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.

Trending: Citizen Eco-Drive PRT

This Thursday's Trending Timepiece brings everyday wearability, utilitarian features, and Citizen's Eco-Drive technology to a bold, 42mm case, making it an excellent daily driver for EDCers with larger wrists. Its Japanese quartz movement runs thanks to Citizen's signature Eco-Drive tech, which uses light (from the sun or artificial sources alike) to charge without a battery. Top that off with a 8-month reserve and charge indicator display right on the dial, and you have a reliable everyday watch. Visually, the PRT is rich with detail too—orange accents, a magnified date display, subtle stripes on the dial complemented by a striped NATO strap, and a thin dive bezel—without looking overwhelming. A stainless steel case, mineral glass, lume on the hands and markers, as well as 100m of water resistance round out its feature set. Pick up a PRT for the summer at the link below.

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Trending: Tissot Navigator

For this week's Timepiece Thursday it's time we took a look at a Swiss watch climbing our trending charts. The Tissot Navigator is one of the Swiss house's main lines, featuring a sporty style and features built on military-inspired design. Within the stainless steel 44mm case beats an automatic Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement, with a 42-hour power reserve and day and date complications. The larger canvas allows Tissot to show off the Navigator's bold orange dial, with hi-visibility lume on the minute ring, large numerals, as well as accents on the hands. Its movement is resistant up to 100 meters, and can partially be seen on the skeletonized caseback. A rubber strap completes the sporty package, making the Navigator ideal for every activity. Check it out at the link below.

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Trending: Casio G-STEEL GSTS100G-1A

It's Watch Wednesday and this past week's worth of Trending Gear data has this robust digital/analogue hybrid timepiece on your radar. Casio watches have been a go-to choice for EDCers, with the G-SHOCK line being one of the most popular. Even the common fully digital G-SHOCK watches feature incredible durability, often at affordable pricepoints, that make them work for any EDC setup. This currently trending model, the GSTS100G, takes the core ruggedness of the G-SHOCK line to the next level as part of the G-STEEL family.

The GSTS100G combines stainless steel and resin materials and digital/analog hybrid timekeeping elements, resulting in a sophisticated mix of performance, durability, and style. It's packed with many of the features you'd expect in a G-SHOCK, like 200M water resistance, World Time for 31 time zones, multiple alarms, a stopwatch, and more. To keep all that information legible even in low-light conditions, the dial has a sense of depth as well as LED frontlighting for the entire face and LED backlighting for its digital display implements. Last but not least, it's solar powered and impact resistant to the demanding G-SHOCK shock resistance standards. Check it out at the link below.

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Victorinox Fieldforce Watches

Unlike your classic multi-function Swiss Army Knife, a watch’s only job is telling the time. As such, it should do it in an efficient, reliable way while being durable enough to stand up to your day-to-day. That’s exactly what Victorinox’s new Fieldforce collection of stylish and rugged timepieces aims to do. Each watch features a superbly-finished 42mm stainless steel case, a reliable Swiss quartz movement, a day/date display, and the level of quality you’ve come to expect from Victorinox. Instead of resting on their laurels by reissuing an old watch, Victorinox completely revisited the design with a bunch of new features that you’ll appreciate day in and day out.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Fieldforce when putting it on your wrist is the large, open, and highly legible dial. Its set of SuperLuminova-treated applied indices sit against a contrasting black dial for optimal legibility. The numerals are big, bold, and easy to read in day or night, thanks to the generous application of lume. Stepped sword hands for the hours and minutes tell the time, while a bright glossy red seconds hand is constantly ticking around the dial. At 12 o’clock, you’ll see the classic red shield Victorinox logo that’s well-proportioned so as to not clutter the dial. Further adding to the utility of the watch is a contrasting day/date display located at 3 o’clock. Running around the outer edge of the dial is a slim fixed bezel with a black insert denoting the minutes. The choice of putting this useful scale outside of the bezel does wonders for keeping legibility a top concern.

For a 42mm watch, the Fieldforce wears well on the wrist thanks to a slim profile. There’s a mix of brushed and high-polish finishes seen throughout the case and bracelet that adds a level of sophistication to a traditionally utilitarian watch. It’s available on either a premium leather strap or steel bracelet with polished center links, in several color ways, including deep black, rich blue, and bright white dials, all with the same black bezel surrounding it. If you’ve been looking for a watch that can pull double duty in both the field and the office, the Fieldforce makes an excellent candidate.

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Deep Blue Daynight Tritium PC Diver

No matter your EDC setup, chances are a rock-solid dive watch can fit right in. If you’re on the market for a serious watch with wrist presence and a light weight, look no further than Deep Blue’s new Daynight Tritium PC Diver. No stranger to producing capable dive watches, Deep Blue brings tactical flair to their newest watch with a sleek, blacked-out poly carbon case and aggressive timing bezel. One thing that’s even more impressive than the Daynight Tritium PC’s bevy of tritium tubes and distinct design details is its sheer value, as Everyday Carry readers get an exclusive discount on this tactical timepiece.

What sets the Deep Blue Daynight Tritium PC apart from the rest is the ample use of tritium gas tubes for optimum nighttime visibility. Instead of using a luminous paint for the dial and hands (which require light to charge up and only lasts a few hours at best), there are 15 T25 tritium tubes placed throughout the dial, hands, and bezel. At 12 o’clock, you’ll notice an orange tube marker, while the hands, hour markers, and bezel lume pip all feature a green tube. These “always” on luminous tubes are easy to see in dark conditions and the orange highlight at 12 makes the time easy to read with such a prominent reference point. Your watch will glow for up to 25 years without ever having to see daylight for a charge.

The Daynight Tritium PC Diver isn’t just about fancy glowing tubes, the other specs are above and beyond what you’d need in a daily watch. At an impressive 45mm, the case manages to stay light thanks to the durable and impact-resistant poly carbon case. It sits 13mm tall on the wrist with a 51mm lug-to-lug distance. The result is a watch that wears large, but not unwieldy thanks to its reasonable lug-to-lug length and thinner profile. Inside the watch, you’ll find a reliable Swiss-made Ronda 515 quartz movement with date function that will keep on ticking for 45 months without a battery change and keep time to -10/+20 seconds per month. The case is crafted to withstand up to 200m of water resistance, which is more than enough for splashes, hand-washings, and even swimming.

One of the best parts about the Daynight Tritium PC is the price. It starts at only $249, but for a limited time, Everyday Carry readers can score a Daynight Tritium PC at a significant discount. At checkout, use code “edc” for a final price of $149. You’d be hard-pressed to find another watch that’ll take a beating like the Daynight Tritium PC in this price range.

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Find Your Next Watch with Watch Gang

With summer in full swing, now's the perfect time to switch up what's on your wrist. But with so many options out there, finding a stylish timepiece that'll work for your EDC isn't so simple. The good news is you don't have to do it alone. Watch Gang and its community of savvy watch collectors make the watch-hunting process that much easier with active discussions, trades, and curated shopping. Whether you're looking to link up with collectors in Watch Gang's free-to-join watch swap community, or would rather have carefully selected pieces sent to you from their premium watch subscription service, Watch Gang can help you round out your summer carry.

Some preliminary research on the watch market should make it clear that nice watches often come with a hefty price tag, especially if you're buying new at retail. Other sought-after pieces might not even be available at all. Watch Gang makes these watches a bit more accessible with their free membership in a couple of ways. First, you can tap into their community of 30,000 and growing collectors as a central hub for swapping and trading watches—perfect for both newcomers and seasoned collectors alike. If you prefer buying directly, Watch Gang works with brands you know and love like Seiko, Citizen, Orient, and more to pass on savings to you.

While cost can be one barrier to upping your watch game, the other can be selection. If you want to make the decision-making process easier, you can opt into Watch Gang's paid premium subscription service. They'll send you a new watch every month, picked just for you based on your tastes and preferences for up to 70% off retail. The service offers three tiers and price ranges depending on your budget, but you'll receive a watch that's worth more than the subscription's cost of admission. Watch Gang makes the service even more exciting by entering members into a drawing to win watches throughout the week, from big hitters like Rolex, TAG Heuer, and Seiko.

If you've been interested in collecting watches, Watch Gang offers a variety of ways to dive right in. Check out their free-to-join community and paid subscription services at the link below. As an Everyday Carry reader, you can save 15% off your watch subscription with promo code EDC15. 

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BOLDR Supply Co. Venture Field Watch

If you check what's on an EDCer's wrist, there's a good chance it'll be a field watch. This style is especially popular among the everyday carry crowd, and for good reason: field watches are simple, durable, reliable, and just plain work. BOLDR Supply Co. put their own unique spin on the classic field watch with their new “Venture” model. Designed to be a near-unbreakable watch, the Venture outfits a tried-and-true military design with a light and rugged titanium case. The rest of its specs are set to impress too, especially for a watch that'll run you less than $150. To sweeten the deal, Everyday Carry readers can save an additional 15% with an exclusive promo code.

Typically, you don’t get as much utility out of a budget watch in terms of both features and materials. That isn't the case with the Venture as it forgoes the cheaper, commonly used brass or steel cases for a solid, aerospace-grade titanium build. The result is a lightweight and durable watch that can take a beating. A modern (and more interesting) case design really makes the watch stand out from other field watches. For example, the lugs sport some interesting angularity that brings a rugged, industrial look to the otherwise softened edges of the round case. The well-balanced proportions tie everything together visually, with the watch measuring in at a versatile 38mm case diameter, 45mm lug-to-lug width, and a low profile 11mm height.

Inside the watch, there’s a reliable Swiss-made ETA Quartz movement with up to three years of battery life. The Venture continues to punch above its price range with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating for optimal legibility. Its uncluttered dial is easy to read in low-light conditions as well, thanks to a generous application of luminous paint to the hands and hour markers. Throughout your adventures, you’ll appreciate the ample 100m of water resistance, and durable nylon strap, complete with matching titanium hardware.

The Venture is available in two attractive finishes. You can snag the watch in a brushed matte titanium or a Jet Black version with DLC coating. If you want to add one to your collection, there’s no better time than now. You can save 15% off your order by entering the code “BOLDRXEDC” at checkout at the link below.

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Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs

"Rado collaborated with the foundation of the late Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier for its True Thinline Les Couleurs. The collection features eight ceramic 39mm watches in vibrant monochrome colorways. The watches are shockproof and..." (via The Awesomer)
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Glycine Airman Base 22 Watch

"The Airman watch was originally designed for pilots, but its 24-hour display makes it an appealing timepiece for those looking for something a bit different. Its 25-jewel automatic movement has a 42h power reserve, and it comes in a stainless case with..." (via The Awesomer)

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Best Tactical Watches in 2019

Your EDC should be full of gear you can depend on day in and day out, handling everything from the mundane to the unexpected. It's no secret that tactical gear is popular among the EDC crowd, and for good reason: it's built to meet military specification for performance, durability, and reliability. And when it comes to watches, a military watch can deliver that reliable accuracy you need whether you're on a critical mission or meeting a deadline. With a tactical watch, not only do you get milspec performance, but you also get a design aesthetic that matches the rest of your utilitarian essentials. In this guide to the best tactical watches, we'll highlight some of the latest and greatest and break down what to look for in your next timepiece.

Casio G-Shock GA-2000-1A2 Carbon Core

When you absolutely, positively need a timepiece that can stand up to some serious abuse, look no further than the Casio G-Shock. Their durable, built-tough designs are made to last through it all, from the harshest outdoor conditions to the bumps and bangs of your daily grind in the city. Their reliability has been tried and tested for decades, but in 2019 they've improved the formula even further with their new Carbon Core GA-2000-1A2. It takes inspiration from aerospace design by integrating carbon fiber throughout the watch to make a new G-Shock that's lighter than ever.

To make the Carbon Core case, Casio mixes resin with carbon fiber. The mixture results in a case that's actually more durable than either of those materials alone, and lighter in weight at 64 grams—10 grams less than most G-Shocks. But don't mistake light weight for fragility, as the monocoque construction is still designed to stand up to severe shock, and it also enjoys water resistance down to 200 meters. As a timepiece the GA-2000-1A2 excels, with accurate Japanese quartz movement and an ultra-legible design that features both digital and analogue readouts. The three-dimensional face adds a bit of flair in the design but it also provides clear separation between the analog and digital subsystems, making it easier to differentiate the two when, say you are keeping track of multiple time zones, or timing things with the stopwatch or countdown complications.

The high visibility extends to the attractive dual-tone blue and black styling on the 1A2. And if you're looking for other colorways, you can find the GA-2000 in a black and yellow treatment, as well as a more military-style navy blue, olive drab, and tan option as well. Whether you're a newcomer to G-Shock or a longtime fan, the new Carbon Core would make a great addition to your EDC. Check it out and pick one up for yourself today at the link below.

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The 10 Best Field Watches in 2019

If a field watch is good enough for the military to wear, there’s a good chance that they’ll fare well during your everyday routine. Because they're designed to meet strict military specifications that define what its dial and size of the watch should look like, field watches as a whole tend to share many of the same features. But when you take a closer look, it's clear that each watch is distinct in its own way. The best field watches can pull EDC duty thanks to their reasonable size, clear legibility, and rock-solid durability. Today, we're taking a look at 10 of the best military field watches you can buy in 2019. There's something here to suit a variety of tastes, wrist sizes, and lifestyles.

Discover New Watches with Watch Gang

Sometimes it can feel like you can spend more time trying to hunt down the perfect watch for your EDC than actually wearing it. It's a hard process, whether you're a curious first-timer or a seasoned collector in search of a grail piece. Regardless, having a little help from a community of like-minded collectors never hurts. Watch Gang built a community around discussing and trading watches with the mission to make watch shopping easier for all. Between their free-to-join watch swap community and their premium watch subscription service, the Watch Gang has you covered for your next watch purchase.

With a free membership to Watch Gang, you gain access to their 30,000+ member strong community watch exchange, letting you leverage a collection you already have to round out your needs, or to acquire watches that are no longer easily found at retail. But if you are looking to purchase new watches, their members-only direct partnership deals allow you to pick up timepieces from brands like Seiko, Citizen, Orient, and more at a discount up to 70 percent off retail.

Watch Gang also offers a paid premium watch subscription box that gets you a new watch every month, based on watches you already like, letting you shake things up and add to your collection without too much fuss. There are three different tiers, but the bottom line is with this subscription service, you get a new, unique premium watch to keep every month. Each watch is worth more than the price you paid for the subscription. And as an added bonus, every paid subscription to a Watch Gang box puts you into a drawing to win a Rolex watch every Friday, a TAG Heuer watch every Tuesday, and a Seiko watch every Saturday.

The free community membership with Watch Gang already represents a great value, giving you a dedicated place to find new watches and add them to your collection. If you opt into the paid subscription box, you could be in for a sweet surprise. Check out Watch Gang and everything they have to offer at the link below.

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Is the Seiko SKX007 Worth It In 2019?

If you're in the market for new watch, you’re bound to come across the Seiko SKX lineup of divers in your search, and for good reason. The Seiko SKX (whether it be the classic SKX007, Pepsi-colored SKX009, or similar SKX173) has a long and storied history. Seiko’s first dive watch hit the market in 1965 and gradually underwent changes until 1996. The current version of the watch has been largely unchanged since then, proving itself to be a durable, reliable design for over two decades. It begs the question: does this decades old watch still hold up for modern EDC? Today, we're taking a closer look at the Seiko SKX series to see if this watch is a truly timeless timepiece, or if there are better watches out there for your EDC.

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Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical

"This substantial mechanical watch features a Swiss-made automatic movement, Swiss-made stainless steel case with a see-through back, a removable protective bumper, and a beautiful band made by grafting slivers of linden wood onto..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Dango Modular Watches

When you're at the top of your game, the biggest challenge is figuring out what to do next. It's easy to be stagnant rather than explore uncharted territory, but the thing is, nobody gets anywhere exciting or makes anything interesting by standing still. Now with a long history covering all the essentials in your pockets, Dango has set their sights on their next frontier: robust everyday watches. Built with the same care and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of their popular wallets and accessories, this new line is definitely worth your time.

In the spirit of covering your every adventure, the Dango Watches line comes in three models to match your everyday activities: Trek, Dive, and Chrono. All three watches feature a strong 45mm wrist presence built with 316L stainless steel and sapphire glass, protecting a beating heart in the form of a Swiss Ronda quartz movement.

The TK-01 Trek Watch's design takes its cues from the EDC-favorite field or officer's watch, but with materials turned up to 11. Its face features the style's signature dual 12- and 24-hour dials, with luminescent markings, polished silver indices for the outer dial, and a high-visibility second hand as key eye catches. No expense was spared for its strap, either. It features Dango's new patented interchangeable lugs (with quick-release spring bars) and offered in a luxurious Horween leather strap or nylon NATO style. Last but not least, a 50-meter water resistance and 45-month battery life round out the TK-01's complications.

The dive watch is arguably the most emblematic of EDC—a rock-solid watch with bold features and reliable performance on land or at sea. The DV-01 ticks all the boxes for this iconic style, with a few more thoughtful features added to the mix. Out of the collection, the DV-01 has a hardier 200-meter water resistance you would expect from a dive watch. Large luminescent markers light up its dial, with a date window at the 3 o'clock position and hi-vis yellow ends for its three hands. Finally, a notched, uni-directional rotating bezel rounds out the DV-01's case features. For its strap you have an option for either a metal bracelet or ventilated silicone sport band, both featuring Dango's interchangeable lugs.

Last but not least is the CR-01, Dango's chronograph offering. As expected from a watch in this style, its movement comes with more complications along with the most detailed case of the line. Three subdials are front and center with 30-second, 60-second, and 10-hour hands used for tachymeter and stopwatch complications, paired with a date window at the 3 o'clock position. Both the inner dial edge and bezel feature scale markings, with red accents on key indices and on the watch's main hands, as well as a bright red side button. For its straps the CR-01 comes with the interchange lugs and quick-release spring bars as the other watches, in a leather strap or metal bracelet option. Its clasp comes with a patented micro-adjustment buckle, allowing you to have the perfect fit every time without having to add or subtract links from the bracelet itself.

It's time to step up your watch game with Dango's new timepiece collection, built for any everyday carry and activity. All three watches are currently being launched on Kickstarter at special introductory prices, so be sure to check out the campaign at the link below.

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