By Ed Estlow
on 3.11.13
Photo by Victorinox Swiss Army

We’ve always had a love for the timepieces of Victorinox Swiss Army, so a new limited edition version of the Victorinox Swiss Army 1989 Original Chronograph ($495), the first watch they ever made, really tugs at the heartstrings. This is a classic tough-guy timepiece, ready for the trenches — whether said trenches are in the bush or in the office.

The Original’s nylon fiber case houses a precision Swiss quartz movement. Integrated crown guards protect against glancing blows. Luminous hands and hour markers make for easy reading during after-hours maneuvers, and the sleek chrono buttons are easy to find for timing critical actions. This isn’t a dive watch, but the Original is water resistant to 100 meters, just in case. Finally, a padded leather cuff strap rounds out the retro mil-spec look we’ve come to know from Victorinox Swiss Army. The 1989 Original Chronograph is limited to (you guessed it) 1,989 pieces in commemoration of the year Victorinox first started selling watches.