Pulsar Solar 4000 Dive Watch

I read Brandon’s post about the Rolex Submariner, and I have to agree that it’s a solid timepiece. A lot of the guys on my team in Baghdad rolled with these. But, to me, that’s a ton of coin to spend on a watch that I’m going to absolutely abuse downrange. I personally would highly recommend the Pulsar Solar 4000 Diver. I kicked it over there every day and it never let me down. And the best part, it’s around 250 bucks!

The Pulsar 4000 is solar powered, so never needs a battery. It keeps solid time, and I rarely have to adjust. The watch comes with a rubber band, which I’ve opted to swap out and replace with a Waterborne dive band. TAD Gear makes a similar nylon band that is made in the USA, which I haven’t had the chance to try out. (So, if anyone from TAD is reading this, let me know when they’re back in stock, so I can pick one up!).  I have absolutely abused this timepiece for 7 plus years. The crystal is still in good shape and hardly shows the scratches that it’s endured. And I’ve taken it with me on a couple of recreational dives, of course nowhere near the 200M underwater rating, but no issues. It also has a rotating bevel and luminous hands.

All in all, this is a solid watch for an absolutely reasonable price. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to spending money on a watch. I personally have a TAG that I wear when I’m not getting dirty. But, if you’re not in a place to spend serious coin on a watch, or just don’t want to mess up your fancy timepiece, the Pulsar 4000 is a solid field watch.

Kit Up! contributor Bill Janson is a former Recon Marine and is the founder of Eleven 10, a tactical gear manufacturer.

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SFC YOUNG December 21, 2011 at 8:20 am

Nice looking timepeace and the best part is it is affordable. I think I may check it out, thanks.


John Grappen December 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

Very similar to my Seiko Kinetic divers watch, the best feature is the need to never replace a battery. I beat the crap out of that Seiko for over a decade, it literally never came off my wrist until the day I retired. Still have it but now I wear a sweet Citizen titanium Eco-drive with my suits.


Achilles December 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

That's an awesome time piece for a service member without an unlimited budget.


T-9 December 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

Better selection for the E-4s out there. Rollexes are nice but ****, I'd rather buy CINC-House a $6k upgrade to the wedding ring (well… it really wouldn't be a choice).


Lew December 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

I think my girl would have my nuts if I spent that amount of dough on a watch without getting her something equally nice. She tolerates the knives, the gear, the ultralight as they're useful and make my life easier when out/about. A 6k timepiece? Yeah, that'll happen this side of the lottery draw…


T-9 December 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

Either my wife is leading a double life or you're married to her twin sister.


Achilles December 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Same here guys, same here.


Lew December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Gawdamn, triplets?

SleepyDave December 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Quadruplets. If I bought 6 large on a watch, she'd knit a bowl to keep my testicles in, with a really expensive yarn.

Also, I bought a Citizen kinetic watch at Gurney Mills on Liberty Weekend. Dropped it on a concrete floor, a little bit of the face popped out and jammed the mechanism. Got it fixed at Lynn Haven in VA, popped back out a week later, went back into its box. I was going to take it back to have them re-do it and just leave that bit out, but then one of my bunkmates stole it. Honor, Courage, Commitment doesn't apply in the barracks.

Lance December 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

Id take one for free ;)


Rich December 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Nice watch, what size Zulu or NATO band does it take?

Looks like a replacement for my GShock – I just like the feel of a metal watch better and I still prefer hands over digital.


Davey December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I wear a Citizen diver watch that I bought in about 1986. It originally had one of those thick rubber straps. I can't count the number of bands that it's worn. The bezel is so worn that I can't read some of the letters. However – the Zulu watchband is the best thing it's ever worn! I like metal links, but I can't make one fit with and without a wetsuit. It's either too loose or too tight.


Mike December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

You want true quality for a reasonable price? Go for a Timex, dude. $30 will buy you equal durability and quartz precision. As a retired aviator I've worn more than my share of overpriced sundials, what really matters is that chicks dig whats in your head, not whats on your wrist.


T-9 December 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

silly pilots. Chicks dig what's in your wallet, rook ;)


Flak December 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Bought all-titanium dive watch … and same year bought a 30-buck Casio at bx while TDY. Cheap Casio keeps highly accurate time, 2 zones, stopwatch, countdown timer, alarms, lighted face … still running. Titanium dive watch died. Mike, you speak truth … but the ti watch looks cool and feels good, so ….


swilliams December 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I have an OD TAD Zulu strap it's really thick and has lasted longer than the piece of junk it was on (don't buy a Singaporean watch). It hasn't frayed and I have had it for almost 3 years.


Delta Tim December 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I sport a Movado DURA and roll out with my Asolo Power Matics. I figured if you're gonna die doing what you love, then die with a nice watch and nice boots.


Mike December 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

OK OK, I can't argue with the boots part! ;^)


Tasos December 22, 2011 at 3:32 am

Nice looking dive watch especially with those gun metal rings on that Nato strap. They match perfectly with crown protector. Cool timepiece.


Scout December 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

Boots and watch comment makes me think about stories from great uncles about a number of stories re: watches, German officers and WW2.. I s'pose that our current crop of enemy does not have fine Swiss watches on their wrists to offer as loot? Not like the old days huh?


waldo December 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I can't tell if the g-shock is just eye-candy, but i've beat the crap out of my g-rescue 7900, still going strong.


Gunner December 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

I'll stick with my LumiNox. You sure can't wear it out! I got mine cheap since instead of the Seals logo it had Ducks Unlimited:-) That made the price $79.


OCCD December 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I still have a Seiko dive watch that I bought brand new for $30 in Okinawa, 1968. I've been through countless bands, but it just won't die.


Ben Branam December 27, 2011 at 3:56 am

A Marine 03 I had to buy 90% of my own gear, so my $30 Timex fit the bill. I wore it for multiple deployments and it never let me down. It started to look a little worn this last go round, so for $30 I just bought another one. Spend money where it matters, not where it's cool.


Mark Wynn December 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Exactly. Although, a G-shock for a bit more $ might be more robust.


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