Tactical v2 - Frogman (Automatic)
AUTOMATIC MODELS SHIPPING OUT NOW. SOLAR MODELS ARE SOLD OUT
With a military style olive drab dial, the rugged Tactical Frogman is pure vintage military style.
|Length (lug-to-lug)||48 mm|
|Strap Width||20 mm|
|Movement (?)||Miyota 82S0|
|Water Resistance||20 ATM|
Should you change your mind and decide the watch you ordered is not for you, you can return your unworn watch to us within 30 days for a full refund.
All Redwood watches are covered by a 2-year warranty. Should you encounter a problem with your watch within 2 years of purchase, please contact us for a free repair or replacement.
All orders are shipped from Montreal, Canada with tracking and insurance.
Typical Shipping Times
|USA / Canada||1 - 7 days|
|Europe||4 - 7 days|
|Rest of the world||5 - 12 days|
|Order up to $99||Order over $100|
|USA / Canada||$8||Free|
|EU* / UK / CH||$8||$5|
HK / Japan / South Korea
|Australia / NZ||$8||$8|
|All other countries||$40||$40|
*does not apply to all EU countries
** all amounts shown are in USD
International orders (outside the USA/Canada)
Please be aware that your local authorities may collect VAT and import duty upon delivery. Please contact your local customs offices for more information.
THE REDWOOD TACTICAL V2 DIVER'S WATCH
Heritage-Inspired. Rugged. Assembled in Canada.
“We know how hard it is to find a watch with the right look, a solid build, and a fair price. That is why we started Redwood.”
The Redwood Brothers
The spirit of the legendary 50s Mil-Spec diver's watch
BULLETPROOF CASE CONSTRUCTION
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.
DEEP SEA-READY WATER RESISTANCE
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.
UNSCRATCHABLE SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
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.
HIGH-CONTRAST 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.
MULTIFUNCTION ROTATING BEZEL
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.
MILITARY-STYLE CASE BACK
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.
CANVAS POUCH INCLUDED
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.
SOLAR AND AUTO MOVEMENTS
20 ATM WATER
|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 C1 (JP)|
|Strap||1-Pc Nylon or Leather / 2-Pc TPU Rubber|
|Movement||Epson VS17 (Solar) / Miyota 82S0 (Auto)|
|Bezel||Unidirectional 120 Clicks|
THE REDWOOD PROMISE
Good design, rugged construction, fair price: When we were shopping for a watch, we were told we could only pick two out of the three.
Redwood was born from the desire to be able to own a watch with a great design anchored in history, a quality build with solid specs and a fair price. This is the Redwood Promise.
At Redwood, we have great respect and admiration for heritage designs. Military watches from WW2 to the 80s and the outdoor lifestyle have been our biggest influence [read more]
We decided early on to build rugged watches because we wanted our customers to have a product that would last for years. By using quality materials, we ensure their durability and good looks [read more]
Redwood is a small. independent, family-owned brand. We take pride in building solid watches and selling them at an honest price. With no corporate backers, we are free from pressures to reach sales goals and profit margins.
Early on, we had the goal to manufacture watches in Canada. Since 2020, our watches are proudly assembled in our own workshop on the north shore of the great St-Lawrence river near Montreal, Canada [read more]
ENJOY YOUR NEW
I really like this watch and its proportions. It is large enough to be functional and look good on the wrist, but not ridiculously oversized like so many men’s watches these days.
The build quality is quite good. There is no play in the unidirectional bezel, the crown screws down firmly, and the case is ruggedly constructed. So far the movement is running smoothly and appears to be quite accurate for price point of this watch.
I do agree with some other reviewers that the use of hands with more contrast against the white dial would be an improvement. Perhaps this is something that could be incorporated into future iterations of this model.
Overall, this is a sturdy, attractive, and affordable automatic watch made by a Canadian company. I am happy to recommend it.
I was just charmed by the functional, readable dial from when I first saw this watch. Guess it's this "vintage military" style that I was after. It's not a coincidence that I was also very fond of a hand-me-down Soviet Pobeda watch (sadly, its movement had only had three years of life left in it when I got it).
The rotating bezel is surprisingly useful out of the water. I find it convenient to both set meeting reminders (no need to whip out and unlock the phone, just set the bezel and watch the hour or minute hand)! It's also good for timing my bicycle trips, and I enjoy how few movements I have to make to do the timing or set reminders compared with doing the same with a smartphone. It's way less distracting!
I also like the one-piece strap, which feels better against the wrist than the bare metal, and also keeps the hefty timepiece in place better than a two-piece would.
I haven't had the opportunity to properly test the lume (which would be a moonless night out of town). The full-dial light feels a bit odd, but I've never found the dial unreadable so far. Full disclosure: I was after the "Frogman" version with dark olive drab dial, but I had narrowly missed it.
To conclude, that's a very functional watch that has its own unique style, but it's modern, and I'm confident its movement will last. It's great value for money, and I also like that it's designed and made near Montreal (for sentimental reasons).
Extremely happy with the quality of the build and design. It’s been getting a ton of wear, looks great and feels great on wrist. Incredible value!