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Tactical Watches for the Collecting Enthusiast

Apr 25, 2008
Tactical watches were created from the wrist type of watches that were conceptualized by a man called Louis Cartier. Cartier created a leather strap wrist watch for his Frenchman colleague named Alberto Santos-Dumont. This marked the start of the popularity of tactical watches in local France.

Tactical Watches and Military Personnel

The wrist watch became more popular during the Second World War when service men came to understand that tactical watches can do more than just telling time. Additionally, they became luxurious items for those belonging to the average and upper echelon in the society. For the officers during that time, wrist watches are considered to be for the working class.

Artillery and infantry men employed the importance of their tactical watches as the war became heavily condensed with problems. Due to organized offensives, the assault required precise coordination among the troops. These watches played an important role on ground fighters as well as on plane fighters and bombers. Military pilots realized them to be just as helpful as the fighters on the land did. Eventually, the military designed and produced their own variation of the tactical watch; the particular model had a dark face and clear numbers for easier reading. The watches were produced in large numbers and were given out to the pilots, ground soldiers, and other servicemen.

Tactical Watches utilized in World War II

During World War II, a well-liked watch came out of its original predecessor and was named the A-11. This tactical watch was created and was designed after the previous model. The A-11 watch provided the soldiers what they wanted; it was designed with a huge black face complete with white numbers. The basic features of this watch provided aviation for coordinates present; it had all the uses that soldiers and officers had in mind.

"Peace Time" Tactical Watches

The tactical watch became more popular and was even worn by many soldiers after the World War II. It became the most celebrated watch for both the middle and higher class. The ordinary "wrist watch" revolutionized together with the world; newer and better innovations of its kind came to rise in popularity. It became more than just an ordinary timepiece for all class types in the society. From ordinary, it evolved to an elevated and skillful level through the works of a watch crafter. Additional features included the use of a chronometer that is equated to that of a wall clock. The chronometer served as a navigational tool for the soldiers, and it gave exactness and accuracy for long periods of time. Moreover, they developed to a more complex creation with engineering and methodical calculations incorporated in it. Both the airmen and ground troops benefited from these tactical watches.

Modern Tactical Watch

It didn't take long when innovative watch creators began developing yet another modern design of these tactical watches. It was then that more sophisticated models and types came to rise in the market. In our present world, the watches are actually contributions from the past. It was designed after the ideas of military people, Special Ops groups, SWAT units, and other political agencies. Skillful watchmakers have crafted modern watches that would suit the needs of those in the tactical teams. Being a technologically advanced world, the present watches are even built with software that can be connected in computers. Downloading items form your PC to the watch will help meet the personal requirements of watch owners. Due to this watch revolution, one can now personalize a tactical watch that perfectly suits the needs of the user.

Computer Watches

The modern world has made it possible for the watches to have built in CPU's like that of a personal computer. What is even more amazing is that they come in the same sizes as those of our normal everyday watch. But however small their size may be, its features are very intimidating. Some even possess advanced military software which completely fits the needs of these servicemen. The tactical watches nowadays provide manuals so that the user can fully experience its uses. The design also varies from the things that it can do. But apart from that, these variations of modern types of watches are one and the same; they are efficient, durable and reliable watches as the rest of the tactical equipment. It can also be employed for every condition.

Tactical watches also have programs which work in the same manner with that of a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite). Another program includes the ballistics calculator which aids in the use of a military gun scope. More extravagant types include those which measure muzzle velocity and wind velocity which all aim for shooting a target. More than just being a water resistant watch, these "military watches" can be submerged to about a hundred feet or more in the water.

It too, most probably, can tell dates and time. Added features would be different time zones, an alarm clock, can be a stopwatch and possesses a back light which is very much useful for night viewing. All of these design innovations come in very useful for many of the servicemen, domestic or foreign, who use the tactical watches. They are also designed to withstand very high altitudes.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is a knife expert and owns an Internet knife shop, Knife & Supply Company, LLC at Pocket Knife | Hunting Knife | SOG Knife. Also, check out the huge line of Tactical Watches!
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