The Best Tool Watches at Every Budget

Rolex Submariner ref. 124060

Released in 1953, alongside Blacnpain’s Fifty Fathoms and Zodiac’s Sea Wolf, the “Sub” has endured 70 years as the prototypical dive watch.

Omega Speedmaster

These days, the Speedy has never looked so good: Equipped with the fresh Omega Calibre 3861 movement and given new, vintage-inspired aesthetic cues, it’s still a reliable, hand-wound chronograph capable of timing all manner of things


The modern take on the vaunted Mark XI pilot’s watch that debuted way back in 1948 and was in use by the British military for decades, the Mark XX is everything one needs in a pilot/field watch, and nothing one doesn’t.

Marathon Navigator

This simple, affordable design — which is powered by a quartz movement — has proved reliable for decades, and is still in production today.

IWC Timezoner

Original, highly useful, and handsome — if a bit large! — the Timezoner is perfect for travelers, pilots, and more.

For some years, it was largely journalists who trafficked in the “tool watch” concept. Nowadays, watch companies themselves have begun to adopt the term, possibly sensing its ability to help them market to desk-bound men across the world who live out their globe-trotting, James Bond-esque fantasies through their gear. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Our goal here is simple:  to help you live a more adventurous,  eventful and engaging life.