I have had this watch for over three years. It has held up through a lot of torture. I like it for the following reasons:
1- I can have the date and day on the digital screen. No more having to adjust the date due to 29, 31 day months. Have the actual Day... as in Wed... on the watch is helpful. Yeah I forget that sometimes.
2- The ballistic calculator works. Its easy to use.
3- When I did have a problem with the battery, I dropped it in the mail to 5.11 and they fixed it and returned it no charge, no hassle.
4- I still have a bezel for diving and an analog dial for reading the time.
5- The band is screwed on with hex bolts.... Easy, rugged and doesn't come off with those cheesy expanding posts most watch bands have. Even when I lost one, a phone call got me a replacement set for free.
I have had a titanium HRT and the now discontinued stainless HRT. Both are decent watches, but the battery life is ridiculously short. The titanium watch sits in the original box, having never been worn, yet I still have to send it in for a new battery about every 12-18 months. I wear the stainless HRT almost every day and it too needs a new battery every 12-18 months. Last year when I had the battery replaced in the stainless HRT, I was told it needed a new mechanism. So in addition to a $75 battery, the new mechanism was $150. The watches cost more to keep running than they are worth.
I have been using a Casio G-Shock for over 15 years, and it is just now due for a new battery. The G-Shock is a $40 watch and I've worked it hard. 15 years of service before a battery change.
The HRT watch is not recommended.
Watch! yes the perfect summary of this watch is, Watch! As in WATCH 5.11 rip off customers, as WATCH 5.11 lose customers who were ripped off on a brand, on something that was supposed to be battle ready. Nope not this watch. Even before every getting to test the ballistic software the watch dial hands stopped moving, now all the rest of the functions have stopped working. Yep a $250 piece of crap. Hey 5.11 how about some quality control from your Chinese manufactures. I wish I could give this watch negative stars. No that is not true, I wish I could give this watch 5 stars but sadly all I can give it is the one star. Save your money and use a sun dial, it will be more accurate only because it works. This watch as you should have guessed by now it does not work.
I received the HRT Titanium watch as a birthday present this past October 2015, the watch died last month. First, I had to get used to the analog hands been in front of the digital watch part, since the hands can't be read in the dark, I could not see the digital side. Secondly, the hands stopped working and now the digital side died. I guess it was trying to tell me the batteries were dying but hard to believe that after four months after it was bought, the batteries will quit working. If I had just read these reviews when it all started, I could had returned the watch and bought something else.
This is the first review I have ever done on any product. I am so irritated about this watch that I had to write a negative review. I read prior reviews before I bought the HRT watch and they all said that the the battery life was not good. The first watch I bought had to be returned within hours because the batteries were dead when I opened the box. The replacement watch was great, I loved the look, the weight and the features. I never used the ballistic computer and rarely used the light. The batteries died within the first few months. I changed the two batteries myself and the watch worked great for a few more months. I changed the batteries again and this time it leaked when I went in the water. I sent it back to be repaired. $160 and about eight weeks for the repair and within six weeks of it coming back the battery died again. I changed the batteries again and it started to leak. So very frustrating. I understand the directions were for the batteries to be changed at the factory but that is not realistic to send a watch for battery replacement two or three times per year. I bought a Suunto Core and my HRT watch will probably get sold at a garage sale.
Not a deployment item. It must be sent to 5.11 to have batteries changed. The Field Ops watch has not failed me and is 100.00 cheaper. A much better value.
Watch works. Battery lasted about a year. Complex ballistic computer (I shoot a Horus). Waiting to see about customer service.
I bought the product a month ago for 14,000 pesos here in the Philippines. One day, we went out for a family outing at a resort. My husband hanged his watch in his bag when it suddenly fell. We didn't expected that the watch that we bought easily got broken. He was able to use it for only two weeks. I am searching for a shop where we can bring it for repair and replace the broken glass of the watch. Please help me find where in the Philippines particularly in Davao City can we find a shop that repairs 5.11 watches. Thank you
I am a watch nerd. I have owned Suunto, Casio Pathfinders, the list goes on. This is truly the best watch I have ever owned. Tough TI case and you can glance at it for all you information without having to toggle back and forth. Have had no problems. I continue to look for the perfect watch but so far nothing beats my 5.11........
Just a great watch, only the pins nut holding the wristband tends to unscrew... apart from that, great watch
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