Victorinox has long been a brand with a strong dual focus on value and durability. It’s also a reminder that fine Swiss craftsmanship isn’t relegated solely to watches, as the brand has proud roots in the original Swiss Army Knife, dating back to 1884. As a watch brand, Victorinox adheres to the type of traditional military inspired utility that fans of the multi-tool knives have enjoyed for decades, and the new Field Force collection is in that same vein.
The Field Force is a 42mm quartz watch inspired by classic Swiss Army aesthetics. The red Swiss Army logo at 12:00 announces the Field Force as a heritage derived piece, but modern manufacturing makes it thoroughly modern. The durable quartz movement, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and optional stainless steel bracelet make this a hard wearing piece that might find a place in a collection as a solid weekend beater, especially given the price.
Victorinox Field Force
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Black or white
- Dimensions: 42mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: Rhonda 517 Swiss Quartz
- Strap/bracelet: Leather strap or stainless steel bracelet
- Price: $350 (strap) – $395 (bracelet)
- Expected Release: Available now
What’s more, the fit and finish is sharp for the price. The finely-brushed case flanks meet the polished top side of the lugs in a way that you’re much more likely to see in watches costing many times more than the $350 Field Force. And it’s not bad looking at all — the wide, open dial and easy-to-read Arabic numerals are great for legibility. The thin aluminum bezel gives the watch a sporty, but sleek look. This isn’t a bulky, unwieldy thing. It will slide nicely under a cuff or a jacket sleeve, and it will give you all the information you need at a quick glance. Utility is the name of the game here.