This Year in Gear
The Top Rugged Watches of 2018
Given that an “adventure” doesn’t mean the same thing to all people, it would seem strange to define “adventure watch” with too narrow a meaning. After all, watches that are primed for SCUBA diving, or ones that are meant for the field, or ones that can tell the time in multiple zones simultaneously — all of these are meant to accompany their wearers in some pretty extreme situations, which is what adventure is. It’s braving the unfamiliar.
What follows are some of our favorite adventure watch stories of the year. The next time you have some of the unfamiliar on the horizon, consider strapping one of these on your wrist.
Black dials, black case coatings and vintage-inspired lume give these divers a stealthy edge.
Featuring a classic dial, a 36mm case and two different straps options.
Your new summer beater has arrived.
It features a classic case and dial but a modern movement.
It's a Japan exclusive, but you can still get your hands on one.
You can get this heavy-hitting, (very) limited divers watch for under $2,000.
Another under-the-radar hit from Ball.
A vintage-style timepiece from an Ohio-based watchmaker.
Rocking a minimal dial, a slim bezel and a hand-winding movement.
A 52.4mm steel case and hard-wearing Cordura strap make this one tough timepiece.
A deep gradient red dial isn't the only reason to love this limited edition.
It boasts a travel-ready GMT complication and a 300-meter depth rating.
It features a compact, DLC-coated case, a Seiko automatic movement and a unique dial configuration.
It's basically a one-for-one remake of the original.
Featuring a smaller case and a compact hand-wound movement the brand says is finished and assembled in the United States from Swiss parts.
These four new U1 dive watches from Italian micro-brand Unimatic are stealthy, beautiful, and almost guaranteed to sell out quickly.
A handsome, well-finished watch that's still water-resistant to 300 meters.
This new watch from Zodiac brings a classic 1960s diver firmly into the 21st century.
DOXA's fast-selling Aqua-Lung reissue is making a return with an understated dial color. Get in on the pre-order and you can save $400.
Featuring a dial and strap inspired by the texture of denim.
A 43mm watch designed with sneaker brand Greats.
It even features a chronometer-grade movement with a 5-day power reserve.
And a dial inspired by a sea urchin skeleton. Really.
An updated take on a vintage model with modern proportions and a titanium case.
There are purpose-built tool watches, and then there are Ball watches. This is the latter.
Eschew the drab field watch look for bright neon.
Featuring a movement with silicon parts and unique design details.
Based on a limited edition watch from last year, these new dive watches feature handsome looks and automatic movements at a lower price tag.