Seven Awesome Field Watches For Every Budget

Seven Awesome Field Watches For Every Budget

Seven Awesome Field Watches For Every Budget ABTW Editors' Lists

A field watch may not enjoy the same celebrated status as dive watches in general, and I am yet to figure out why that is. Field watches or "infantry watches" are more often than not just as capable as their diver's counterparts: they have the same impressive water resistance, the same focus on excellent legibility, and the same functionality with the frequent use of a rotating timing bezel, plus running seconds to confirm your watch is operational. However, they often do all this with less girth and at a more competitive price. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to call field watches the ultimate tool watches for their utmost focus on function and lack of superfluous details. Last, but not least, they too can be as quirky as the quirkiest dive watches, if that's your thing.

Here's a selection of seven cool field watches that will make your dive watches put up a fight for more wrist time.

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Timex Weekender – $30

Timex – and with it, the Indiglo dial – is making a comeback, and it's as awesome as it's ever been. This model is humbly called a "Weekender" and with its "silver-tone case" and 30m water resistance, it really is more of a weekend-beater to wear when busying yourself with weekend activities than a do-it-all alternative to the purpose-built field watches we'll feature below.

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Source: Wikipedia by Andrew J.Kurbiko

But hey, its awesome Indiglo dial that lights up from a quick press on the crown is as legible as it is charmingly retro (at least for those of us who were genuinely impressed by it ages ago). Meanwhile, its 38mm size stays in tune with its "weekender" capabilities. Good proportions, excellent legibility, quartz (though, to be fair, cheap quartz) accuracy, and a price that makes a Swatch feel like a luxury purchase make this Timex Weekender a cute little beater that may just get more wrist time than you'd first imagine.

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By the way, apropos of the price, this is also one of those rare noteworthy watches that manage to cost less than it is wide: the Timex Weekender can be yours for just $30.55. This variant comes on a green woven strap but note that there are 18 different color variations available via that link.

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Seiko 5 SNZG09K1 In Khaki Green – $108

What's a list of field watches without a Seiko 5? Useless! This is the beefier Seiko 5 with proper 100m water resistance – you can also buy the 30m variant for about $60 less. The one we are looking at here comes in a 41mm wide stainless steel case that has been sand-blasted for a matte look that enforces the purpose-built "military vibe" – shiny, high-polished cases are a big no-no out in the field.

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Lume on the hands and indices is excellent, as per usual from the lume overlord Seiko. Note that the dial on this variant is olive green, not grey – images may show it more charcoal grey than green but it is green, to go with the out-in-the-wild mood. The 22mm lug width will let you select from a virtually bottomless pool of strap options. This green variant is worth putting on a large block alligator strap in brown, in the off chance you have one laying around – you'll be surprised how versatile this watch can be.

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The automatic 7S36 movement is made in Japan by Seiko (the 7S26 in the 30m variant is made both in and outside Japan). It offers running seconds in the center and a day-date aperture at 3 o'clock. Bear in mind that at this price point you do have to live without hand-winding through the crown or hacking seconds – an annoyance outweighed by the purpose-looking matte case, excellent legibility, and Seiko reliability.

This variation of the Seiko is available with a range of dial and strap colors, including black, blue, sand and, again, this olive green.

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Citizen Eco-Drive AW1361-10H – $135

Citizen's Eco-Drive technology probably wasn't (but it damn well could have been) invented with field watches in mind. In 1976, the Eco-Drive was the first light-powered analog quartz watch ever and it unsurprisingly remains among the most popular of its kind.

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Here, the Japanese J810 quartz movement is wrapped around by a 45mm stainless steel case that's water resistant to 100m, making it suitable for easy dives, swimming, snorkeling and what have you – though for those, you're advised to install a NATO or Zulu style strap or one in rubber, an easy task with the 22mm-wide lugs.

The dark grey dial works nicely against the colored indices and hands and a massive, lumed minute hand and luminous double digit minute markers ensure excellent to-the-minute legibility. This one by Citizen clearly isn't the purest field watch in our selection, but its refreshing dial design and light-powered Eco-Drive movement helped it make the list. Get it here.

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Luminox 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark – $189

If we had a Seiko 5, we better have something by Luminox as well. This 3051 EVO Navy SEAL, you could argue, is as much of a diver as it is a field watch and you'd be right, just like how Navy SEAL actually stands for Sea, Air, Land. Given the well-earned reputation of Luminox, you bet this watch will last longer than you will, irrespective of which field of use you decide to test it in.

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At 44mm wide but equipped with unusually short lugs, the 3051 EVO should wear fine on smaller wrists, while its carbon-polyurethane case ensures a kind of lightness and durability hitherto impossible with steel. Legibility should be great whether you're glancing at it in bright daylight or in the dark of the wilderness (...or something more casual like a movie theater), thanks to its tritium tubes on the indices and surrounding the dial. We have visited the only factory where all tritium tubes used in quality watches are produced. Check that manufacture visit here.

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These tubes are mildly radioactive – produced and used under strictly controlled circumstances – and what they do is glow in the dark without any exposure to a light source. Given the 12.36 year half life of tritium, you have a few decades of glow-in-the-dark goodness on the hands and indices and also in the pip of the bezel – these little tubes are worth a look at under a loupe as well.

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Priced at $183, this purpose-built, Navy SEAL-approved, go-anywhere watch is among the best value for money beaters out there. There is also a version on the full carbon-polyurethane bracelet for under $290, which I personally fancy even more, because I like a chunky bracelet on a relatively narrow case on a purpose-built, go-anywhere watch like this.

  • Mikita

    Victorinox field models also offer solid bang per buck. For $350 you may get the Infantry:
    https://www.jomashop.com/victorinox-mens-watch-241565.html

    Or find some nice AirBoss below five hundred:
    https://www.jomashop.com/victorinox-mens-watch-241507.html

    • David Bredan

      Those are pretty cool too. I’m generally more tempted by the modern field watch – that 3051 EVO on the bracelet is the look I like (which is why I set it as the featured image). Having seen where and how those tubes are made adds a bit to it for me, I guess.

      • Mikita

        Personally, I just can’t accept plastic watches to take my wrist space from my SS watches. Okay, you may call it uber High-Tech Carbon-Polyurethane case, but for me they all feel same. I’ve been wearing a Casio MRW (pic attached) for around a month, but I just wasn’t enjoying the lightness and softness of the case. Perfect (but pricey) solution for me is Sinn 1800 S Damaszener 🙂 looks like some kind of high-tech carbon, while it isn’t.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e13ab38ae0375d39e5c3fa5ac754546c8ee189e6f8a2dbfee1286f4c2c8ed2e.jpg

    • I’ve got a Victorinox INOX and its my beater watch (not that I’m hard on it at all). I think the price was around $525 which may seem like a lot for a quartz watch, but it’s tank. Plus I got it as prize for way too many ABTW comments a couple of years ago.

      • Mikita

        INOX is one tank of a watch, born to stand as much beating as no other watch. And yours is also connected to some memories – even better 🙂

      • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        can’t say too many good things about the rubber strap though.
        ( and it, the ‘tank like’ watch, does attract scratches it seems)

        • The red rubber strap on my INOX is my least favorite thing about it. Way too hard to adjust the keepers once the strap is on my wrist. I don’t bang my watches up much, so mine is still scratch free (I think).

      • Gokart Mozart

        How many comments do I need to “win” a Habring? 😉

        • I wish…

        • Mikita

          0 (so it means impossible).

    • Kuroji

      Failing to mention Victorinox is borderline negligent in this case.

  • Ian john horwood

    Awsome not, go back to your drawing brand and re-do your homework.

    • David Bredan

      Ian, had you had anything positive to say *ever* about anything, I’d take this feedback seriously. Cheers.

      • Ian john horwood

        I take watches very seriously, come on that timex is a piece of garbage, with a 2 pence crap tiny quartz movement about 5mm in diameter, with that horendous luminous dial, i dont think so. True fields watches do not.Hardly any of these watches even havent got a patch on my lowly snxs75 seiko, which is a peach of a gem. Even the seiko 5 military with horrible plastic dial is a waste of money. These are not made in the same place as the snxs and little care is taken over hand alignment and care of construction quality like my snxs. I can go on etc. No such thing as a very low budget true field watch. That giant monster marthon at 46mm is not a field watch. I Would even not pick even the hamilton over the snxs75, etc. Hardly any of the watches picked make the grade as a decent owning watch. The marthon is not a field watch, plus too big. I can keep going but i will stop here, too much i can let rip into, and so on.

        • David Bredan

          You lost me at horendous luminous dial.

          • Ian john horwood

            In my first younger days many years ago i had a timex epidition with lumiglow light, that stopped working then, it fell apart on me literally. Those were my young nieve days, but not so today, would i ever recomend the cheapest timex indiglow.

          • Ian john horwood

            Lumiglow dial if u insist then.

        • ProJ

          Although, to my knowledge, there are no official definition of what constitutes a ‘field watch’, I can confirm that most (if not all) field watches I have come across (including the first military watch issued by Eterna for the British Army) have:

          -Dark Dial’s
          -Arabic Numerals
          -Luminous Hands
          -‘Reasonable water and shock resistance’

          Also most of them come on straps as opposed to bracelets.

          Your Seiko, as much as it’s nice, does not qualify unfortunately for at least 2 of the above features.

          I don’t understand why you are so angry. Or at least that’s how you sound 🙁

          • Ian john horwood

            They were not waterproof watches like todays watches, didnt have rubber straps, but leather or material straps. There were other watches used, like elgin and many others etc. There was not just one manufacture used in the arms / navy / pilots, etc for their watches. Also there were obviously no quartz watches back then.

          • Ian john horwood

            Exactly, no such thing

        • SuperStrapper

          Do you consoder the Marathon a field watch tho? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

          • Ian john horwood

            It is just a a 46mm 300m dive watch, so everybody can use their divers watches right. Any way in reality there really is no such thing as a field watch. It is a designer fashion slogan.

    • Mikita

      What? But the list has Seiko 5!!

      • Ian john horwood

        The wrong seiko 5. That seiko 5 is a horrible blob in the catalog. That military seiko 5 with plastic dial is not a patch on the classic snxs75 sports dress watch, it is not in even in the same league as the snxs all round quality.

        • Richard

          I’m not sure why you think a dress watch would be in an article about field watches?

          • Ian john horwood

            The marthon is not a field watch, plus hardly none of make the grade as a good watch. No such thing as a good budget field watch. The snxs75 is better than 95 % all of these.

          • Ian john horwood

            Its a sports dress watch, thats far far better than seiko 5 military.

        • Mikita

          I have a watch very similar to yours – lovely emerald green SNX447. But don’t see it as a field watch: highly polished case, highly reflective galvanic dial, (originally) metallic bracelet. Field watch usually have matte non-reflective cases and dials (in order not to signal your position) and textile/leather/urethane straps.

          • Ian john horwood

            The Seiko 5 military is a piece crap compared with your’s and mine.

  • Richard

    Is the lack of hand-winding on the Seiko 5 that much of an issue? I wear mine only at weekends (as it doesn’t really go with a suit during the week) and I just tend to give the watch a quick shake before I put it on and it’s good to go.

    • David Bredan

      It isn’t really an issue, but something I wanted to mention in case someone couldn’t live without hand winding but otherwise liked the watch. It’s a quirk that isn’t mentioned in product descriptions but I figured it’s worth noting.

      • Richard

        That’s fair enough. I really liked the Hamilton Khaki Field but, at the time, it only came in green which wasn’t my preferred colour – so ended up with the blue SNZG11K1 instead.

  • Tea Hound

    Surely any field watch list needs to start and end with the Breitling Emergency II – the go-to watch for any serious daily commuter.

    • David Bredan

      I don’t think I could resist unscrewing those transmitters. Oh, the temptation!

      • I’d unscrew it while in jail – then having someone come rescue you might be worth the fee.

        • IG

          Hawaii Five-0 would stop them and your ass would stay behind bars.

          • They’d probably take my watch before throwing me in the tank. Unless… you’ve seen Pulp Fiction… (no wait, that’s a big watch)

          • Berndt Norten

            The remake of that series is so, like, hurting. So bad. All of it. The writing. The acting

        • David Bredan

          Smart!

        • Mikita

          I’d unscrew it while robbing the bank: then these guys will have to rescue me with my money. No need to prepare the car behind the bank and all.

          • You sure they’d get there in time for your get away?

          • Mikita

            These guys are professionals, aren’t they? They must save my ass, it’s their job after all.

          • Berndt Norten

            And we have a new watch brand’s name: UNSCREW

          • Mikita

            Unbravo!! Unscrew unwatches. Unlike!

          • Berndt Norten

            Unsee. Unsay.

          • Mikita

            Understand.

          • egznyc

            Unlikely. Unclear. Unless …

          • egznyc

            Awesome (i.e., brilliant).

  • I already have two G-Shocks, and don’t reeeeeallly need another, but that Mudmaster looks so tempting in its ridiculousness.

    I also have a Hamilton Khaki Mechanical which I think does the field watch thing better than the automatics – it’s thinner (since it’s hand-winding), has a sandblasted case finish and a slightly less cluttered dial.

  • Sadly, nothing in the list interests me. I guess that’s more of reflection on me – that I’m just not in the market for a field watch. But nice to see affordable watches being covered.

    • IG

      You should design a field watch with the your signature insane case/lugs and call it Colonel Kurtz’ Field Watch by Mark Carson.

    • Larry Holmack

      I have one of the Timex Expedition’s, with the Indiglo feature, in my collection mainly for when my wife and I go to the movies. It keeps her from checking her Smart Phone for the time.

      Yes…she’s one of those people who would check her email and text people while we are watching a movie….she’s almost gotten kicked out of a movie for constantly being on her phone. The last time we went to the movies, two days ago, I took her phone out of her purse and turned it off, and kept it until the movie was over!

  • Terance Hill

    Thank you Brian for the smorgasbord of watches. Hopefully there was something there for everybody’s tast.
    And if not you can satisfy everybody.

    • Mikita

      Orgasmboard? What is that?

      • Terance Hill

        Damn I thought I made a typo
        Nope***
        I guess that would depend on where you’re wearing the watch and how is it getting there ? So again it would come down to a matter of taste

  • David Williams

    That particular Citizen (the Avion, also available as a chronograph) is apparently based on the cockpit instruments of 1950s airliners, giving it a “vintage travel” theme. There’s something pleasing about using a light-powered watch in the great outdoors – it’s a connection to the environment and a symbolic acknowledgement of the sun’s capacity to supply much more of our energy, as solar technology improves and costs come down.

  • Mikita
    • David Bredan

      That looks good too!

      • Mikita

        I especially like the SARG009, even though it’s much less “field” compared to SARG007 / SARG005 / SARG003 / SARG001 (fieldness in descending order 🙂

        • David Bredan

          Seiko reference numbers in descending order of “fieldness” – now we’re talking!!

    • Mikita

      Just realized the video is by TGV – Marius will appreciate it for sure LOL

      • Berndt Norten

        Where IS Marius?

        • Mikita

          Must be on his regular trip to Parraya. To meet with our mentor

          • Berndt Norten

            The Pontiff?

          • Mikita

            Affirmative!

      • Jon Snow

        Definitely one for the Urban Genitalia to take into the field.

  • SuperStrapper

    I like moat of these brands but none of these references. Biggest crime here is the handset on that eco drive. Holy awful are they way too short for that dial.

    • David Bredan

      If there’s one thing the Japanese seem to get wrong painfully too often, it’d be the sizing of hands.

      • SuperStrapper

        Seems odd for a quartz movement as there should be no torque or weight issues.

      • As far as I can tell it’s more of an issue with Citizen and Orient; Seiko aren’t too bad, on the whole. Shame because the former two make some otherwise nice watches for the low-budget enthusiast.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Good List Mr. Bredan.
    There does seem to be a few ‘pretenders’ who would stick pins in your balloon, however, as one who has “Rode the Elephant” in a military capacity quite a few times I can assure you that what qualifies as a “Military” watch is nothing more than any watch that is worn by a ‘Military” person.

    Good selection and presentation.

    • David Bredan

      Thank you!

  • Don Wrigley

    That’s an impressive collection of underwhelming watches. Well done. But the title is misleading – it doesn’t include anything for the truly miniscule budget. For which I may introduce the awesome awesome Hemlock Luxuy Waterproof Military Sport Men Watches Fabric Band Alloy Wrist Watch Green: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01M59K1KU/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1512565033&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=hemlock+luxury+waterproof

    The Yazole of military style watches.

    • Mikita

      A field subbrand of Yazole? Just not to interfere with their contemporary pieces. Smart.

    • egznyc

      I’ve never seen “finishing” quite like that. Not to mention the “gemious” genious on the dial. But a few of these as stocking stuffers wouldn’t break the bank.

    • spiceballs

      Hemlock is a good name for this line – – ?

  • R La R

    Urban Dictionary defines “awesome” as what Americans call everything.

    • As it does say that English call everything “brilliant”.

      • DanW94

        “Smashing” reply, Mark, just smashing…

        • David Williams

          Yes, quite spiffing!

          Having once seen a pizza described as awesome, I would welcome some guidance as to which superlative to hold in reserve for the Grand Canyon, the Aurora Borealis or the biggest surf of the year!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Totally awesome ?

          • Berndt Norten

            This is America, honey. Words (names) don’t mean shi-.

          • Joel Schumann

            My good friend Kant suggest “sublime”.

          • egznyc

            I “Kant” argue with that. Doing so would be ridiculous.

          • DanW94

            In America, pizza is awesome. The Grand Canyon is just a big hole in the ground and the Borealis are annoying lights in the sky North or somewheres…

        • MeaCulpa

          Spiffing!

      • Mikita

        I thought it’s “bloody”. Oh,wait..

      • Raymond Wilkie

        In Scotland we say fandabbydozy.

    • David Bredan

      Yes!

  • BNABOD

    Ok I really don’t like any of them maybe perhaps the Hamilton. Overall just a sad looking bunch. My 3 cents

  • Aaron Ryder

    I’ve got the Citizen, Hamilton, and Seiko. Love all three. They’re just my kinda watch.

  • Lucifer Luv

    Hello dear abtw,
    Very interesting article and I hope in the future we will have more multi budget watches for any purpose. What about the same comparison for a watch for a wedding event?

    • Berndt Norten

      Good user name, BILL

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Berndt ! leave him be.

        • Berndt Norten

          Ok, 50 P

  • Coert Welman

    I have the cheaper version of the Seiko and I love my little olive green Seiko to bits. Good accuracy and cheap as chips. It also has the best lume of anything in my collection, despite being the second lowest ito purchase price. What is not to like?

  • DanW94

    Nice change of pace David. I think you did a fine job identifying the usual budget friendly suspects. I would substitute this Timex for the one you selected.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c35b808e260b6543dfc17a33ba8df1400dcaa935d35205188118f8a898b6f07.jpg

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I can hardly read the date, even with my specs on.

    • Mikita

      Poor little date

      • DanW94

        They make a million variations on this theme. What do you expect for 40 dollars, Yazole quality? 🙂

        • Mikita
          • DanW94

            Not just a cool watch. The MOST cool watch!!

          • Mikita

            Yazole doesn’t always be cool. But when it does – it’s most cool.

          • egznyc

            You know I never thought I’d say this but … that Yazole doesn’t look bad ;-).

          • Mikita

            It’s among the most expensive Yazole ever: almost $12.

          • Berndt Norten

            O Mikita he will never know
            Anything about Yazole
            He’ll never know how good it feels
            To wear one
            Oh no!
            Mikita no Yazole!

    • David Bredan

      Thanks! That’s a cool Timex, I wouldn’t let the date bother me.

    • Larry Holmack

      I have one of the Timex Expedition Scout 43’s in my watch case. Great watch for heading out to a movie or just going shopping with my wife. All of $60…. and at 43 mm’s, it doesn’t look like a woman’s watch on my wrist. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c7fc55edfecae01f5c3fe8dc961125e39eb0cbce679afd234488b8fdb52977b.jpg

      • egznyc

        That’s pretty cool. I first assumed it was an all-lined dial but I see it has Indiglo written in the dial. Oh well, but I suppose that’s even brighter ;-).

    • egznyc

      I didn’t know you had a thing for skeletonized hands ;-).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Sorry, i only read the first page. None of the above do anything for me. A couple i wouldn’t be seen dead in. Am not sporty.

    • David Williams

      They’re tough enough for Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday night!

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I wouldn’t go near there on a Saturday night. I’ve been stabbed twice in my time, ( robbed ) Once in the leg and once in the side.

        • Berndt Norten

          Raymond!

          You’re like 50 Cent.

          We’ll call you 50 Pence

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Berndt !

          • Mikita

            Both !

          • Berndt Norten

            Say my name,say my name

        • David Williams

          But any of these watches would have been fine!

          Take care, be safe!

  • “A while ago our Zach reviewed the high-end version of the Mudmaster here, but that’s considerably more expensive than this plucky GG-1000.”

    Since you worked you way into Marathon territory, I would also have added the GWG 1000-1A3 Mudmaster to the list (which you kind’a did (thanks)). The latter is my hard use “field” watch. It has been subjected to all sorts of abuse and continues to function very well.

    • Mikita

      Even sexual abuse?

      • David Bredan

        Let’s not go there.
        Seriously, congrats on the GWG. I chose to include the GG because it’s (relatively) smaller and less expensive, so I figured it could appeal to a wider audience. Nothing against the GWG.

        • Mikita

          Sorry, silly joke. I think you addressed your comment to Mark.

        • Didn’t assume any negative on the GWG. Just throwing in my proverbial two cents.

      • Like David said, probably don’t want to start down this commentary road. 🙂

  • Middle
    • spiceballs

      ditto, but different strap

  • R Ramki

    The selection should’ve topped with the Tudor Ranger

    Strictly speaking the marathon JSAR should not be on this list, but since it is the Breitling Emergency should be in it as well

  • Mikita
  • SuperStrapper

    The only watch I’ve ever worn in the field. Has never once let me down and has literally helped to take my life out of danger more than once. My big push to do 50 days solo on the river fell short by 6 days, and I got out thanks to this watch.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2e35cd368829ac66e98861bf41f31006c78badc309c52c926ac25b1ecafef0d.jpg

    Despite having updated their sensors a few times since releasing this, Casio has never bested this watch in a complete product.

    • Berndt Norten

      It’s Les Stroud!

      • SuperStrapper

        I wish. He’s a legend. Bear Grylls is a fraud.

        • Berndt Norten

          Can’t get that cooked squirrel in the desert episode out of my mind. Or was it a rat?

          • SuperStrapper

            I’ve eaten some things. I don’t bring food on solo trips and you can only eat so much fish… Squirrel actually is not bad.

          • Mikita

            Did you urinate into the snake?

    • egznyc

      That “Carson Design” knife has no connection to Mark Carson, I assume. But I bet it was also useful on the river.

      • SuperStrapper

        Correct on both accounts. Don’t really care about the marketing or whatever, but that blade type is what I needed and the locking system makes it virtually a fixed blade. It’s also been with me for more than 10 years.

        https://www.crkt.com/knife-design/designers/kit-carson/

        • egznyc

          Holy smoke, they’re even affordable!

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Battle tested.Soldier trusted……………Awful. Why would any normal person carry one of these about with them ?

          • SuperStrapper

            I don’t wear acu goretex in public ray

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Why do you wear it at all ?

        • spiceballs

          Nice knife, thx for the link.

          • SuperStrapper

            Crkt has a really big catalogue, and they are pretty open about the steels they use. Good value knife.

          • spiceballs

            Yessir, went to their site, signed up, and made my selection 🙂

      • Berndt Norten

        Going to see the river man
        Going to buy a strap, I can
        That’s the plan

  • Jacob Jared Kenworthy

    The Citizen BM8180-03E was my first watch. I’ve worn it almost daily for over 3 years now.
    It has great lume, day-date complication, accurate quartz movement, solar charging, and it just looks amazing. All those features combined are relatively rare, and when you consider the fact that you can get it for only $87 on Amazon, it’s pretty much unbeatable.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe54faac97dbee70ef43852bffda1a457a3010201968b1ae191dc37778af8b14.jpg

    • spiceballs

      Have a similar Citizen field watch and concur.

  • egznyc

    Great change of pace. Not every article has to cover tourbillon technology and six-figure products (though I like those too).

  • ProJ

    I personally find Casio’s most recent Pro Trek (the PRW-3100Y) to be, technically and visually, more appealing than this G-shock Mudmaster. It’s markedly thinner, more legible (digital as opposed to analogue), lighter, and has compass and altitude sensors which are both suitable for field watches. It’s also reasonably priced at about $200.

  • MeaCulpa

    I asume that mr Bredan never has been in the armed forces because “the well-earned reputation of Luminox” in the armed forces of any western nation is that they’re pieces of 5h!t. If you want a field watch you buy a Casio or a Suunto and later, after a couple of the mandatory Suunto failures, a Casio, end of.

    • Marius

      Actually, Mr. Bredan served in the armed forces. He was the commander of an SAS special unit, where he fought alongside the brave and fearless Nick English. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60ad62ee361332f1445207124ab6022a2a45c55059fe3c2cee80ddb1ba6b3cc2.jpg

      • David Bredan

        No need for that costly aforementioned company when you have this image of me, you seem to have grown really fond of it.

      • MeaCulpa

        Oh, that’s mean. I assume that this special unit of the SAS isn’t garrisoned in Herefordshire but rather in exclusive Henley-on-Thames. Anyways mr Bredan has a very attractive face, it’s like a combination of IWC and A. Lange & Söhne in some way.

        • Jon Snow

          But not like JLC or Patek- that would flat, boring and dinosaur-like.

        • Berndt Norten

          Baby face
          He’s got the cutest little baby face

      • Berndt Norten

        POST OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!

  • Marius

    Seven awesome field watches for every budget.

    Let’s see: Luminox, Citizen, Seiko, Timex, Casio, Marathon, Hamilton…
    Well, I would describe this sorry ensemble as the most horrible nightmare of every wealthy Monegasque. Come to think of it, I will sleep tonight with the lights on, and with my two Thai ladyboys firmly guarding the main entrance.

    • The main entrance of the room or of you? Just asking… (no wait – I don’t want to know)

      • Marius

        Very good question indeed. Both “entrances”, hence the need for two loyal ladyboys.

  • Ranchracer

    Really wish ABTW would do more articles like this. Thanks!

  • Mikita

    Well, it’s time to put an end to the discussion.We’ve discussed so many watches, but are they comparable to the benchmark? US $4.37, but you can get a discount via smartphone app.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a265a2a6dfb4dedea2b7e7455e7e740400f02ad23ea112fe6dbce295ba891f89.jpg

  • Chris Hooper

    We’ve carried the JSAR since it was introduced in its original version over 1o years ago. It is a a lot of watch for the money and is my personal “go to” watch for road trips that involve time at the ocean. The dial is very legible and it is easy to understand why military units worldwide pick this model for their divers.

    Ck. it out: https://windycitywatchcollector.com/shop/wristwatch/marathon-watches/marathon-jsar/

    — Chris
    windycitywatchcollector.com

  • George O’Neil

    I would love for you to take a look at some more recent Seiko field watches. For example the #SRP713 and #SRP715 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a4ac801c1f03562fdc4e2540ffb90567500be8dd3e0df60a148238e92a7933c8.jpg