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Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet Watch Releases

The American company Leatherman – known for their very useful folding multi-tools – will soon release a tool-bracelet known as the Tread. The Leatherman Tread will have 11 interchangeable links that each have a few tools such as screwdriver heads of various styles and sizes. Leatherman will offer the Tread as just a bracelet or make it available with an optional watch case – making the Tread a full-fledged timepiece.

According to Leatherman, the Leatherman Tread watch will have a total of 25 tools – and the integration of all the tools is rather clever, I must say. Each link, for example, has two tools on either side such as a screw head or a small cutting instrument. The center of the link might be used to unscrew various bolts. It appears as though most of the tools can be used without dissembling the Leatherman Tread merely by taking the bracelet off and folding the links to expose a tool.

Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet Watch Releases

How comfortable the Leatherman Tread watch will be is another matter. Leatherman has mentioned that its people have been wearing and testing the Tread for some time, and that they report it being totally acceptable to be worn on a daily basis. That said, you have a bracelet with a lot of sharp edges and parts which can snag on things. It is also unclear how heavy the Leatherman Tread will be – as weight is an issue that will no doubt turn some people off. Another important issue is how well it fits. Too loose and the Tread starts flopping around and becoming uncomfortable. If you remove links to make the Leatherman Tread smaller, then you might have to make difficult choices about what tools you are sacrificing in order to have the bracelet fit properly.

The Leatherman Tread will use a traditional folding clasp similar to those uses on many metal watch bracelets. Even the folding clasp has tools built into it, which is cool. Given that the Leatherman Tread is held together by screws, you might need to carry around a traditional Leatherman in order to take it apart or adjust it. It the Leatherman Tread attractive? The issue does come up, given that you are talking about something you need to wear. While I find tools such as my Leatherman Wave cool – I’ve never had to consider whether or not it looks good enough to wear.

Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet Watch Releases

Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet Watch Releases

Then there is the matter of the optional watch dial portion of the Leatherman Tread – the element which makes the Tread interesting for aBlogtoWatch. While Leatherman has not yet released detailed facts such as the watch case size, we know that the Leatherman Tread Watch will contain a Swiss quartz movement and have a sapphire crystal over the dial. The case is also water resistant to 200 meters. Around the dial is a rotating bezel.

The Leatherman Tread Watch is attractive enough with a familiar military/pilot watch style that is both legible and decently attractive. The style is predictably conservative, given Leatherman’s target audience – which is probably not people who wear watches on a regular basis. I find it interesting that Leatherman decided to go the full analog route (rather than have a digital dial) – which is another sign that they are trying to be style conscious.

Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet Watch Releases

Is the Leatherman Tread a legitimately useful tool or a lifestyle item for guys who want others to think they know a little bit about being “hands-on?” That is a good question. While the tools on the Leatherman Tread likely work nicely enough, they are mostly suited to emergency purposes when you have nothing else available. Trying to unscrew anything with the Leatherman Tread is going to be an extended manual process. I think Leatherman will likely sell a lot of Treads – especially those with the watch attachment, but no one will use one to replace their traditional Leatherman or other mutli-tool.

One popular question about the Leatherman Tread is whether or not it is TSA compliant? Leatherman has confirmed that “YES,” the Leatherman Tread complies with TSA regulations and can be taken aboard flights (at least in the US). That fact does add an additional level of consumer desire for those who like to feel “prepared.” As we enter the era of wearable technology, items like wearable tools will make a bit more sense. A tool bracelet will look a bit cooler than a little leather or fabric pouch hanging on your belt with a tool in it – but you do, of course, sacrifice a degree of practicality and convenience. According to Leatherman, the Tread will be priced at about $150 – $200 when it comes out later in 2015 (sometime between the summer and fall, according to the company). More from Leatherman here.

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  • Fraser Petrick

    Bravo to Leatherman! Next step: built in corkscrew.

  • Ulysses31

    I applaud them for attempting to be innovative.  I’m not sure i’m convinced by the result of that innovation though.  The watch does “look” uncomfortable but i’d be willing to bet that apart from the snagging potential, it’s OK to wear.  As a tool though, if you dare to actually use this on a regular basis, wouldn’t you end up scratching the crap out of the various links?  How would it look on the wrist with dings and scrapes on every edge and surface that has contact with a nut or screw?  As for the watch case itself and the dial, pretty generic.  It looks a bit futuristic; perhaps they should have been similarly daring with the case styling.

  • paulester17

    I wouldn’t wear it. But—interesting!

  • I have a Leatherman that I’ve carried with me into the bush for many years, I would consider it near indispensable. When I’m not on trip, I don’t carry it. So for someone in my position, this is filling a void that doesn’t exist. It’s not as useful as an actual Leatherman, so it can’t replace what I have, and I don’t need access to the semi-complete tools that it does offer on a day-to-day basis. And the strap cutter link looks like it could be pretty problematic. It’s also more expensive than a flagship Leatherman. I would possibly consider it as a replacement to the resin strap on my Pathfinder, a watch I would never in a million years consider replacing with a simple quartz affair for hacking around the bush in, but it has proprietary lugs that don’t take standard straps.
    Would be interested in seeing one in person.

  • RipJJ

    This would be a very unique gift for someone, and an interesting conversation starter as well. I would consider giving it away as a present. If I were to receive one from someone, I would appreciate it…and promptly re-gift it. I guess I’m just a giver. (Please read between the lines here…I’m trying to be nice).

  • thornwood36

    Am gonna have to grow a beard and get me a pick up before i buy this watch. Looks murder for a hairy wrist Ariel. i’ve ;labeled this under fun and totally unnecessary.

  • shinytoys

    Ulysses31 scratched up links equals street cred 🙂

  • shinytoys

    I dig it, and it would be a cool ad to my Pro-Trek 🙂

  • Oelholm

    Funny how “totally acceptable” is the target I set when looking for a comfortable watch band…

  • Non existing problem: SOLVED!

  • thornwood36 Diamond bezel with pavé dial and I’m SOLD!

  • bichondaddy

    Hummmm…..seems I might have found a way to spend the 2, $100 VISA gift cards I got for Christmas!!!  Now I just need to wait until they come to my local BASS Pro Shop…..or the Gander Mountain store….they both carry Leatherman tools.  Oh…I have had my Leatherman’s tools for nearly 20 years…..keep one in the SUV along with tool box., and carry the other one when I am doing manly chores around the house!!!  ( Doing my best Tim Allen manly grunt from the TV show, Home Improvement! )

    Just hopin’ dat dere wide enuf to to go wit ma 63 mm Invicter…..!!!   LOL .

  • bichondaddy

    thornwood36 Yer also gonna havta getcha an Invicter ta wear wit it too….a 63 mm one will look da best!!!

  • Jimxxx

    For your next trip to the Syrian border…

  • nickyb66

    Horrible design, why would anyone who appreciate fine watches would put this on there wrist?

  • Jimxxx

    for Halloween?

  • Time2Go

    I think you’ll definitely need a certain kind of look to successfully pull off this tank tread bad-assness. Had I that look, I think I’d give this a shot just cuz it looks interesting and the blood dripping from my chewed-up wrist would certainly boost my bad-ass rating.

    But for now, I’m good with my Hello Kitty NATO.  Don’t judge me!

  • spiceballs

    I think that there is a “cool” factor associated with this strap and the “possibility” of usefulness.  Being a “tool” I see it as being even cooler if it gets banged up a bit.  Not sure about the watch but it also does have a  “cool” look about it..  I think they’ll sell well altho’ they might want to start thinking Ti.  But (sigh) my days where something like this would be cool and useful are near done.

  • Chaz_Hen thornwood36 Comes with a jewelry prong adjusting tool for those diamonds?

  • Shawnnny

    OMG! Ariel, is there nothing else to write about? I gave you an article idea once. They don’t even make a good multi tool anymore, let alone a watch. You’d have to be a total tool to wear that!

  • bdekok

    I”m not sure I’d wear it, but I like it.  Quite chunky.  This would look good with some Sinn watches.

  • bdekok And as Billy Crystal famously said, “It’s more important to look good than to feel good. And you look marvelous!”.

  • 5803822

    I reckon anyone intent on some serious screwing would not be looking at this as his tool of choice — don’t reckon this litttle lot would be up to the job – cheap and novel yep ……..but. ! …quartz………..uumm shame.

  • 5803822 Yeah, I want it to be a mechanical where I can remove the mainspring and use it as dental floss.

  • Jimxxx

    Looking good when accepting that invitation to the Blue Oyster Bar.

  • DavidasaurusRex

    This is the perfect watch for either:

    1. An “EDC” enthusiast (read as obsessed about how often people should rotate their keychain flashlights and benchmade knives)

    2. A doomsday prepper/Off the grid enthusiast

    @Ariel Adams, you should add this as an addendum to your Zombie Survival Watches article.

  • bnabod

    no no no no no…….enough said

  • kunokephalos

    Predictably snobbish comments here but in reality, high-end watches are also stuffed with useless decorative features (tourbillons, moonphases, equation du temps) which are about as practical as a screwdriver on a bracelet. As I see it, this is fun  bit of macho jewellery and there’s a place for it in the world. I bet it will sell like hotcakes at Christmas.

  • My only complaint is that it’s not adaptable to other watches – from the looks of it, it screws into the optional watch rather than using a traditional attachment. Another thing to note: depending on the sizing of everything, adding the watch component means taking away links to maintain size. I’d love to see them create a version that is adaptable to other watches — maybe sell “additional components” that allow for the traditional connection. I could definitely see a mix-and-match sales method working here — ordering by picking out your desired components, and leaving the others behind. Awesome concept!

  • ScubaPro

    To me this has all the earmarks of an absolutely perfectly executed Internet hoax. If only it was.

  • 5803822

    MarkCarson 5803822 You’d have to have a few screws loose to want this one and E nglishmen don’t floss  !

  • IvanTrajkovic1

    OK….wait! If i understand correctly, there is “a cutting tool” embedded in watch bracelet ? Is it only me or those “tools” can poke you / scratch you on the wrist? 
    Also, those screw tools are simply too short for any serious work…. unscrewing anything with this will take at least 5 minutes….
    Real tool watches – useful tool watches – are something like Casio Pro Trek, or maybe Breitling Emergency…. even Timex has some great compass enabled watches…. 
    This is a great idea, with a very very very very questionable usability….

  • bdekok

    Jimxxx Discrimination, much?

  • Jimxxx

    Lighten-up much?

  • bdekok

    Your right. I shouldn’t have used the word “much”. It was poor English.

  • ehansen42

    I think it all comes down to the build quality. For ~ $200 (with the watch), I would predict that unfortunately it’s going to be pretty chinsy and roughly finished.  Bezel action, finishing on the watch head, etc.  But if it were truly built well, then sure, why not?  LM is super popular and they’ll sell these no matter what. But for the fussy WIS crowd, if this watch possibly had the requisite solid build quality and precision (quartz hands line up, good lume, no bezel play, screwdown crown, etc), this is the ultimate Tool Watch, no?

  • kunokephalos

    IvanTrajkovic1 It only has to plausibly pretend to be useful. It’s a bracelet, after all.

  • WimadS

    kunokephalos Haha exactly! Its not going to be useful at all (maybe the beer opener ;P ), but its just plain cool and that alone is enough to make it sell.

  • OdinAEon

    I want them to put an eta 2895 in there sooooo bad.

  • combatwombat

    150-200$ is the price for the Tread either in stainless or black coated,
    without the watch. The one with the watch will likely be above that.
    And for the tools they give a 25year warranty, so i’d say the are of
    reasonable quality.

  • AK74

    +1 for having the functional strap. I think watchmakers should start using the bracelets more.

  • If it were mechanical, it’d be the perfect watch for a Zombie Apocalypse or a Mad Max societal collapse.

  • emenezes As a coincidence, my daughter and I just watched The Walking Dead season 6 tonight. In one episode the others note that the old guy (Dale) has a watch which he winds daily. So no quartz watch for him in that Zombie Apocalypse. Cheers.

  • MarkCarson Perhaps the prefect watch for the Zombie Apocalypse would be a JLC Reverso: before fending zombies off, just flip the watch to protect it.

  • Mat

    Leatherman tread is a great tool and it is nice when it is used as a watch band. BTT Leatherman Tread watch adapter can connect almost any watches to Leatherman Tread. You can check their page and see different options available for your watch and Leatherman tread: http://besttechtool.com/

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