Regardless of if you work in low-light conditions or just love to party, you need a watch that looks fantastic, boasts excellent features, and also allows you to read the time in complete darkness.
Smith & Wesson is primarily known as an arms manufacturer based in Massachusetts. The company has been around for over 150 years and has grown the become one of the world’s primary providers of side-arms and ammunition.
It’s a household name for the police and armed forces alike, and the reliability of the brand makes its products desirable. Recently, though, the company has been manufacturing H3 Tritium watches.
The specialty of these watches is that they can be viewed in complete darkness – a trait owed to the H3 tritium gas tubes incorporated into them.
However, are these watches just as reliable as the company’s weapons? And more importantly, is the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N Tactical Tritium Watch worth spending on over other similarly priced options?
We’ve reviewed the watch in detail to help you find out.
Design and Features
The Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N packs a lot of features for an affordable watch, the most impressive of which is undoubtedly the unique lighting system incorporated into it.
While the tactical lighting system does give it a distinctive appeal, the fact that it comes equipped with Quartz Movement like all of the company’s other watches only makes it more appealing.
The all-black body makes the watch universally charming, and it will look great regardless of what outfit you’re wearing. The SWW-357-N has three hands, which indicate the hours, minutes, and seconds.
But perhaps what’s most appealing is the price of the watch – for something that will serve you for decades, it is very affordable.
Let’s take a more in-depth look into the features of the SWW-357-N:
Stainless Steel Build
One of the biggest things that makes the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N 357 so durable is its stainless steel construction. Not only is stainless steel a lot more durable than most other materials, but it also gives the SWW-357-N a timeless, classy charm.
It’s also worth mentioning that stainless steel does not rust as easily, which is why it is used in most modern watches that have water resistance features.
The case of the watch, like most of its body, is also crafted out of stainless steel. The SWW-357-N has a 13-millimeter-thick stainless steel case, and the dial of the watch is 43mm in diameter. While one could argue that it’s a tad bit too small for a tactical watch, you will realize that it’s sized perfectly to glance at the time in complete darkness once you wear it.
The watch’s window boasts a mineral glass construction, leaving you nothing to worry about. It can handle bumps and knocks without getting scratched most times. The rugged case also makes the SWW-357-N resistant to water, oil, and most other corrosive materials. It is a watch that will never let you down.
Smith & Wesson kept the design simple on the SWW-357-N – all you see in the watch face is an analog display, a date window, and the company’s logo. While the watch does not come with any markings, it does have military hours under every number, making it an excellent watch to buy if you’re in the armed forces.
This Smith & Wesson watch boasts a screw-down crown, which helps keep the internals of the watch protected from exposure to moisture. Exposure to water can lead to parts of the watch getting loose and the hardware flooding when the piece is underwater.
Its rugged design, coupled with the fact that it is water-resistant to 660 feet, enables it to withstand the rigors of the sea. You can wear it when you’re surfing or even scuba diving without worrying about it breaking.
The screw-down crown also makes the watch a lot more shock-resistant, and you will be able to keep track of time thanks to the rotating bezel.
The all-black nylon strap complements the body of the watch, but the look of the strap is an instant indicator of the tactical appeal of the watch.
The strap is long and wide enough to fit most wrists. But what makes it a lot different from other watch straps is that it comes with a Velcro clasp and not hooks, making it easier to put on and take off.
The leather around the edges of the strap gives the watch a bolder look.
The Tritium lighting incorporated into the watch is arguably one of its defining features. It puts the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N on par with Luminox watches.
The tritium gas tubes enable you to view the time in low light conditions, and the watch will even show you the time in complete darkness.
The self-powered light source does not use up the battery to enable timekeeping in the dark, and Smith & Wesson claims that the tritium has a lifespan of up to 25 years.
The tritium tubes make the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N one of the easiest to read watches in the world. You can tell time with it in complete darkness and even underwater.
Besides being a tactical watch, the SWW-357-N is also marketed as a diver’s watch. The unidirectional metal bezel incorporated into the watch allows you to measure diving time with ease.
You can rotate the bezel counterclockwise to ensure diver safety – there’s always a chance of manipulation occurring underwater. Other than that, you can also use the rotating bezel to keep track of the elapsed time and the date.
The accuracy of the time that the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N shows is the last thing you need to worry about. As mentioned earlier, the watch has three hands that show hours, minutes, and seconds.
The Tactical Tritium Watch comes with the Japanese Quartz Movement, allowing it to show the accurate time over decades. The elegant gift box that the watch comes in gives the unboxing experiences a pleasant twist.
It’s also worth noting that Smith & Wesson offers a one-year warranty on the watch. The tritium tubes, rugged design, pragmatic strap, attractive look, and unidirectional bezel are the merits that make it the officer’s go-to watch.
It’s the perfect watch to get if you’re a fan of sports or are an adventurer. The piece is also well-suited for those in the fields of safety and protection.
How Well Does The SWW-357-N Handle Rough Use?
One of the most important things to consider when buying any watch is its durability. And the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N boasts a robust design that virtually guarantees a decades-long service life.
The watch was designed with the needs of law enforcement folk in mind. It can withstand extreme conditions with relative ease, and it is water- and oil-resistant.
Other corrosive materials also have little to no effect on the watch’s look or integrity, which is impressive.
The watch’s body is shock-resistant, and the dial features a scratch-resistant glass, protecting it from damage.
It’s safe to say that the SWW-357-N can handle strenuous day-to-day activities without any trouble.
While we cannot recommend the watch to professional divers, wearing the watch is a good idea if you dive recreationally. It is resistant to water up to 660 feet.
The one-year limited warranty ensures that you don’t have to spend any money repairing the watch should any issues arrive as you use it.
Pros and Cons
The attractive gift box is one of the most significant advantages of getting the Smith & Wesson SWW-357-N Tactical Tritium Watch.
The military-themed box is a wonderful preface to the watch’s tactical application, and the black velvet pillow that the watch sits on shows off the build of the watch wonderfully.
But besides the excellent packaging, here are other things we like (and dislike) about the watch:
- Attractive all-black design suits the tactical style of the watch.
- Watch is rugged; it comes with a stainless steel bezel and case.
- The watch is water-resistant up to 660 feet.
- It features Japanese Quartz Movement, making it accurate.
- The nylon strap is just as durable as the watch and is easy to take off and put on.
- Boasts an anti-corrosive build – the watch will last for decades.
- The tritium lighting will work for 25 years without needing a recharge.
- The screw-down crown makes the watch easy to adjust and adds to water resistance.
- The shock-resistant build enables it to withstand abuse.
Every product has some disadvantages, but the biggest disadvantage with the SWW-357-N is that Smith & Wesson does not manufacture them in-house.
While this doesn’t make a difference to most customers, some customers feel let down by Smith & Wesson.
It’s not S&W that manufactures the watches – CampCo handles the manufacturing. CampCo also handles the sales and the warranty claims of all of the company’s watches.
This lapse makes customers feel like the quality that Smith & Wesson is known for does not carry forward to these watches.
But reviewing the watch objectively, we still feel the watch’s quality makes it worth every penny.
Other than this, some customers complain about the quality of the nylon strap. But since most of this handful of customers got a replacement, this can be written off as a simple lapse in quality-control.
While it is true that Smith & Wesson does not manufacture these watches, there must be a good reason behind why the company trusts CampCo with putting its name on the watch. The existence of a quality assurance clause is quite possible, leaving customers with nothing to be concerned about.
Other than the SWW-357-N’s stylish design, the scratch- and bump-resistance features and the tritium light source are what make the watch appealing to those in law enforcement.
Additionally, the watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters and comes in at a reasonable price, making it a worthy buy through and through.
Overall, if you’re looking for a feature-packed watch that you can rely on for years, if not decades, you cannot go wrong with the Smith & Wesson Men’s SWW-357-N Tactical Tritium Watch.