Our Favorite Watches of 2012

Casio ProTrek PRW-5000Y-1

Casio ProTrek PRW-5000Y-1 Watch    Photo: Courtesy of Casio

Casio ProTrek PRW-5000Y-1 Watch

There's a lot going on here, but spend a few hours with the manual and your investment will be returned. Not only does the ProTrek power itself from the sun and use atomic clocks to stay ultraprecise; its second hand does triple duty as a compass needle or altimeter/barometer/thermometer pointer.

TAGS: WEATHER TOOL, SOLAR

Suunto Quest Pack

Suunto Quest Pack
Suunto Quest Pack   Photo: Courtesy of Suunto

Think of it as an endurance multitool. An accelerometer (like on the Timex Expedition Trail Mate), combined with a Foot Pod on your running shoe, calculates speed, pace, and distance, while the heart-rate monitor keeps you in your target zone. It also syncs with MovesCount.com, Suunto's portal for tracking and sharing training programs. Caveat: the QuestPack was released just before we went to press, so field testing was limited.

TAGS: TRIATHLETE-FRIENDLY, HEART-RATE MONITOR

Victorinox Swiss Army Base Camp Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army Base Camp
Victorinox Swiss Army Base Camp   Photo: Courtesy of Victorinox

No complicated manuals, accessories, or companion websites here. Just a fresh new color scheme and the reliable craftsmanship and iconic look that make Victorinox watches enduring classics.

TAGS: SIMPLE, DURABLE

Timex Expedition Trail Mate Watch

Timex Expedition Trail Mate
Timex Expedition Trail Mate   Photo: Courtesy of Timex

To calculate distance and pace, the water-resistant Trail Mate uses an accelerometer—essentially a more sensitive pedometer—to register the swing of your arms. Timex promises more than 95 percent accuracy, and our testing confirmed that—although at faster cadences it slipped a bit.

TAGS: STOPWATCH, INDIGLO

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