The term “tool watch” is thrown around a lot, typically used when referring to a watch that carries out a specific purpose. A dive watch with its timing bezel, a pilot’s watch with a clear and concise dial. Really anything sturdy and built to take a beating with a specific purpose-driven function involved. Raven’s Trekker 39 is a tool watch that’s part field watch, part dive watch, and all tool. The Trekker isn’t an entirely new model, but it has been scaled down and refined from its 40mm predecessor. When speaking with Steve Laughlin, the man behind Raven Watches, he pointed out a few key differences. The 2016 release of the 40mm Trekker featured thick slab sides, a longer lug-to-lug length, and a 1mm wider case. That changes for 2021.
In the world of watches, we all know how much difference even a single millimeter can make, and in the case of the Trekker 39, it does wonders. While the dial and crystal are the same ones seen in the 2016 model, the case around it has been slimmed down. They’ve added a polished undercut to the slab sides to reduce visual thickness, and feature a lumed ceramic bezel insert, and much more. The result is a watch that hits just the right balance between comfort and wrist presence. Let’s dig in and take a closer look at this familiar, but updated design from one of our favorite brands.