Surf watch discussion

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by 252surfer, May 2, 2016.

  1. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    I know a treads has been done on on this topic before but with new options out there, I was wondering what you degenerates think on surf watches? I am torn between a Gshock or a ripcurl rifles watch. Gshocks are time tested and durable and I really liked the last one had but the damn band broke while surfing this winter and now it's at the bottom of 1st street...

    Has anybody had any experience with the ripcurl watches? If so, what do/did you think of them? They are the best deal for a higher quality surf watch and it doesn't have a massive face that could get broken easily. So they advertise anyway... Just wondering what yalls opinions are on watches and if you have any other options I'm open to ideas.

    *edit* I've gone through numerous Nixon watches and I am not looking to buy one. Too expensive and they don't hold up to what I usually put them through surfing/life wise.
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  2. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2014
    Dude get a cheap Neff watch or something... 20 bucks tops. I've lost two g-shocks in my day. Not worth the stacks in my opinion. But those two g-shocks I had were gravy. Had tides on it and one was solar-powered.

  3. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Have one, it's lasted a year and a half and I wear it every day...just a basic watch

    It's done way better than their dawn patrol wetsuite

    Only a pain when I gotta strap it over my 7mm excel gloves and under a 5mm
  4. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Find a G-Shock you like. You can get one for about $50
    Some have tides etc. But they are generalized tide information--it will not give you exact tide for the very spot you are standing at; regional, so to speak.
  5. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Funny thing. The battery on my G Shock finally pooped out, so I went surfing most of last month without a watch. I was concerned, because I felt dependent on it, often squeezing in quick (less than 1 hour) sessions during lunch, after work, or other times when time is limited.
    But in some ways it was a relief. I got used to going without and was able to judge within 5-10 minutes how long I'd been out. (Same with going surfing without eyeglasses - one adapts)
    But I eventually replaced the battery and was happy to have my watch back. End of story
  6. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    I have a shark watch with a cloth band. Its called a 'shark clip'. 2 years of daily use and it still works great. I will say that it did loosen when i wore it in the ocean so I put a few stitches in the band to permenately size it to my wrist. Overall its a very solid, minimalist watch for around $50
  7. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Was the same...and as I always go either am or later pm I could more or less judge with putting my hand to the horizon and use the sun (with knowing sunrise and set time)...however little more difficult when it's cloudy so the misses had enough of being 10-30 min late so I got a watch for more "just one more" all the time now, but once in a while is a minor offense ;)
  8. sozohealer

    sozohealer Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    I have a Ripcurl Oceantech ATS. It might be 11 years old. Have had great service from Ripcurl for battery repacement. Last year it stopped running and Ripcurl fixed it no charge.

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    two years ago I got a shark freestyle tide watch from whiskey militia for just over thirty bucks. still going strong.
  10. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Thanks for advice guys. I actually have to have one for my new job coming up (new thread on that coming shortly) so I need to just shop around and find me a good deal. That's good to know that ripcurl is great with customer service.
  11. sigmund

    sigmund Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    I used to wear watches until my last watch was neatly plucked off my wrist on a reef in Nica. I was gonna buy a new one, but since I always have my iPhone with me, it seemed pointless, so I've been watchless ever since.
  12. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I love my $50 Shark Tide watch, all black, has tides for most major breaks
  13. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I'm not really into time, unless I gotta be somewhere.
  14. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    The only time I wear a watch is when I'm in the water. I need it for one thing, to tell the time of day. I don't need it for tides or moon phase or whatever. I've got a phone for all that. So I've got a simple Casio. Analog movement with white hands and numerals on a black face makes it easy to read at a glance. Works great and it's cheap so I'm not worried if anything happens to it.
  15. backside hack

    backside hack Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2012
    Shark Tide Watch.

    Simple, accurate, comfy (not too big) and reasonably priced.

    They make watches. That's what they do and they do it well.
  16. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I'm that a$$hole that asks you what time it is when I think i have to call it.
  17. backside hack

    backside hack Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2012
    I'm the guy that says it's 30 mins later then it really is, so you leave!
  18. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
  19. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Lol well played:cool:
  20. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Ya know, you can say asshole here without being censored. In the eyes of this phorumme it has the same status as cock.