The Field Watch Spectrum

FYI

Timex's Camper watch made its debut in 1918.

Summer timepieces need to be lightweight, water-resistant and well, somewhat expendable. That isn't to say we're advocating throwing away any watch, but you want a watch that wouldn't be grieved over for long if it's lost at sea or forgotten in a cabin. While companies like Timex have been putting out affordable versions for decades, there's also plenty of other surplus styles out there worth checking out. Here are some of the best ones we've found—and they're all under $100.

Ram Instrument, $21

Ultra light with Japanese quartz movement, this no-nonsense watch is a lot of bang for your buck.

Rothco, $33

A metal frame with a stainless steel back and powered by a quartz battery, this O.D. option is built tough.

Timex, $55

The classic Camper's dial has been beefed up with a larger face, in mineral glass, and a date.

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Dakota Watch Co., $25

A simple, non-allergenic watch made of plastic and nylon with easy-to-read details.

Urban Outfitters, $39

This water-resistant model is finished with details like luminescent hands, and comes on a striped NATO strap.

L.L. Bean, $99

This stainless steel Swiss-made piece is inspired by WWII watches and is water-resistant to 300 feet.

 

Published on

June 26, 2012
 

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