Monday, June 7, 2010
Took the plunge on a Truglo Switchback. Had it for about 10 days now. Quite rugged and heavy-duty but not too Rambo-ish. I like the fact that it's a simple, 3-hand design. No extra time zone hands or chronographs that most of us will never use.
Even though the bezel is marked in minutes from 1-20 (something a diver would find useful in a decompression dive), it is fixed in one position. This makes it pretty worthless for a diver, but it's fine for the rest of us who don't need that feature anyway. Basically, a nice aesthetic feature rather than a functional bezel.
Sells for $169 all over the internet and at outdoor retail shops. But if you go to Truglo's facebook page, you can find a deal to get it for $69 + shipping.
I didn't really care for the ballistic nylon strap it came with so I called them back and purchased the rubber strap ($30) that comes with their $900 Truglo Chrono. I like it much better.
Truglo is best known for making tritium optics for guns. And they put the same tritium in the markers on their watches. The result is an incredibly intense glow that doesn't require hitting it with a flashlight beam or exposure to sunlight.