The field watch signifies a return to the outdoors. Field watches are designed to be ready for, well, the field. Even if you’re not wearing yours for military or exploration purposes, the style still holds. The lightweight NATO, leather, or canvas strap is perfect to wear as temps climb steadily out of winter, while field-inspired watch case and dial designs are more interesting and visually masculine than their dress watch counterparts. Here are our picks for the best field watches for men this season.
Leave it to Timex to design a watch with field-ready style and a stellar price tag — it doesn’t get better than this Field Chronograph.
Featuring a distinctive khaki green finish, this watch from Hamilton is a sleek option for the fella who wants a field watch without the bulk. Bright Arabic numerals and a cozy canvas strap make for a user-friendly timepiece that also happens to be incredibly tough.
Field watches can boast a design that’s a bit more classically refined in nature, yet no less rugged, as is the case with this handsome Jack Mason number. The deep navy of the face is nicely offset by the rich brown of the strap and both colors reference throwback military colors.
With a no-frills dial design and a nylon military strap, this MWC timepiece is perfect for pairing with a light shirt, spring-ready shorts, and sneakers aplenty.
With looks that signify standout casual style and a price tag that won’t break the bank, this Seiko timepiece is certainly in the running for the best men’s field watches to buy now.
With its large face and rugged buckled band, the Atacama field watch from Luminox is as bold an accessory as the man wearing it. Water resistant up to 660 feet, it’s suitable for professional marine activity as well as all serious surface water sports.
The original field watch from Bertucci is a fantastic option for guys in need of a timepiece that can handle the grind of a demanding workplace. With scratch-resistant glass, comfortable knit band, and an ultra-durable case back, this bad boy is sure to become your new favorite go-to.
For a more affordable option, consider this field watch from Orvis. A no-fuss design allows for optimized usability while a stainless steel case ensures that it won’t crack under pressure. Plus, it’s water resistant up to 328 ft. and has a non-reflective face that helps combat sun glare.
Said to be built to government specifications for use by military personnel, the Milspec Navigator from Marathon is chock-full of exciting tech including self-illuminating tritium gas tubes and high torque movement. It also features a pilot’s watch, designed especially for pilots and paratroopers.
Not feeling the field watch? Our round-up of the best watches under $500 offers plenty of other options to make sure your wrist doesn’t go naked this spring.