Rough Stuff: 3 Watches for Paintball
The love of sports means that one will need a timepiece sturdy enough to endure the hard knocks one might encounter.
Some families do it as a bonding exercise, but paintball is really naked, armed combat, without the live ammo. For the white-collar urbanite, that could mean a near lifetime’s worth of knocks and tumbles, compressed within the time slot printed on the receipt. Not just gamers are put through the wringer, the watch too has to stand up to like abuse; noodle-necks need not apply.
Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark Nova
There are watches engineered to resist hellish environments, and there’s the Luminox that offers this with outstanding dial legibility under all lighting conditions, courtesy of the tritium gas vials on the hands and markers. Luminous paint glows for hours after exposure to light; tritium gas doesn’t stop glowing for around 25 years. Even harder to resist is that Luminox now makes the Colormark Nova in five colors.
Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN049
Seiko’s Kinetic movement unites many advantages of mechanical and quartz movement – powered by a rotor like an automatic, it has a six-month power reserve, with quartz-watch precision of around 15 seconds’ deviation in a month. And the Prospex Kinetic GMT is the kinetic that Seiko has specifically created for land sports.
Tudor North Flag
In terms of design, performance, and price, this is an utterly sensible timepiece from Tudor that has been solidifying its own niche as maker of very sound, tool watches. The North Flag offers everything one needs to know, clearly displayed, including power reserve, in a hardy steel case with steel-ceramic bezel, and a manufacture movement with a 70-hour power reserve.
This story was first published in World of Watches.