I've looked for a year now to find a sturdy watch for my smokejumper. Money isn't the object. I'm looking for simplicity in functions: time, waterproofness, stopwatch (and, made in this decade!). A date display is OK, too. Sounds easier to find than it is, so I come to you. Kary Boise, Idaho
Or, for something more stylish, take a look at the Citizen Skyhawk Eco-Drive (www.citizenwatch.com). It's got a traditional analog face—very handsome—then uses digital features and subsidiary analog dials for a stopwatch, countdown timer, and more. It recharges in sunlight so will never need a battery. Waterproof, too. Comes in a stainless-steel cast ($450) or titanium ($500) and is available at places such as Amazon.com for hundreds less than the list price.
Lastly, Seiko's Coutura Alarm Chronograph (www.seikousa.com) is, like the Citizen, a stylish take on the "chrono" style of watch, popular with aviators and the like. Similar in basic functions to the Citizen, but cheaper—$395 retail but a street price not far above $200. Waterproof, stainless-steel case, tough crystal. A very fine-looking piece, indeed.
The watches of the year unveiled in Outside's February 2005 issue in "Steel Time".