Early this Sunday morning, while some of you are sleeping and others are crawling home from the bar engaged in some deep (in your head, at least) debate about how all the world’s problems can be solved, 2 a.m. will magically turn into 3 a.m. and Daylight Savings Time will officially begin. You’re welcome for the reminder, by the way.
In a very narrow sense, that means you will lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, but don’t worry McDonald’s has all-day breakfast now so you’ll still be able to get your McGriddle. If you take the big picture view, you’ll see how awesome Daylight Savings can be. It means that spring is around the corner, with summer to follow. Par-tay! It means no more leaving the office in the dark and, even better, more time to do things outside after work, whether that’s going for a run or going for a drink.
To mark the occasion and to keep track of the time, we found 10 great watches for every budget that will keep your wrist looking sharp, especially as you start wearing short sleeves.
TIMEX WEEKENDER FAIRFIELD
Simple. Classic. Affordable. That’s really all you need to say about the Timex Weekender Fairfield. But I’ll go on. The minimalist markings on the dial look great with the preppy nylon strap. And did we mention that it’s only $59.95?
Coordinating your watch to the rest of your outfit isn’t always easy. This new G-Shock digital watch from its Denim’d collection syncs up perfectly with your jeans though. A denim-inspired design is printed throughout the watch case and strap for a unique look.
NIXON TIME TELLER STAR WARS
The force is strong with this watch that is part of Nixon’s ongoing collaboration with Star Wars. The R2D2-inspired blue on the dial contrasts nicely with the red crown and stainless steel bracelet. Unfortunately, it does not project holograms though.
NENDO DRAFTSMAN 03 GRID
Japanese design studio Nendo makes everything from chocolate to luggage with a keen eye for detail. For the third watch in its Draftsman series, a grid similar to the one used on graph paper for architectural drawings is printed right onto the back of the crystal and lines up nicely with the minute and second markings on the dial.
SAMSUNG GEAR S2
From $299.99, samsung.com
Samsung may not have received as much attention for its smartwatch as Apple, but the Gear S2 is a feature-packed device that looks much better than the one out of Cupertino. With the available 3G/4G connectivity, you don’t need to be near your phone to use the majority of the watch’s functions, including calling thanks to a built-in speaker and microphone. The Gear S2 also charges wirelessly and has a ton of sleek face designs to choose from.
FILSON DUTCH HARBOR
If you’re not ready to spring for the “root beer” Rolex GMT-Master, but still want a great dive watch with a brown top ring, Filson’s new Dutch Harbor model packs a lot of value into a timepiece that costs less than a G. Water resistant to 990 feet, the top ring only turns in one direction to protect you from any accidental bumps while diving.
SHINOLA RUNWELL SPORT CHRONO
With a 48mm case, the Runwell Sport Chrono is great for the guy that likes a big watch without being ostenatious. The quartz movement is hand-assembled in Shinola’s hometown of Detroit and for this new version an elegant gray is used on the dial and top ring. The muted color is nicely accented with the orange hands on the subdials.
DETROIT WATCH CO. M1-WOODWARD
Shinola isn’t the only company making watches in the Motor City. Detroit Watch Co.’s latest timepiece pays tribute to Woodward Avenue, the city’s major thoroughfare and host to one of the country’s best classic car exhibitions, the Woodward Dream Cruise. The caseback on this watch lists all the cities that Woodward crosses on its way to Detroit.
BELL & ROSS BR 03-92 PHANTOM CERAMIC
Bell & Ross owns the square aviator category. The BR 03, with its smaller 42mm case (compared with 46mm on the BR 01), allows the watch to look strong on your wrist without being too chunky. And the murdered-out palette on this Phantom Ceramic version looks so mean.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER WHITE SIDE OF THE MOON
Going in the exact opposite direction of the all black everything Bell & Ross is Omega’s latest Speedmaster. Dubbed “White Side Of The Moon” it follows dark and grey side versions. The white ceramic case and leather strap are certainly bold, but it still works, especially for spring and summer.