So you are seriously considering investing in a classic; a field watch. But where to start?
A field watch is a staple watch that belongs in every gentleman’s collection. It’s the ultimate explorer’s watch that doubles as a perfect eye-catching everyday companion. Trying to figure out the reasonable price range for a field watch can be daunting, as it depends on lots of factors–and ranges from a few hundred dollars to several tens of thousands. In this article, you will find classic pieces that are guaranteed to stand the test of time both in design and quality, all under (or around) $2,000.
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Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto
The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Automatic celebrates Hamilton’s military history with genuine, built-for-action style so it can be your companion for any upcoming expedition. The Khaki Field Titanium Automatic is the ideal all-purpose watch for contemporary heroes since it is truly suitable for life in the field. The 42 mm case width is slightly bigger than the traditional field watches but it’s still at a size that works for most wrist sizes. An excellent choice!
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date – 80th Anniversary Edition
Ready for something special? Technically, a pilot watch, this warm-toned masterpiece had to be a part of our list. Oris came out with a green dial version for the 80th anniversary of their Big Crown Pointer Date classic timepiece, which pairs beautifully with the bronze case. Not something you see every day, be ready for compliments when wearing this eye-catcher. This classic is sure to withstand the test of time.
Alpina Alpiner Automatic Blue Sunray
Alpina introduced the Alpina 4 watch in 1933, which included stainless steel, antimagnetic and antishock technology, and water resistance. In keeping with the DNA of the brand, the new Alpiner collection offers robust timepieces that can withstand the worst circumstances while staying simple and comfortable to wear. Our pick is the Alpiner Automatic Blue Sunray as the design of the watch enables you to dress it up or down, and could be a unique addition to your collection.
The comfortably sized 38.5mm field case design is made from 316 marine-grade stainless steel and is built to endure the harshest environments. By adding more chromium and molybdenum, this specialty industry grade metal enhances the inherent advantages of normal stainless steel to produce a toughened steel with superior corrosion resistance. Now that’s what we call a cool field watch feature!
The Farer Lomond comes with the Sellita SW221-1 automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. Additionally, water resistance up to 200 meters makes this watch an excellent tool as an everyday companion for all your adventures.
Longines Heritage Military
The Longines Heritage Military is inspired by their model from the 1940s, and now a tribute to its illustrious past is available. This stylish, redesigned watch follows the classic design that has made the winged hourglass brand well-known while maintaining the original lines of the watch created for the British Royal Air Force.
A second NATO-style leather strap and a tool are included in the package with the Longines Heritage Military watch.
Timor Heritage Field ATP
Following World War I, the British War Office made the decision to create the first all-purpose wristwatch for the Army. The many pocket timepieces and improvised trench watches that the majority of soldiers were using would be replaced by these. Timor’s Heritage Field ATP is based on the 1938 Army Trade Pattern timepieces that were initially distributed to soldiers. The 36.5 mm case width definitely makes the watch a real vintage-feel, and the reliable Sellita SW260 automatic movement provides a 38 hours power reserve, making this field watch an excellent choice as a potential
everyday beater” as well.
Weiss 42 mm Standard Issue Field Watch
The Weiss 42 mm Standard Issue Field Watch has been redesigned with modern needs and way of life in mind and has timeless contemporary details like sapphires, hand-painted naval brass, and strong canvas straps. The timepiece comes with a mechanical movement and they are hand-finished and assembled. These watches are made to order, so receiving them might take a little longer but we think it’s worth the wait.
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Sinn 556 A RS
The 556 series’ striking shape, minimalist dial layout, and excellent readability are typical SINN characteristics. The watch has a sporty yet stylish appearance. The sapphire crystal used in the 556 watches is also used for the transparent back.