surf watches

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by surfsup, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    I'm looking to get a surf watch (budget under $125)...any suggestions?

    I don't want anything too bulky. I would primarily use this watch for surfing and swimming and occasional running.
    Last edited: May 8, 2011

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    I have a old RipCurl Oceantide from when they first came out. Its a pretty good watch and is pretty accurate as well. Its a little bit over you budget but for something in your budget the Nixon tide watches are just at good and Woody's has them for 90 dollars right now

  3. wallysurfr

    wallysurfr Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2007
  4. DaMook

    DaMook Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    i dont have one (yet) but i'd get a casio tidewatch for that money. i have gone through 3 high end rip curl watches. their awesome but they all break down.
  5. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    x2 on the rip curl tide watches
  6. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Gshock Gulfman is how iv been rolling for years now. They also do a remake of the old school gshock with a tide graph which is a little smaller. I believe they are all around the $100 range. Fancy surf brand watches ALWAYS fail on me. My $400 rip curl ultimate tide watch became a present to Poseidon when the band broke mid session...
  7. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    for a surf watch i just need the time,and i'm poor and don't need more,so i guess i'll buck the trend and say buy the cheap old shark watch.they are really cheap,but i abuse them and they last really long.they also make one with a long band that fits over my wetsuit and gloves. i always already know the tides before i paddle out so if i have the time i don't need a tide watch.freestyle shark,and the one with the longer band for fullsuit with my money for other things.
  8. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Beachbreak... right on. I'm still wearing my shark watch and it's about 10 years old now. Funny... it gets steamed up on really hot days, but the thing still works!
  9. bricktuckyjohn

    bricktuckyjohn Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Nixon the key have had it for a few years and works great for work and the surf
  10. dreadhead

    dreadhead Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    get a nixon lodown. its functional, and allows you to program 2 different favorite beaches with corresponding tides. and it runs for about $90.
  11. rfh1317

    rfh1317 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2009
    Nixon Lodown

    I havent taken my lodown off in over a year and I love it. Not bad at round $80-$90 plus it gives you tide charts from a large selection, future tides and a chrono wave count to see when the next set should be rolling in
  12. instantkarma

    instantkarma Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    I made a sundial out of some flat stones, a leather strap and some industrial strength epoxy. Works great. Total cost: $3.75.
  13. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    I got one of those Breo watches. It's looks similar to those Power Balance bracelets, but it actually has a purpose. It weighs next to nothing, is waterproof up to 10m, and doesn't give me a watch tan on my wrist during the summer.
  14. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Freestyle Shark watch, tried and true. use it and abuse it 45 bucks.

    best 45 i ever spent
  15. skunk patrol

    skunk patrol Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    if you go with any nixon tide watch make sure you get the revised ones. they had a recall because the tide settings were always off by an hour during daylight saveings time. it happened to me. i have the outsider. but nixon was super cool about the recall and sent me a brand new one.
  16. Ripcurl058

    Ripcurl058 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    I'd go with the Nixon Lodown as well
  17. TheBong

    TheBong Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nixon Lodown for sure, i've been wearing them everyday for 2 years they're great.
  18. JERSEYboarder

    JERSEYboarder Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    NIXON LODOWN is amazing!!!! only $90. its so good i have that one and THE HOUSING
  19. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Freestyle Shark == Best on the market. A TON LESS then other watches (nixon, ripcurl etc)...

    I have owned the same shark tide watch for 6 years. Runs like a champ. No steaming up. I have taken it out everyady for years in every kind surf. Back breaking TOH to jumping off a 40 foot bridge with it on my wrist. Never fails. Always on point... The tide function is very simple and very money....

    We have had this debate many times, but all style and show aside, its the best on the market. Just a standard black watch tho... It doesn't have "Bling" or any of thecrap on most of those watches...

    The guy that sold it to me originally was selling me a couple other ones that were pricier, but when I told him that I surf everyday, all season and got into a conversation with him, he said look, all BS salesmanship aside, if you actually surf everyday you gotta go freestyle. They are made for swimmers and watermen who use them daily, all year... He said most of the pricier watches fail when actually used in surf for a whole year... He explained to me that most tide watches are for show. For guys who want to strike up a conversation while "talking about" going surfing.... Again, this was 6 years ago, but I was sold on that watch for sure. 1/3 of the price of the rest of them, and its gone to hell and back, with no worries.