So you’re a mountaineer; a pilot; a trek enthusiast; maybe even a deep-sea diver. The thrill of adventure seems to constantly be calling for you, and you always make sure you are equipped with the right gear for the job. But do you go as far to plan your wrist wear for such occasions? Adventure watches manufactured today are akin to having an extra-helpful buddy in tow, and you probably couldn’t call yourself a truly modern adventurer if you don’t have the latest technological travel companion strapped to your wrist.
JohnRichard Highlands Sand
The JohnRichard Highlands Sand lives up to its name by being sculpted in sand-blasted steel, with the round bezel mounted on the tonneau middle continuing a theme that is close to the brand’s heart. A reinterpretation of a mid-Nineties piece, the Highlands Sand is evocative of nature and exploration, and – with its generous 44.5 x 40mm proportions – is of sound, robust construction to withstand corrosion, accidental knocks and extreme temperatures when accompanying you on your travels. Should you want to display a second time zone, the rotating bezel will allow for this, and the anthracite dial offers up an attractively simple and readable dial with luminescent hands for perfect time visibility, along with an unobtrusive date window.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II
When first created in 1971, Rolex’s Explorer II set a new precedent for quality watchmaking, one that took into account autonomy and clarity with the ability to provide precision and strength. Just like its predecessor the Explorer, the Explorer II is a reliable guide and tool for, well, explorers. At a moderate 42mm, the highly-resistant 904L steel case – a material generally used in high technology, aerospace and chemical industries – houses a Chromalight display that gives clear readings with its blue 8-hour luminescent hands and bold hour indices. Its graduated bezel allows for time-telling in a second time zone, with the option of setting the 12-hour hand via the winding crown to allow it to jump from hour to hour without changing the other hands, to allow for more accurate timekeeping. This model, despite its refined form, is extremely able-bodied and engineered for extreme conditions, with the addition of a Rolex-developed Paraflex shock absorber to protect its sensitive components
Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aéronef Type 20 48mm
The Pilot Montre D’Aéronef Type 20 48mm from Zenith – whose name means the highest point in the sky reached by a heavenly body – is one of a collection of watches that pays tribute to aerial navigators. It is a piece born from a company that has developed and produced over 600 movement variations since its founding in 1865, and has manufactured both watches and also onboard instruments in the early days of aeronautics. The instruments and other aviation watches from the company’s past have provided inspiration for the model – which is fashioned as the perfect flying companion – and an engraving featuring these instruments can be found on the steel case back. The matte black dial emphasises the bold Arabic numerals, of which are made from the impressively mega-radiant SuperLuminova material.
Breitling Navitimer World
As a leader and specialist in the development and manufacture of technical, chronographic wristwatches, it is no wonder that Breitiling’s Navitimer World is included here among other elite adventurers’ timepieces. This impressively majestic object is 10% larger than the original Navitimer, and boasts a dual day/night time zone system indicated by the red-tipped additional hand that operates on a 24-hour scale. A further quirk, building on this theme, can be found on the steel caseback in the form of engraved time zones of the world’s major cities. The dial is embellished with subsidiary recorder dials, with a date aperture at 6 o’clock and the bidirectional, slide-rule bezel for which the Navitimer models are renowned.
Casio Pathfinder Protrek PRG260
Digital watches are still a firm favourite for outdoor types, and Casio has unleashed quite the gadget in their Pathfinder Protrek PRG260. Equipped with three sensors, it measures atmospheric pressure and altitude, temperature and direction. The rotating steel bezel can be aligned with a map, while the directional pointers float freely on the neat digital display. It comes with other useful features, too, such as sunrise and sunset times, 48-city World Time, Tough Solar power, low temperature resistance and an Auto Light feature where the display irradiates whenever the watch is lifted towards the wearer’s face for reading.