Even if you don’t find yourself out in the field, diving deep underwater, or scaling a mountain, a durable watch can be just as much of an asset for everyday casual wear as it is under extreme conditions. After all, it’s nice to know that your watch is capable of handling whatever you can throw at it, even if you’re not putting it through the wringer. That’s why we’re looking at some of the toughest watches out there in this guide. Each of the picks have something special about them, whether it’s extra resistance to wear and tear thanks to a case with treated or hardened steel, or a low-maintenance and shock-proof movement. And the best part is that all of these watches come in under $1,000. Let’s jump in!
Seiko 200m Diver Ref. SPB053 – $800
What makes it tough? — 200m of water resistance and Seiko’s DiaShield coating
A proper diver is the quintessential tool watch, and Seiko really knows how to make a dive watch. The SPB053 comes in at just $800, which represents an excellent value given the features they’ve included. This watch is part of the PROSPEX (a portmanteau of “Professional” and “Specifications”) line, which is home to Seiko’s proper tool watches. In addition to being a 200m water-resistant dive watch, which in itself isn’t all that mind-blowing (though more than sufficient for underwater activities), the case and bracelet are treated with Seiko’s proprietary DiaShield coating. While you won’t get the same amount of scratch resistance like some of the other watches on this list, the coating definitely makes a difference long-term. Inside, you’ll find a 6R15 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, and it’s capable of hand wind and hacking. Protecting the deep blue dial is a domed sapphire crystal that’s treated with AR coating. Most divers are built with durability in mind, but the SPB053 takes it an extra strep, resulting in an excellent watch for both land and sea.
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