Solo Vehicle Dependent Exploration, Travel & Adventure

Celebrating 10 years of use: Nixon Footsoldier Watch

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Battered but not broken

It occured to me the other day that the time piece on my wrist has been with me for over 10 years now. Bought when I was at University, I put a small bit of my 2nd years student loan on the table. Granted it’s been well used and no longer looks that great but I still love it.

Its been through 2 original straps, the 1st just broke up and the 2nd one dissolved when I got covered in hydraulic fluid replacing some brake components on the Land Rover. I have lost count of the battery changes, many occurring in foreign countries. Its been services by Nixon Europe 2 or 3 times too. The face and body are littered with scratches and peppered with dinks and chips. I rarely take it off to fix things or service the truck. Its been in the Atlantic, Pacific, Black and Mediterranean Seas along with countless rivers.

I even wore it on a confined spaces course many years ago that required crawling around in the pitch black wearing full breathing apparatus.  The pin snapped and it fell off my wrist, I only noticed because my knee came down on it as I was crawling along.

I should probably buy a new one to replace it but Its been to over 40 countries on 3 continents with me and its still ticking along, I can’t really bring myself to do it. Lisa bought me a stainless steel Nixon Tide Rover a few years back so that is my ‘wearing out’ watch. Its a lot smarter than the Footsoldier but its not a daily wearer, not for me atleast.

So I think I will just get a new strap for it in Australia and continue to enjoy it. Here’s to 10 more years of travel and enjoyment from my Nixon Footsoldier!

www.Nixon.com

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3 responses

  1. Rob D.

    Continue to treasure the watch! The watch has ticked off the minutes/hours/days/years of the memories you have experienced in your adventures.

    I had a similar watch, that had been through college years, officer training, all foreign adventures, etc until some smuck stole it in a home burglary.

    A trusty companion it has been and will be in future adventures. 🙂

    22/03/2015 at 07:03

    • Funny you say that Rob. About 6 months after writing that article the watch completely gave up on me! Changed the battery out twice in one month. Shame really. I now have a Traser which seems to ve of excellent quality. At least the Land Rover goes on!

      22/03/2015 at 07:07

    • Rob D.

      It is a “Footsoldier” afterall…a durable workhorse that can adapt and overcome any unforeseen situation with a little time.

      22/03/2015 at 07:09

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