Watches

Sure, you can keep track of time by checking your smartphone, but then you’d have to go through the trouble of pulling it out of your pocket. This can come off as rude, especially with company around. Dedicated watches are beautiful in their own right, but they help you keep track of time without depending on short-term phone battery life while always being one flick of the wrist away. 

Watches are an integral part of many everyday carry setups. Beyond their primary use of telling time, they’re also a reflection the wearer’s personality and style. These watches have rich historical appeal as they were made for and worn in the field by infantry, Special Forces, and WWII pilots. Nowadays, military style watches are popular amongst the EDC community for their features, legibility, durability, and aesthetic. They go hand in hand with tactical gear.

With all the specs and watch nerd terms you might come across in your search, there's a lot of moving parts involved (literally). Do you want a watch you'll never have to take off your wrist, or separate options for work and play? Decide what's going to be the main use for your new timepiece first. Then move down the spec list, keeping your needs in mind. A minimalist watch for wearing around the office is going to be much different from a rugged diver that's ready for anything. 

Watches can cost as little as $10… or well into the millions. What do you feel comfortable spending on something that's going to live on your wrist every day? The price doesn't always directly relate to how “good” the watch is. Remember — the prestige of established brands comes with a price, but that doesn't mean you can't get similar features from smaller watchmakers while saving a few bucks.

ZLYC Bamboo Watch

"Wooden watches have been popping up all over the place these days, but we love the truly minimal looks of the dial on ZLYC’s unisex bamboo timepiece, along with its extra-long 24″ natural leather strap which..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch

"Smartwatches all run more or less the same operating systems, be it watchOS on the Apple side and Android Wear for just about all others. And the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch is no different in this respect, running the latter. Where it sets itself apart is modularity, since this latest gen model lets you swap out parts — and not just straps, either, but the buckle, lugs, bezel, or even the watch’s core module itself, when warranted. The module that’s included now though is already amongst the best in the market, boasting a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an Intel Atom processor, 4GB of onboard storage, and..." (via GearHungry)

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Casio G-STEEL Street Vintage Collection

Casio are best known for their G-Shock series of watches, some of the most rugged timepieces you can buy. And while the style and construction lend themselves to a tough and tactical style, G-Shocks won't be the first watch you pick out of your drawer for more formal affairs. That is, until now. Casio have debuted the G-STEEL collection, a series of watches that combine the classic look of leather with the heavy-duty G-Shock heritage.

True to their overbuilt roots, the G-STEEL watches feature Tough Leather, a unique hybrid of synthetic leather and resin. It's designed to be stylish and soft to the touch just like regular leather, but able to withstand abrasions over time in addition to water resistance.

As for the watches themselves, each model comes with the latest and greatest G-SHOCK technology, including a Tough Solar battery, shock resistance, and 200 meters of water resistance. For evening visibility the dial features Neo-brite lume on its hands and markers, while an automatic double LED gives extra illumination when needed. Adding to the 12/24-hour format analog and digital displays are 48-city world time, daily alarms, and a stopwatch and countdown timer, all in a robust 52.4 mm case.

Casio's first foray into “tough formal” is definitely a collection to watch. You can pick up the light brown-strapped GSTS120L-1B model from Amazon at the link below, and be sure to check out the rest of the models on the G-Shock website.

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Nixon Base Watch

"Nixon combines 1980’s stainless steel watch design with a minimalist and modern digital interface. The Base has a negative display LCD that shows the time and date in large characters and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The 10 Best Affordable Dive Watches of 2017

Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use. In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options for 2017 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

Seiko Chariot Steve Jobs Watch

"So Steve Jobs is not technically a part of its name, but it may as well be. You might recognize the Seiko Chariot from one of the most iconic photographs of Jobs’ leaning on the first Macintosh, though the angle certainly doesn’t help. A limited edition run of the simple, minimal watch is being released, with the option of the original 33mm case size as well as a more modern 37.5mm case and..." (via GearHungry)

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Breitling Colt Skyracer

"Named after Breitling’s aerobatic racing plane, the Colt Skyracer is made of Breitlight – a material that’s lighter and stronger than titanium. It also has a practical white-on-black display, glare-proof sapphire crystal and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Grovemade Watch 02

A good EDC watch is one of those tools whose form perfectly represents its function, so why shouldn’t it look good? Grovemade is a company that knows a thing or two about design, and the Watch 02 is their latest timepiece that aims to bring a distinct style to your wrist. It uses materials like wood and leather to put a natural twist on a modern design.

Grovemade partnered with Stefan Andren, a former watch designer for Nike, to put a solid wood watchface inside a stainless steel casing. The markings on the glass contrast with the wood so you can tell what time it is at a glance and the Japanese Miyota 5Y26 quartz movement ensures that your timing is on. Because of the quartz movement the battery should keep your watch ticking for to 2-3 years, so even though replacing it is easy you’ll rarely have to.

The Watch 02 comes in three color options, each made with unique materials. The wooden watchface comes in either maple or walnut wood and was CNC-milled in three dimensions to provide a sense of depth to your timepiece. You’ll get your choice of either brown or black vegetable tanned leather straps as well as a stainless steel casing in silver, black, or even 22 karat gold plated steel.

The Grovemade Watch 02 would be a worthy addition to any collection so make sure to pick one up via the link below if you’re interested.

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Deal Alert: The Best 8 EDC Watches on Sale Today

Time is money. And today, we're going to help you save on both. We've rounded up the 8 best watches for everyday carry currently at a deep discount for today only. Most of them are watches we've recommended in the past, so now's the perfect time to step up your watch game. With options ranging from military watches to casual timepieces to wearable tech, you're bound to find something that fits your style and your everyday carry needs.

Seiko SRP777 Prospex Dive Watch

An automatic dive watch is one of the best investments you can make for an everyday timepiece. They're built tougher than usual, can go with you anywhere, and don't have batteries that ever need replacing. Seiko's a brand that's been synonymous with dive watches for decades (especially their premium PROSPEX line), so when a release like the SRP777 comes along that pays homage to the past while being ready for the future, it pays to take notice.

The SRP777 takes its cues from a Seiko design from the '70s and '80s, the 6309. It's delightful in its details, from the sword marker dividing the 12 o'clock marker above the Seiko logo, to its iconic sword and arrow hands. It's also packed full of features beyond its solid 4r36 hacking and hand-winding movement. Under its Hardlex lens you'll find a day/date window and highly visible dotted markers and hands coated with Seiko's intense Lumi Brite lume paint.

A screw down crown gives you 200 meters of water resistance, meaning the SRP777 is fit for duty, rain or shine, land or sea. And while its 44.3mm case may seem large, the turtle shell-like design tapers off at the lug ends to better wrap around your wrist. With its classic design, it's a watch you can wear every day and still rock on your weekend getaway.

Dive into the world of tough watches with the Seiko SRP777 and feel the difference of an EDC watch that can truly take on every day. Pick one up at the Amazon link below, and be sure to check out its siblings in other colors, the black-and-gold SRP775 and the "Pepsi" SRP779.

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Orient Ray Raven II

Whether you're in the office or out and about, a diver is one of the best types of watches you can wear for everyday use. Dive watches sport best-in-class water resistance, great legibility, and tool-like durability. The Orient Ray Raven II is no exception. Besides the standard dive watch features, it has a blacked-out PVD coating that adds extra durability and a stealthy appearance that'll look great on your wrist no matter the occasion.

The watch has 200M of water resistance, which is more than enough for swimming and diving. The solid metal caseback and screw down crown add an extra barrier against water and dust. It’s easy to read the time too. The Ray Raven’s large hands and indices are treated with Super Luminova paint. It casts a bright green glow when charged by the sun or your EDC flashlight and lasts for hours. Like most dive watches, the Raven Ray II features a unidirectional bezel for tracking elapsed time. Setting the bezel is great for timing anything from how long dinner has been in the oven to length of a workout.

The Raven Ray II stays ticking thanks to its in-house automatic movement. The watch is powered by the motion of your wrist, so as long as you wear it everyday, it'll keep running. The case measures in at a conservative 41.5mm, ideal for most wrist sizes. You can grab one for yourself via the link below.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20

"It’s not only [very slightly] smaller and sleeker than before: the Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 is also smarter. The watch is tailor-built for use in the great outdoors with a ruggedized case and includes a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and for the first time a low-power GPS with downloadable maps. You’ll have to settle for viewing maps on its 1.32-inch color display which is also touch-enabled, but fortunately the WSD-F20 runs Android Wear 2.0 with a user-friendly interface — not to mention Google Assistant for quick voice-powered commands. And when you’re not relying on its full capabilities the watch can switch into timepiece mode on its secondary monochrome display (there are two stacked layers) to extend battery life from..." (via GearHungry)

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Casio G-Shock GG-1000-1A Mudmaster

There's a time and a place for a fancy dress watch, but for everyday use you might want something less formal and more hardy to throw on your wrist and bang around without worry. Despite being something you wear all the time, many watches can't deal with water and dust. Those are the kinds of problems Casio's G-Shock watches were built to solve, and their Mudmaster series takes it to the next level. With features like mud- and shock-resistant construction that uses tough materials and reinforced internals, the Mudmaster keeps on ticking come hell or (literal) high water.

The Mudmaster uses multiple gaskets to protect its movement and the internal pipes that guide and support the buttons and shafts. This not only adds its namesake mud protection and 200 meters of water resistance, but also adds improved operation and impact resistance. And what exactly is being protected in such a beefy watch?

For starters, there's the digital-analog display that gives you time across 31 time zones, so the Mudmaster is ready to travel the world with you. It's not just a timepiece either—there's a stopwatch, countdown timer, daily alarms, and a calendar that tracks through to 2099 for all your time and date tracking needs.  It helps point the way thanks to a digital compass, and even knows exactly how cold it is with its thermometer.

Leave the dress watch on your dresser and take the Mudmaster with you on your next adventure. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below, and be sure to check out its other face and strap color combinations.

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Cronometrics Engineer S3

"A striking and sleek monochrome timepiece with design elements inspired by engineering’s strongest shape – the triangle. Its 42mm stainless steel case carries PVD black coating on every surface, and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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What's the Best Watch Strap for EDC?

So you’ve finally got your hands on the perfect EDC watch… But as much as you love it, rocking the same look and feel every single day is starting to feel a little boring. The solution is surprisingly simple. All it takes is a new strap to shake up the look, feel, and function of your favorite timepiece. In this guide, we break down the different types of watch straps to help you decide which one is right for you and your daily activities.

Orient Flight Watch

One place you'll be sure to find precise timekeeping equipment is in a cockpit. Now, chances are you aren't manning jets or taking on critical missions every day. But that doesn't mean there's no place for a classic pilot's watch (and all the functionality that comes with it) in your everyday carry. Orient's known for producing some of the best automatic watches for your buck, and their Flight watch is no exception.

Orient doesn't try to fix what isn't broken with the design on their Flight watch. It stays true to the classic “Type B” configuration, featuring a triangular marker at 12 o'clock, large Arabic numerals at 5 minute intervals, unobtrusive hour markers, and unambiguous sword hands. A larger 42mm case, lume, and date window round out the face of the watch. The result is uncompromising, no-frills legibility for easy time-telling at a glance.

It's one thing for your watch to be legible, but it won't mean much if it isn't reliably accurate as well. Orient does it with the Flight in its materials and movement. It's automatic, meaning it doesn't need a battery to maintain a power reserve to keep the time, and its stainless steel construction means it's rugged enough for every day on your wrist.

A precise watch is an effective watch, and the perfect co-pilot for your EDC. Pick up the Orient Flight from Amazon at the link below.

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