Leading an active lifestyle can make choosing a watch that looks good, suits your needs and can withstand the elements (be it sweat or seawater!) a real challenge. You really need a watch in your collection that can handle it all. We’re talking gym to boat and beach to bar. An ideal sports watch must be two things: robust and waterproof. After fitting those two vital requirements it then must look good enough to wear with your swim shorts in the day and with a shirt in the evening. Here’s are a handful of my favourite timepieces perfectly suited to an active Australian lifestyle.
We got our hands on with the 2014 Aquatimer collection at IWC and were really impressed with the design and choice of materials across the range. IWC have dropped the bright colours of the past and referenced the functional design of the first Aquatimer dive watches in the 1960’s. Our pick of the bunch was the Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau chronograph with its gorgeous navy dial and interior rotating bezel.
I’ve been a big fan of Sinn for some time and I consistently find myself telling people to halve their $5000 budget for a Swiss watch and pointing them in the direction of the German-made Sinn. This particular Sinn has a number of features that make it an ideal active watch. These include an optional rubber strap with deployment clasp for swimming and PVD coated Tegiment steel for superior robustness. The black PVD case is also less susceptible to sun glare.
There’s a couple of reasons Tudor has seen such a boom in recent years, the most important being the strength of their vintage-inspired designs and selection of all occasion straps. The public perception of Tudor has changed too, it’s no longer seen as the poor man’s Rolex. Essentially, the market has finally realised you canpurchase the world’s most loved sports watch made by Rolex for less than half the price of a Rolex.
This Stowa is a seriously cool piece of kit from another great German brand and its priced very well considering its case is made from titanium. The new Seatime features the brand’s first application of their DYNADOTS dive bezel. Light and innovative, the Seatime is sure to impress but you’ll have to get in quick because it’s limited to 200 units worldwide.
Indie watch brands are a dime a dozen these days but every so often you stumble on some gold. Hong Kong-based Tempest have blown the Kickstarter community away with their new Forged Carbon dive watch with a price point sitting below $1000. The process of moulding raw carbon and resin results in an extremely tough and lightweight case perfect for use in sports watches. Usually this material comes at a prohibitively expensive price but Tempest set out to change that.
Boutique brand Linde Werdelin is the brainchild of two designers who shared a passion for two sports: skiing and diving. What they created was two clear and purposeful tool watches, unique in design, that could be paired with instruments used to amplify each sport. The Oktopus Titanium can be worn as a regular sports watch on the street and then paired with ‘The Reef’ dive computer. This attaches to the top of the watch and measures important information about your dive.
What sort of list would this be without a Rolex, the most iconic sports watch of all time?! Instead of the Submariner I’ve gone for the Yachtmaster because it’s far less common and, in my opinion, the gentleman of the Oyster range. The Yachtmaster is more understated then the Yachtmaster II and more refined than it’s Submariner cousin. Featuring a platinum bi-directional bezel to track elapsed sailing time and beautiful navy blue dial, it’s as functional as it is beautiful.
Originally released in 1957 the Omega Seamaster 300 is one of the most collectible vintage Omegas on the market today. Aside from being a gorgeous remake of an icon, the 2014 model is equipped with the brand’s new Master Co-Axial Cal.8400 self-winding movement. The innovative movement has a time zone function and a three-level escapement wheel. With its 300m water resistance and diving functionality the new Seamaster 300 is truly a versatile sports watch.