The Best Watches of 2018

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Timepieces to keep you on track.

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(Courtesy Orvis)

Orvis Adventure Chronograph ($129)

The first thing you notice is this watch’s sporty combination of blue and orange. But the mineral-crystal Adventure packs more than just good looks at a handsome price. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters, and the three-dial design lets you mark time zones, 24-hour cycles, and days of the week.

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(Courtesy Bulova)

Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph ($595)

The Lunar Pilot re-creates a Bulova watch worn by Apollo 15 astronauts. It uses one of the most precise quartz movements available, reducing second-hand lag for more accurate timekeeping. What most evokes space here is the all-black color scheme, which would make Darth Vader proud.

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(Courtesy Oris)

Oris ChronOris Date ($1,750)

This handsome throwback features a nostalgia-inducing seventies design in a restrained 21st-century package. Other pieces on this page may be better for charging hard, but this sturdy, 100-meter-water-resistant automatic will appeal to those who want a watch they can wear straight from the office into the wild.

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(Courtesy TAG)

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 6 ($1,700)

TAG’s latest Formula 1 has the same sharp design as its other motorsport watches, but with more subtlety. The opalescent blue dial features a single subdial with silver accents, and its super-luminescent white hands are easy to read in the dark. Details like that make it an instant classic.

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(Courtesy Seaholm)

Seaholm Rover Automatic Field ($1,895)

Seaholm, a watchmaker based in Austin, Texas, builds field watches with Swiss automatic movements and go-anywhere durability. The Rover is shock-resistant, water-resistant to 200 meters, and anti-magnetic, but it keeps things understated with a clear, uncluttered dial and a double-domed sapphire crystal that lets you read the time clearly from any angle.

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(Courtesy Luminox)

Luminox Scott Cassell Deep Dive 1523 ($1,900)

If you spend your days on or under the water and want a watch that will last a lifetime, this is it. A marine-grade steel case, extra-thick crystal, and bezel lock make the Deep Dive one of the most bomber timepieces we’ve ever tested. Better yet, sales support Scott Cassell’s Undersea Voyager Project.

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