From time to time we go off on a tangent and examine items other than knives that are a part of a common EDC kit. We have both discussed and reviewed flashlights on several occasions. Spinners seem to be all the rage lately, even with their complete lack of utility. However, we have never discussed watches, despite the fact that they are often quite literally on one’s person, even when you have to leave your knives behind.
I don’t remember much about my first watch, other than it was digital, with a rubber watchband, and it had a jogging “pacer” beep feature. An odd choice since I have never been much of a distance runner. Sometime in high school I got my first Victorinox Swiss Army Watch, a cavalry model, which was the first of 3 I would own over the next 22 years.
I loved the watch, and worked it like a government mule. I have no idea how many leather bands and batteries I went through in that time. The first two eventually outright died, not from any single incident, rather an accumulation of use. Bezels eventually scratched and cracked, though I never had one lose its water-proof integrity. Eventually, Victorinox discontinued the model, and it was time to move on. I was unable to find OEM bands, and I could not find a leather replacement that fit properly. One “pint-night” at a local outdoor outfitter, my wife suggested I try something new from their selection.
We settled on a Bertucci A-2s, which at the time was about $129, though I am finding it for about $100 from several online retailers. The heavy-duty nylon strap is much better than leather for a person who makes a living around mountain streams, and the styling and overall robustness of the watch seemed to make it a solid choice.
Bertucci watches are imported from Asia. They have a quartz movement from Japan, while the stainless case is made and assembly takes place in China. I have worn this watch daily for the past year, and I do not regret my choice. It has proven to be every bit as rugged as I had hoped. There are a few minor surface scratches to the case, but the bezel has remained unscathed. I have never needed to adjust the time other than for Daylight savings. I am pleased with both the fit and function of this watch. The luminescence is about as good as I have seen on any item with the feature.
Someday I hope to own an American watch, the Minuteman Jester is one that I find particularly appealing. I am just not to the point where I can justify the $500 price-tag, especially for something that I will beat the snot out of in the course of everyday use in the mountains. Ironically, $500 is actually inexpensive compared to many other American companies’ watches which start at close to $1000. I don’t think I will ever be in the position where I would purchase one.
But enough about me, what watch are you wearing and why?
A watch is good for more than just telling time, in case you were unaware…