9 Wristwatches for Every Man
The changing of the seasons makes us all reflect that time is passing, acting as a visual reminder of another trip around the sun. In fact, the first watches were, at their most primitive, vertical sticks that bore witness to the sun’s passing across the sky. Fast forward a few millennia, and here we are, the wristwatch all but supplanted by smartphones and desktop alerts. But the well-dressed man will still have one on his person, as both an homage to the past and an awareness of this present moment.
Whether your days are spent in a tie or in a coffee shop, we assembled our favorites from this fall’s most noteworthy styles. Some dress up. Others dress down. Regardless of your style or your environment, now’s the time to establish your watch game.
From its home in Italy, Unimatic creates limited-edition timepieces that display old-world care and precision. Only 600 of the U1-E exist worldwide, and Huckberry was lucky to get our wrists on a few. Powered by a Japanese-made Seiko movement and protected by a double-domed, scratchproof sapphire glass crystal, the heritage diver-style watch shows a classic pedigree without coming off as dated. We love the inclusion of two bands: a nylon slip-through and a two-piece silicon rubber—the latter a nod to its underwater roots.
Timex x Todd Snyder: Black Jack
For coffee dates and casual Saturdays, there’s no better watch than the Black Jack. This collaboration between Timex and New York fashion designer Todd Snyder takes its inspiration from Formula One drivers from the ‘60s and ‘70s. That multicolored face suggests a slouch at the roulette wheel after a white-knuckled day hugging Monaco’s curves. A nylon NATO-style strap seconds this relaxed vibe. It’s also a killer value.
Form•Function•Form: Horween Leather Weekender
Partnering with Chicago’s widely esteemed leatherworks supplier, the Horween Leather Weekender is a classic kick-around watch that lives for the weekends. Its casual leather band and Timex body are jonesing for relaxed nights out and comfortable shoes. And with its affordable price, it’s an easy contrast with others on this list that skew more buttoned-up.
Lum-Tec: Combat B42
The Ohio-based Lum-Tec assembles all its watches by hand, and that level of care shows through in the Combat B42. Combining surgical-grade stainless steel with a titanium carbide PVD hard coating, the Miyota Japan chronograph movement is safe and secure from drops, jabs, and submersion up to 656 feet. While absolutely casual, this is one of the few non-dive watches we feel doesn’t need to be switched out for a night on the town. This Huckberry special edition is available in limited numbers.
Momentum Watches: Torpedo blast 44
The Torpedo blast 44 is, as its name might suggest, ready to take a water-based missile broadside and keep on ticking. Vancouver-based Momentum assembles these by hand and then tortures them with exploits in diving, cycling, wakeboarding, paddling, climbing, hiking, and skiing throughout British Columbia. Nevertheless, the company still managed to keep them surprisingly affordable (probably why Outside Magazine named it one of its 2017 “Gear of the Year.”) While battery-powered, don’t expect to have to change it until at least three years down the road.
Timex: Marlin Manual
Timex, in its history, has seen all manner of climes and places, but possibly one of its newest is in genteel company with the Marlin Manual. The shine off the lizard-grain leather band perfectly pairs with the glint from the polished stainless steel case and domed mineral crystal, creating a ‘60s gentleman style all its own. The hand-wound movement hearkens back to the Timex archives from which it was pulled, but performance touches like water-resistance up to 100 feet are totally modern.
Alsta: Nautoscaph III
One look at the Nautoscaph III and you can almost hear the deep strings start the iconic Jaws attack music. That’s because it’s the same watch that Richard Dreyfuss’s shark-hunting character wore in the classic movie. Just like Dreyfuss’s character, this dive-style watch performs equally on the bow of a yacht or at the oars of an early-morning fishing skiff. Water-resistant to 1,000 feet, its PVD-coated case was designed to dress up an already legendary piece while adding unsurpassed scratch-resistance. This collector’s watch is a Huckberry exclusive and limited to 50 units.
Marathon: Medium Diver’s Quartz
The Medium Diver’s Quartz is our pick as the one watch that can do it all. Active gym rat? This dive-style watch is substantially lighter than others in its class. The black-tie type? The silver-linked steel band, offset with a dark face, will go out of style around the same time as the black tux. And for those slobby Sundays when sweatpants are the norm, its low-maintenance quartz movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and hangover-pampering luminous hands are a slacker’s delight. This versatility is one of the many reasons the Medium Diver’s Quartz is standard issue to US, British, and Canadian military personnel.
The Martenero Kerrison is just like the company’s home of New York: ready to dress
up or down as occasion calls. The leather strap is handsome and classic; the watch’s
clean, unencumbered face and stainless steel casing won’t overpower your favorite
Saturday joggers. For the man dressing by the moment, this is your versatile, do-