Monday, July 17, 2006

Uzi Protector Tritium Watch Review

The original band

On the Nato band

The case back

It occurred to me a few weeks ago that of all the watches I own, none of them really qualified as something I would deliberately wear while doing heavy work or during one sporting activity or another. I'm not saying that I don't have some examples that can stand up to heavy abuse (Vostoks in particular are known for their robustness), but I wouldn't ordinarily choose to wear one if I was reasonably sure it was going to be banged around. Now it is true I could have filled this gap with a Casio G-Shock or a Timex Ironman (and a G-Shock is still very much on my "one of these days" list), but I stumbled on to the Uzi Protector and it looked like it would foot the bill nicely.

The Uzi Protector is one of two watch models sold by Uzi Gear, the other model being the more upscale Defender. Uzi Gear itself appears to be either affiliated with or a subsidiary of Campco who’s url appears on the back of the watch. In addition to watches, Uzi Gear sells a number of products that appeal to law enforcement including handcuffs, pepper spray and stun guns. The brand itself is named after Uziel Gal, inventor of the Uzi sub-machine gun, and the Uzi Gear website has a short bio of him online.

On to the watch now. The Uzi Protector is a nylon cased quartz watch with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a mineral glass crystal. The watch measures 42mm in width (not including the crown, 15mm in thickness, 44mm lug to lug and has a 22mm band lug width. The case back is made of stainless steel and the crown screws down. Water resistance is rated at 200 meters and the stated battery life is 36 months. The second hand can be hacked if that is important to you and the watch has a date function. The Protector is advertised as having a movement that includes Swiss components and the case back indicates that the movement was assembled in Thailand. While I haven't opened the case to check (I don't want to risk spoiling the water resistance), these specifications are consistent with a Ronda Powertech 585 movement. As an aside Ronda is a Swiss movement company with a large factory in Thailand in addition to its Swiss facilities.

By now you have probably realized that there is nothing really remarkable about the basic specs of the Uzi. There are, however, two characteristics to this watch that make it a keeper. The first is the tritium tube lume. Like the earlier reviewed Marathon watch, the Uzi has small vials of gaseous tritium on its hands and face. This is, in my opinion, the very best night visibility system for a watch. A watch with tritium tubes will glow continuously for many years without first being exposed to light. The glow isn't intense like freshly charged conventional watch lume (e.g. superluminova) but is instead a cool consistent glow that does not fade away in a few minutes or hours. If nighttime visibility matters to you, this system is the way to go. The tritium vials on this model are positioned on the hour and minute hands and at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions on the face (two orange tubes are used to mark 12:00). There are also conventional superluminova paint markers at the other numbers on the dial and on the second hand.

The second noteworthy aspect of the Uzi is its price. Until I encountered this brand, the least costly tritium lume watch around was Marathon's field watch, which cost about $100. The Uzi, however, retails for $89.95 through the company's website. While that's only a $10 difference, the Uzi has a much higher water resistance rating, 200 meters vs the Marathon's 30 meters, and the Uzi is physically much larger, 42mm compared to the Marathon's 36mm. In addition, while the retail price for this model is really quite low, even better deals can be found if you are persistent. Mine was, new in the box, for about half the retail price on ebay. This model is available with either a nylon/Velcro strap or a rubber diver’s band. I got the nylon band and while it is comfortable and good looking, I swapped it for a nato style band. I think it gives the watch a stealthy/military look but that is just a matter of personal preference. There is nothing wrong with the stock band.

In all other respects the Uzi Protector is a typical quartz watch. Its accuracy has been excellent so far (remarkable really-I hacked this watch to atomic time five days ago and so far it is spot on). It appears to be quite rugged and would make a good beater/sports watch. If you have been considering a tritium vial watch but are put off by the prices of other brands with this feature (Luminox, Traser, Ball, etc.) the Uzi Protector is a great way to go.

As an aside, I apologize for not posting a lume shot. My nice old Fuji F700 camera died (the one I photographed the Marathon's lume with) and the Olympus FE-130 cheapie that I replaced it with just can't get it done. One of these days I'll have to spring for a good camera again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just grabbed one of these off of the "bay." I am looking forward to using this as my average beater at work. Like the style and the nylon strap. Can't afford a Luminox - hoping this will do. Thanks for the review.

3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review! I've been considering the purchase of a tritium illuminated watch and narrowed it down to the Uzi Protector or a military issue Traser watch. Not only is the Uzi less expensive, but it's water resistance is superior to the 99 feet water resistance to the Gov't Issue model. Plus, I suspect there wouldn't be that much of a difference between the Swiss Parts movment of the Uzi Protector and the Swiss Made movement of the Gov't Issue watch.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a knife dealer and I bought some of these watches to resell. I own a Luminox USAF Stealth F117 watch and I have been very happy with everything about the Luninox except the weight. The UZI Protector is by far much lighter than the all stainless steel Stealth watch, and in my opinion better than the Luminox first Navy Seal watch. The first Luminox watch was also a nylon case and it had tritium dial but mine didn't last very long, about 2 years with heavy use. So far the uzi is keeping perfect time and is more comfortable. I beleive this UZI is better built and costs much less. I also own a Citizen Calibre 2100 Titanium and now I am wearing the Citizen watch for doing business and the UZI for everything else.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Stormdrane said...

Nice review.

10:39 AM  
Blogger the vindicated anarchist said...

I love my UZI Protector but I find the velcro strap too loose for my wrists. I think I might have tiny wrists because my last watch had the same issue. Can you recommend a decent NATO style strap? Thanks.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Randy Nilsen usually has a good selection

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, bought my UZI Protector off ebay and had nothing but problems with the supplier. The watch is superb and is never off my wrist, however, my supplier did not send the warranty card nor instructions nor the wrist band I originally ordered. Anyone know where I can get hold of the instructions and type of battery for it.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Try contacting them here:

Sorry to hear about the bum ebay seller

Good luck.


8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that, but again no luck there, no reply from them. I would guess my ebayer is selling old stock without warranties and Campco maybe doesn't want to get drawn into it. By the way, I have contacted all UK sellers that I can find for these watches to ask them 2 simple questions. A/ Replace the battery for me. and B/ replace the glass/crystal. All have said they don't work on UZI's even though they supposedly sell them and guarantee them ??? Seems very strange and maybe they are throw away items, hence the price. I did get quoted the full UK cost price to replace the glass by a local watch repairer who I couldn't trust.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Sorry to hear that. The battery shouldn't be a big deal. Your typical shopping mall watch store should be able to replace the battery cheaply enough, The crystal is another matter though. Good luck with it,


6:51 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

It's been a while since you first posted this, how has it held up? I've heard comments that it isn't as sturdy as some others. I also heard a comment that the crystal face cracked and that it was thin. Well? How is it holding up? I'm very interested and would like to know.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

By the way, how noisy is it? I have a timex that I can hear ticking a mile away.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

So far, it has held up quite well. The case has picked up a few scuffs but, otherwise, no problems. It isn't loud either btw.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Wow, what a great site! Found you when researching this watch (looking for christmas gifts for 10 employees, all security guards). Thx for review, have ordered one to check it out further.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Glad to hear that you like the site. Good luck with the Uzi. Should be perfect for security personnel.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your great review, Ed!
I've been searching for a tritium watch for sports & outdoor use, and although I liked the traser, khs, luminox etc, I thought that they were relatively expensive, and even more so if you'd want a model with the same water resistance as the Uzi
These watches do offer more tritium tubes though, but the Uzi's night visibility is great and I don't miss the extra pips
Perhaps this could be an advantage if you'd want to use it as a "tactical" watch; I understand that you have to cover tritium watches during night operations to avoid being a "sitting duck"
Well, this doesn't worry me anymore, having retired from the army, but it's just a thought
I like the price, not only for the money, but with an expensive watch I tend to be quite careful, even if it's rugged, and now I can just do as I please...
I also fitted a NATO strap, for the original strap was too large for my wrist
I could have done without the Uzi logo on the dial though, and the packaging is especially silly with two gangster-like thugs appearing on the box
With the watch itself I'm very happy, it's light but feels solid, and offers good value for money


5:08 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good to hear you found the review useful. I know what you mean about the box. It is silly. Great field watch though.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great review. I have bought this watch in UK and I love them - they are absolutely light, I love the screw-in crown and the glow in the dark is just amazing.

Great watch. I have them for two weeks now and I have not found one single flaw with them and I can be very critical about my watch.


12:08 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good to hear. I still wear mine regularly. Good tough watch.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man. Excellent review. I have the rubber strapped watch, but am looking to replace the strap with a nylon strap (can you suggest one?). I have thin wrists, so the rubber might have been a bad choice.

Also, I was wondering how you changed the strap. I don't see any pins or screws to take it off. Could you fill me in?

8:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

A nylon strap like a nato style is easy enough. I got mine from R M Nilsen's ebay store. Do a google search for Nilsen & watchband, it should come up. As for removing the rubber strap, you need to use a springbar tool. Rubber diver straps don't have much play in them at the ends which might make seeing the springbars tricky. Let a local jeweler take off the strap for you and replace the springbars if you don't have one of these tools. Then either slip a nato on or maybe use another style of nylon strap. Enjoy.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your help!

I just have one final question: for the watch straps, it says 22 mm or 18 mm. What do those measurements refer to? The width of the bands? Thanks once again.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

No problem. 22mm is the width of the band which is the size the Protector uses.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Shinguz said...

Today is the Day,

couple of minutes the postman ring the bell and bring me MY UZI...

I hate german post btw:-) )

It is a bit weird for me because until now I collect Chronographs but so far I had to say that I LOVE THIS WATCH !

Many Greetings out of Germany


9:31 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

It is an easy watch to like. Tough, affordable and tritium lume in one package. Enjoy


11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo,I am Spanish.I have Just to buy Uzi Protector.I Have to see your Post is very interesant.Congratulacion.I have a cuestion for you: Is dangerous or nocive tritio watch for open Change battery.Please excuse me,I speak English a few.Thank very much.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

From what I understand, there should be no danger from the tritium when changing a battery. The only possible source of danger would be if you were to break one of the tritium vials on the face of the watch (the tubes on the hands under the glass). That isn't vey likely to happen though.

2:52 PM  
Blogger (corvineitor) said...

Thank you very much.I have Uzi protector the next monday.I am fisher surfcasting.I fish in to the beach Rota (Cadiz,spain)always to night.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Should be a good choice then :)

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was shopping or a watch with tritium lumes. I passed on the Uzi for the reason that the vials are located only at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions. I needed one with a tritium marker at every hour. Those who are considering the Uzi might keep what may be a deficiency in mind.

4:54 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Very true. The more upscale Uzi Defender model has tritium vials at all the markers. The price on that model has come down somewhat too on ebay. I have seen recent examples int the $120 range.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank Ed for your excellent review of what has turned out for me to be the perfect watch for the job. I am a police officer and have, for some time now been searching for the best timepiece to support what I do in the field. I don’t wear a watch off duty. The simple fact is my cell phone tells the time and personally I don’t like anything on my wrist. There for when I started looking the only criteria was, will it stand up to the rigors involved in daily ‘on the road’ policing. So far the answer is an overwhelming yes. I purchased the protector with a nylon band and love it. My only criticism is the date window. I find it a little small. Other than that I am very happy and without your review I may not have taken the final step to purchase. Thanks again.

February 2008

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review! I have been using Luminox for the last 6 years...When it finally gave out last month I decided to buy the UZI Protector and save some money. However, I was disappointed that after 3 weeks the seconds hand fell off. I am a Florida fireman and I usually beet my watches but I have been really careful with the UZI. Customer service at Campco is great and they are sending a new one this week. I really like the watch but hopefully it will last this time... Anyone else with similar problem? By the way, does anyone think that the date window is badly positioned?

10:16 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Sounds like you got a lemon. Good to hear that Campco is doing the right thing. I regularly play golf with my Uzi and the impact shocks from the club striking the ball have had no effect on the one I've got. I had a Wenger lose its second hand from this sport though. I agree about the date window. I almost wish they had made this one with no date. Still, for the $, its hard to argue with.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Shinguz said...

I personal use this one for EVERYTHING!!!! Work, Tae-Kwon-Do, Playing with my Daughter... It works fantastic and everyhing in on the right place ! I Love that beater

10:34 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

That sounds like my experience. Good stuff :)

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought my UZI defnder from CampCo. It arrived in a crushed box, no warranty paper, and no instuction. The second hand does not illuminate at night. I called CamCo, but have to wait to get return Authorization.
Be Careful Guys

1:25 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Sounds like a shipper may have damaged things along the way. Hope it all works out.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow up on previous post "Alan said..." I received the warranty replacement today from UZI/ Campco. However, I am disappointed. The watch looks a bit different then the UZI Protector I had. The face is different, making the date window smaller. Also, the Tritium vials have gotten smaller and instead of the vials running the length of the hour/ minute hands...They are only at the end of the hands. To give you an example: All the Tritium vials including the hands are the same size. When I called campco they said that there is a shortage of Tritium and that they had to cut back. Anyway, you get what you pay for. Luminox and Traser are the way to go for least expensive.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

That stinks. Sounds more likely that they are feeling the effect of a declining economy and are cuttiing costs. Bad news one way or another.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about the Uzi Protector in Facefull Magazine (paintball) and needed to be convinced that it'll take the rigours of an extreme sport such paintball.

I've just made a purchase off the 'Bay' and I'll see how it handles a few outings in the bush whilst paintballing.

I've been wearing my Casio G-Shock for everything and it's stood the test of time. I needed one specifically for paintballing and finally I've found one.

I'm probably going to get a Luminox EVO Series II as well to see how they compare.
I owe my purchse to you Ed. After reading your review, I was convinced I should get one.

I'll let you all know once it arrives and I take it out for a spin in the bush.


1:03 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

That would certainly be a great test :)

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got the watch, got the band. Great timepiece! Thanks for this awesome blog about it!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good to hear. Enjoy it :)

1:25 PM  
Blogger Weston said...

Just purchased the Uzi Protector and a Breitling Style Black Leather band from rmnilsen on ebay. Previously owned a Breitling limited production run military watch. It took 10 years of beatings and gave out. The Uzi sounds like a cheap/sturdy replacement. Thanks for the detailed info.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

A Breitling style band sounds like an interesting combo. Good luck with it.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first watch from CampCo was defective on arrival( The lumious vial did not work on the second HAND). The replacement watch took in moisture in the shower ( the bezel and the crown were tightend by me per instruction prior to use.)
Camp Co refuses to replace the watch. I waited a month to get a reply. I asked them to put it in writing the reason for refusal.
As of this writing, I do not have either a letter or the watch.


11:50 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Not good at all. Why won't they replace it? Worst comes to worst, if you paid with a credit card, contact the card company and file a complaint. Very odd indeed.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had my crystal replaced by a mall kiosk after two years of hard use, web site is . Crystal was about 20, my total was 38 with 5-year battery warranty. The watch will probably take advantage of the battery once, but they'll check the pressure/water-proofing whenever you bring it in. Any decent watch repair place should be able to replace the Protector's crystal. I process x-ray film in the dark, this is the best time piece ever for the low price!

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 1 year of use in harsh environments. I'm a Bridge Inspection Engineer and the watch has survived fresh water Commercial Diving to about 75 ft. This is probably the most accurate watch I have ever owned. Stays set to the second over several week periods. The Tritium is wimpy compared to Trasers or Luminox but at prices below $70 online, these are well worth it.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Wow. You really have tested this one. Good to hear it has withstood that sort of punishment.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Adman said...

I bought an UZI Protector just recently. I loved the watch when I got it but that afternoon the second hand fell off. What a joke. I will be returning the watch and asking for either a refund or exchange. Very disappointed.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ed,
Have you seen the new Uzi Ballistic watches?
Check out the video and see the abuse they claim the watches can take. It would be great if you could do a review on these new Uzi's.


9:50 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Interesting video. I wonder how that crystal can take those impacts. I'll see if one is in the budget so to speak :)

4:52 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

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2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been in contact with a guy from Smith and Wesson (the company that make the Uzi watches) on WUS forums. he says that the crystal is made of polycarbonate plastic, the plastic they use in making bullet proof glass. You can find them here for considerably less than the RRP. (I hope you don't mind me posting that link)

3:10 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Not at all. Thanks for the info. I have one on the way. Should make for an interesting review.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent!!! I can't wait for a totally honest, independant review!!! I doubt very much whether you would want to hit a brand new watch with a hammer, (I know I wouldn't!) but it would be cool if you could conduct some sort of tests to verify the strength and durability of the crystal.


4:38 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I'm not sure if I have the nerve to take a hammer to a watch either. I'll try to come up with something through :)

8:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The problem with getting your watch batteries replaced at the mall is that you won't get a factory replacement gasket after the case is opened. Many of the mall shops will tell you: "The water resistance will be gone after I replace the battery." As a result, I now buy watches that don't require battery replacement, such as Seiko Kinetics, Citizen Eco-Drives and Omega Seamaster mechanicals. In Toronto, there is an authorized Omega service center, and I can get batteries for any quartz Omegas there--and the factory gaskets. Just remember that your 200-meter water resistance shrinks to about two centimeters after a mall shop opens that watch case!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Very true. Both of the jewelers that I use in NYC have pressure testing machines for that reason.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I followed your link to the Marathon and read that as well. I ended up calling them, turns out they will only sell in Canada to qualified personnel so I hve to send them a copy of my employment ID. However I think I'll go with the Marathon Navigator/Date model, as I want the rotating bezel with the illuminated index mark for taking pulse or timing other events in the dark.

Regards, Tom

6:48 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Makes sense that is a nice one.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous scrapie said...

I grabbed mine in July 2007 for 89,- €, wore it every day, treated it with care and was happy with it - until today. At 11:45 ist was still 06:27 so I went to a shop to get the battery replaced. What else could make such an excellent piece of work stop than the battery? Well, I don´t know what, only that it´s for sure not the battery. The garantee time is over and the manufacturer not to find, only the reseller, CampCo, who is not responsible. Sadly a bad experience with a nice looking and handy watch I will surely miss, but not replace with the same brand due to a lack of quality.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Sorry to hear it. I wonder what went wrong?

9:05 AM  
Anonymous scrapie said...

I brought her to a watch maker, not willing to accept the sudden death, but all he could tell me,was, that the clockwork is defect and could be replaced for 60 Euro, 2/3 of the price for a new one. Perhaps I had a mondays fabricate, or just bad luck. I allways treated the watch mith care, she never felt down, was never deeper than 25m under water. :-(

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice watch with yellow dial BUT not nearly as bright illumination as a luminox 3957.i only paid 70.00 new for it so i guess i cant complain too window is very hard to see with my 64yo eyes-WAY too small.velcro band very comfortable and easy to adjust.i agree about the package-really silly and CHEAP! jon pierce

2:49 PM  
Anonymous david kay said...

Can anyone tell me if there is a tritium watch out there that is 10mm or less in thickness, preferably without a rotating bezel.
Obliged for any suggestions

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am in Law Enforcement and based on your review and the other officers, I just picked one up! Sounds like this watch will serve its purpose for me and well. Thanks for the review.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous pchairrider said...

return Uzi watches to this address along wih $10.00 in check or momn\ney order UZI REPAIR & SERVICE CENTER, 4625 W. JEFFERSON BLVD., LOS ANGELES,CA, 90016. Hope this helps, warrenty is only good for one year though.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Fred said...

I just got my UZI protector today, I have a RAM phosphorescent dive watch that looks similar but has a thinner profile. I wanted a tritium watch, but didn't want to spend 200 bucks for one. I have read all the pros and cons, and bought it anyway. I tested the illumination against my RAM, and after about 8min I could barely read the RAM although at first the intensity of the RAM is very bright, (all the numbers are painted as well as the markers), but after 8 min's the tritium won out. too bad the second hand is not tritium as well, that would have been a big plus. As far as replacing the battery, I used to work for a watchmaker, and we HAD to tell them that the water resistance would be void once opened, but in my experience just placing a thin coating of petroleum jelly around the gasket and screwing it back down always sealed it. I own way too many watches, some cheap some a little more expensive, but this has always worked for me. I have replaced crystals in watches as well, and in order to do that yourself, you need to remove the stem, but that is tricky. if you look closely you will see an arrow on the back of the case movement pointing to a hole. you need to take a small pin and press that down while you remove the stem. Remember to unwind the stem, pull it to the last position then press the detent lever in the hole and gently pull the stem, dont force it or you will break the internal workings of the movement. Putting it back in is the same, you press the lever in the hole and slide the stem back in,you will know when it clicks back into position. (Remember to put the movement back into the case before doing this of course.) Just use some epoxy on the rim where the crystal goes and press the crystal down and leave it with some weight on it and put it near a source of heat. WE used a small box with a screen on it and a light bulb inside. (THat will also dry out a watch that has been violated with h20.) dont let the screen get to close to the bulb or it will melt the movement. I am also very picky about the second hand being right on the markers, so I inevitably bend the second hand gently to make it "on mark". I don't recommend you do that if you aren't type "A" like me and you can live with it being "close"

2:08 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I've used silicon gel but I imagine that petroleum would work as well.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Ballistic online at ebay about 8 months ago. The watch has never been abused. No scratches on crystal or case. When I put it on my wrist one day last week, the second hand had fallen off. Never had that happen with a watch. Can't find anyone to repair it. Ballistic - makes me laugh.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

that should not be happening. I would contact Uzi Gear or Campco and let them know.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the comment, it really helped make my decision for me.

3:22 AM  
Anonymous flak4af said...

Suggest dielectric grease for O-rings, backs, screws, screw-in stems. Get at auto store.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought one of those UZI Tritium watches when it first came out. I loved it for the first 2 weeks, then all of a sudden I noticed the glass had a crack. Come to find out the first watches sold were not mineral glass. The place I got it from gave me my money back along with about 1000 other customers and they discontinued selling them.

They are selling them again and I bought the led watch..which has turned out to be indestructible and I am a Professional Operator on the teams and we give our equipment hell!

9:14 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I believe that the Protector has been modified to make it a bit more durable. For waht its worth though, my example is still holding up well. Possibly a bad production run.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got one off of ebay and it looks nothing like the picture. The numbers on the bezel are yellowed looking, the watch face is not a smooth look. It has a depressed circle inside the main face. And most of all the minute hand was free spinning and there was no movement. I am waiting for a hopefully functional replacement to come.

6:18 PM  
Blogger steven said...

Bought an uzi off ebay About $170. Second hand fell off. Can,t find a repair center. Don't buy this watch. Just junk.

10:37 AM  
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12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bought a Uzi Protector from Amazon and I must say very practical and at night, the tritium glow is visiable from 5 ft. away. Nylon strap is just right due to I don't like tight bands and this has some play to it. Great sport watch.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Christof said...

After reading your review, I bought the yellow face Uzi from a reputable eBay seller... Got here today. VERY nice watch as far as looks and build...BUT... In a dark closet, the tritium tubes do not even faintly glow. I "charged" it with a flashlight, then a camera flash, and the luminous painted marks and second hand glowed dimly. Tritium should not, nor could be, "charged" anyway, so no difference there.
Have a feeling that this is either a fluke, or the seller has a slew of very old "seconds" that he is selling... Paid $79 for it... Wrote to them, hopefully they have one that actually glows to replace this one with.
Thanks for a great (albeit old) review!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

That is weird. Tritium's half-life is longer than these watches have existed. It should glow pretty strongly.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Uzi Protector watch a little over a year ago. I collect watches but do not wear them very often. Last week I grabbed the Uzi to wear and the watch had stopped running. I took it to my local jeweler to get a new battery, only to find out that it was not the battery. The movement had gone bad, and it was 6 months past the warranty. After reading reviews on the net this watch seems to be very poorly made. My watch broke sitting in my jewelry box. Big difference between swiss parts movement and a SWISS MADE movement.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought mine about a year ago and have been really happy with it. Recently the battery went flat and I replaced it like I've done a hundred times with my other watches.

After putting it back together, it now stops at random times. If I leave the crown undone, it works again but when I tighten it, no go.

It shouldn't have done that and I've gone over it to make sure I've done nothing to it but it looks like it didn't like getting opened.

Shame.. really did like it.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just bought the UZI Titanium. TERRIBLE. A 30 dollar Timex is brighter. I have a Luminox and you can use it for a night light it's so bright. Returning for a refund immediately... So dissapointed.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought mine about a year ago. Really liked the look of it and the tubes worked great in the dark. Fell off the table last week and the trithium tube on the hour hand fell out! Nobody seems to be able to repair it so thats the end of the watch. Of course I had no luck finding the paperwork to see if the warranty is still in date. I had problems with the strap as well where it connects onto the watch, the pin has come out a couple of times. Shame really, great looking watch, brilliant illumination just missing something in quality that didn't allow it to last the test of time.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've had mine about a year or less and for the price couldn't beat it, it keeps great time but I just had to change the battery (It's a 371 watch battery) and thanks Fred, you jerk :), I did notice that the second hand isn't spot on lined up but it's weird it's only from the 30 second mark on around to 0 but 0 to 30 looks good. I'm not messing with it. One note about replacing the battery, I think the screws that hold the back plate on must be JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) mainly found on older Japanese motorcycle carburetors, look it up for a detailed explanation. In a nutshell, the JIS screws look like a Phillips but the X cut isn't as deep so a Phillips doesn't go in far enough to grab well enough. Just take your eyeglass Phillips and file the tip slightly to allow the blades to get into the screw head enough to grab. Depending on your screwdriver you may not have to do this. Also, once inside there is a nylon ring that holds the movement assembly centered that you just pull out (it helps to unscrew the stem as it pushes it to one side) also you'll find a tiny slot screw holding an arm that anchors the battery, work carefully and bend the arm up once the screw is removed. I also like to put a little petroleum jelly on the o-ring that seals the back plate before putting it back together. If you don't have a jar remember that chap stick will work if you soften it by working it in your fingers first.
Also, for all the naysayers, IT IS TRITIUM TUBES ON THE HANDS AND MARKERS, it just doesn't show up well on camera but in the dark when your eyes adjust it's perfect and always glows not like luminescent coatings that need light to charge them. It has a damn radioactive symbol right on the face for Pete's sake. Besides my fingers glow now too. Actually if you break one you have a real problem, Hazmat time. Probably should call a professional to clean it up.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

One more thing, if you pull the stem out while it's in storage if you don't wear it often it may help save the battery life.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How do you change the battery on a uzi-89-r guardian digital watch?

5:23 PM  

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