Tactical watches have been around for awhile. Hell, I have a drawer full of watches and most of them fall into that category. I spent some of my youth in the Ranger Regiment and always had an oversized durable watch on my left wrist. Timing was something we constantly relied on for mission success. Something easy to read while being shock and waterproof was the criteria at the time. Since then, my budget has increased a bit and has opened new doors to pieces from MTM Watch. The newly redesigned Predator II is the fifth watch I’ve reviewed from MTM. And the fifth watch I’ll end up purchasing from them as well.
Although my need for a “tactical watch” is practically zero nowadays, the functionality and style remain my favorite features. Large easy to read analog faces. Robust cases made from titanium or stainless steel. Capable of use while in and around water, i.e. scuba diving kayaking, etc. But what sets the MTM line apart from other tactical watch companies is the ability to heavily customize the look of the watch. The Predator II is no exception. With options for stainless steel or titanium cases, along with three case finishes, two hand colors, twelve dial configurations and a whopping 34 available bands. There is virtually no way you can’t dial in the look you want when ordering a Predator II.
MTM Military Collection
My current MTM collection consists of a black Cobra, black Airstryk II, gray Vulture and gray Status. So I felt it was finally time to add a silver watch to my growing collection. When selecting case material, I’ll always choose titanium over stainless steel. Until you handle these bigger watches, you won’t understand how much lighter the titanium case and band are over the stainless steel option. Because the silver finish is a little shinier than I typically like, I decided to offset the look with a subdued dial. Choosing the gray face with black numbers and sub dials. However, while using the online configuration feature, I really preferred the bright orange chronograph hands over the gray ones. This visually compartmentalizes the chronograph features from the hour and minute hands. Making it easier for me to interpret when quickly glancing at the watch.
Predator II Specifications courtesy of specialopswatch.com
Chronograph Swiss Ronda 5040.D
Machined From A Solid Block Of 316L Stainless Steel or Titanium
Self Adjustable Links Which Are Individually Connected With Allen Screws, Easily Adjusted With The Allen Key Supplied
Available in Brushed Silver, Sandblasted Grey and Black DLC Coating
Unidirectional, Ratcheting Bezel
Locking, Screw Down
Sapphire Crystal; Anti Reflective & Scratch Resistant
Brass – Available in 12 Colors to Choose From
Illuminated By Gas-Filled Tritium Tubes
Available in Grey or Orange Color
660 Feet / 200 Meters
44.5 mm (Without Crown) x 15mm (Thickness)
9.5 oz. (Stainless Steel), 6.6 oz. (Titanium)
4 Year Rated Lithium
Securely Shipped In Its Own Watertight Tactical Case
The Predator II does possess a few features that I do miss in my other MTM watches. First is the very precise Swiss Ronda 5040.D Quartz Chronograph movement. In a couple of months, it’s only varied by a few seconds against my atomic clock. Second is the gas filled tritium tubes on the hour and minute hands. Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, creates visible light by emiting electrons through beta decay. The same material found in night sights for a pistol or other firearm. Unlike the traditional luminescent dials that require external light to capture and produce a glow, these tritium tubes provide a green glow for up to 25 years on their own. A feature I wish all of my watches included.
When customizing your watch, I highly recommend purchasing a few additional watch bands from the MTM collection. Simply swapping a band can completely alter the look of the watch for different occasions. A rubber or NATO band is well suited for SCUBA diving or use in the field. While leather or metal bands offer a classier look for a night on the town. Fortunately, MTM includes the tools required to adjust the length of their metal bracelets. Eliminating a trip to the local jeweler for adjustment. Or you can follow my lead and purchase several different watches. Lastly, each watch arrives individually numbered and in a watertight hard case.