Nixon "The Unit" Watch Review

Nixon "The Unit" Watch Review

I wasn’t at all surprised when I learned that the Unit by Nixon was the best selling watch of all time on GovX. If you’re fortunate enough to get your hands on one you’ll understand why.

I became a watch guy rather late in life, partly out of necessity and partly a result of my lifestyle. In my early years I just felt that a watch was too limiting. I was and to a large degree still am constantly on the go. I run, bike, swim, surf, paddle, train, work, etc. If it involves the outdoors and activity, I’ve probably done it. Admittedly, I found it difficult to find a timepiece that could go where I needed it to go, do what I needed it to do and take a beating day in and day out. I tend to abuse my equipment and watches were no exception. You can find more than one of mine at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Not long ago I found myself in an EMT course and in need of a dependable, durable and highly functional watch. Who better to ask about a quality piece of wearable technology that can take a beating than my good friend, former Navy SEAL Eric Davis. I figured if anyone knew about such things it would be a guy who made a living, operating in the harshest environments and punishing his equipment. Eric turned me on to Nixon’s Unit watch and I haven’t looked back since.

I’d finally found a watch that I could literally wear all day. It’s perfectly functional in a business environment but versatile and durable enough to handle even the toughest activities. So here’s the skinny… this watch just looks cool. The one I got sports a tactical, special operations look with a matte black finish. Not too bulky but large enough to say, “Here I am, take a closer look.” There’s a bit of a dichotomy between the appearance and the feel of the watch. What I expected was a less than comfortable fit due to the rugged design, what I found was the most comfortable watch I’ve worn to date. Due in large part to the “super soft” silicon band and lightweight design. This thing literally feels like it’s hugging your wrist. The soft polycarbonate bezel or “dial ring” that extends down both sides of the module enhances the feel and protects the watch from impact.

But heres the best part…the Unit has just the right amount of bells and whistles and not a bit more. All too often today’s timepieces are loaded with a boatload of features you never use, but the Unit is simple, straightforward, and solid!

  • Dual time feature
  • Digital temperature gauge
  • Countdown timer
  • Chrono
  • Alarm
  • Light

What you need, where you need it and only when you need it! The Nixon Unit is, in my opinion the perfect watch. Fashionable, durable, dependable and ready for any environment.

Cheers,
Scott

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Scott Seymour

The son of an avid outdoorsman and early waterman, Scott Seymour was born into an adventurous lifestyle. Having spent most of his formative years along the remote beaches of Baja California and the dusty backroads of nearly every mountain range on the western edge of North America he understands what its like to live off the beaten path and on the road less travelled. Those early years were spent diving, surfing, fishing, mountaineering, exploring, prospecting and getting lost and found literally and figuratively on a regular basis. While an atypical childhood it may have been, it forged an adventurous spirit and a thirst for life that has continued to guide him through adulthood.

As a collegiate volleyball player at UCLA, Scott developed a passion for teamwork and helping others meet their maximum potential. He went on to build a successful career leading and managing highly efficient sales teams for various national and global organizations. In 2008, feeling that familiar yearning for adventure he made a career 180 and for the past several years has worked as a bail and recovery agent in Southern California. Scott is also a registered EMT and first responder and will be starting the fire academy in January of this year with the goal of becoming a paramedic.

A self proclaimed “gear junkie” Scott can still be found most days researching and testing new equipment and strategies while stand up paddling, surfing or exploring the coastlines of Southern California or Mexico.

He resides in San Clemente with his wife and two junior watermen.

Leave a comment:

Bruce P.

12/30/2014 7:44 PM

Only neg is the thempeture gauge is thrown off by body heat, the instructions state to take it off for 30 min to get a correct temp?

Matthew P.

1/1/2015 11:22 AM

I had one great watch. I wore it all day everyday until the band spapped on me. And its almost cheaper to buy another watch than to replace that band. bummer

Chris D.

1/3/2015 10:19 AM

I've had two of these during the last year. The first one I returned because it quit within the first two weeks of wearing it. GovX replaced it no questions asked. The second one lasted about nine months before it began to have a mind of its own. It resets back to January 1, 1200 hours or shuts off all together. I believe I'm done with Nixon.

Dustin R.

1/5/2015 9:00 AM

another Con about this watch is the band is made of natural rubber.. If you have an allergy to natural rubber you'll most likely have a reaction.. Natural rubber is very similar to latex.. Just not quite the same.. I don't have an allergy to latex but I do to natural rubber.. Just some FYI.. Also the straps on Nixon seem to run small.. Another issue I encountered with this watch.. It did fit my wrist on the last notch.. My advice to you would to try it on before you go online and make a purchase.. I don't have huge wrists but they're are not small either.. I think of them as average size for a 230 lb guy..

Dustin R.

1/5/2015 9:00 AM

another Con about this watch is the band is made of natural rubber.. If you have an allergy to natural rubber you'll most likely have a reaction.. Natural rubber is very similar to latex.. Just not quite the same.. I don't have an allergy to latex but I do to natural rubber.. Just some FYI.. Also the straps on Nixon seem to run small.. Another issue I encountered with this watch.. It did fit my wrist on the last notch.. My advice to you would to try it on before you go online and make a purchase.. I don't have huge wrists but they're are not small either.. I think of them as average size for a 230 lb guy..

Bruce P.

1/5/2015 3:45 PM

I had to reset the time and date the other day and some times the watch goes to the second time on its own (T2) which is not set

Bruce P.

1/5/2015 3:45 PM

I had to reset the time and date the other day and some times the watch goes to the second time on its own (T2) which is not set