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Time for True Adventure

Our editor’s selection of luxury watches designed for exploits on land, sea, and beyond.

A photograph of Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure Shop Richard Mille

SOME PEOPLE RESERVE watches for black-tie affairs; others want daily flashy wrist candy that will impress and delight. Me? I want a timepiece I can take anywhere, from a Caribbean scuba diving adventure or a mountaineering expedition to a simple round of golf. Here are a few of my preferred sturdy and stylish timepieces for any and all outdoors exploits.

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Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure

The Richard Mille RM 25-01 Tourbillon Adventure — made in collaboration with Sylvester Stallone, aka John Rambo — is intended for all-purpose adventuring, with an advanced compass system and (we kid you not) a hermetic titanium compartment that holds water purification tablets that can make up to a liter of water safe for drinking, depending on the level of pollution. SHOP NOW

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Garmin MARQ Adventurer (Gen 2)

If you’re less of a survivalist but still hoping to climb every peak, Garmin’s MARQ Adventurer (Gen 2), a touchscreen watch with preloaded maps and features that monitor blood oxygen, elevation, and gradient, might be the pick for you. SHOP NOW

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep

For ocean daredevils, Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep can be worn all the way to the sea's greatest depths: It’s water resistant to a whopping 20,000 feet, making it a scuba diver’s dream. This timepiece is based on an Omega worn by explorer Victor Vescovo in 2019, when he dove 35,000 feet into the Mariana Trench: the deepest place on Earth. SHOP NOW

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Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante

For above-water style, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante is an impossibly chic sailing watch with a split-second chronograph for competitive racing. Panerai is an Italian luxury watch company known for making timepieces for commando frogmen in the Royal Navy (back when Italy was a kingdom), so, in addition to looking great, these timepieces are designed for durability. SHOP NOW

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Rolex Yacht-Master II

The Rolex Yacht-Master II — the only chronograph in the world with a mechanical memory — is a fabulous choice for skippers of all sorts to chart their best nautical course. The truth is, no matter where you are going, you can’t go wrong with a Rolex. SHOP NOW

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Breitling Navitimer

If flying is in your sights, the Breitling Navitimer — the original pilot’s watch — keeps tabs on standard mileage, kilometers, and nautical miles, which, before the advent of computers, gave pilots the ability to chart data like climb and descent rates as well as fuel consumption. It’s fun to feel a little Howard Hughes in a Breitling. SHOP NOW

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Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

For thrills on wheels, Chopard’s stainless-steel Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph is an incredible open-road ode to classic car races: Its rubber step is inspired by ever-cool 1960s Dunlop tire treads. SHOP NOW

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TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

For hitting the links, TAG Heuer’s Connected Golf Edition allows you to track your stats and scores, see highly detailed 2D and 3D maps of over 40,000 courses, as well as record shot distances. And each timepiece comes with three TAG golf balls for your next round. SHOP NOW


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Alex Frank Writer

Alex Frank is a contributing editor at Departures. Based in Manhattan, Frank previously worked at Vogue.com as deputy culture editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Pitchfork, New York Magazine, Fantastic Man, and the Village Voice.

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