Smith & Wesson Tactical Tritium Watch Review

Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch

Smith & Wesson is a Massachusetts-based firearms manufacturer. The company was founded in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson and has grown to become one of the world’s largest providers of pistols, revolvers and ammunition to police and armed forces.

Recently, Smith & Wesson has been producing H3 Tritium watches, designed to be used even in low light or total darkness. Thanks to H3 tritium gas tubes, Smith & Wesson watches have a self-powered light source that boasts of a lifespan of up to 25 (without the need for a recharge).

Design and Features

Aside from the unique lighting system designed specifically for tactical watches, Smith & Wesson watches are also equipped with accurate Quartz Movement. If you’re checking out a tactical watch under $150 with super illumination at low-light conditions, check out the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N 357 Men’s watch.

  • Stainless Steel Construction – The Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch has stainless steel case, which feels hardier and looks timeless than watches made from other metals. Because stainless steel is less prone to rusting, it is often used in watches with water resistant features, such as this Smith & Wesson model.
  • Case – The stainless steel case is about 13 millimeters thick with 43-mm diameter. It’s smaller than other tactical watches, but perfectly sized to check time in total darkness. The window is constructed with mineral glass, which is pretty good at resisting bumps and scratches.
  • Analog Display – The Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch features an analog display with a date window and the company’s logo. It’s a simple design without markings, but complete with military hours under every number.
  • Crown – One of the features people look for when searching for water-resistant watches is a screw-down crown (to avoid parts from getting loose and flooding hardware when underwater).
  • Bracelet – All-black nylon was used for the bracelet of this Smith & Wesson watch. It is long enough for standard watch sizes and wide enough (20 millimeters) for most men’s wrists. For easy wearing/removing, Velcro was used as clasp (instead of hooks). Hints of black leather around the edges and case provide a timeless look.
  • Unidirectional bezel – Since this watch is advertised as a diver’s watch, the unidirectional metal bezel helps in measuring diving time. The bezel rotates counter-clockwise, which ensure driver safety if accidental manipulation underwater occurs. This rotating bezel also helps in tracking elapsed time and date.
  • Tritium lighting – This features make Smith & Wesson compete directly with the likes of Luminox watches. The presence of tritium gas tubes provide users’ of an efficient way of timekeeping even in extremely low light conditions or total darkness. Smith & Wesson claims that the tritium light source can provide 20 years of continuous glow.
  • Quartz Movement – The Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch uses Japanese Quartz Movement for accurate timekeeping. It is built with three hands to show hours, minutes and seconds.

Can Smith & Wesson Handle Abuse?

The Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch was created for extreme conditions with law enforcement folk in mind. This watch is resistant to oil, water and other corrosive materials. It has a shock-resistant body, scratch-resistant hardened glass to protect the dial, and rugged design for day-to-day strenuous activities.

This Smith & Wesson watch is water resistant up to 660 feet (220 meters), making it a great watch to use for recreational scuba diving. Although it isn’t recommended for professional use, or as substitute for a diving computer, since data available on such gears are more complex than this Smith & Wesson watch could ever provide.

Smith & Wesson also offers 1-year limited warranty, should any issues pop up with your SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch.

Pros and Cons

The Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch has one of the most attractive gift boxes around. It is packaged inside a mini military-style box and kept safe on top of a tiny, black velvet pillow. Aside from packaging, here’s what we like and what we don’t like about this watch:

Pros

  • Sexy all-black design perfect for tactical-style
  • Stainless steel case and bezel
  • Nylon strap with Velcro clasp
  • 200-meter water resistant
  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Withstands abuse (shock-resistant)
  • Anti-corrosive, stainless steel build
  • Tritium lighting (glows for up to 20 years without the need for recharge)
  • Screw-down crown (for maximum water resistance)

Cons

If you’re a fan of Smith and Wesson firearms, you’d be disappointed to know that their line of watches isn’t manufactured in-house. As one of the customers who bought the Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch found out the hard way, CampCo manufactures, sells, and deals with returns or warranties of all S&W watches. Although Smith and Wesson has approval of CampCo’s use of its brand, the quality you’ve come to known from S&W products is not the same as the watches.

Other issues of concern would be the nylon bracelet and tritium lighting (which has been claimed to provide unmatched glow for years) but lights from some of the units only last for 3-7 months.


Verdict

The fact that Smith & Wesson doesn’t really manufacture these watches in-house can be discouraging, but CampCo must have guaranteed quality assurance for Smith & Wesson to agree to put their name on the watches. Reviews are hit or miss, which may be due to batch production issues.

This watch is aimed at people working in the field of law enforcement or personal safety, not just for its Black Ops-like design, but also due to its scratch- and bump-resistance features, and the presence of self-activated light source that provides reliable glow in total darkness (or low light conditions). It’s water resistant for up to 200 meters, but not recommended for pro diving.

Overall, the Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N 357 Tactical Tritium Watch is a durable, stylish, lightweight and feature-packed tactical watch. It’s a good buy for its price, if you’re looking for a day-to-day watch that can withstand regular scratches and bumps, and accommodate your timekeeping needs in low-light environments.

 

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