Traversing the great outdoors is one of life’s best adventures. You’re literally throwing yourself into the perils of the wilderness with your weapons being your wits and knowledge of the wildlife. Of course, there are other ways you can prepare yourself, one of which is wear proper clothing. Outdoor watches are also another way to help you ‘survive’ as its highly durable and capable of telling more than just the time.
Many watches these days are made for more than one purpose. Aside from outdoor watches, you also have your pick between diving and aviation timepieces, both of which are made for a niche group of people. Some of the key characteristics to look out for when you’re investing in an outdoor watch is its ability to track your location at all times.
Other notable features that one should look out for is a barometer, an altimeter, and of course, water- and dust-resistance to a certain degree. These are just some of the main features that are made to bring the best out of your journeys. Whether or not you’re looking for an analogue or digital face is entirely up to you. But, it would help a lot if there were specialised lumination installed to give you better vision of its face.
Scroll down to check out all the outdoor watches you will need on your wrist when the adventure comes a-calling.
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The Ball Watch Company started out in America in 1891 and its watches were originally intended for rail workers due to its shared history with the American rail road system. The Ball Fireman Night Train III is the epitome of what the brand is all about — top quality, durable watches without the skyrocket pricing. This is where utility meets aesthetics the same way luminosity meets ruggedness as the Fireman Night Train III may look like your everyday watch but it is so much more. It comes with its patented shock-absorbent Amortiser system while its straight-laced dial lights up in the night with the help of micro gas tubes installed within. The watch also comes in two sizes — 40mm and 43mm so its perfect for both men and women.
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The Breitling Emergency is exactly what the name represents — it comes to your aid at the first sign of trouble. It has a dual-frequency distress location beacon that you can activate to get yourself out of a tight spot. The watch is powered by a SuperQuartz movement with an included chronograph element into it to give it an edge. There is also a second timezone as well as a countdown timer included to ensure you have everything you need when you travel. The Breitling Emergency is also encased in titanium, giving itself extra bulk and weight on your wrist.
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As its name suggests, Marathon Watches are best in the long run and it has been that way since 1904. Much like the Marathon’s Pilot Navigator, its Tritium Search and Rescue (TSAR) medium diver’s quartz is made to specific military requirements. Not only are there illumination markings and spring bar strength, the watch was also made to be shock- and water-resistant. The case of the watch is made out of steel and with it a unidirectional bezel while beneath lies tritium gas tubes for easier reading in the dark. Tucked neatly within is its Swiss quartz movement, which guarantees the highest level of quality and accuracy.
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If you’re looking for something overly sturdy and durable, look no further than the Bremont MB-2, which was done in collaboration with Martin Baker, a company that specialises in making fighter jet ejection seats. It was put through the same vigorous testing as the seats, which resulted housing the movement in an anti-magnetic Faraday cage and anti-shock mount. The 43mm case is made out hardened stainless steel with a Trip-Tick case construction and it is water-resistant up to 100 metres. However, owning this watch is rather tricky as Bremont has limited the sale of the MB-2 to people who have ejected out of fighter jets.
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When it comes to being one of the best, Omega has it covered with the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. This was the very same watch that was part of the historic moon landing in 1969 so it’s safe to say that the watch has been a witness to various events over the years. Super-LumiNova coats the hour and minute hands while its black dial with a tachymeter scale are ever-present on the 42mm chronograph. The dial also carries three sub dials — a 30-minute recorder, a 12-hour recorder, and small seconds. At its core rests the iconic calibre 1863, which is virtually the same hand-wound movement that NASA astronauts trusted with to go to the moon.
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