The Perfect Beater Watch

To complete the trifecta of the ultimate three watch collection, composed of a daily wearer, a dress watch, and a go-to tool watch, with an earth, sky, and sea theme, a tool/diver watch is necessary to complement the daily wearer Rolex Explorer and the pilot dress watch Cartier Santos-Dumont.

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In this connection, few watches can claim to be as more iconic as the Seiko Sports Dive Watch H558-5009, more popularly known as the Seiko Arnie. It is the first dive watch to feature a digital alarm chronograph with analog display. It is also a favorite watch of Arnold Schwarzenneger (hence, the nickname). He wore the Seiko Sports Dive Watch H558-5009 in the movies Commando and Predator, among other movies.

Like most dive watches, it has a unidirectional bezel and a pre-select marker to mark a specific minute marking. It is also massive with a diameter of 46 millimeters and is rugged enough to withstand almost everything.

It was also used on adventures to the North and South Poles as well as by an international team of explorers that climbed Everest in 1988. It also has other features such as three time zones, chronograph, alarm and backlight, thus, making it an ideal tool watch also. Truly iconic!

Moreover, it has a rubber strap, a quartz movement, and a Japanese brand, making it very different from the Rolex Explorer and the Cartier Santos-Dumont.

Going back to reality, however, the earth, sky, and sea collection appears to be impractical for myself. First, I don’t dive, so getting a dive watch feels artificial. Second, and more importantly, I already have a beater watch, the Polar FS2C Heart Rate Monitor. It was a gift from my wife, when we were still boyfriend and girlfriend, and the watch has been with me for more than a decade already.

It is a robust running watch with a basic heart rate monitor and a stop watch, which can measure total exercise time, average heart rate, and maximum heart rate. It is great for running, as the heart rate monitor help determines if the intensity or exertion level of the running is enough. It features extra-large digits for easy readability, and one-button functionality making it easy to use. There is also a visual and audible alarm when the target heart rate zones are reached.

I have used in several races already and is still perfectly working up to this day. It also has a convenient backlight and is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters. It is really an awesome tool watch.

As I really do run and the features of the watch are really usable, it is really appropriate for me. Together with my Rolex Explorer, they compose my current collection.


As a complement to my Rolex Explorer, it is also very ideal. It has a quartz movement, while the Rolex Explorer has a mechanical movement. Its strap is rubber, while the Rolex Explorer’s strap is steel. It has a digital display, while the Rolex Explorer has an analog display. I use the Rolex Explorer as a daily wearer and in formal occasions, while I use Polar FS2C Heart Rate Monitor when running and when I need a beater watch. They truly male a well-balanced pair. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a great time!


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