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.

Zelos Abyss 2 Dive Watch

Whether you’re heading into the depths of the ocean, or just doing some desk diving around the office, the Abyss 2 by Zelos is sure to get the job done. Nearly every feature on the Abyss 2 is over-engineered to be the best that it possibly can. Zelos takes the standard dive watch specs (like water resistance, lume, domed crystal, and a sturdy case) and amps them up to the next level.

The Abyss 2’s 43mm case is made from a marine-grade copper-bronze alloy, a material that’s commonly seen in aquatic applications. The material, case design, and helium escape valve allow the watch to obtain its 3000M water resistance rating. No really, you read that right. The Abyss 2 has a water resistance of 3,000M. This is 10 times the amount commonly seen on a dive watch. Let that sink in.

The case will also pick up a patina over time — starting off with a look similar to rose gold, then eventually fading to a rich, golden brown. To increase legibility, they’ve engraved the hour makers extra deeply, allowing several layers of the super-luminous paint to build up. The result is an extra bright and long-lasting glow. The Abyss 2 also features an internal 12-hour rotating bezel that can track an alternate time zone. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal and finished with a lume-treated rotating outer bezel.

The watch stays ticking thanks to an automatic, reliable, Swiss-made Selitta movement. The standard model features the SW-200 movement with second hand, while The Turbine model features the SW-260. In place of a seconds hand is a running-indicator sub dial. And instead of a traditional elongated watch hand, there’s a disc with a propellor on it that rotates as long as the watch is running. It’s a nice design touch that further emphasizes the Abyss 2’s oceanic theme.

While most of the Abyss 2's design calls back to its deep-diver roots, a special edition version of the watch has a dial that's literally out of this world. It's made from the Muonionalusta meteorite, which landed over a million years ago in Sweden. It adds an exotic, one-of-a-kind texture to the watch. The standard configuration of the watch comes in either a black, blue, or green dial as well, with the Turbine version available in black or blue.

This tank of a dive watch is now available for pre-order, due to ship in early December of this year. The watch starts at $569 and goes up to $799 for the meteorite version. You can pick one up at the link below.

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Todd Snyder x Timex Blackjack Watch

"We love the black, white, and blue graphics on Todd Snyder’s collab with Timex. Not only do you get the watchmaker’s famed durability and value, but an easy to read display inspired by race car gauges and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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First Tactical Fathom Dive Watch

When you need an EDC watch that will stand up to the elements, a dive watch is your best bet. They're built to tackle critical underwater missions, after all. But even if you don't plan on taking it for a dip, a dive watch is still a solid choice for everyday wear. The First Tactical Fathom is a rugged yet sophisticated dive watch that wears well both out in the field and out on the town.

As a bona fide dive watch, the Fathom is waterproof down to 200 meters thanks to its pressurized internals, stainless steel case, and screw-down crown. Durable from the outside in, it features a Japanese quartz movement and a uni-directional rotating bezel for reliable timekeeping with minimal maintenance. Its TPSiV polymer band will also withstand the rigors of getting wet and drying out on a frequent basis. As an added tactical feature, the watch band has a morse code cheatsheet on its reverse side.

The Fathom wasn't designed to be solely a tool — its sleek styling makes it a timepiece you can wear off duty, too. At 47mm, its has plenty of wrist presence and an extremely legible face thanks to the larger diameter and minimalist markers. Super-LumiNova coating on the hands glow in the dark help with visibility in low-light conditions. And the hardened mineral crystal will hold up to moderate bumps and inadvertent scratches during daily use.

If you're been looking to add a durable and waterproof watch to your EDC, consider making the First Tactical Fathom your first choice. It's available in two different colors: matte black and titatnium-colored stainless steel. Check out both versions at the link below.

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Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Watch

If you want an EDC watch that's practically indestructible but still light on your wrist, you'd usually look at digital watches. But those aren't for everyone, especially if you're after a more classic look. Few everyday carry brands do classics like Victorinox, whose iconic Swiss Army Knives have been EDC staples for decades. While its relatively new collection started with models built from its namesake I.N.O.X. steel, the line has expanded with timepieces sporting new, durable materials like titanium and paracord. The latest entry in the lineup, the I.N.O.X. Carbon, comes as a blacked-out, EDC-ready option with a case made from carbon fiber resin. It's got the rugged spirit and classic style we've seen from past I.N.O.X. watches in a new design that won't weigh you down.

Materials play a huge role for any piece of EDC gear's durability. The I.N.O.X. Carbon's unique carbon fiber resin not only dramatically reduces weight, but also creates a visually striking textured appearance that's actually smooth to the touch. Its lustrous, triple-AR coated sapphire crystal offers scratch-resistant clarity, juxtaposed by the case's satin finish to really make the watch face pop. As a unique design detail, the I.N.O.X. Carbon features a 24-hour time scale printed directly onto the inside of the crystal. These 13-24 hour markings make it easy to read military time and add visual depth to the dial. Lastly, there's a contrasting white date display between the 4 and 5 hour markers.

Inside, you’ll find a durable and accurate Swiss quartz movement. While many EDCers would appreciate an automatic movement in the watch, Victorinox opted for a movement certain to be able to handle the shock, temperature, and high durability standards set by the I.N.O.X. line. It's set inside a screw-down steel caseback that helps give the watch its 660ft water resistance rating.

Measuring in at 43mm the I.N.O.X. has plenty of wrist presence, yet despite its larger size, it doesn’t wear like a heavy, clunky watch. Since the case is made from carbon fiber, the watch is remarkably light weight. Paired with the soft and flexible Naimakka paracord strap, the I.N.O.X. Carbon is way more comfortable for daily wear than you would assume by looking at the specs, even on smaller wrists.

If you like a large, adventure-ready watch that’s sure to hold up to anything you can throw at it, consider adding the I.N.O.X. Carbon to your collection. It comes with an additional strap and a compass bezel bumper in its own diver-style storage case, too. You can pick up a Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon at the link below.

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Casio GA700UC-3A

Investing in a G-Shock means investing in a watch tailor-made to take a beating. For over 3 decades, Casio have perfected their rugged timepieces, making them the perfect accessory for EDC. The GA700 series brings together all the features expected from a modern rugged watch, and with the UC (Utility Colors) series, adds that extra tactical flair to match an equally-rugged carry.

You may already be familiar with the hardened resin case that gives all G-Shocks their signature impact, shock resistance, and 200 meters of water resistance. Within the GA700 lies both analog and digital displays, with the latter giving you day/date visibility as well. 5 alarms, a countdown timer, world time, and backlit illumination round out the GA700's features. The 6 o'clock and side buttons have been redesigned to give you larger buttons for better purchase, and with its UC designation, you get 3 military-inspired colors to best match your EDC, including dark grey, tan, and the olive green seen above.

There's a reason G-Shocks have been a favorite of everyone from servicemen to EDCers with their (literally) solid features and inexpensive cost. The GA700UC series gives you yet another option to perfectly match your carry's needs and aesthetic. Pick up the Olive Green model at the Amazon link below.

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ADPT Watch Strap

"The watch enthusiasts at Worn & Wound have released their own retro military-style nylon watch strap. The ADPT Strap is sourced, manufactured and packed in the United States. It has a security band that will keep your watch on..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best Quartz Watches for EDC

A watch doesn't need a fancy mechanical movement to be worthy of your wrist. Quartz-powered watches represent some of the best value in everyday timepieces out there. Instead of the complex mechanical movement in an automatic watch, quartzes tick thanks to a PC board, battery, and gears. Watch purists may look down on quartz, but that shouldn't stop you from considering one for your EDC. These watches are dependable, reliable, and at the end of the day tell the time more accurately than even the best mechanical watches.

Top 5 Affordable Mechanical Watches for EDC

You may have heard the term “automatic” thrown around a lot when talking about watches. On the most basic level, it means that the watch runs without a battery. Instead, it's powered by you! Essentially, there’s a tiny machine that’s “charged up” by a spinning rotor, completely driven by the movement of your wrist throughout the day. They keep running as long as you wear it, and the work that's involved in designing an accurate time telling machine is equally impressive. Fortunately, you can find a few solid watches featuring this fascinating movement that actually stand up to daily use without costing an arm and a leg. In this guide, we'll highlight our top 5 automatic mechanical watches for EDC on a budget.

Sequent Smartwatch

"Sequent claims that its eponymous product will be the first kinetic smartwatch – able to continuously recharge itself by turning your movement into electrical energy. It has the usual smartwatch features, such as a fitness app, GPS and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Dietrich OT Watch

"With a distinctive design that’s inspired by nature rather than by man’s own creations, Dietrich’s OT Watch line — which stands for Organic Time — is bold, intricate, and maybe a tad divisive. Each features luminescent hands shaped like leaves, a spinning star which represents seconds, a 24-hour time disk, and a sapphire crystal lens etched on the underside with hour and minute markings capping a steel case. A modified Miyota 82S7 automatic movement powers the timepiece, visible as it ticks away through the large cutout in the center of its layered dial. Despite a 46mm width and..." (via GearHungry)

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XERIC RQ & SQ Watches

"Xeric expands its line with a sweet new series of timepieces. The right side indicates the time in 5-minute increments, while left-hand dials include a 24-hour display and a 60-second stopwatch. Available in round and square cases and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Casio G-SHOCK Clean Military Series

Whether investing in their top-of-the-line metal series or collecting the classic models, adding an overbuilt G-SHOCK watch to your EDC is a solid choice. With their new Clean Military series, Casio takes one of their most iconic models—the DW5600—and gives it a monochromatic paint job for a minimalist aesthetic. It's as rugged as it's ever been, with a fresh look to match the rest of your gear.

The DW5600 is iconic for a reason. It comes equipped with the unparalleled shock and water resistance you expect from a G-SHOCK watch, paired with useful features like an EL backlight, stopwatch, countdown timer, and a multi-function alarm. Its 42.8mm resin case gives it durability without a lot of bulk, and a minimal face design provides better legibility when keeping an eye on the time. And with the DW5600 taking on solid colorways in black, white, and yellow, the crisp look or pop of color makes it easier than ever to add this classic watch to your carry.

There's never a bad reason to own this Casio classic, especially with a sleek new set of threads. Pick up the DW5600 in white from the Amazon link below, and be sure to check out its two other colorways as well.

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Timex iQ+ Move

As if keeping on top of your fitness goals wasn't hard enough, try passing off a fitness tracker as an EDC watch. Unless you're mid-workout, they stick out like a sore thumb and can be hard to mesh with your day-to-day style. Plus, most of them don't really look like watches, so it's hard to even tell the time at a glance with one. With their new iQ+ Move, Timex put their experience with traditional watch design at the forefront and gave it a modern update with smart fitness tracker features.

The iQ+ Move has a legible three-hand face to tell the time. A smaller dial shows the state of the current activity you're tracking. You can use it to keep track of metrics like steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned.

And it does this while looking like a stylish watch instead of a tech “wearable” on your wrist. You can choose from a wide variety of case, face, and strap designs to suit your fancy. The iQ+ Move straps swap out easily too, giving you some extra versatility and wearability from the watch.

If you've held off on getting a fitness tracker because you can't pull off the sporty look, give the iQ Move a shot, available at the link below.

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The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget

If keeping time is an important part of your EDC, you’re gonna need a solid watch to do it. And of all the watch options out there, few rely on precision timing as much as pilots do. Fliegers, or pilot watches, are popular EDC options because of their legibility, durability, and accuracy. In this guide, we’ll explain where the flieger comes from, some standout features to look for, and 10 of our favorites for any budget.

BOLDR Odyssey Automatic Watch

"Many dive watches look the part but can’t take the pressure, literally, of deeper dives. BOLDR’s Odyssey automatic watch can, and also won’t put much of a dent in your wallet. The Odyssey is powered by a reliable Seiko automatic movement and boasts a screwdown caseback, triple lock screwdown crown, a helium escape valve, and a robust case, all in all earning it a 500 meter (1,650 feet) water resistance rating that’s, realistically, probably more than you’d want to test. A dive-functional 120 click unidirectional bezel and double domed sapphire crystal round out its features and..." (via GearHungry)

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver

When it comes to your EDC watch, you want something you can trust to stay accurate and keep ticking without much maintenance. Automatic movements are great, but only if you wear them (or at least give them a good shake) every day. The Citizen Promaster Diver avoids the daily upkeep with their proprietary Eco-Drive Technology. Thanks to a quartz-based movement, a solar charging cell, and robust construction, it makes for a reliable EDC watch that'll keep on ticking.

From the outside, the Promaster Diver has all the classic looks and features of a solid dive watch. There’s a 42mm stainless steel case contrasted with a blacked out face, bezel, and strap. Luminescent paint paired with large indices make for high visibility in dim (or underwater) conditions. The same goes for the chunky, yet legible hands. The orange minute hand not only adds a pop of color, but it also makes it easier to track time when using the bezel. You’ll also find a date window in the 4-o’clock position that lines up with the screw down crown. The steel case provides 200m of water resistance, which is more than enough for both professional diving and surface water sports.

The Promaster Diver represents an excellent value for a reliable and rugged everyday watch. You can can pick up one up for yourself for right around $200 via the link below.

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