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    Default Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    (I posted this topic on the poor mans watch forum also (www.pmwf.com )

    Now I know that us flashoholics have a saying, "buy 'em all', but, I am a one watch kind of guy. I have been wearing my current watch every day for like 6-7 years.

    I have found ALMOST my perfect watch, it is the one I currently own, a second generation Citizen Skyhawk Titanium watch. I just re-set it, and it gained 10 seconds in 6 months, so I am pretty happy about that.

    BUT, it falls short in a couple of areas:
    Does not automaticly re-set for DST
    Glare on Crystal
    hard to read in dark
    Digital display too small and too hard to read (might have something to do with my eyes, not the watch!)

    The 3rd generation Citizen Skyhawk Eco Drive (and similar) are close to what I am looking for, but no Tritium arms or hour markers, and once I viewed a Tritium watch in the dark, everything else pales in comparision (pun intended!)

    So, do yall know of any watches that meet these criteria?
    Atomic clock
    Dual analog digital display
    re-sets automaticly for DST (probably goes along with the Atomic clock option)
    Tritium analog dials and Hour markers
    Titanium (optional, but nice)
    Solar powered (or Eco-drive or similar)

    While it would be important for the watch to be rugged and reliable, I am not into the collector aspect of this watch, it would be EDC wear for me.

    Also, any suggestions as to what watch forums I should ask this question?
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    Sounds exactly like what I'm after too but sadly I don't think it exists. Let us know if you find one.

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    probably none that i know of (and i am a WIS!)

    do you wear yours with strap or bracelet?

    a G-Shock GW2500 may do you well, it doesn't have tritium tube, but it has a LED for night time viewing. also no titanium yet, but it has SS bracelet or strap option.

    its atomic multi band 6 and solar.

    http://www.casio.com/products/Timepi...GW2500_Series/

    one thing to consider though. for my case, i use one of my (many) atomic G-Shocks as my daily alarm. but if i am using it as my daily alarm, i would turn off the auto atomic update. because by the time i need it to change to DST, i need to know that its 100% reliable ALL THE TIMES. at my location, atomic reception is about 80-90% successful. so in something like 2 weeks, it will have at least 1 to 2 days that it doesn't receive signal.

    and if i am using it as my daily alarm, i need it to be right EVERYTIME. so i simply set the DST manually to avoid being one hr late that sunday morning .. LOL

    having said that, i totally dig atomic and would pick G-Shock with atomic over those that doesn't have it. its just a great feeling knowing that your watch is VERY accurate ... almost all the times. haha~

    or maybe you can go with some Japan only Attesa. but they are closer to the $1k range. they are very nice watch indeed. not quite or almost out of poor-man-watches though

    http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/C-...ulti_3000.html

    http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/C-...ulti_3000.html

    http://www.seiyajapan.com/product/C-...ulti_3000.html
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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    I think the closest you'll get is the Citizen Skyhawk AT titanium. Titanium case and bracelet, eco driver, atomic clock sync, analog and digital readouts, decent lume on the analog hands and a backlight for the digital, plenty of bells and whistles (countdown timer, alarms, stopwatch, world time, etc...) and it automatically adjusts for DST if you program it to do so.

    The only thing it lacks is tritium and I find that with a backlight and decent lume I don't have any nighttime visibility issues with my stainless Skyhawk AT.
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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    I have a G-Shock, which does everything but the Ti and Tritium:

    +Atomic clock
    +Dual analog digital display
    +re-sets automaticly for DST (probably goes along with the Atomic clock option)
    X-Tritium analog dials and Hour markers
    X-Titanium (optional, but nice)
    +Solar powered (or Eco-drive or similar)

    For the Ti & Tritium I have a Ball EHC Chrono which covers the other 2:

    +Tritium analog dials and Hour markers
    +Titanium (optional, but nice)
    +Mechanical, automatic -no batteries, so solar isn't needed

    Ball's EHC series are some of the toughest watches and brightest lume ever made.

    - I EDC the Ball, but on weekends, I wear the 'G (usually).

    http://ballwatchusa.com/collection/E...riesteSJBK.asp
    (be warned, if you get a Ball, most people can't own just one)

    I echo the comments of previous poster's: I never found one watch with all of what you are looking for. I ran across Ball when I was looking and I liked them so much that I settled on 2 watches to fulfill all of the requirements. The G-Shock is also excellent because is sync's with WWVB everyday and with solar, it's about as close as one can come with a forget-about-me watch and still know that it will be perfect (time/date/power) when I put it on.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    You know a watchmaker/jeweler can add trit vials to most any watch. Just saying
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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    Have you looked at the Luminox yet?

    That is about the only "reasonable" (and some would argue that) priced watch I can think of off the top of my head that has the trit's you want.
    It lacks the bells & whistles of the higher end Citizen eco drive line though. Also a little on the chunky side.

    Pretty hard to beat the better eco drive watches (particularly the screw crown 20bar models) for reliability, feature set & value. I have not found anything that compares & have more expensive stuff that just sits now.

    Good luck & let us know if you find that ideal watch. Plenty of watch hounds here will be interested.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    I bought a much-older gen Skyhawk about a decade ago, the Blue Angels commemorative model; ever since then, the only watches that have interested me are newer Skyhawks..

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    +1 for the Skyhawk AT, I have the SS version and it's great, Also it is one of the very few (Non JDM watches) you can have Citizen replace the Mineral Crystal with a Saphire one for just under $100.00. One Thing about the AT is the ana hands are full lume not cut out so you can actually see them in the dark. it is not as good as the iso diver models but very readable without using the backlight for the digital.

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    I've had the Skyhawk AT for a few years now and agree that it's "almost there". Tritium, a better backlight on the LCD (Indiglo-like), and a sapphire crystal on the export variant would make it perfect. I'm still looking for that watch you describe, BuddTX!

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    g-shocks are the watches people wear when they are in survival/combat worldwide.
    there is no comparison for a hard duty/need it to live, watch, imho
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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    Its been a while? Any tritium atomic watches yet?

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    Not that I know of ... Atomic with LED may be your best bet without the need to charge up the lume
    Let there be light.

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    I don't have a free hand for the button. I'll hust have to get tritium with quartz.

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    Casio has fully auto EL/LED that will light up when you bright your arm up to read the watch, so you don't have to press any buttons.

    But if your hands are on a control, then I guess you won't be able to do that
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    It's a possibility IF it really works easily and every time. The trouble is salespeople who sell Casio know nothing about the product so I would have to know the model that has the features I want. I usually prefer analog because I can read it without glasses. If I go digital I will need huge numbers.... So I guess I will look up atomic casio with autolight and see what I can find. It is too expensive to have a jeweler add tritium. I already have a Reactor watch with tritium at 12, 6, and 9 but believe it or not I sometimes cannot tell 7:30 from 8:30 at a quick glance. I know now I need tritium at all 12 positions plus the hands.

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    Well, sometimes you can't have your cake and eat it too

    There's a range of motion that will activate the auto LED, with practice you should be able to light up easily. But it may also light up when you don't need it to, like when I turn the steering wheel with my hand on top of the steering wheel, that will light up the LED for me ...

    But here's a few Casio that has fully auto LED with analog hands

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW3500B-1A/

    http://www.casio-usa.com/products/Wa...ck/AWGM100-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW2500B-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW2500B-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...EK/PRG550-1A1/
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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    Quote Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
    Well, sometimes you can't have your cake and eat it too

    There's a range of motion that will activate the auto LED, with practice you should be able to light up easily. But it may also light up when you don't need it to, like when I turn the steering wheel with my hand on top of the steering wheel, that will light up the LED for me ...

    But here's a few Casio that has fully auto LED with analog hands

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW3500B-1A/

    http://www.casio-usa.com/products/Wa...ck/AWGM100-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW2500B-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ck/GW2500B-1A/

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...EK/PRG550-1A1/
    Thanks for your interest! Do you know if the analog version lights up the entire watchface or only the tiny digital display on the bottom?

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    Default Re: Looking for a Atomic Titanium Tritium dual analog-Digital Solar powered watch

    I've been using a Casio with analog hands and fairly discrete digital display (and numerous digital functions). It has an EL backlight that can be activated by tilting the watch. I played around with that feature, and figured I'd just end up draining the battery with it, so I disabled it per the manual's instructions.

    http://www.casio.com/products/Watche...ic/AQ160W-1BV/

    It's been a good watch and rather affordable. When the watch band wore out, it was cheaper to buy a new watch than buy a new watch band. The only downside is the soft material used for the "crystal", or watch face. I just put a layer of clear packing tape over it to protect it from random scratches, and it works for me. This is common to a lot of Caisio's watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Thanks for your interest! Do you know if the analog version lights up the entire watchface or only the tiny digital display on the bottom?
    All of those watches have LED that will light up the analog portion of the watch, they are not bright enough to light up the LCD though
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    Thanks again. I went into the Mall today to two different stores. The Casios were too big and gaudy for me. The lights on the analog were not bright enough anyway. The only ones I liked were the analog chronometers and they don't have any backlighting according to salesperson.

    I'm going to check with Pebble to see if it has auto light.

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    Have you checked out the G-Shock GW2500? Its not over-sized. Its still "big" compare to like a Traser commander, but its not super-sized.

    I found the LED to be reasonably bright in the dark. But your application may have special requirement for the brightness.

    I think the auto light in Pebble only works with a press of buttons.
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