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Sneak Peek – GBRS Kinetic Ti by Sangin Intruments

Saturday, December 30th, 2023

The GBRS Kinetic Ti represents a timeless partnership between two veteran-owned companies. Collaborating to create a robust and enduring timepiece, their shared goal was to craft a watch specifically designed for real-time operations.

This collaboration timepiece is produced in small batches annually, limiting it to one per customer. Available 1-1-24 @ 1300 EST.

SPD X Ares Diver-1 Mission Timer

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

A Special Projects Division Edition of the Ares Diver-1 Swiss Movement 1000M Rated Watch

PDW’s Special Projects Division in collaboration with the American watch brand Ares Watch Co are releasing a special edition of their Diver-1 Mission Timer. This rugged, yet sophisticated and purpose driven time piece was designed for today’s modern adventurers and explorers. Featuring a Swiss ETA-2824 self-winding movement, hand tuned to certified chronometer spec, sapphire crystal with inside AR coating, an impressive 1000M depth rating, and built in the USA. This SPD Edition features the exclusive combination of a black Cerakote uni-directional diver elapsed bezel, black dial with the SPD Kraken Trident logo in C3 Super-LumiNova, sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, signature orange sweep hand, and the semi-recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position. This 1st edition run will also be serial numbered.

The SPD X Ares Diver-1 Mission Timer will be available with the signed OEM rubber strap, the PDW EWB-Compass Kit 2.0 with matte finish, an extra PDW Ti-Ring NATO-style strap, all packed in a waterproof Pelican storage case with certificates and extra accessories.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“There is a truly enduring quality to a timepiece whose heart is a self-winding mechanical movement. It speaks to a long tradition of analog precision and manufacturing focused on purely mechanical means. This watch does not rely on, nor will it ever need batteries to function, just your kinetic force of action day in and day out. Rated to go deeper than you will probably ever go, but moreover, an utterly reliable time keeping tool for the intrepid and those who are more than just ‘capable’.”

The SPD X Ares Diver-1 Mission Timer is available for $1975.00 via their website,

Suunto Introduces Race GPS Sports Watch

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Suunto presents a new sports watch for outdoor sports enthusiasts, featuring AMOLED display, HRV, free offline maps & impressive battery life

The large-screen Suunto Race GPS sports watch – with AMOLED display, advanced training metrics, and detailed offline maps – is designed for athletes who want to improve their performance and challenge themselves. A sports watch perfect for training, competitions, and the time in between

VANTAA (October 13, 2023). Some people choose to chill on weekends, while performance-oriented athletes choose to challenge themselves and enjoy the community vibe in races. Passionate athletes want to reach their personal best and need a tool they can trust to guide them. With the highest standard of toughness, together with offline maps, training, and racing features, SUUNTO RACE provides information on progress and helps to maintain the balance between training and recovery.

“A strong choice for athletes who appreciate a companion at the starting line and don’t want to worry about battery life.”

-Petri Lehtovirta, Suunto’s Head of Product

The new SUUNTO RACE presents itself with a high resolution 1.43″ AMOLED display and a digital crown that makes accessing the numerous functions quick and easy. To bring the needed confidence to the starting line, the watch comes with improved training metrics. With SUUNTO RACE, one can track their training, recovery, and progress easily. By measuring heart rate variability, HRV, one can assess their recovery state and compare their latest values to long-term HRV, and analyze if their recovery is being compromised. The free, detailed maps can be downloaded directly onto the watch so that athletes can always find their route, even offline.

SUUNTO RACE impresses with its battery life: one can train for 40 hours non-stop, with exact GPS tracking, and in daily mode, the watch can last up to 26 days. SUUNTO RACE comes in titanium and stainless steel. Both models are tested according to Suunto standards, are military tested, and can withstand weather conditions from -20 ° C to +55° C. The watch is equipped with robust sapphire crystal glass and is water resistant up to 100 meters.

Suunto Race Titanium and Stainless Steel with AMOLED display, sapphire glass, new digital crown.


Athletes can now see a detailed overview of training load, recovery and progress directly on the watch. The statistics provided by the enhanced tracking can be used to ensure that goals are being met each week. Data is compared to the previous week’s average, so it is easy to stay on track. By measuring heart rate variability (HRV), athletes can assess their recovery status and compare and analyze their current values with their individual long-term HRV.

For optimizing training, workout plans can be created in the Suunto App or partner services and be synced with the watch for real-time coaching and guidance.

95 sport modes and SuuntoPlus™ Store delivers over 50 sports apps directly to your watch.

SUUNTO RACE supports various outdoor and indoor sports with more than 95 sports modes. Each sport mode has two to four training views where key statistics are visible during training, as well as a map display when exercising outdoors. New features include Strava segments for sports like running and cycling and a new movement feature for added metrics when calculating training intensity for weight training and ball sports, for instance.

The ever-growing SuuntoPlus™ Store works like a free app store for Suunto watches, with sport-specific apps for individual needs. Here, you can find, amongst other things, tools to manage training or other functions to get more out of your favorite sport.


The display can be individually adjusted to your own needs, so that during the race one look is enough to get all the important information. Instead of memorizing the race course by heart, the route and most important waypoints can be displayed on the map. When competing in the dark, the bright AMOLED display makes it easier to find the finish line. 

Also, other beneficial functions can be used during races. The RaceTime feature gives an overview of the total time, whether the pace is maintained and how long it will take until the finish.

Especially during longer competitions, the nutrition function is extremely helpful. It reminds you to drink in time and sufficiently and to take in nutrients, when necessary. A well-thought-out plan of how to use the aid stations to stay strong and finish well is important.

Whether they want to race against others or race against themselves, the watch offers the tools to help perform better. With SUUNTO RACE, athletes can track their performance, evaluate and assess their progress with general endurance tests such as the classic Cooper test, they can perform an anaerobic running test, run an FTP test or a Beep test. All these tests are available in the Suuntoplus app store.

A long battery life is a crucial criterion in a watch suitable for racing. After all, the longer the race, the more important it is that the athlete can rely on it. Even with the bright AMOLED display, The SUUNTO RACE lasts up to 40 hours with GNSS positioning and maximum accuracy through full power dual-band (L5) tracking, in daily mode with activated heart rate measurement up to 10 days.

“The Suunto Race combines the best features of all sports watches. The super bright AMOLED display, combined with a battery life of 40 hours in performance training mode and detailed recording of the most important vital stats – with it I can be sure to stand in top form at the starting line.” 

– Ida-Sophiee Hegemann – Professional Trailrunner

Reliable navigation in training and racing

SUUNTO RACE has detailed offline maps showing trails, contour lines, waters and all other important landmarks. Global maps are available for free and can be downloaded with the Suunto app. With navigation features like route navigation and breadcrumbs, the watch guides athletes on new and old routes so they can focus on their training without getting lost. 


Even when not training or competing, SUUNTO RACE provides information about the general well-being and important daily activity information. It supports a healthy and active lifestyle with information about the recovery phase, steps, calories, heart rate, sleep and much more.

It provides at-a-glance information about current weather conditions and the weather forecast. With its music controls, you can easily select your preferred music, adjust volume, pause, or skip songs.

Suunto Race – Variants 





NEW Suunto branded accessory strapsPearl White Orchid Purple Lava Red Lemon Yellow

Garmin Unveils tactix 7 AMOLED Edition: Mission-Ready in the Brightest Day or Darkest Night

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Modern tactical watch features new adaptive screen, optimized heart rate sensor, and dimmable green flashlight with night vision

OLATHE, Kan./September 19, 2023/ – Garmin (NYSE: GRMN) today announced the tactix® 7 AMOLED Edition, the newest edition to the tactix 7 lineup. Featuring an easy-to-read adaptive AMOLED display with both traditional button controls and touchscreen, the newest tactix 7 provides dedicated tactical, training and performance features, wrist-based navigation, and comprehensive health and wellness monitoring. Thanks to the new night vision compatible flashlight and up to 31 days of battery life, this high-performance smartwatch will be ready for service even on the darkest night.

“This highly adaptable, modern tactical smartwatch is ready for any environment or assignment. Its dedicated features are designed to meet the many unique situations tactix customers find themselves in, and most importantly – it will serve their needs efficiently and effectively. You can depend on this watch day or night, wherever the mission takes you.”

– Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.

New to tactix 7 AMOLED Edition

• Adaptive display: A vibrant, sunlight-readable 1.4” screen provides higher detail and can be dimmed to below a single nit of brightness when wanting to go undetected.

• Night vision compatible flashlight: Building on the customer favorite white/green flashlight of current tactix 7 models, the newest edition provides a dimmable green flashlight capable of being used when Night Vision Goggle (NVG) mode is activated, helping preserve the user’s natural night vision while providing light in the immediate area.

• Heart rate sensor: Enhanced optical sensor and specific algorithms offer improved performance tracking for a wider variety of activities, making it easier to better understand how the body is responding to specific environments and physical challenges.

• Red Shift mode: More than just a black and red watch face, Red Shift changes the entire watch interface to shades of red to help preserve night vision by blocking the colors of light that constrict pupils; it can also help reduce sleep cycle disturbances.

Built for action

The tactix 7 AMOLED Edition is built to a military standard (MIL-STD-810) for thermal, shock and water performance, water-rated to 10 ATM1 and can remain mission-ready for up to 31 days. Button guards with reinforced metal lugs are paired with a carbon gray DLC (diamond-like coating) titanium bezel, a scratch-resistant sapphire lens, fiber-reinforced polymer housing and titanium rear cover, and black tactical nylon QuickFit® bands. What’s more, the smartwatch’s rugged yet sophisticated design allows for seamless transitions from the field to formal functions.

Field-ready features

During night operations, the smartwatch provides a built-in multi-LED flashlight providing quick access to a bright, steady light in either white or green. While in NVG mode, the AMOLED display dims to levels functional to the primary user (including those wearing night optic devices) but nearly invisible to anyone else.

In sensitive locations, customers can utilize Stealth Mode which turns off wireless communications but still collects distances traveled and biometric data without recording location data. Leveraging this feature allows the watch to be used and even upload logged data – while concealing its location, which is typically visible through popular mobile training apps.

Customers wanting enhanced solutions provided by Applied Ballistics® (AB) can unlock Applied Ballistic functionality (unlock fee required) via the AB Synapse™ – Garmin mobile app to prepare for their next competition.

Training and health support

Designed for all-day use, the tactix 7 AMOLED Edition features Garmin’s 24/7 health and wellness tools including Pulse Ox, wrist-based heart rate, respiration and stress tracking, plus wellness insights such as Body Battery™, Fitness Age, Morning Report and Sleep Score with Advanced Sleep Monitoring.

In addition to dedicated activities such as hunting, mountain climbing and strength training, it provides new tools for customers to reach peak performance, including Endurance Score and Hill Score to measure sustained physical exertion while evaluating progress. In addition, the new Wrist-based Running Power allows users to gauge how much physical power is being exerted to manage and fine-tune training preparedness.

Aviation-ready features

Both civilian and military aviators will benefit from the smartwatch’s Direct-To-Navigation feature, which allows users to navigate straight to an airport in the world aeronautical database or use the “Nearest” function to activate a path to a nearby airport. Additionally, pilots can access aviation weather, including NEXRAD radar, METARs and TAFs to see winds, visibility, barometric pressure and more directly on their smartwatch3.

During airborne operations, Jumpmaster can be used for three jump types: HAHO, HALO, and Static.

Set the watch to dual-positioning mode, and it will simultaneously display two sets of coordinate systems, such as MGRS and latitude/longitude, on a single data screen.

Global navigation

Using multi-band GPS support, customers can access multiple frequencies sent by navigation satellites for improved position accuracy. The new model of tactix 7 comes preloaded with TopoActive maps and Public Land Boundaries Maps, SkiView™ Maps, and more than 43,000 full-color golf courses around the world and is compatible with Garmin’s Outdoor Maps+ service. With Outdoor Maps+, users can access premium mapping content such as Satellite Imagery, State Plat Maps, Hunting Units and more.

The tactix 7 AMOLED Edition is available now with a starting suggested retail price of $1,399.99. To learn more, visit

Strike Band for Apple Watch

Friday, August 25th, 2023

The Strike Band for Apple Watch is ingeniously designed with a pin-and-slot fastening system, offering a snug, secure fit, while its concealed strap design seamlessly hides any excess, ensuring a sleek and streamlined appearance.

Crafted from premium elastomer material, the Strike Band embodies flexibility and durability, guaranteeing to withstand the test of time.

Its lightweight construction promises all-day comfort, letting you enjoy your daily activities without any hindrance.

Retaining the same trusted watch band attachment and release system, the Strike Band enables effortless installation and swift interchangeability.

Offered in FDE, Black, and White.

*Apple Watch NOT included.

Teardown Systems – Watch Cap

Monday, July 24th, 2023

The Watch Cap is an anti reflection device for your watch but offers plenty of field of view to read your watch and recharge if it’s solar powered.

Offered in four sizes to accommodate a wide variety of watch face sizes, in Coyote, Ranger Green and MultiCam.

Watches of Espionage and GBRS Group Team Up To Raise Funds For Third Option Foundation

Thursday, July 13th, 2023

On 1100 EST, Tuesday 25 July, Watches of Espionage will offer a special edition watch pouch and challenge coin in partnership with GBRS Group.

The GBRS AOR-1 case has an updated card with red trim and the GBRS Old-English “g” is on one side of the watch card and the back of the watch case.

The watch pouches are crafted using repurposed issued AOR-1 camouflage uniforms worn by GBRS co-founders and former Navy SEALs Cole Fackler and DJ Shipley. 

$40 of every purchase will be donated directly to Third Option Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the CIA’s paramilitary officers of the Special Activities Center (SAC).

The charity’s name refers to the motto of CIA’s Special Activities Center: Tertia Optio, the President’s third option when military force is inappropriate and diplomacy is inadequate. Third Option Foundation is dedicated to providing comprehensive family resiliency programs, working behind the scenes to quietly help those who quietly serve.

GBRS Group is a veteran-owned, Tier 1 training and services organization committed to imparting critical skills and real-world experiences to end-users in military, federal, state and local special operations units.

Get yours 1100 EST, Tuesday 25 July at

Note: Watch not included.

OR Summer Show 23 – G-Shock

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

G-Shock has introduced the GBDH2000, their first watch with heart rate monitor. It also incorporates GPS to track your workout.

Casio describes the functions, “Using optical sensors to provide heart rate measurements, an accelerometer to count steps, and a gyroscope to improve swimming sessions, athletes can accurately monitor their training sessions.”

What’s more, it is rechargeable via USB or solar, the latter extending its use in the field.

Aside from the Black model with Red pop seen here but there is also a high viz Yellow band available as well as an Amazon exclusive murdered out version.