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Everytime: 14 Fantastic EDC Watches for Any Lifestyle

The world of EDC watches is rife with jargon and loads of data that will point you in one direction or another, claiming there’s a particular watch that’s going to be right for you. That’s not quite accurate. Everyday carry is something that is exclusively personal, meaning it’s about choosing what’s going to fit into your lifestyle on a daily basis. If your average day isn’t any more intensive than taking a trip to the office, you shouldn’t be sporting a whole tactical timepiece, rather leaving that for those days that are out of the ordinary. Conversely, if you’re going to be ‘rassling steers, fixing fences, or fighting insurgents, then you need something more hearty.

There’s innumerable factors that go into picking your EDC watch, all of which contribute to your choice. If you’re looking for help, our friends at Everyday Carry have an informative everyday carry watch guide that will walk the greenest of the green through the entire process of what goes into your daily wrist gear. Those who would prefer to get right down to the brass tacks will enjoy the 14 best EDC watches for every lifestyle.

Timex Weekender

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For the Everyman: Right out of the box there’s several bands to choose from, and the simple face comes in white or black with lots of different options, none of which seek to break the bank. At 38mm for most styles, it’s a small, subtle EDC watch that can be outfitted to work with any style. The movement is quartz, so you can take it off without needing to reset it, though the ticking tends to be loud. Purchase: $29

Timex Expedition Metal Field Watch

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For the Outdoorsman: Finding a hole in the Timex Expedition line is a difficult feat, so if this piece doesn’t do it for you, feel free to branch out. Big numerals make it easy to know the time, day or night, 165 feet worth of water resistance makes it more than splash proof, and the leather band gives you a real sense of survival-grade sturdiness. Purchase: $31

Casio G-Shock DW9052-1V

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For the Hard Knock Life: You can’t go wrong with anything in the G-Shock line if you’re looking for a tactical watch that has lots of sport features, this one is merely better for everyday carry by simple fact of value. Since you want to keep the price down for a watch you might lose, this splits the difference by giving you tons of mechanics and a tough mineral crystal that won’t stop ticking after taking a serious beating. Purchase: $40

Seiko SNK809 Seiko 5

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For the Minimalist: Ask almost any horologist or serious watch collector what they would suggest as an EDC timepiece and you’ll get several different answers, with almost all of them able to agree that a Seiko 5 is going to be the vanilla choice that goes great with everything. Bearing a light pilot’s watch aesthetic covered by a Hardlex window, it’s a simple, never-fail 21-jewel automatic movement  item ready to cleave to your wrist for all time. Purchase: $55

Citizen BM8240-03E Eco-Drive

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For a Touch of Class: The Eco-Drive line from Citizen is easily one of the best business watch brands in creation, serving up environmentally progressive EDC watches that have sustainability on the brain, but don’t skimp on stalwart builds meant to go long, god deep, and go hard. Purchase: $85

Pulsar PH9049

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For the Bold: Fear not the “made in Japan” stamp, as the Japanese-quartz timing doesn’t flag or falter, nor does the body give way behind the mineral crystal complete with 100 feet worth of water resistance. A compact tank style that gives a brash, blocky appearance without being gaudy or overpriced, young pros will find this fits into their budget and their pinstripe suit life easily. Purchase: $86

Invicta 8926OB Pro Diver

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For the Surf & Swim Fan: 660 feet worth of water resistance allow this to go along for most water sports, letting you know when it’s time to get out of the pool and head to work, all without needing to swap your watch. The Invicta name is synonymous with durability at a modest price, and the Pro Diver’s automatic Japanese movement and bombproof build is no exception to that rule. Purchase: $87

Garmin Forerunner 230

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For the Exercise Junkie: Easy to sync with a smartphone to get audio alerts for your apps, it has smartwatch-esque features while being a superb fitness tracker that keeps an eye on your laps, your calories burned, distance, pace, time, and has a GPS to help you survive in the wild should you get separated from your other militia members during a forced march. Purchase: $169

Orient Ray II

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For the Daily Diver: People who spend a lot of time in the water on a daily basis require an EDC watch that can keep pace with their lifestyle. Dollar for dollar, few things can rival the Ray II from Orient when it comes to professional water resistance. The bright, uncluttered display and unidirectional bezel fit nicely with the mineral crystal, all bearing 660 feet of water resistance that can sink and still deliver. Purchase: $190

Suunto Core

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For the Field Commander: The pseudo smartwatch for the everyday watchman who wants a timepiece that will tell them pressure, altitude, underwater depth, temperature, and even warn of incoming storms. The price is heavy, but the survivalist capabilities of the Core make it an investment, along with sturdy bands that keep it locked down tight. Purchase: $197

Apple Watch 2

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For the Technically Adept: Smartwatches are a dying breed, but if you must have one, and are an iPhone devotee, then this is the way to do it. Waterproof to 50 feet in fresh fluid or salty brine, the lack of an always-on display is a negative, and the battery life isn’t stellar, but the sporty build backed by Apple’s engineering and apps has turned it into a respectable item. Those who want to try an Android should eye the Gear S3 ($300) from Samsung. Purchase: $269

Mid Original Pilot Watch by Maratac

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For the Flyboy: Buily specifically to avoid branding and offer one of the purest pilot watches in existence, the Mid Original conjures up images of the original World War watches that were worn by pilots who needed to know the hour and second, rather than trying to impress the bombardier with who made their timepiece. Pricey, but capable of becoming an heirloom piece, even if you fly the unfriendly skies. Purchase: $399

Citizen JY8030-83E Eco-Drive Navihawk A-T Stainless Steel

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For the Jet-Setter: GMT watches with their mass of features intended for international playboys don’t come cheap. However, if you’re a timezone jumper who needs a thousand bits of information right on your wrist, then the money is well worth it to get one of the most astoundingly data-heavy EDC watches ever made on Earth all built on the Eco-Drive system. Purchase: $411

Cartier Tank Solo

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For the Show-Off: When your everyday carry setup needs a shot in the arm to make it presentable and respectable, get one of the most recognizable brands in one of their most noteworthy styles to do the job. Flash and class come with the pomp and circumstance, but this is more than a pretty face. It has an opaline dial, alligator skin band, and quartz movement wrapped in a stainless steel body that drips with masterful engineering. Purchase: $2,550

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