The history of the field watch goes back many years, with the traditional purpose for battle. Although they have evolved in style over time, field watches will always remain rugged and reliable. Typically, a good field watch has a stainless steel case, canvas or leather band, and quality movement. It must be easy to read with glare-proof crystal, a high contrast dial, luminous hands, and large numerals. Above all, the field watch is built to withstand tough conditions. Incorporating modern design and new features, the field watch today takes many forms. From rough to military-inspired timepieces, we’ve rounded up the best field watches that are built to last.
1. Citizen Eco-Drive Field Watch
For a rugged look with a comfortable fit, the military-inspired Citizen Eco-Drive Field Watch is the way to go. A round black dial and mineral crystal window come together with a buckle closure to create this classic stainless steel timepiece. Harnessing a Japanese Quartz Movement, the watch is water-resistant up to 100m and charges in both natural and indoor light.
2. Seiko 5 Automatic Field Watch
Durability meets style with the Seiko 5 Automatic Field Watch. With water resistance up to 30m and scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal, it is designed to survive. This timepiece is perfect for those who seek style in the every day, pairing a stainless steel case and black dial with a black canvas bracelet. In addition to these durable features, it has luminous hands and Arabic numeral markers, with approximately 40 hours of power reserve.
3. Hamilton Khaki Field Watch
The ultimate companion for the rugged and edgy man, the Hamilton Khaki Field watch is designed for the adventurous, active wearer. This timepiece pairs a black dial with a black calfskin band, and features luminous hands, Arabic indices, and a date window. A 38 mm stainless steel case with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal promises protection and style. With Swiss self-winding automatic movement and water resistance up to 100m, this watch is suitable for swimming and snorkeling.
4. Tudor Heritage Ranger Field Watch
The Tudor Heritage Ranger Field Watch is a classic timepiece that oozes elegance. This watch pairs a stainless steel case with a timeless light brown leather strap. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a fixed stainless steel bezel come together with water resistance to 150m for strength in style. The watch harnesses self-winding mechanical movement and features a black dial with luminous hands, index hour markers and Arabic numerals. It also harnesses a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
5. Timex Expedition Scout Field Watch
The Timex Expedition Scout Field Watch is the perfect accessory for the outdoorsman seeking casual style. Pairing a slip-through 20mm strap and Indiglo light-up dial with a mineral glass window and luminant hands, this no-fuss field watch is sure to please. As well as telling time, this beautifully crafted watch comes in many different colors, is water-resistant up to 50m and features an easy-set QuickDate function.
6. IWC Pilot’s Chronograph Field Watch
The IWC Pilot’s Chronograph Field Watch is a beautiful timepiece, reminiscent of previous military watches. It features an anthracite dial with luminescent hands and hour markers, a green calfskin strap, sapphire dial window, and buckle. By pairing scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a black ceramic-titanium case, this timepiece is as stylish as it is protected. It also harnesses a Swiss-made automatic movement and features a flyback function.
7. Luminox Atacama Field Day Watch
The Luminox Atacama Field Day Watch boasts a relaxed sense of style. This timepiece pairs a brown leather strap with a 45mm stainless steel black brushed case and features a sapphire crystal anti-reflective coating. Built for endurance, the watch harnesses a Japanese Quartz movement and is water-resistant up to 200m. It is also suitable for day and night wear, with self-powered illumination for up to 25 years.
8. Wenger Analog Swiss Quartz Field Watch
The rugged Wenger Analog Swiss Quartz Field Watch offers a classic, multi-functional design. A brown leather calfskin strap and stainless steel case come together with a box-with-tongue clasp. With luminous hands and markers, a scratch-resistant mineral crystal and a magnified date display, this watch boasts quality and precision. It is also water-resistant to 100m and has a Swiss Quartz movement.
9. Bertucci Titanium Field Watch
For the man who loves a sporty look with a classic, polished finish, the Bertucci Titanium Field Watch is the ultimate accessory for the outdoors. White sword hands with luminous accents and red sweep seconds come together with applied white Arabic numbers and a rugged screw-down case back. The sandblasted matte finish solid titanium case ensures extreme strength and lightweight comfort. Scratch-resistant hardened mineral glass crystal and a heavy-duty two-ply black nylon strap offer unmatched longevity and style. This timepiece also features a Japanese quartz movement and is water-resistant to 100m.
10. Marathon Mechanical Military Field Watch
The Marathon Mechanical Military Field Watch is a versatile timepiece that will accompany you through all of life’s adventures. A nylon sage green band and black dial come together with a clasp buckle to create the military-inspired timepiece. Features include a dual winding movement and resin case made from a high-impact fiber shell, which is both durable yet lightweight. Tritium tubes glow on their own with no need to be charged, making it the perfect design for nighttime wear. The crystal lens is made from sapphire, promising the highest possible scratch resistance and overall durability.
11. Orient Defender Field Watch
The useful and practical Orient Defender Field Watch is the refined timepiece that’s been missing from your collection. Features include in-house Japanese automatic movement, day, date and 24-hour functionality and water resistance to 100m. The pebbled-leather strap sports a smooth, matte case finish and comes in a range of different colors. The watch also features a mineral crystal dial window, buckle clasp, and stainless steel 42mm case.
12. Seiko Stainless Steel Field Watch
The Seiko Stainless Steel Field Watch is a timeless classic perfect for everyday wear. It features a black dial with luminous hands, a green nylon band with buckle closure and Arabic numeral indices. The Hardlex dial window and stainless steel case promise high levels of durability. As well as analog display, the watch harnesses a Quartz movement.
13. Shinola Detroit Runwell Chrono Field Watch
Defined by true craftsmanship and excellence, the Shinola Detroit Runwell Chrono Field Watch is the ultimate companion for the modern man. A polished stainless steel case is paired with an adjustable black aniline latigo leather strap, black dial face and traditional buckle closure for a classic, easy-to-style look. Finally, its super LumiNova three-hand analog display with high-accuracy Quartz movement and chronograph functionality ensure quality and precision.
14. Bertucci A-1S Field Watch
Function and durability are two things that went into the creation of the Bertucci A-1S Field Watch. The brushed finish stainless steel case is durable, while the two-ply nylon band is unrivaled when it comes to comfort. You do not have to stress about scratches when wearing this piece either, as the hardened mineral glass crystal is designed to eliminate this problem. Perfect for all your outdoor activities and adventures, this field watch is also water-resistant up to 100 meters.
15. Victorinox Garrison Watch Collection
Victorinox creates timepieces that are functional and can be worn in a variety of different settings. This particular piece is bold yet understated at the same time. Victorinox uses the Quartz movement, and it is Swiss made. The combination of the black band and black dial is striking, while the white hour and minute markers make it easy to tell the time. Additionally, this model is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
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