In order to be called a ‘tool’, you must follow the definition as “a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function.” That means a tool watch is meant to carry out a specific function, beyond just telling time itself. It can make many purposes, all of them providing a distinct and unique experience to the wearer. Whatever that main purpose may be, one thing is certain: it must excel at it in order to earn the reputation as a ‘tool watch’.
We at Gracious Watch have curated a select few that earned the right to be called a ‘tool watch’ and would love to hear from our family to know if we hit the mark or if we need to get our priorities straightened out.
The Jetsetter: Omega Planet Ocean GMT
Omega Calibre 8605 co-axial self-winding chronometer
Not the originator of the GMT watch but has the looks and credentials to be a dependable, modern travel watch.
First up is a showcase of the GMT watch or a watch meant for the individual that lives in suitcases. First developed for Pan-Am pilots to easily circumnavigate the world, GMT watches have grown into their own section in horology and while Rolex pioneered the GMT, Omega has improved the dynamics and functionality through their Planet Ocean GMT.
The blue and orange motif is a signature trait of the Planet Ocean and it has the balance of striking beauty with just the right amount of orange accent and not becoming gaudy at first glance. At 43mm, it’s not that big on the wrist but is more than useful with 600m water resistance.
The great part is the GMT functionality, where the user can easily switch between two time zones with the rotating 24-hour bezel. This is so that you can easily utilize the watch when you fly from New York to Paris or Chicago to London. A watch for the jet-setter, the Planet Ocean GMT can easily be worn with a jumper and slacks, to a blazer and dress pants.
Deep Blue: Seiko Prospex Blue Lagoon Diver’s Watch
Seiko Cal. 4R36 Automatic Hacking Movement
A hacking diver’s watch will ensure watch accuracy when syncing with other dependable timepieces, and the triple blue scheme easily matches the ocean surrounding it.
A diver’s watch is meant to keep diving time accurate so he or she can keep track of their oxygen level and duration in order to prevent injuries. Their lives depend on these type of watches so it’s critical to keep accuracy and water resistance constant.
The Seiko Prospex line is meant to keep those two criteria in mind when releasing watches, as their sole goal is to provide divers something they can regularly depend on enjoying their passion. From the shores of Bali to the deepest reefs that the world can provide, diver’s watches are meant to explore the abyss and the wonders that live within.
The Blue Lagoon is an affordable offering from Seiko and at 45mm, it can be quite imposing. The 200m water resistance is more than enough to provide accuracy when diving and the blue motif and white indices make it legible when you’re underwater.
The stainless steel casing and band makes it easy to clasp when you’re wearing a wetsuit but is also beautiful enough to take it out of the waters and into the bar with your watching Hawaiian shirt.
A neat feature that the Blue Lagoon has is the ‘hacking’ movement, where the user has the ability to completely stop the second when pulling the crown, providing the wearer synchronization down to the second. It’s a rare feature that the Blue Lagoon can provide you at an affordable price.
Do The Running Man: Garmin Forerunner 235
Full-featured GPS running computer
Full-fledged running computer with many functionalities such as lap timing, heart-rate, Bluetooth compatibility, etc.
An exercise watch sole focus is to provide data about your exercise and your fitness regimen whenever you need it. It provides the user information to create a benchmark; track it, with the goal of surpassing it.
Critical information such as heart-rate, average pace, and split laps to name a few, will be the base information to help any budding athlete conquer their plateau. In order to do that though, you need something that can provide you accurate and trackable running data. Thankfully, Garmin is at the forefront of creating fitness computers and the Forerunner 235 is a great example of an exercise-focused tool watch.
The 31mm display and 50m water resistance are not meant for swimming but enough to wick off moisture and provide enough readability without impeding your stride. The great part is that the watch is feature-packed with the runner in mind such as, but not limited to:
- Distance, pace, time, heart rate
- Smartphone synchronization
- Weather widget
- Daily steps, distance, calories, and sleep
- Data tracking and download
The Forerunner is a great watch and has the power to provide you accurate information that will help you become a better you. Just depends if you can get up in the morning to actually do something but that’s another story!
Talladega Nights: TAG Heuer Carrera Cal 1887
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 chronograph automatic movement
For the speed-demon in you, a chronograph movement from TAG Heuer will be a great companion to let you set laps and break records.
Chronograph movements were created to provide racing drivers an accurate timepiece to track lap times and determine average pace in motorsports. In certain races, it’s critical to maintain an average pace and being the leading car in a race doesn’t necessarily equate to a victory so a racing tool like a chronograph can mean a first-place finish or losing sponsorships left, right, and center. Being informed of your racing situation through a racing watch is important when tracking your lap status and the TAG Heuer Carrera was built with that in mind.
The 43mm watch has multiple functionalities with the main piece being the chronograph movement. The Calibre 1887 movement is a 39-jewel in-house movement that is so accurate that it was awarded the chronometer designation by the COSC.
The 50-hour power reserve means it has enough energy to keep up with the paces and extra features such as the tachymeter bezel can provide the wearer additional information such as the speed at a quick glance. It also helps that it doesn’t look too bad without a racing suit on. The aesthetics are complementary in a casual setting off the paddocks. With various measurements at the driver’s disposal, it can give you enough data for a winning lap.
The Martian: Hamilton Khaki BeLOWZERO 1000M Auto
ETA caliber 2826-2 46-hour automatic movement
If it’s good enough to be on Mars, it’s good enough for your daily life. Also, Matt Damon wore it and you’re just as cool, if not, cooler than him.
A tool watch personified provides the wearer with top-tier reliability and dependability. Features such as 1000m water resistance, black PVD stainless steel casing that’s scratch resistant, sapphire crystal for ultimate clear viewing, and a trusty helium escape valve encased in 46mm of heavy-duty greatness is more than enough for the adventurers out there. With that in mind, the Hamilton BeLOWZERO 1000m is the ultimate tool watch out there.
Featured as Matt Damon’s trusted instrumented in the movie, The Martian, The Hamilton BeLOWZERO accompanied him in his adventure conquering the barren lands of Mars. Being in a different atmosphere requires dependability and the Hamilton ticks all the boxes on doing that.
The helium escape valve provides the wearer to control the immense pressure the watch faces so it can still run in any condition, 1000m water resistant is more than enough for any endeavor and the black PVD casing provides a look that no other watch can match. Overall, the watch looks very mean and imposing which is what you want for the best tool watch out there. So wear it with pride as you conquer what the world is out to give you.