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The Best Watches of 2017

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Winter Buyer’s Guide

Groundbreaking designs and updated classics for every wrist.

Winter Buyer’s Guide
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Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar

Here’s something new under the sun: the first solar-powered touchscreen watch. The Expert Solar’s spare, Euro-cool design and titanium case conceal a wealth of useful digital gadgetry behind its analog face, like an altimeter, a weather monitor, and a compass that swings into action with one touch. 

Price $1,150

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CT Scuderia Fibra di Carbonio 10131

Scuderia is known in Europe for its Italian-designed, racing-inspired timepieces. This model is all about its namesake carbon ­fiber, which lends eye-catching texture to the face as well as lightness. But what stand out most are the pushers along the top edge of the case, à la classic stopwatches.

Price $1,495

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Reactor Meltdown 2

The Reactor is what the Red Bull set want on their wrists—a basic, burly watch at a good price. The band has nylon webbing molded into the rubber and silicone, and it’ll hold up under an impressive 200 pounds of force. With water resistance to 660 feet and a hard, heavy stainless-steel case, it’s the toughest ticker here.

Price $300

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Timex Expedition Scout Chrono

The green face on this Expedition caught our eye. The Scout Chrono is a surprisingly rugged timekeeper that won’t cost you much. Features include water resistance to 328 feet, a sturdy brass case, and a soft leather band. The three-dial chronograph counts to 30 minutes. 

Price $90

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Bulova Men’s Curv Chronograph 

Because the human wrist isn’t flat, Bulova created the first curved chronograph, which results in a lower profile (and good conversation fodder). The unusual shape feels comfy on the wrist and reduces glare nicely, and the five-hand, 12-hour chrono proves useful when you want to save your phone battery.

Price $800

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Casio Smart Outdoor WSD-F10

This first foray into the adventure world by an Android Wear watch has hiking, ­cycling, and fishing modes and offers military-spec resistance to impact, heat, and cold. You can also swipe through actionable info for both everyday tasks (e-mail and search) and actual adventures (storm tracking and sundown reminders).

Price $500

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From Winter 2017 Buyer's Guide
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