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If you’re thinking a watch isn’t really gun-related, you’re right. But if you’ve been a reader of our pocket dump posts, you know that like a good knife, a lot of gun owners consider a watch to be an important part of their everyday carry gear.

One of the biggest trends in watches — particularly for the tactically-inclined among us — is going big. As in large timepieces that show prominently on your wrist. That’s exactly the kind of watches Gear’d Hardware makes.

Their big watches (most have a 50mm diameter dial) are designed and assembled in the US and they’re made to take a licking and keep on ticking. Wait. They’re really rugged.

Mine is the Zx1-1219 with a carbon fiber band. It has a stainless steel case that’s waterproof to 100 feet. In addition to the analog hands it has illuminated electronic day, date, hours, minutes and seconds, plus a stop watch function. And it has an unlimited lifetime warranty. As the company says, “If you break it we will replace it with a new badass watch.”

It sells for under $200, so if you’re looking for a gift for a tactical dude in your life, a Gear’d Hardware watch is worth considering.


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  1. I’m a bit of a watch geek, I only own about 120 watches :-D… I’d like to tear into one just to see how a $25 Miyota movement gets turned into nearly $200.
    I know how Citizen/Seiko does it…but until this post I’d never heard of “Gear’d Hardware”.

    • @IdahoBoy:
      A year or so ago I had a conversation with a local gunsmith, who told me that his grandfather came to the United States from (I think it was) Lithuania with only his watch and his gun. He went on to add that had grandfather been caught so equipped in the old country, he would have been immediately shot on the spot. Why? Because the possession of both a watch and a gun might make it possible for the bearer to participate in a coordinated attack on the authorities. Possession of one without the other, however, would basically be ignored.

  2. They look great, like these ferrari watches. Fortunately, the clock is no longer just a time meter that can throw people into stress. And every man should know how to choose a men’s watch, because today this item tells about personal style and status and is one of the most important wrist accessories.


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