The Best Watches of 2020
New and revamped classics for adventurous wrists
Oris Aquis GMT Date ($2,500)
Oris’s GMT dive watch is perfect for aquatic adventures thanks to its steel case, which is water-resistant down to 300 meters. The primary hands show local time, the yellow one tracks a second zone, and the 24-hour ring handles a third. A nice perk: the strap easily expands over a wetsuit sleeve.
G-Shock Mudmaster GGB100 ($350)
This behemoth is impervious to muck, with a case sealed against dirt and other crud. It features Bluetooth for navigation, notifications, and time-zone correction, plus sensor tech for altitude, barometric pressure, and direction. It also tracks activity.
Breitling Superocean II 36 ($3,475)
The latest addition to the Superocean family was designed with a smaller dial that’s more suitable for women’s wrists. The steel case with screw-down crown has a 200-meter depth rating, and the self-winding movement is 99.99 percent accurate. The timing ring and rubber strap are dive-ready, but this watch is just as suitable for paddleboarding.
Monta Atlas ($1,565)
Monta is a St. Louis brand that manufactures its classically styled watches in Switzerland. The Atlas is sleek, with the looks to go from the office to the beach, and the fourth hand points to a 24-hour scale that can track a second time zone.
Bell & Ross BR V2 Military Beige ($2,900)
This pilot’s watch has sword hands, Arabic numerals, and an unobtrusive date window. The elastic canvas band is reminiscent of parachute-pack straps from the 1970s, while the screw-down crown ensures 100 meters of water resistance.
Seiko SNJ025 ($525)
Seiko’s analog-digital watch takes inspiration from an eighties version nicknamed the Arnie, which appeared on the wrist of a certain action hero in several films. It has a shroud protecting the rotating timing ring, 200 meters of water resistance, and a long rubber strap. The digital display boasts a countdown timer, an alarm, a second time zone, and a stopwatch. Solar charging is new, so the battery won’t die before you “get to the choppa!”