We’ve selected durable and dependable adventure watches for the explorer who is living life in the fast lane.
Adventurers & travelers have always understood the utility of a sturdy, reliable, luxury watch; it keeps them safe and gives them the edge they need. In fact, traditional watches have helped explorers even before adventure watches became a trend. Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911. He used a deck watch: a watch that allowed sailors to easily tell time at sea, without having to rely on the ship’s chronometer. Similarly, World War II revealed how necessary wristwatches were for soldiers. Issuing troops a dependable timepiece made coordinating tactical movements much more precise. Soon after, adventurers started to recognize just how important a watch could be.
Swiss luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier released a Chief and Scout chronograph watch inspired by “America’s first motorcycle company” Indian Motorcycle. Indian Motorcycle partnered with Baume & Mercier to create this limited-edition chronograph watch as a homage to the Indian Motorcycle Company. This self-winding mechanical watch combines the urban appeal of a brown calfskin strap with the depth and precision of a racing-inspired gray and black dial, complete with a tachymeter scale on the bezel with many subdials. The stainless steel case is stamped on the back with the famous Indian Motorcycle brand. Indian Motorcycle created Burt Munro’s record-setting Indian Scout motorbike, and the company has been behind some of the fastest and most innovative motorbikes in history.
Car enthusiasts who race know the importance of a quality chronograph. Automotive-inspired watches feature a very unique tool for measuring elapsed time: the chronograph. This is usually paired with tachymeters that measure speed over a certain distance. There have been many famous faces in racing, like Steve McQueen who wore a Rolex Submariner, or Paul Newman who enjoyed a Rolex Daytona or a square case designed chronograph by TAG Heuer Monaco. The faces, as well as these watches, became famous among watch enthusiasts and collectors. If you’re considering a watch to cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway, think about what features are most useful to you. And don’t forget to factor in the aesthetic of your wristband. Driving watches are known for their well-executed designs; some even offer a sleek perforated leather strap if you’re into those small finishing touches.
If you're looking for something water-friendly & aquatic for your boating or surfing adventures and desire a touch of classic luxury, the Superocean Heritage collection from Breitling is a great start to add to your adventure watch collection. The design attributes showcase Breitling’s history of creating diver watches dating back to the 1950s, with bezels and dials featuring a clean and clear aesthetic. Breitling has gone to great lengths to unify the bracelets and straps within their diver collections. You’ll find some of their most iconic designs within the Superocean Heritage collection. This collection is made to withstand depths of water with an elegant design. Dive watches tend to end up looking busy when designers try to cram in too many dials and ornaments. But you can count on Breitling to keep it simple with cues stemming from their own 1950’s Superocean. There are two features that distinguish this diver watch: first is the COSC-certified B20 movement with a 70-hour power reserve; second is the stunning steel mesh bracelet found in the Superocean Heritage line. It’s one of the best mesh bracelets in this price range.
Pilot or aviation watches are handy for their impressive features and novel designs. Uniquely stylish and highly functional, these terrific timepieces are adept at both keeping precise time and looking great on your wrist. If you’re a hobbyist pilot or just learning, these watches make a worthwhile addition to any watch collection. So, if you’re a man flying high who loves aviation, then this is the watch for you. Pilot watches are made with precision, and the Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date Watch is the perfect example of the precision of detail. It features a Swiss quartz movement with six jewels and 48 months of battery life. The design was inspired by Alpina’s century-long experience in building pilot watches for the continental air forces—it meets all military aviation watch specifications.
Planning & preparation are crucial for every adventure. The same is true when it comes to buying an adventure watch. Consider what you’re going to use it for and then enjoy the search for the perfect adventure watch to add to your watch collection.
Our range of adventure watches offers everything from stylish divers, to aviation pieces and more, all at affordable prices. Take a look at our collection of adventure watches today.