7 Pretty Tough Adventure Watches

These seven modern watches that are as classically handsome as they are adventure-worthy.

Whitney Dreier
(Inga Hendrickson)
Rolex explorer II 2 carrera 1887 bell and ross br 126 sports her oris air racing edition III 3 best watches outdoors adventure

These seven modern watches that are as classically handsome as they are adventure-worthy.

Whitney Dreier

Breitling Superocean

Originally engineered to equip professional and military divers, Breitling’s dive watches have been going deep since the 1950s. The limited-edition Superocean ($3,290), which is water-resistant to 5,000 feet and has an automatic pressure valve, takes sturdiness to a new extreme.

breitling superocean speedmaster darkside of the moo tudor pelagos best watches adventure outdoors
(Inga Hendrickson)


Omega Speedmaster

In 1968, astronauts on the Apollo 8 spacecraft wore Omega's Speedmaster on the first journey around the moon. With a zirconium-oxide ceramic dial and blackened subdials, the new limited-edition Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” ($12,000) pays homage to that historic mission.

breitling superocean speedmaster darkside of the moo tudor pelagos best watches adventure outdoors
(Inga Hendrickson)


Tudor Pelagos

Last summer, after a 17-year hiatus, Rolex once again began releasing timepieces from Tudor, its iconic sister company, in the U.S. The Pelagos ($4,125) is the flagship dive watch: it’s waterproof to 500 meters, and the case is constructed of durable, lightweight titanium.

breitling superocean speedmaster darkside of the moo tudor pelagos best watches adventure outdoors
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Rolex Exoplorer II

Sir Edmund Hilary took a Rolex Oyster Perpetual to the top of the world in 1953. Today’s version, the Explorer II ($8,100), is even more rugged than the original, thanks to higher-grade steel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Rolex explorer II 2 carrera 1887 bell and ross br 126 sports her oris air racing edition III 3 best watches outdoors adventure
(Inga Hendrickson)


Tag Heuer Carrera 1887

Tag Heuer patented the oscillating pinion, which helps chronographs start and stop accurately, 137 years ago. As its Carrera 1887 ($5,200) elegantly demonstrates, that mechanism—fine-tuned over decades—remains the industry standard.

Rolex explorer II 2 carrera 1887 bell and ross br 126 sports her oris air racing edition III 3 best watches outdoors adventure
(Inga Hendrickson)


Bell and Ross BR 126 Sports Heritage

The sand-colored hands and numerals on Bell and Ross’s BR 126 Sport Heritage ($4,500) hark back to the 1960s, the golden age of air travel that introduced planes like the Dassault Falcon, one of the world’s first luxury business jets.

Rolex explorer II 2 carrera 1887 bell and ross br 126 sports her oris air racing edition III 3 best watches outdoors adventure
(Inga Hendrickson)


Oris Air Racing Edition III

The candy-cane minute hand on Air Racing Edition III ($1,650) isn’t just for show. The design was inspired by an aircraft speed-limit indicator and pays tribute to the Swiss Air Racing Team, whose daredevil pilots count on a watch they can read at a glance.

Rolex explorer II 2 carrera 1887 bell and ross br 126 sports her oris air racing edition III 3 best watches outdoors adventure
(Inga Hendrickson)

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