THE REDWOOD TACTICAL V2 DIVER'S WATCH
Heritage-Inspired. Rugged. Assembled in Canada.
The spirit of the legendary 60s Mil-Spec diver's watch
The design of the Tactical’s case is pure military mindset: function first. It is a rugged, all-stainless steel construction with a brushed finish to reduce unwanted glare. It is also available with a black PVD coating for a fully stealth package. The diameter is a modern 40mm, the sweet spot for a dive watch. The massive lugs are insurance against failure. They are drilled for easy spring bar removal.
One of the main reasons the French Nageurs de Combat had to commission a new type of watch was the completely inadequate water resistance of period pieces. The Redwood Tactical v2 watch builds on this solid foundation and uses modern technology for a reliable 200m / 660ft of water resistance. To achieve this rating, both the crown and caseback are screwed-down and equipped with high quality seals.
The Tactical v2 is equipped with a flat sapphire crystal. Being one of the hardest materials - rated at 9 on the Mohs hardness scale (diamonds rate at 10) - it is very scratch-resistant. Its flat shape also minimizes the risk of scratching it. It is mounted with special seals to ensure water tightness. Its 2.0mm thickness is designed to withstand the strong hydrostatic pressure experienced at depth.
DIAL & HANDS
When we consider military tool watches, legibility is crucial. This aspect is even more critical in the case of diver’s watches that are used in low light and low visibility environments. The Tactical’s high-contrast dial is devoid of unnecessary details and features large numerals for quick and clear reading, even under water. The pencil-shaped hour and minute hands are all business and the bright red second hand helps confirm correct movement operation with just a glance.
One of the most noticeable parts of a diver’s watch is the rotating bezel. The Tactical v2 is equipped with a 60-minute, 120-click, unidirectional bezel with virtually no backplay. It is unidirectional to prevent accidentally bumping down dive time. The bezel features a coin edge for easy manipulation, even while wearing gloves. The insert is made of aluminum and features Super-LumiNova luminescent pigment. In addition to a dive timer, the bezel can also be used as a count down timer, compass, and to track a second time zone.
With its two different movement options, the Tactical v2 watch offers a superior level of durability that will last you through any adventure. Both the automatic and the solar versions are independent from external power sources. The automatic version offers smooth sweeping seconds and is powered by the movement of your wrist. The solar models are equipped with a miniature solar cell behind the translucent dial. A short exposure to sunlight or strong artificial light provides enough power for up to 6 months.
The caseback of the Redwood Tactical v2 watch might appear cryptic for the uninitiated with several lines of coded text engraved into the solid stainless steel piece. In a tip of the hat to government-contract timepieces, the caseback features important information about the watch including model number, type of movement, water resistance rating, date of manufacture as well as manufacturer contact information.The screw-down caseback ensures that the watch is completely watertight and protected from water damage.
A huge safety improvement compared to period watches, Redwood uses non-radioactive Super-LumiNova luminescent pigments. The pigment appears white in daytime conditions and produces a strong greenish glow in low light after exposure to light or UV. The bezel, all three hands and the dial are coated. White dial automatics feature a fully luminescent dial whereas other models have luminescent numerals and/or hour markers.
Each Redwood Tactical watch is shipped in a heritage-inspired watch pouch. Borrowing design elements from the M56 Compass bag, the sturdy watch pouch is made of a thick 18 oz. black cotton canvas. It features 2 slots for the watch and tools or replacement straps.
|Case Diameter||40 mm|
|Thickness||11.2 mm (Solar) / 12.2 mm (Auto)|
|Lug Width||20 mm|
|Weight (exc. strap)||62 g (Solar) / 77 g (Auto)|
|Water Resistance||200 m / 660 ft|
|Case Material||316 SS|
|Lume||Super-LumiNova C3 (JP)|
|Strap||1-Pc Nylon or Leather|
|Movement||Epson VS17 (Solar) / Miyota 82S0 (Auto)|
|Bezel||Unidirectional 120 Clicks|
What our customers think
"I actually loved my first watch so much I got a second and they both are amazing! The glow works wonders and the water resistance helps with all my wet PNW adventures. I'll probably be getting another."
"Build quality is excellent, and has accompanied me on hikes, hunting trips, and mountain biking, all while being fashionable at the same time!"
"This watch has withstood a good sixth months of fieldwork with constantly being hit by tree branches and shrubs and hasn't been scratched by any of it. Can't complain about anything with this watch. "
"It's a great watch. Simple, stylish, highly legible, quality construction. It's my number one go-to watch. "
THE REDWOOD PROMISE
Our mission is to offer you a watch that is as rugged as it looks and that you can rely on, wherever you are - a watch that can actually be used in tough terrain.
To make a Redwood watch basically bulletproof, we exclusively use stainless steel (316 grade) for the case - one of the toughest, most corrosion-resistant steels.
To ensure full functionality in wet conditions, all Redwood watches are water-resistant with ratings of 100m or 200m. Monsoon conditions: No problem. Saltwater diving: Bring it on!
Our watches are designed to be worn worry-free. We offer a range of solar and automatic movements specifically selected because they are ultra-reliable, ultra-accurate (set and forget), shock-resistant and require zero or minimal maintenance.