GearTools & Tech

The Best Watches of 2016

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.

Try these loyal wrist warriors for whatever you get up to.

filson-scout.jpg
(Photo: Filson)

Filson Scout 

Traditionalist outfitter Filson combines mountain rugged with urban modern in this sturdy aviator watch with Shinola Argonite quartz movement. A scratch-resistant crystal with antireflective coating adds practicality, Super-LumiNova hands stay bright all night, and the thick bridle-leather strap lends an Old West feel to this hefty but handsome timepiece. 

Price $700

Buy Now

seiko-prospex-solar-flight-computer.jpg
(Photo: Seiko)

Seiko Prospex Solar Flight Computer Chronograph 

“Flight Computer” refers to a series of bezel markings that help calculate your fuel consumption, speed, and distance—nothing you need in the age of onboard GPS, but fun in a retro way. It’s part of an aeronautical look that, unlike other chronographs, stops short of gaudy. Solar cells provide power, and a 100-meter water-resistant steel case adds to this ticker’s great value.

Price $475

Buy Now

mtm-black-warrior.jpg
(Photo: MTM Military Ops)

MTM Black Warrior 

Encased in titanium, this Warrior was designed to handle the conditions encountered on Navy SEAL ops, so it should hold up fine through anything you subject it to. The orange-red dial pops, and the trusty MTM features are all here: 200-meter water resistance, quartz Swiss Ronda movement, and 25-year tritium tubes on the hands that glow brightly into the wee hours.

Price $650 and up

Buy Now

nixon-descender.jpg
(Photo: Nixon)

Nixon Descender 

Living up to its name, the Descender has a bomber stainless-steel case that can withstand depths up to 300 meters should you fall out of your submarine. The domed crystal will survive some banging around, and antiglare treatment enhances readability in full sun. Nice: Nixon set the crown on the left to keep it from digging into righties’ wrists.

Price $450

Buy Now

electric-prime.jpg
(Photo: Electric)

Electric Prime 

The Prime has all the throwback charm of a War Games–era digital watch: strictly basic time, date, alarm, timer, and stopwatch with aqua-blue display. The water-resistant polycarbonate case is tough but light, the hardened mineral crystal can take a beating, and the silicone band with Grilamid buckle is supple and comfy.

Price $100

Buy Now

victorinox-airboss-black-edition.jpg
(Photo: Victorinox)

Victorinox Swiss Army AirBoss Mechanical Chronograph Black Edition 

Cool, understated design is what Victorinox does best. Named for the dude on an aircraft carrier who coordinates takeoff, this stealthy chronograph uses a self-winding movement and features a tarnish-resistant finish, hard crystal, and minimalist nylon strap.

Price $2,095

Buy Now

From Summer Buyer's Guide 2016
Filed To: Summer Buyer's GuideWatches
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
More Gear