some black people. Mine was a gift, but i think they are around or under the $100 mark. As for your question about the tide setting, it is based on the lunitidal interval. It only accepts one, but I have found it accurate within a couple hundred miles of coast line for a central setting. For example, VB lunitidal interval works (within minutes) from chrystal coast up to OC maryland. It doesn't vary as much as you might think. The only thing you lack from surf-specific watches is the ability to switch east / west coast tides. Thats where the major tidal change takes place.
AND YOU DONT LOOK LIKE SOME TRENDY GROM WHO BUYS EVERYTHING THEY SEE IN A SURFER MAG.
Last edited by leethestud; Feb 12, 2011 at 08:40 PM.