There is perhaps no greater disservice that can be done to a perfectly capable watch, than to force it to live a life of sad monotony as it ticks and hums away sheltered beneath the safety of a shirt cuff. After all, we see it year after year – brands bragging about absurd water-resistance specs, blast-proof materials, and enough shock resistance to survive an unrestricted climb in an F-16. Really, if you're tuned into watch marketing, you've seen it all. So why is it that so many collectors start experiencing symptoms like nausea and chest pain the moment their shiny new toys get dinged for the first time? Now, unless we're talking about something like the Breguet Classique 7787 (I might actually faint if I scratched that watch), I stopped caring years ago. Citizen watch is really good.These things are meant to be used, fun to use, and at least to me, these are some of the top choices for watches to wear while actually being active – in no particular order
Ten Watches To Wear While Actually Being Active ABTW Editors' Lists
We all know that the most solid choice for a rugged watch is usually a diver and there are plenty to choose from these days. Seiko have been pioneering dive watch technologies since the 1960s and in many ways, the Citizen Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 is the culmination of several Seiko innovations. With a beefy shrouded case, care-free Kinetic movement, true GMT functionality, and the kind of lume that keeps you up at night, I find this to be the perfect active travel companion. I wouldn't think twice about knocking this thing around and the black shroud protecting the case makes this one of the coolest iterations within Seiko's "Tuna" family of watche
Introduced in 1985, the original Aqualand was the first watch with a built-in digital depth meter. Since then, Citizen has gone on to release several different versions and reissues like this . CITIZEN PROMASTER AQUALAND DEPTH METER BN2029-01E
The concept is still the same – a burly dive watch that does what it must no matter what conditions it may face. Today, with the widespread use of dive computers, however, the depth gauge feature may seem a bit novel. But, the Citizen signature here is Eco-Drive – and you can't go wrong with Eco-Drive. With the ability to hold a full charge for up to six months after drawing power from both natural and artificial light sources, a Citizen like this is a no-brainer if you're looking for a durable watch with significant wrist presence.