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Even if air travel is gradually recovering, many people will still be on vacation in their own country and neighboring ones in 2021. Preparation is essential, as it always is. So, for anyone seeking for a nice outdoor watch to round out their kit, we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints.
A watch designed for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing, and so on is known as an outdoor sports watch.
Which watch is best for you is determined by what you want to be able to do with it. When buying an outdoor watch, what should you keep in mind?
1. Readability in darkness
The watch must be easy to read. Visibility and readability are improved by a high contrast between the dial, indexes, numbers, and the watch body. Many outdoor watches have a luminous coating or luminous tubes on the hands and indexes for nighttime visibility. LED lighting is present in most digital outdoor watches.
2. Be ready for harsh weather: consider water resistance.
If you go for walks frequently and have sufficient weather gear, a 5 bar waterproof watch would do. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go for a watch that’s at least 10 bar water resistant. After all, you never know when you’ll be caught in a rainstorm or have to wade through a river. A barometer or weather forecast can be found on several outdoor watches. That way, you’ll always be ready.
If you wish to be able to do things like canoe, surf, or dive with your watch in addition to ‘dry’ activities, we recommend looking into watches with these features. The ideal watches for these activities would be diving watches and water sports watches.
3. Should you use battery or a solar watches?
For a functional sports watch, proper maintenance is very vital. The battery life of the watch is a significant consideration. You don’t have to worry about anything when you choose a solar watch. A battery is used to power quartz watches. This battery lasts 1.5 to 2 years on average. The watchmaker must test the watch for water resistance once the battery has been replaced and the case has been opened. A quartz watch that is charged by light energy is known as a solar watch. Because the battery in this watch rarely needs to be replaced, the water resistance can be ensured for a longer period of time.
4. Material and type of watch strap
The material of a watch strap is a very personal choice. Some people prefer the durability of steel, while others prefer the flexibility of silicone rubber. Every watch we sell, of course, comes with a matching watch strap. However, a different strap can be used to entirely customize the watch to your preferences. We provide a large selection of branded and universal watch straps.
A nylon NATO strap is popular among outdoor watch wearers. This style of strap is water resistant, sizing is simple, and it is comfortable to wear. Furthermore, this strap will not come loose from the watch if you get stuck on something. A straight strap mount is required to attach a NATO strap to a watch.
A paracord strap is available on some outdoor timepieces. A strong substance that can be used as a fishing line or to start a fire in an emergency.
Leather straps aren’t recommended for this watch because they can’t handle water.
5. What features do you actually require?
The way you’ll use the watch will, of course, be determined by the sport you’ll be participating in. If you only need a watch to tell the time but also need it to be resistant to impact and water, a simple waterproof plastic watch may be sufficient. However, if you want to utilize the watch for certain sports like climbing, night hikes, or cycling, you’ll most likely need more. An altimeter, a distance meter, or a compass, for example.
Decide what you want the watch to be able to accomplish first.
Outdoor watches are available in a variety of prices. The price of a watch is determined by a variety of criteria, including the materials used, the movement used, the brand used, and the (additional) functionalities provided. You’ll know which needs the watch must meet for you if you ask yourself the questions above ahead of time.
In a summary, take some time to figure out what features you desire and what your budget is. Then you’ll be able to make the right decision. You can’t figure it out on your own? Any questions about outdoor watches can be directed to our customer support team.
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