The vast majority of watches on the market feature a crown at 3 o’clock. Some manufacturers play around with the positioning of the crown, though most generally stick to the right side of the case. A small number of watches, however, have crowns on the left side of the case; these watches are called “destro.” It’s something that’s relatively uncommon, despite the obvious advantages of this configuration. Beyond being a natural fit for left-handed people or those who prefer to wear a watch on their right wrist, a destro watch is arguably more comfortable. The crown will never dig into your wrist, nor will it snag on anything. It is precisely this reason that brands producing real-world tool watches tend to lean toward destro designs. Below, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite destro watches, most of which are unsurprisingly tactical. Enjoy, and let us know which destro watch is your favorite in the comments section below.
Aevig Corvid MK2
Every watch collection needs a quartz beater watch—one you won’t regret scuffing up while mowing the lawn or playing with the kids. One of my favorite affordable quartz watches in recent memory is the Corvid MK2, a field watch from Netherlands-based brand, Aevig. The Corvid has a familiar design, but mixes things up a bit to stay fresh. Visually, it’s styled as something of a field/pilot watch hybrid, with a certain Bauhaus sensibility tying the whole thing together. It’s clear the watch was created with a designer’s eye; there’s no embellishment, and the blend of visual elements and bold use of color brings to life a watch that might have been dull in the hands of a different brand. The Swiss-made Ronda 703 quartz movement boasts a 6-year battery life, and the screw down crown at 9 o’clock ensures a water resistance of up to 100 meters. The Corvid MK2 is nearly sold out, so get one while you can.