A Simpler Time


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While smart watches may be loaded with endless functions, the design and simplicity of a classic analog watch can’t be beat. These six field and military inspired timepieces won’t answer the phone, but they harken back to a day when all we needed to watch to do was to tell time us the time… and do it beautifully.

These six won’t break the bank either.


CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: TECHNE MERLIN 296 STAINLESS STEEL AND WEBBING WATCH $235. The Merlin 296 was inspired by military timepieces from World War II and based on a British Ministry of Defence design. Engineered with precise Japanese quartz movement and encased in stainless steel, it has luminous markers and oversized Arabic numerals for legibility. 

WERENBACH MODELL 5 $1500. Every Werenbach is made from real space-traveled rocket material. This dial was cut from the exterior cladding of the rocket engine, and in its original condition, so no two watches are the same. The Launch Sequencer scale shows the three stages en route to orbit, with time, altitude and rocket stages I, II and III displayed on the watch.

TIMEX + TODD SNYDER MILITARY WATCH $138. From the Timex collection by designer Todd Snyder, this classic time piece has been reinterpreted with a modern sophistication. Inspired by 1970s military watches, this fresh style features vintage dial artwork based on rare pieces from the Timex archive, updated with a contemporary case and strap detailing for a stylish look.

ELECTRIC FW01 NATO $175. Another modern take on the classic field watch, shown here in black on black, this timepiece features a playful 13 to 24-hour face and off-center date window. The case is 40mm surgical stainless steel with a protective raised bezel and domed mineral crystal that houses precision Japanese quartz movement. Other color combos available.

BERTUCCI A-2T ORIGINAL CLASSIC $199. Bertucci field watches are recognized for their rugged performance in the great outdoors with a timeless style perfect for city wear too. The A-2T features a U.S. Patented 40mm case design manufactured from solid titanium, with an iconic dial that is easy to read and ready for the rigors of the day.

HUCKBERRY X LUM-TEC GMT $498. Backcountry snowboarding, motocross riding, or treehouse building, Lum-Tec’s watches are built handle the daily rigors of the active life. This special limited edition Huckberry Combat B33 GMT is a custom-designed timepiece that includes a domed sapphire crystal, lumed dial, and a outer 24-hour index for the GMT hand — in addition to the legibility and reliability for which these watches are known.