Our Favorite Watches of 2012

Casio ProTrek PRW-5000Y-1 Watch (Courtesy of Casio)
Casio ProTrek PRW-5000Y-1

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 (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 (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 (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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