A watch, at its most basic functionality, is for one purpose: To tell the time.
However, much like phones, they have acquired more functionality over the years: altimeter, heart rate monitor, GPS and so on.
Telling the time only? That is so 1980s.
Though I was always envious of Ralph P’s watch back in 4th grade!
Naturally these new watches spark pages of discussion too. Which watch to get? Which watch has the best features? Will it place my order at Starbucks? And many other questions.
Yellow fedora optional.
Much like the over-fascination with gear in general, watches are discussed quite a bit.
I suppose I’m a bit of a Luddite outdoors person. I prefer analog watches for aesthetic reasons. And do not need the many features people seem to desire.
However, I do enjoy wearing a watch in the backcountry. Why?
Because sometimes it is nice to know the time. How much time do I have to reach the post office before it closes? Can I ski back in time to reach happy hour at my favorite brew pub? You know…the important things.
In the backcountry, a watch is really useful for dead reckoning. Esp off trail, if I know my rough rate of travel, it is fairly easy to figure out where I am on a map.
EDIT: Naturally, for first aid purposes it is indispensable for taking vital signs
So the watch of my choice? My trusty Timex Expedition Indiglo. It tells the time. It tells the date. It glows . It is weather resistant. It is analog and does not look like an artifact from a 1950s SciFi movie.
Watch on a map. It’s art! Damn it!!!!
It has been my outdoor watch of choice for almost 15 years. I lost my original one in a move a few years back after it had many miles of hard outdoor use. Like the commercial says “It takes a lickin’ and it keeps on tickin’’
I expect my current one will last a few more years yet.
I like to keep my gear simple, functional and straightforward
And that includes my outdoor watch, too.