Though you can wear a nice pair of brogues with a suit or even with a dark pair of jeans, you won’t set any land speed records trying to sprint in them or survive 18 holes of golf without your feet turning blue. They just don’t work for everything, and the same goes for watches. A Rolex Presidential looks fancy on a dinner date, but it’s definitely not the best timepiece for the rigors of rock climbing. James Bond, you are not. This is why a good sports watch comes in handy when you pump up the adrenaline by purposefully dialing up the activity and adventure.
Sports watches for men more on the casual side in terms of style, but typically the more laid back aesthetic means these watches are more appropriate for the active aspects of your life. From competitive sports to workouts to diving, travel and adventure, the sports watch is the go-to timepiece when you seek out the rough and tumble. Look for mineral crystal or sapphire glass to protect the dial; solid stainless steel or high-grade plastics for the case; and rubber, solid stainless steel or tough leather for the strap.
Tissot T-Race Touch
Tissot isn’t just known for classically styled watches. Their T-Touch/T-Race line pushes the envelope of what best dual display watches can look like and do. This one’s outfitted with a touch-sensitive sapphire glass face and tide, split time, compass, timer, alarm and lap time functions. The black rubber strap keeps things water resistant, along with the 100 meter depth rating. The key now is to be active enough to justify getting one.
Casio G-Shock Gravity Master Aviation
Perhaps you’ve dreamt of being a pilot when you were a kid or maybe you’re fortunate enough to be one now. Either way, this Aviation-themed watch from Casio is built for speed with its myriad functionalities from range in degrees, magnetic declination correction, bearing memory, to world time zones and full auto calendar that’s set until 2099. The Auto Neon Illuminator’s black light LED, however, will be the part you’ll want to show off to the flight attendants.
Citizen Primo Chronograph
The Primo has an sports-themed black and blue colorway, punctuated by racing stripes and a perforated leather band. Suitable for all kinds of active endeavors, it houses a solar-powered battery that keeps the Japanese quartz movement running in virtual perpetuity. The tachymeter can be used to measure speed, and it also comes with a 60-minute chrono subdial.
Seiko Sport Solar
If orange is the new black, this active timepiece has both nailed with its contrasting numerals agains the dark face. The nylon band can take a beating, and the 45mm diameter case is bold and robust thanks to stainless steel and mineral crystal. The functional subdials have relief for excellent legibility, and you can even take it beneath the waves thanks to its 100 meter water resistance.
Seiko Prospex Marine Master
Otherwise known as the “Tuna Can” Seiko, the Prospex is the burly bouncer of the group with its secondary protective case that surrounds the primary one. The 47.7mm diameter means wrist workouts are a prerequisite, and the 300 meter depth rating ensures you can dive without worry. The fact that it’s black, black and black means it’s not here to play nice.