Hook + Gaff :: King Tide Watch

“King Tide is not a scientific term but actually, a colloquial term used to describe an especially high spring tide that only occurs 2-3 times a year. Just as the name suggests, the Hook & Gaff King Tide is a caliber of watch that doesn’t come around very often. “


If you have read one of our reviews before, you know we like to get into a deep dive when it comes to a product we are evaluating. Palmetto Pursuit prides itself in passing down knowledge to the next generation of hunters and anglers. The best way we know to do that is through expanding our own pursuits and stepping out of the comfort zone we usually subscribe to. As an angler, I knew right away that the King Tide watch was going to be an exciting topic. Hook & Gaff is a local Carolina company that has the same values as many of the companies we have reviewed in the past. Since we love the idea of the word “pursuit,” what better way to start this review than with a quote from the President of H&G, Michael Sims.

               “Durable materials like scratch-resistant sapphire and lightweight titanium will keep you on course through all of your outdoor pursuits”

Everyone knows that the tide is the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth. But most people don’t know the deep workings of how those three forces interact with each other.


This is a representation of how the Moons gravity causes the ocean waters to rise in the North and be pulled towards the moon. The Earth also reacts to this force and creates a “pull away” from the water on the opposite side of the Earth and the water in the South will “sag” creating a similar effect. There are many types of tides but I figured the best place to start would be discussing where the name King Tide came from.

Before we dive into that, it is important to understand that tides are essentially just a giant wave that travels around the earth. High tide would be the crest and low tide would be the trough of the wave.

A spring tide is not named for the season, but rather the meaning of the word spring: to jump, burst forth, or rise. Spring tide occurs approximately twice a month around the new moon and full moon when the Sun, Moon, and Earth form a straight line.

King Tide is not a scientific term but actually, a colloquial term used to describe an especially high spring tide that only occurs 2-3 times a year. Just as the name suggests, the Hook & Gaff King Tide is a caliber of watch that doesn’t come around very often.


I have had this watch on my wrist since February 16, 2019, when I purchased it at SEWE. Today is almost exactly a month later and I am still just as happy with my purchase today as I was on that day. The King Tide calculates the semi-diurnal tide cycle that we see in coastal areas which alternates every 12 hours and 24 minutes. Unlike digital tide watches that are preset for a location, the King Tide is analog and allows you to easily set the indicator to the tide at any location you need to.


This feature comes in very handy if you store your boat in one of the many low country creeks that are not accessible at low tide. I can set my watch to the tide schedule of that creek. and know exactly what the water levels are before I take the trip down. Outside of the high, falling, low, and rising tide markers of the watch, my favorite feature is the H3 technology that uses trigalight glass tubes manufactured in Switzerland to keep the watch permanently illuminated. Normal phosphorescent paint will lose its “glowing” feature pretty quickly at night leaving you with a useless device on your wrist.

The King Tide stays bright and easy to read in any shade of night which is especially handy for the early morning or late night boat ride. I personally enjoy being able to tell what time it is in the middle of the night so I can determine if I should go back to sleep or not. I taxed this image from their page and you can read more about it here.


Gentlemen Style

As a coastal angler, I have been around this community for years and we are all very similar in our activities. We work hard and enjoy our days off around the rod and reel, while the nights are reserved for heading out with friends for dinner and drinks. Not just the King Tide, but many of the watches Hook and Gaff produce carry on the same coastal angler passion. They work hard when they need to, but also dress up nice and look good for a night on the town. Finding such a unique watch as this one has been a struggle for a long time and all of my other watches have a purpose of either work or play. I can honestly say this is my first watch that does a great job with both tasks.

As I mentioned earlier, the lightweight titanium is another great feature paired with the unique crown orientation which was moved to the left side of the watch. Many times, I have reached down for my watch to ensure that it was still on my wrist. The irritating factors that many watches have are just not seen on the King Tide. That fact alone paired with the 2-year warranty on defects is well worth the reasonable price tag these watches carry.


Hook and Gaff have moved to a direct-to-consumer business model which does every consumers favorite thing and "cuts out the middle-man" which has significantly lowered their prices. Their testimonial section is full of compliments of the watches but more importantly, the customer service and dedication that Michael Sims and his team has towards making the customer experience a memorable one.

Finally, we get to one of my personal favorite parts about writing reviews, how they give back to our community. Among many of the sponsorships and affiliations on their page, the one that stood out to me the most was with “Operation Wetvet.” As an Army combat veteran myself, I love seeing when companies take the time to help out my fellow brothers and sisters in Arms and Operation Wetvet is an awesome cause. Their motto is, "Taking Combat Wounded Veterans from front lines to tight lines" and they help veterans suffering from PTSD by giving them a type of release and adrenaline many combat veterans need. Plus, what's more peaceful than a calm day on the water chasing after some Tuna. 

In closing, Hook and Gaff is another awesome local company with awesome products that give back to the community and gets our stamp of approval!

Remember, whatever your pursuit is, GET UP AND GET AFTER IT!

-Matt Greene