Celebrating 10 years of use: Nixon Footsoldier Watch
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!