(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Watches of 2017


Watches that mix modern technology with old-school appeal. 

(Courtesy Tsovet)

Tsovet SVT-RM40 ($325)

It was the Tsovet’s minimalist design that won us over. The solid stainless-steel case is water-resistant to 100 meters and houses a simple face meant to mimic the readout on an old fighter jet. Even more subtle: the date shows through a slot resembling a ship’s porthole. Only the metallic-blue hands convey a bit of flash.

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(Courtesy Szanto)

Szanto Officer’s Classic Round Automatic 6304 ($375)

Szanto nailed the fieldwatch look with a round-edged case, subtle wave pattern on the face, and deco-like minute and second hands. Bonus points for the one-piece stainless-steel construction and Super­Luminova application, which makes the hands glow bright after dark.

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(Courtesy Luminox)

Luminox Carbon SEAL 3813 ($675)

Where other brands merely copy military badassery, the SEAL lives it. Carbon woven into the polycarbonate case offers the toughness of titanium at one-third the weight for a barely-there watch that won’t fail you when things get gnarly. Tritium-tube hands and numbers stay lit for 25 years. Other features include an antireflective sapphire crystal and precise Swiss quartz movement.

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(Courtesy Timex)

Timex IQ+ Move ($149)

Appearances suggest that this is a basic analog wristwatch. But press the crown and it pairs with a free app (Android and iOS) to auto-set the time and log daily distance, calorie, and sleep data on your smartphone. A small subdial on the watch tallies your steps. Kudos for the one-year battery life.

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(Courtesy Standard Issue)

Standard Issue Instruments Field Navigator ($250)

The Field Navigator is a stripped-down yet hardy watch made by Huckberry in the spirit of the mission timers used by Vietnam-era Special Forces. With a reliable Ronda quartz movement, this timepiece is a great value if you’re looking to keep a low profile.

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(Courtesy Momentum)

Momentum Torpedo Blast 44 Rubber ($114)

Dive watches often break the bank. Not this one. For a little more than a Benjamin, you get 200 meters of water resistance and some nice details, like the offset crown to avoid wetsuit snags and bright luminescent hands and markers for underwater clarity.

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From 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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