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Get barreled wearing the Nixon 51-30.

Nixon designed the 51-30 PU Watch for real watermen—those individuals whose life follows the rhythm of tides more than the ticking of a clock. Set this premium timepiece's tide subdial and you'll always know when to hit your favorite point break. The 51-30's case's 300m depth rating makes this watch appropriate for any water adventure, from surfing to spear fishing. An injected polyurethane band with patented locking looper stays comfortable and securely attached.

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Review from a daily surfer

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Watch has great style...... tides indicated accurate. Watch design is deliberately BIG, heavy, chunky..... but in the water surfing daily the watch is comfortable. I am surprised and pleased.

Unanswered Question

Anybody know how long/big the tidal range...

Anybody know how long/big the tidal range is on this watch (how long from low to high?) I'm guessing the tide dial range will have been worked out for California, where the company is based? I want to buy this watch but getting it for the tide dial might be a waste of time if the tidal range for which it is set up is completely different

Do the hands on the watch glow in the dark?...

Do the hands on the watch glow in the dark? If so do they need to be held under a light for recharge?



Super clean watch, my new FAVORITE. The PU band is soooo comfy. Also the PU is waterproof unlike the leather bands found on the other 51-30s which is hella tight. Just a clean 5/5 watch in my book.


see this watch on wrists on tv all the time.

    I own the PU black/purple as well as the metal high polish. the pu band is very comfortable and doesnt get all sweaty and stuck to the skin the way a rubber band might. also it feels about half the weight of the metal. i would not recommend an black on black face because it is very hard to read even with the luminous dial. ive seen Bj novak from "the office" wear this watch.(in black/blue) jeremy piven has a gunmetal, and one of the black eyed peas wears the gold/brown. very versitile and a genuine must have from nixon.

    see this watch on wrists on tv all the time.

    Too much

      The most awesome watch..and returned it :( It was too much watch for my style and needs.. I recommend for someone that enjoys a large faced, tough, heavy watch...


      Best Watch Ever!

        I am really hard on watches but this may be the last one I buy. I've had this watch for 3 years and after all the hiking, diving, and swimming there still isn't one leak, scratch, or problem. The locking looper that holds the band in place tore and had to be replaced but other than that this watch is a real good bet.



        I have had this watch for almost three years. I got a black and lime one, and there are seriously hardly any scratches on the case, and there are none on the crystal. It is super great for diving, and any other ocean play, SOLID



          I absolutely love this watch! I originally bought the all black and returned it for the gunmetal and black. The dial on the all black was just a little too difficult to read for me. I am very glad I went with the gunmetal and black! I love how big the watch is. I am in my 40's and have a skinny wrist but I absolutely love the way it feels and looks. If you want a cool, moderately priced Kick A** watch, you HAVE TO GET A NIXON!!


          Clock on my wrist

            love Nixon watches - this one is their best!
            Looks like i ripped a clock of the wall and slapped it on my wrist - everyone notices it, gets the job done perfectly! no issues, not all that heavy if you get the PU version. Metal band looks icy, but it might make you look like fratted-out d-bagger with with all that shiny silver - go with PU or leather.
            white face black band looks classic - gives it that less-is-more look


            Love it, love it, love it!

              Just received my 51-30 PU in black and purple today and I have to say that this one is a BEAST!

              Couldn't ask for a better made product!

              I paid for the 2 day shipping and backcountry got it here in 1 business day! Now that folks, is excellent service!

              Thank you backcountry... I will definitely be ordering again in the near future!

              Unanswered Question

              does the pu attract dust? I am thinking...

              does the pu attract dust? I am thinking of getting the white one. do you think it will get dirty easily?

              Is this watch powered by movement or quartz?...

              Is this watch powered by movement or quartz? seem to suggest its a "self winding/automatic" watch?

              "Self-winding/automatic?" Not quite, the 51-30 PU is a Swiss quartz movement, and still needs a regular watch battery for the juice.


              Stylin watch

                This is one bad ass watch. And it is big so if you have a little arm I would suggest somethig else. The 51-30 has all the bells and whistles for a true waterman and it will be noticed when your wearing it around on the town. They are tough and very comfortable...if you're an adventurer try one out.

                Unanswered Question

                i want to put a dive strap on this watch....

                i want to put a dive strap on this watch. what size(width) is the strap?


                AMAZING !!

                  Well, the watch is AMAZING !! But i would like to talk about the great service of BackCountry. I am in Brazil and my parents is on vacantions in NY. I was kind of afraid to by online and send for the hotel that they are. Backcountry, with a perfect customer service, gives-me the safety that i need. Congratulations for your team, that is just the BETTER site i have ever buy.

                  Gustavo von Sohsten

                  drab colorway...

                  drab colorway...

         designed to "age" with the wearer, creating a very cool, singularly unique piece. Badass.

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