Smartwatches may be getting all of the attention right now, but there is something inherently elegant about a well-built analog watch. I love new technology and I have a couple of the newfangled wearables, but when I need a solid timepiece that can handle any situation and look good while doing it, I always go back to my collection of simple wristwatches.
One of my favorites is the rugged, Filson Journeyman GMT Chrono Watch by Shinola. Built-in Detroit to meet Filson’s uncompromising standards, this watch is rated at 20 ATM (or 660 feet), with a screw-down crown and a case back secured by six screws for added protection from the elements. It is designed to perform in the harshest environments from the Amazon rain forests to Wall Street business meetings.
This three-hand watch is hand-built with over 100 Swiss-made components by skilled watchmakers. The craftsmanship is evident in the fine details and superior build quality. The Filson Journeyman GMT Chrono Watch features a beautiful brushed stainless steel 44mm case with matte black PVD plating. These materials give it a rugged yet elegant look. Speaking of rugged, the watch’s scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is perhaps my favorite feature. I’ve ruined many watches because I’ve scratched the surfaces so badly. While the Journeyman is not scratch-proof, it is built to prevent scratches to might occur from regular wear. If you decide to fight a bear in the woods, you might get a few scratches on the watch so don’t do that.
In addition to being tough, the GMT 24-hour Journeyman is a precision timepiece. Powered by Argonite 515.24H quartz movement, the watch has a rotating top-ring World Timer function which is great for people like me who frequently travel to different time zones.
Additional features include an American-made Bridle Leather strap with a buckle inspired by Filson’s classic roller buckles, anti-reflective coating for glare reduction, and a green dial with Super-LumiNova hands, numbers and index to maximize readability.
Although it may be cool to wear a computer on your wrist, sometimes you just need a device that does one thing well – tell time. This where the Filson Journeyman GMT Chrono Watch by Shinola excels.