Comments on: Reactor Watches: What Not to Buy Vintage, Military, and Omega Watch Blog Sat, 02 Sep 2017 18:50:52 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Sat, 02 Sep 2017 18:50:52 +0000 Reactor makes some very rugged, functional, and reliable watches. My preferred jeweler gave my a $400 Reactor Critical Mass for cost when they first came out several years ago. It’s looks, feel, and function are superior to my higher end watches including an Omega, Rolex, and Seikos. It’s not as nice as my Breitlng, but we’re talking about a $400 watch compared to a $7,000 watch. Reactors aren’t cheap for a fairly unknown name, but for tactical and special forces use – there’s not much better out there. Just ask real men.I’ll give the 2010 writer of this article a nod because saying this watch isn’t for everyone, but if you want a dependable and sharp looking watch that keeps good time in the most harsh environments, this is the brand you want on your wrist.

By: Mike Thu, 18 May 2017 15:04:12 +0000 Just sent my Reactor in because it wasn’t keeping accurate time. It was years out of warranty but they sent it back quickly, cleaned and fixed with no charge. Great customer service.

By: mike Mon, 15 May 2017 17:36:20 +0000 I took my Reactor to Roger’s Jewelry yesterday, where I purchased it, and unbelieably the dude chaged out the battery (for free) but didn’t tighten it down!! Now I gotta go back and get it tightened but wonder if the moisture that go in, which clouded it up, will eventually destroy the thing down the road!

I’ve always liked the people at Roger’s … but this incident puts a nick in their reputation as far as I’m concerned.:-(

By: RayR Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:57:17 +0000 Reactor Watches built like Tanks!! And always looking to make improvements for Night Vision, which has always been a Biggie for me, no one else has gotten the Night Vision as Right as Reactor has!! And along with all of those Tank Like Features, and the Long Life of the Batteries…..I can tell you, the Accuracy of these watches are Incredible!!! I Love my Reactor Watch, I now have 2 more, but had been wearing one of the very first Original Models since they came out, and I have no Regrets!!! Absolutely Awesome!! Just as I posted above, years ago!! This reviewer is very ignorant, and seems like an idiot in my opinion!! I have continued to compare REactor to other Sports-Rugged Field Watches, and they are so much more watch for the money spent, that those that I show mine to, that have common sense, are always extremely impressed with the Reactor Watches that I own!! Lockheed Martin now makes their own Military Watches… several models…..going up in value-price, as you go along…..Very Expensive….can be seen on their own Website…Lockheed Martin…..and I do like the loks and features of all th models they offer…..but the Prices are Killer!!! Unreal!!

By: Thierry Mon, 26 Dec 2016 01:16:37 +0000 i bought the Reactor 52002 2 years ago, at first the watch seems very nice
the casing looks and feels high quality and the band also

after 1 week use the luminous paint fell of the watch dial, and after 3 months the watch started running “slow”
i had to adjust the time every 2 days because it was getting 15 minutes behind

after 6 months it finally stopped and replacing the battery didnt fix it
the shop where they tried to repair my watch was a professional buisness where they also deal & repair seiko, citizen, tissot, victorinox….

so i found out the battery wasnt the 10 years as promised and the mechanism inside was cheap chinese quality
also the screw cap crown wasnt water tight because of the low quality seal

luckly i never went showering or swimming with it so there never was any waterdamage but they saw the defect when they did an vacuum airtest
when they close watches to test the seal

also the tritium is “dead” on the watch face and arrows
there is no light anymore even in pure darkness, they used some low grade tritium
not like the promised “20 years”
i paid around $400 for this watch

By: John Bradley Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:25:34 +0000 I’ve owned a Trident watch for 5 years and put it through heavy industrial conditions, in front of furnaces even to minus 20F, heavy vibration use and guess what, its never missed a beat.
I suspect that Reactor need to tighten up on some of their suppliers, I wonder what the unsatisfactory percentage rate is. I will be buying one for my wife and son, for the record I also own a Rolex but the Trident is what I wear daily.

By: JB Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:24:15 +0000 I’ve owned a Reactor Gamma for some five or six years and agree with every criticism in the article above, except for the following:

1.) The Japanese movement seems quite accurate, even for run-of-the-mill quartz; just checked mine against the internet to find that over the last six and a half days, it’s off by no more than a second.

2.) The customer service has been both pleasant and exceptional; I’ve sent my watch in for a few problems (luminous index on bezel fell out twice during first year; later, I dropped the watch from just three feet onto a terrazzo floor and the frame around the date window fell out onto the dial). In none of these situations was I charged anything and my AD covered the cost of shipping.

Keep in mind that my experience is limited to the one Gamma I own, but having given these accolades, I’ll add that I would not buy another. My next purchase will likely be a Bulova Accutron II Lobster: far greater accuracy still; much, MUCH lighter; far better styling; and from a well-established company of long history and tremendous renown.

By: Joseph Tue, 17 May 2016 21:34:24 +0000 I have the Reactor 52001 Gamma Never Dark Titanium for about 4 or 5 years now. Built like a tank and keeps great time. Still looks brand new and I don’t baby it.

By: R Lanier Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:31:16 +0000 I have a reactor Poseidon blue face Titanium Automatic #0_ _. This watch listed for $1500 but I got it at a very reasonable discount, most likely because it was on the display for over a year. I know a small mall store like the one I bought it from can’t make money if items they sell don’t move. Nor are Reactor watches the best looking watches I’ve ever seen. So I’m guessing that’s another reason why it stayed on display for so long. BUT… I love the ND. I do a lot of stealth off trail backpacking and its perfect for those dark moonless nights when I can’t seem to find my flash light. Its so bright I had to buy a military style watch band with a cover. It seems another BPacker in the area could see the light of my watch after dark one night even though he couldn’t see me or my tent. I think he was over 1k from were I was. Its also THE most rugged watch I’ve ever owned. A big plus. So far it only has one flaw. Being that its not electric/quarts but a self winding watch its definitely not accurate. this one will gain around 20 sec per day. That’s consistent with reviews I read concerning automatic/self winding watches before I bought it. Sense I wasn’t really concerned about accuracy but more of ruggedness, I bought the watch. Also any Qs I’ve had, I’ve emailed to Reactor and have got an answer within hours.

By: Ash Webb Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:55:48 +0000 I’m embarrassed for the reviewer here, so uninformed and ignorant as he is of what he’s reviewing. I have a Reactor Gamma SS (no tritium). I can say the quality of the Reactor build is superlative. From the lug pins to the case back to the K1 hardened crystal, everything has been thought out and over-engineered.

The superluminova is so generously applied (8 layers?) it glows all night. My watch weighs in at 200g which is give or take the same as many if my other bracelet SS watches, but is actually more comfortable than other watches I have that weigh less due to the great balance of design.

Reactor primarily design their cases, case backs, lug pin designs etc to survive a zombie apocalypse, yet the reviewer has not even touched upon same. My watch is 300m water resist but 200m is ample and consider by actual divers to be the depth of resistance that renders any watch a proper dive watch. What’s more, my watch can even survive to a depth of 100m with the crown unscrewed!

Re customer service, Reactor are second to none. When I received my watch (over three years back now) it had the common problem many quartz movements have in that the seconds hand didn’t align with the markers. I emailed Reactor who told me to send it to them. A few weeks later I received it back with the alignment fixed and for no charge. It should be noted that most manufacturers don’t consider this alignment to be a fault so would not even attempt to fix it. Reactor are amazing!

Seems to me the reviewer purchased this watch in both haste and ignorance of what he was buying and what Reactor is trying to achieve, and then has rather unkindly attempted to bad mouth them to cover his obvious embarrassment at not doing his homework. Thankfully he’s been absolutely shot down in flames by those here who have more experience of the brand. What a douche!