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A Wristwatch is Mandatory Every Day Carry (EDC)

Posted on January 15 2019

Why should a watch be EDC when you can tell the time with your cell phone? Dumb question for a prepper, but very few of us wear them... Here's why not wearing a watch is dumber than you may think.

For thousands of years, all the way back to the Sumerians, devices have been used to measure and keep track of time for one simple reason: SURVIVAL.  

The pocket watch was mostly developed as a means of navigating water--by using time to determine distance travelled, and therefore location. It was always a survival tool.

Eight ways a wristwatch can save your life.

1) Telling Distance.  Like mariners of old, you can determine distance of travel with a watch.  Figuring that the average person moves at 3.1 miles per hour it’s easy to calculate how far you’ve walked, especially taking terrain, fatigue, and load into account.  Knowing the distance you have covered on foot is an essential part of navigation as well as knowing how much further you need to travel to reach your destination.

2) Time of day. This may seem obvious, but it’s not.  Being clear on the time will tell you:

  • When to start looking for camp so that you are not bumbling around in the dark.
  • When to break camp so that you have full use of daylight.  
  • How long till the sun comes up for warmth
  • When to seek cover from the noon sun.

3) Time of night. Knowing the time of night is even more crucial and less obvious:

  • How long you have been asleep.
  • When you will change guard duty.
  • When is the best time to attack (right before dawn.)

4) To determine direction.  Using a simple method you can tell the approximate cardinal directions; north, south, east and west. https://www.wikihow.com/Use-an-Analog-Watch-as-a-Compass

5) As a Light.  it may not be much light but in a pinch the light on a watch will work as a dim flashlight if looking for something in your tent or shelter.

6) As a Signal Device.  Two ways that a watch can be used as a signal device: the stainless steel backside can act as a small signal mirror.  The light can be used to signal other members of you party. We would often signal one other in the military with our watches after crossing danger areas.


7) Fire Tinder.  Most watches have a synthetic watch band now days and cutting a small amount of the band can provide a hot-burning piece of tinder.

8) Synchronization.  Without watches, it’s almost impossible to coordinate movement with members of your party.   “We will arrive at such and such place at this time. Be there!”  In 1880, the British were the first to use watches to synchronize troop movements and to coordinate artillery strikes. It turned out to be a major combat advantage.

Don’t fall victim to the snowflake habit of not wearing a wristwatch.  It should absolutely be part of your EDC, and you should definitely keep simple wristwatches in your long-term preparations.

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  • Eberhardt Kalmar Huhn: March 08, 2019

    I got a tattoo on my left wrist about 20 years ago. It was a stupid idea, and I felt stupid about it pretty quickly, so bought the best watch that I could afford to cover it up. There hasn’t been a day without a watch on my wrist since then. No one knows that I have a tattoo unless I tell them.

    Important factors that I’ve taken into consideration: it’s got to be good quality (durable and can take a beating), it’s got to be waterproof, it has to have a 5 year battery, which I change at the 2.5 year mau mark.

    The last one on the list has changed to either a winder or a solar-powered. When the world goes WROL (Without Rule Of Law, thanks to Nutnfancy), 5 years on a battery will be gone in a flash.

  • Christie: January 22, 2019

    I wear an analog Citizen watch with day and date and recharges by sun light. I also have multiple old watches that just have to be wound up. Always have one in my edc and go bag.

  • Roger: January 17, 2019

    Amen Bill. I left Facebook years ago because of privacy concerns and I got tired of snowflakes whining about insignificant bullshit Readyman, is there anyway to host the private group on your website also? I know you want to help and reach as many people as possible on Facebook. I am a Plan2Survive member and would like access the closed group without joining Facebook. Thanks!

  • Bill: January 17, 2019

    Is Facebook the only way to become a member and see what’s going on? That a group designed for disaster preparation, self-defense, etc., would use Facebook, which has such a terrible record for censorship and spying, is hard to believe. If I can have access to the group and its activities without Facebook, please tell me how.

  • Liam: January 17, 2019

    Always have…always will!

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