Top 10 robust luxury watches for outdoor adventures 

We don't really experience extreme situation that make us pushing our limits in our daily life. 

Nevertheless, it is a good feeling, to know that you can really rely on the equipment, you use, in case of emergency. 

This factor is anyway indispensable for outdoor enthusiast and adventurers. Because your watch has to work flawlessly in any kind of situation, when you are in the wild. 

There is an entire selection of outdoor watches in the luxury section. Diving watches like the Sea-Dweller Deepsea or the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms are an ideal example, but so are pilot’s watches such as the IWC Pilots Chronograph.


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Top 1: Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

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There is no other option, of course the first place goes to the Brand with the golden crown. Let’s take a look at the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea. Depths of up to 3,900 cannot harm the Rolex, while the material, it's made of, the Oystersteel, is extremely corrosion resistant. 

Furthermore, shocks leave the Sea-Dweller fully unimpressed. Because its very shock resistant with its own Paraflex-Antishocksystem.

In terms of look, the appearance of the Deepsea slightly reminds of a regular Submariner on steroids. Therefore, it looks super mighty with a case diameter of 44 mm and a thickness of 17.7 mm.  

In fact, there is an even more impressive form of the Deepsea. It has a bigger Brother the Deepsea Challenge. But we won't treat this specific watch in this article, because it is super heavy and big and not really made for use in daily life or on an adventure. 

But the normal Deepsea is practical and perfect for outdoor, such as normal life. Matter of fact, a price of about 13.000 USD it is a little bit pricey. 

Top 2: Breitling Super Avenger 

The next Watch represents its adventurousness, already in its name.  We talk about the Breitling Super Avenger. It is super robust and resistant against any shocks, while, while it has exact optics of an outdoor watch. The chronometer comes along with a diameter of 48.4 mm and an elegant stainless steel case.

At the same time the dial is colored black and thanks to the delicate second indices it has a certain technical charm. The looks remind a little bit of an analog compass. Everything about this watch is made for outdoor and survival. 

Furthermore, it comes along with a chronograph and a date display. These are two useful additional functions, that turn out to be very helpful in the wild. 

In terms of prices, you can say, that the Breitling is quite affordable. You pay around 3.000 Dollar for a good model. 


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Top 3: Panerai Luminor Marina 

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But when we talk about watches for outdoor experience, we must not forget one brand: Panerai. This brand was originally known for making excellent diving watches.

The perfect example is the Luminor Marina. It was developed for the Italian navy and is until today still a reliable watch in all kind of situations. It really stands out with its individual design. Furthermore, it has a round bezel and a proportionally big crown.

Pricewise, the Luminor Marina is also quite affordable. You can purchase one for around 4.000 USD. However, there are also references that are in the five digit range. 

Top 4: Bell and Ross BR01-93

The further alternative, which is perfect for the outdoor use, would be the Bell and Ross BR01-93. This specific brand is not too popular, but in fact, its history is marked by the military and adventure.  

In general, the watches from Bell and Ross are robust, reliable and stand out for their good readability. The BR01-93 has a quadratic case with a round dial. Moreover, the dial is provided with big indices and the watch has an additional GMT function. 

But in the end, this watch is really convincing in terms of prices, because you can already purchase one for around 2.000 USD. 


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Top 5: Rolex Explorer

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There is one watch, that has to be in this list obligatorily: the Rolex Explorer.

It is the definition of an adventurer wristwatch, while it already proofed its excellence in various extreme situations, for example as in the ascent of the Mount Everest. That's why the Explorer turned out to be the perfect fellow on your adventure. 

It is not as robust as the already mentioned Deepsea, but very reliable, such as a lot more handy and practical.  

In terms of prices, you have to say that is quite expensive with about 7.000 USD upwards, but it is still relatively affordable in relation to the average Rolex prices. 

Top 6: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

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The next model in the list is an iconic diver watch from Blancpain. The Fifty Fathoms is without any doubt a pure adventurer. Originally, it was developed for the French navy in the 1950s. 

The Fifty Fathoms is waterproof up to 300 m, while there are models that have an even better water resistance. 

In terms of design, the Fifty Fathoms reminds of a classic diver watch with its own touch. Mostly, it comes along with a textile bracelet, which is some kind of trademark. 

Because of its historical heritage, the Blancpain is super popular among watch enthusiasts. Certain reverences have already become collectors items. 

The only issue is, that the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is not cheap. You have to pay at least 8.000 USD to purchase one. 

However, depending on the design, prices can quickly reach five figures.


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Top 7: Breitling Colt Automatic 44

Watch number 7 is covered by a Breitling again. The Colt Automatic 44 is a super robust, resistant and solid wristwatch for any outdoor trip. 

But also in terms of looks, it perfectly contributes to the image of an outdoor watch. It has a typical design for Breitling: massive bezel, big indices and a solid bracelet.  

Moreover, the Colt is very impressive because of its size. Its diameter measures 44 mm.  

If you're interested in buying one, you can get one for around 3.000 USD. 

Top 8: Rolex Yacht-Master Titan RLX

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There is another Rolex watch in the list, that is pretty new. We are talking about the Rolex Yacht-Master 43 in Titanium.  

Of course, we don't mean the normal Master, but the new one which is made of the new alloy Titan RLX. This alloy is particularly solid as well as corrosion-resistant and hard-wearing. 

The Yacht-Master is with a case diameter of 42 mm, relatively tiny in comparison with the other huge watches in the list. But this is not necessarily a disadvantage. Additionally, its design is marked by the mixture of polished and predominantly satin-finished surfaces, such as the tarnished bezel.  

If you want to purchase one, you need to grab deep in your pockets. It's listed for around 13.400 Dollar, but on the second market it's traded for around 40.000 USD.


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Top 9: IWC Pilot‘s Chronograph  

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But the pilots must not be forgotten in this list.  

Die IWC Pilot‘s Chronograph ist hierfür der ideale Kandidat. Diese Uhr sich schon unzählige Male in Flugzeugcockpits als nützliches Hilfswerkzeug erwiesen und ist darüber hinaus ebenfalls robust und widerstandsfähig. 

It doesn't matter on which missionary, dizzying heights, you can always rely on the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph. 

Moreover, the model comes along with a wide variety of designs, so there should be something for everybody.   

At the same time, the entry price of around 2.000 USD are very welcoming, even if there are also models that cost in the five-digit range. 

 Top 10: Oris Aquis Chronograph

Last but not least we have the Oris Aquis Chronograph, that will never let you down even in unfathomable depths.  

Of course the last watch on the list has to be a massive diver watch, the Oris Aquis Chronograph. This specific Chronograph can be used in unbelievable depths. It is a huge watch with a case diameter of 45.5 mm. That's why it's made for adventures and expeditions.  

But the best thing about the Aquis is the price, because you get for less than 3.000 USD a super solid watch for any outdoor trip.


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Alexander Weinberger

For me, the most fascinating thing about watches is the interplay between precise craftsmanship and artistic development. In a watch movement, hundreds of small parts have to be put together precisely so that they form a large whole.


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