Most watch enthusiasts and collectors are rarely satisfied with their current collection. Sure, it might have the most coveted pieces by now, but there’s always something after that. And to be honest, I have a long list of watches that are theoretically within my reach and would love to own one day. On the other hand, I often wonder what I would keep if I had to narrow it down to just one watch. I see something that allows me to do anything and go anywhere if I’m honest. The watch needs to go along with my daily activities, but be sturdy enough to go hiking or kayaking in the wilderness. I’d probably also want a watch that’s easy to wear and sits comfortably on the wrist. And of course, it should be clear in all circumstances. So what can I end up with? One of these six is like the recently introduced adventure watches!
The Tudor Ranger
Earlier in the year Tudor brought back the popular Ranger with the new 79950 instructions. This toned-down, no-nonsense watch is back in a more compact size and a new movement. The new Tudor Ranger is directly inspired by early 1960s models known as the Tudor Oyster Prince Ranger. It has a compact 39mm stainless steel case, with a simple design and basically no extra features. Matte black dome dial with alternating numerals 3/6/9/12 with baton markers. The arms are also shaped like the early Rangers and filled with light brown Super-LumiNova. Inside we find the manufacture caliber MT5402 made by Kenissi. This COSC-certified chronometer offers a power reserve of 70 hours. Tudor Ranger Retail EUR 2,560 On a strap and EUR 2,860 On the bracelet.
For more information, please visit TudorWatch.com
Quick facts – 39mm x 12mm – Stainless steel case, satin-finished – Domed sapphire crystal with AR coating – Screw down crown with rose logo – Solid steel caseback – 100m water resistant – Matte black dome dial – Painted Arabic hands – Arrow shaped, Baton and Syringe Hands – Beige Super-LumiNova – Red-tipped Seconds Hand – Manufacture Caliber MT5402 (sourced by Kenisse) – Automatic Winding – COSC-Certified Chronometer – 27 Jewels – 28,800vph – 70h Minute Spring Balance – 70h Minute Power Reserve Seconds ( Hacking) – steel bracelet, jacquard strap or fabric like black leather folding clasp – between EUR 2,560 And EUR 2,860
Alpina Alpine Extreme Regulator
During the Geneva Watch Days, we had a quick first encounter with the new Alpina Alpiner Extreme Regulator. Although this type of watch has been in the collection for almost two decades, the new Alpiner Extreme has been completely overhauled and looks fresher than ever. As its name suggests it is ready for action and looks the part with a robust 41mm wide cushion-shaped stainless steel case. The unusual split-time display is represented on a gray triangular shaped dial with navy blue subdials and applied indices. Alpina uses the Caliber AL-650, which is the automatic Sellita SW 461-1. With 200m of water resistance, you can rest assured that it can handle basically anything. Worn on a navy blue rubber strap, it retails CHF 2,150.
For more information, please visit AlpinaWatches.com
Quick facts – 41mm x 12mm – Cushion-shaped stainless steel case, brushed and polished – Screw-down crown with colored rubber grip – Sapphire crystal front and back – 200m water resistant – Dark gray textured dial with navy blue subdials – Regulator minute with central style display Hands and offset hour and seconds hand – Blue bezel with minute track – Applied luminous indices – Caliber AL-650 (Cellita SW 461-1) – Automatic winding – 31 jewels – 28,800vph – 38h power reserve – Navy blue rubber strap – Limited to 888 pieces Edition – CHF 2,150
Norkine Independence is a wild one
Next up we have the newly released Norkine Wild One. This high-tech rugged all-terrain watch introduces us to a new material called NORTEQ, an innovative carbon fiber composite. The 42mm wide case resembles other Independence models but was actually designed from scratch. Black and green, and black and blue variants form the core collection, while red and gray and black and beige limited editions are introduced. The dial is laser-cut on three levels with rectangular indices and skeletonized hands. Norkine once again uses a Kenissi sourced movement, this time the COSC-certified chronometer manufacture NN20/1 caliber. It comes on an integrated rubber strap with a pin buckle and starts at CHF 4,950.
For more information, please visit Norqin.com
Quick facts – 42mm x 12.3mm – NORTEQ carbon fiber composite and bio-sourced material matrix case – Sapphire crystal front and back – Screw-down crown – 200m water resistant – Three-level laser cut dial – Rectangular indices with Super-LumiNova – Skeleton hands with luminous tips – Manufacture Caliber NN20/1 (Made by Kenissi) – Automatic Winding – COSC Certified Chronometer – 28 Jewels – 28,800vph – 70h Power Reserve – Hours, Minutes, Seconds – Rubber Strap with Folding Buckle – From CHF 4,950
Fortis Marinemaster M-44 woodpecker green
We’re stepping it up a step or two with the new Fortis Marinemaster M-44, and we’ve gone for woodpecker green to keep with the adventurous theme. This larger variant of the current Marinemaster range comes with a 44mm wide robust steel case with a locking rotatable bezel released and secured by a second crown. A textured black dial is surrounded by a fresh green minute track and is complemented by large applied indices. The solid caseback hides the Caliber WERK 11 designed by Kenissi (hello again!). Next to the central hours, minutes and seconds it also indicates the date. It can be worn on a green rubber strap, retail EUR 4,250 Or a steel bracelet, retailing EUR 4,600.
For more information, please visit Fortis-Swiss.com
Quick facts – 44mm x 14.5mm – Recycled stainless steel case – Bidirectional bezel with Fortis Lock system – Sapphire crystal – Solid caseback – Screw-down crown – Secondary crown for locking the bezel – 500m water resistant – Applied woodpecker green dial – Black minute Black minute track with track Super-LumiNova – Knife-shaped hands with Super-LumiNova – Lollipop seconds hand – Caliber Work 11 (Made by Kenissi) – Automatic winding – 26 jewels – 28,800vph – COSC certified chronometer – 70h Power reserves – Hours, minutes Date – Green rubber strap with folding clasp – EUR 4,250 (on rubber)
Seiko Prospex Alpinist “Rock Face” SPB355J1
Seiko has a long and storied history when it comes to dive watches, but that’s not all they do. Under the Prospex sub-collection, we also find the Alpinist, which is also several decades old. One of the best-looking variations of Seiko’s explorer-watch is the recent Prospex Alpinist “Rock Face” SPB355J1. This limited edition features a 39.5 mm diameter stainless steel case with the familiar dual-crown system (one for setting/winding, one for the inner bezel). The beautifully textured silver dial is offset by blue indexes and hands and is surrounded by a gray beveled rotating bezel. The automatic caliber 6R35 offers a running time of 70 hours. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes on a gray canvas strap with an additional blue leather strap and retails for EUR 930.
For more information, please visit SeikoWatches.com
Quick facts – 39.5mm x 13.2mm – Stainless steel case, brushed and polished – Sapphire crystal front and back – Screw-down crown for winding and setting – Secondary crown for inner rotating bezel – 200m water resistant – Silver dial with rock face texture – Sloped two- Inner rotating bezel with tone compass scale – Applied blue indexes and hands – Lumibrite fillings – Date window under cyclops lens – Seiko caliber 6R35 – Automatic winding – 21,600vph – 24 jewels – 70h power reserve – Hours, minutes, seconds, quick-set date – Sand-grey canvas strap and blue calfskin leather strap with folding buckles – Limited edition of 3,000 pieces – EUR 930
Delma Cayman bronze
Finally, we come to the Delma and its very capable and accessible Cayman Bronze Tool Watch. With a bronze suit measuring 42mm in diameter, it will only bear the marks of your adventures as it gathers a patina over time. The case is topped with a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a 60-minute scale. The sand-textured dial is done in black (other colors are available) and features large luminous indices and a red 24-hour scale. A large bronze crown allows you to set and wind the Sellita SW 200-1. The Delma Cayman Bronze comes on a color-matching Cordura rubber hybrid strap with a bronze pin buckle. at EUR 1,490 And 500m water-resistant, it offers excellent value for money!
For more information, please visit Delma.ch
Quick facts – 42mm x 13.3mm – Bronze case with bronze unidirectional bezel – 60-minute scale – Domed sapphire crystal with AR-coating – Steel exhibition caseback – Screw-down bronze crown – 500m water resistant – Black dial, sand texture (blue texture) green and brown are also available) – Super-LumiNova C3 indices and oversized Arabic numerals – Gold hands with Super-LumiNova inserts – Red 24-hour scale – Black date window – Sellita SW200-1 – Automatic winding – 26 jewels – 28,800vph – 38h Power reserve – Hours, minutes, seconds, date – Hybrid Cordura rubber strap with bronze pin buckle – Limited to 999 pieces per color – EUR 1,490