Original Grain Watches

The holidays are about giving, but don’t forget yourself. And perhaps the timepiece you plan on wearing through countless parties and into the new year is in need of a refresh. Original Grain’s assortment of wooden watches spans a wide range of styles from the elegant Minimalist to the go-anywhere Alterra Chronograph. The latter, despite being handcrafted of wood and stainless steel, is engineered to resist water to 10 ATM (100 meters) thanks to an epoxy treatment of its exotic wood inlays. Their other offerings include the Classic, the Barrel, and a unique limited-run automatic Jim Beam Edition that’s made with with reclaimed bourbon barrels, powered by a 21-jewel 8215 Miyota movement, and stamped with the bourbon maker’s logo above the six o’clock mark. Perhaps best of all each watch purchased plants the seed for plenty more, not to mention clean air, since Original Grain partners with to plant ten trees per.

Grab one at Original Grain – $150+ (use code GearHungry for 15% off)

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GET IT: $150+


Tudor Pelagos LHD

The odds you’re in the market for a premium left-handed diver are likely slim, but on the off chance that you are you’ll absolutely love the Tudor Pelagos LHD, short for Left Hand Drive. The all-titanium watch features a winding stem that’s positioned on the left side of the case that allows for wearing on the right wrist and, on the other side, a helium escape valve that enables (and guarantees) depths as great as 500 meters. Powering the Pelagos LHD is Tudor’s automatic in-house MT5612 movement with a 70 hour power reserve that’ll keep on ticking even if you don’t wear your watch on weekends. Also of note is beige luminescent markings on the hands, hour markers, and bezel, plus a titanium bracelet with an auto-adjustable buckle that can be set to automatically shrink as your neoprene wetsuit is compressed at greater depths and then expand as you make your way to the surface.

Learn more at Tudor – $4,770

GET IT: $4,770


Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph

Inspired by the racing scene of simpler times, the Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph — whose name literally means single seat — is back to celebrate the brand’s fifth anniversary, this time in chronograph form. Part of a limited run like their previous Monoposto, 500 individually numbered units will be made of which 200 will have black dials, 200 silver dials, and 100 in Azzurro blue (shown). A Seiko NE88 automatic column wheel chronograph movement powers the watch, though it’s most distinctive feature is its domed sapphire crystal with a “redline” marker placed a bit above the 10 o’clock marker that’s evocative of the line of red paint or tape placed across the glass of yesteryear’s racer’s rev counter that dissuaded drivers from blowing their engines. Its sapphire crystal exhibition caseback also gives a peek through the polished stainless steel case at the movement within.

Learn more at Autodromo – $1,800

GET IT: $1,800


Matrix PowerWatch

It’s no secret that the humble battery is trailing the rest of our tech. The Matrix PowerWatch abstains from their use entirely by instead powering itself using body heat (meaning you’ll never need to take it off for charging). This is accomplished thanks to thermoelectric technology that uses a temperature gradient — your body heat on one side and components inside the watch on the other — to generate electricity. The same system also makes accurate calorie measurements possible without the need for a heart rate monitor, on top of tracking steps, sleep quality, plus loading other micro-applications on its monochromatic display such as a timer and stopwatch. It’s also equipped with Bluetooth to sync data to your smartphone and pull the correct time, though it presumably doesn’t generate enough power to keep its radio running all the time and thus can’t receive notifications and the like from your phone. At least it’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and boasts water resistance to 50 meters.

Hit up Indiegogo for details – $120

GET IT: $120


Timex IQ+ Move

Turned off by fitness trackers? The Timex IQ+ Move might make you reconsider, particularly if bright silicone and plastic bracelets aren’t your thing. It’s sleek and discreet like a classic analog Timex except for an also-analog activity tracker on the bottom right quadrant of its face that tells you at a glance how close you are to your daily activity goals. But it’s keeping tabs on much more than that, precisely tracking sleep, steps, movement, and calories — nothing you’ll see on its spartan face but rather with a quick sync to Timex’ Android and iOS app via Bluetooth. Probably best of all it can be worn like a normal watch thanks to a 50 meter waterproof rating, a regular button battery that doesn’t require charging (and lasts over a year), and the inclusion of Indiglo for nighttime visibility.

Learn more at Timex – $150

GET IT: $150


Oblong Watch

Contemporary design meets quality components in Bulbul’s Oblong Watch. True to its name, the timepiece boasts a narrow oblong face that’s better adapted to the human wrist than circles or squares, with rounded edges to sit softly on your skin. The stainless steel case is capped with a sapphire lens and adorned with an Italian leather strap in eight color combinations from the minimal black on black and grey on grey (shown, third image) to the more classic gold on brown (shown, first image) or matte steel with a steel mesh band. All are powered by a Swiss-made 4-jewel  gold-plated Ronda 762 quartz movement, resist water to 3 ATM, run for ten years on a single battery, and feature Bulbul’s flashy signature blue loop to fasten any extra overhanging strap.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $220

GET IT: ~$220


Morgenwerk Satellite Precision Watches

Smartwatches may be accurate but they’ll likely be obsolete within a couple of years. If you’re looking for an ultra-accurate watch for the long haul without having to recharge each night, Morgenwerk’s Satellite Precision should do. The series of eight watches includes seven classic-looking analog timepieces, all made of surgical stainless steel (or titanium) and all equipped with passive GPS antennae that receive the time and timezone from GPS satellites equipped with Rubidium-based atomic clocks. This means that you’ll never have to set the time manually but can rather set it with the push of a button. The watch normally syncs up with these satellites just eight times a year yet only differs from actual time by, at most, 0.75 seconds thanks to thermo-compensated quartz oscillators. It’s also got a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight months per charge (and works for approximately 500 charge cycles, i.e. hundreds of years), a perpetual calendar, and Super-LumiNova indexes and hands.

Find it at Morgenwerk – roughly $1,350+

GET IT: ~$1,350+


T1.1 Watch

Besides reliability — and by this we mean lifespan and required maintenance, not timekeeping accuracy — a timepiece’s most important assets are its looks. LTHR Supply’s T1.1 Watch strikes an intriguing balance between complex and functional; that is, despite the concentric circles of numbers surrounding its face, interpreting time is as easy as reading the three outlined within the time window on the left. Inside, a Swiss Ronda 763 quartz movement keeps it ticking away for years on one battery and on the outside its 40mm stainless steel case — available in a variety of colors — is capped with a sapphire crystal lens. Adding to customizability are several leather straps and the choice of either a black or white dial.

Hit up Cool Material’s Shop for details – $228

GET IT: $228


EMC Time Hunter X-Ray

Urwerk’s EMC Time Hunter X-Ray isn’t just mechanical or electronic — it’s a fusion of both as two separate entities. This unique timepiece is the world’s first wristwatch that enables the wearer to monitor both precision (chronometric performance) and amplitude (movement) of the watch on the fly using a crank-powered electronic system. The watch’s mechanical innards can then be fine-tuned to keep perfect time by compensating for each owner’s unique lifestyle rather than by being set by some standard environment at the watchmaker’s atelier. A black-coated titanium case coupled to anti-reflective sapphire crystal keeps the dial and movement secure while allowing the user to see exactly how their watch works from both sides, whether they understand it or not. A Urwerk-developed movement with swiss lever escapement and a linear balance wheel coupled to the optical sensor ensures precise that’s made more precise by the user’s adjustment. The manual wind EMC Time Hunter has an 80 hour power reserve for those times when you just don’t want to take the watch off. Also available in a standard Time Hunter version sans X-Ray transparency, and in Ceramic.

Learn more at Urwerk – roughly $125,000

GET IT: ~$125,000


Apple Watch Series 2

It looks exactly the same, but inside, lots has changed. First, the Apple Watch Series 2 has a much faster dual-core S2 chip that should remedy the slowness of the first gen watch. It’s also now got a built-in GPS that lets it cut ties with your iPhone for running or biking light while still collecting metrics, the same heart rate sensor as before, and greatly improved waterproofing to make it useful in the pool for counting laps and pace (up to 50 meters deep). Compatibility with AirPods lets you listen to music straight from your watch, useful for jogging and the like. There’s also a new pearl-white ceramic Edition model, sporty Nike straps, and a series of elegant Hermès leather straps that further expand style options.

Read more at Apple – $370+

GET IT: $370+

Sports & Outdoors

G-Shock Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A

While everyone can appreciate a crisp stainless steel dive watch or a slim, refined dress watch, there are certain situations that call for tougher, more rugged timepieces, not to mention functionality to navigate those situations accordingly. And Casio’s G-Shock Gulfmaster GWNQ1000-1A is positively packed with all the bells and whistles you could want. The brand-new Quad Sensor adds a water depth sensor to the watch alongside the previous tech of the Triple Sensor which already included an altimeter, thermometer, compass, and barometer, all in all making it a good choice for coast guards and others active at sea. An inset dial shows sudden changes to conditions to grab your attention while the LCD above displays specific values for collected data, the latter with a hand concealment function that temporarily moves the watch’s hands, if covering the screen, out of the way. It’s also water resistant to 200 meters, comes with World Time functionality for easily setting 31 time zones, dual white LEDs that completely light up the watch’s face in the dark, and comes wrapped in an instantly recognizable ruggedized 48mm case made of carbon fiber and complemented with a sapphire crystal lens, a first in this line.

Learn more at Amazon – $850

GET IT: $850


Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch

Samsung’s Gear S3 Smartwatch looks more like a classic timepiece than any smartwatch before it. Available in two flavors — the Gear S3 Classic (left) and rugged-looking Gear S3 Frontier (right) — they both boast a bezel that’s not just for show, rotating intuitively to scroll through apps or text, answer calls, jack up the volume, and more. A large 1.3-inch Always on Super AMOLED display behind Gorilla Glass SR+ puts on the face of a real mechanical watch and still manages up to four days of battery life before you’ll need to drop it on its wireless fast charging dock for a top up. It’s also decked out with a GPS, barometer, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of on-board memory, a speaker/mic for taking calls and optional LTE (in the Frontier model), granting the watch complete independence from the phone to which it’d normally be shackled. And they’re both rated IP68 water and dust resistant, so while it’s not suitable for swimming a sustained dunk or heavy downpour won’t do any damage.

Find it at Samsung – $TBA


The Smokey Bear Watch

Filson uncovered the true origins of Smokey the Bear when designing their limited edition timepiece that bears Smokey’s friendly yet ominous face. In 1923 a fire swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving behind more than just charred trees. The high winds drove the fire fast enough to catch all manner of wildlife in its wake. Among those affected was a bear, later to be known as Smokey. He ran ahead of the fire trying to find safety and by sheer coincidence ran straight into a ranger station and face to face with a smoke-blackened ranger. Little is known about their encounter except the words left scrawled in the dust by the ranger, “Smokey… bear.” Smokey mauled the ranger and stood steely eyed over his broken body. When the fire burned itself out, Smokey remained intent on stopping further such catastrophes — or so we’re to believe. He donned the ranger’s hat and charged him, Milo Anderson, with the task of preventing wildfires. His exact words were, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” It was a threat, not a call to action. That was a lot of responsibility for poor Milo and as the years went on the adage changed to mean the collective “you” and not the singular as Milo originally heard it. Enter Filson’s Smokey the Bear Watch, a limited edition of 1,000 package, complete with an individually numbered watch and collection of Smokey goodness. Included is a book that tells the story of Smokey Bear* (*may vary slightly from the representation above), a certificate of authenticity and six postcards of reimagined vintage Smokey posters. The watch features a 43mm stainless-steel case, an Argonite 715 quartz movement assembled in Detroit at Shinola’s Watch Factory, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Plus, flip it around to check out the brass PVD plate imprinted with both Filson’s and Smokey Bear’s logos.

Find it at Filson – $1,000