wearing a watch in the digital age A distinct and deliberate choiceSo why not equip yourself accordingly with a solid watch that can really get the job done? When you want a stylish and functional watch with impressive military roots, you can’t go wrong with field watches.
The watch’s historic design hits the right notes for the modern era: subtle style, a sense of purpose in your routine and on your wrist, and ruggedness that extends beyond the field and into your daily life. The best field watches are built to take a beating, and the style itself has roots in the trenches of World War I—so they can definitely handle being part of your everyday carry setup.
Field hour history
Soldiers began to rely on a wristwatch rather than a pocket watch around World War I, and by World War II, the famous A-11 field watch (with a useful second hand for accurate time tracking) was standard issue in the United States Army. Today’s field watches harken back to those pioneering, standard-spec watches. They typically feature simple utilitarian dials, easy-to-read digital hour markers, sturdy stainless steel cases, and fabric straps (although some models offer leather straps and even stainless steel bracelets).
The best field watches are definitely casual and rugged, which makes them ideal for everyday wear, no matter what your schedule is—slip one on your wrist before a hike or before heading out on a day trip. Better yet, the options are plentiful at every price point. These are our favorite field watches to buy right now.
The best field watches of 2022
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