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Today’s warriors and tactical operators need a reliable, rugged timepiece that is legible under varying lighting conditions. Let’s face it. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got at least a little bit of a “gear junkie” in you. There’s something else we ought to face up to. We don’t really necessarily need a high-dollar gadget watch as police officers, tactical operators, or military fighting men and women—but then again, we do need a reliable, rugged timepiece that is legible under varying lighting conditions, and if it happens to be of appealing aesthetic design with some extraneous features, so much the better. There are a number of manufacturers these days turning out quality watches of this type, and we endeavored to sift through some of the top makes for the readers’ consideration.

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Rogue Warrior’s Red Cell Silver is one tough watch designed by a Navy SEAL.

Rogue Warrior
Rogue Warrior Watches was founded and co-developed by the legendary Richard Marcinko, who gained notoriety for his work as commander of Navy Seal Team 2, his founding of Seal Team 6 and the top-secret team known as “Red Cell.” During his exploits he was to become the recipient of bronze and silver stars, and in the process came to be called the “Rogue Warrior” due to his reputation for doing things his own way. I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Marcinko, and I must say for a rogue warrior he’s quite a gentleman. I also had the chance to glimpse three new models in development by Rogue Warrior Watches, in addition to the already popular Red Cell and Avenger models.

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MTM Spec Ops Vulture’s lighting module features 4 sequential light modes.

MTM Special Ops
New from MTM Special Ops, maker of combat tactical precision watches, is their Military Ops Vulture, an advancement of the preceding Hawks series. The Vulture has four light settings and gives the user ultraviolet dial lights, and 3 white LED torch lights. The 47mm case is titanium, reducing weight (6 ounces), and the dial is carbon fiber with super luminous index and numbers and a unidirectional ratcheting bezel. Powered by a Swiss quartz movement, the watch is water resistant to 200 meters and has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal with an ultraviolet protective coating. Screw-down crown and pusher enhance water resistance.

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