Citizen’s watch for adventurers packs an altimeter that can measure from 1,000 to 32,000 feet, along with an electronic compass. Thanks to Eco-Drive tech, it’s powered by everyday light sources. Comes in army green/black, black/black, and a particularly spiffy bronze/black colorway.
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This analog watch features a truly unique mechanism for displaying time. As its central hub turns, two dials at the ends of its main hand rotate into position to display the hours and minutes. The resulting effect is like planets in orbit. The dials feature bright Super-LumiNova numerals.
Citizen’s big and bold 44mm watches feature a dial design that’s optimized for counting seconds. They include a 1/5-second chronograph, date display, and are powered by Eco-Drive tech, which captures light through the dial and eliminates the need for battery changes. Available in a variety of colorways.
Stührling’s military-style chronograph features a face that’s clearly inspired by analog aircraft gauges. It’s got a large 45mm stainless steel case, a face with bold, easy to read markers, and comes set onto a contrast-stitched leather strap that complements the color scheme of its dial.
Undone teamed up with artist Stephen Bliss to create two limited-edition Monopoly-themed watches. Each features Rich Uncle Pennybags spreading financial cheer with his moneyguns, and banknote-inspired UV details. The Benjamin features an off-white face and silver case, while The Godfather is appropriately black and gold.
TokyoFlash’s futuristic looking timepiece features real carbon fiber components, and a sculpted display that looks like turbine fan blades. Time is indicated via animated LED tubes, which operate in two different display modes. Available with red, blue, or green LEDs.
Limited to just 250 pieces, this special edition Bell & Ross timepiece shows off with an exceptionally bright all-over Super-Luminova C3 face, along with a matching luminescent rubber strap. There’s no chance you’ll miss this watch in the dark, and we can only imagine how radiant it would be under black light.
Like other Casio PRO TREK watches, the PRT-B50 is packed with useful features for outdoor adventures, like a step counter, compass, altitude, barometric, and temperature sensors. Now it adds Bluetooth connectivity to sync trip data with the PRO TREK Connected mobile app for Android or iOS.
Watchmaker Undone and artist Stephen Bliss created a duo of sweet Monopoly-themed watches, each featuring Uncle Pennybags doling out cash, and banknote-inspired UV details. To celebrate the 11/28/19 release, they’re giving away some great prizes, and the top three sharers will win one of these limited-edition watches.
The Timex T80 was a staple of 1980s design. Now it’s back, and updated for the 21st century. The new version is just a bit crisper looking all around, with an old-school black on grey LCD, Indiglo backlighting, alarm, date, and stopwatch functions. It’s available in a variety of metal finishes, and a special Pac-Man edition.
We love the deep blue color schemes on Casio’s duo of solar adventurer’s watches. They include a magnetic compass, altitude and barometric sensor, and a temperature sensor, along with chrono functions like stopwatch, countdown, world time, and alarms. The PRW6600Y-2 adds atomic clock time synchronization and a silicone band.
These beautiful watch bands are made from real wood which has been engineered for flexibility. They’re backed with leather for comfort, and are available for both Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa watches, in dark teak, light teak, maple, or rosewood. To complete the look, Bandly made a series of matching background screens.
This new member of the Edifice line packs all the tech we’ve come to expect, but this one is super slim. Measuring just 8.9mm thick, the stainless steel chronograph includes stopwatch, alarm, lap timer, and calendar functions. It automatically adjusts its time via a Bluetooth smartphone connection, and recharges via solar power.
Let’s face it. Black goes with everything. So you can’t go wrong with a watch with a black face and band. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked their favorites of the year, including both analog and digital models, along with our fave, the versatile and well-priced Timex Expedition Field Chronograph.
Featuring a design by Wood Wood, this minimal stainless steel Timex watch features an all-black color scheme with a hidden surprise. When you press its crown to illuminate its Indiglo backlight, it reminds you to get out and explore the world with the simple, but effective message “GET LOST.”
This unique smartwatch is designed specifically with musicians in mind. In addition to typical day and date functions, it has a built-in powerful vibrating metronome, a magnetic contact tuner, and a decibel meter. If you just need the metronome, the Soundbrenner Pulse is already available.
This very special Timex wristwatch features a precise Swiss movement set into a drop-forged 41mm stainless steel case with satin finish details and gold-plated crown details. On back is a stamped brass coin design, and up front is a durable Gorilla Glass 3 crystal to protect its dial. Packaged in a solid cherry gift box with brass hinges.
This Swiss-made wristwatch features a unique face design that displays the minutes using its single hand, then jumps the hour forward at the red marker each time the hour advances. A secondary dial displays seconds. Made from stainless steel, with a sapphire crystal, and a leather strap. A limited-time deal from Drop.
SureFire’s oversize tactical watch features an easy-to-read round dial, set into a rectangular case that provides sufficient space for a 300 lumen LED light and its rechargeable battery. It features a military-grade aluminum case for durability, and a fabric strap. They also sell a pricy Luminox version and a standalone WristLight.
Inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing, the SVPER 11 features a face with a stylized lunar map. Its design features topographic details of the astronauts’ landing site, The Sea of Tranquility, along with a “radar” second hand, a domed sapphire crystal, and a strap with the landing coordinates laser-etched onto its clasp.
550DesignStudio makes a variety straps for the Apple Watch made from woven lengths of paracord. They not only have a great rugged look, but give you a survival tool right on your wrist, thanks to paracord’s versatility and strength. Of course, if you use it in an emergency, you’ll probably need to buy a replacement band.