A selection of watches with useful functions and features

Useful functions and features equip these timepieces to go the distance, while tough, durable materials – and in-house movements – stand up to the toughest elements.

Grand Seiko

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the newest Spring Drive model Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT, priced at $11,000, finds inspiration in the mountain town of Shizukuishi, Japan, where these watches are made. Made of high-intensity titanium, the watch case is sturdy and scratch-resistant. The Spring Drive movement provides extreme precision in chronograph timekeeping, and a double-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating reduces glare.


An automatic mechanical movement of caliber P.900 animates the Panerai Submersible Azzuro, designed for professional divers. Water resistant to 300 meters, the stainless steel watch features a ceramic diver’s bezel with a graduated scale. The bezel rotates counter-clockwise to prevent accidental rattling. Luminous indexes and dots make it easy to read underwater, and a rubber strap keeps the watch in place. It’s an online exclusive for $9,800.


As the name suggests, the $800 G-Shock Mudmaster GWG2000-1A1 resists mud and other elements, including shocks. It features a high-tech forged carbon bezel and a case structure with steel pipes and silicone pads, making it a compact design. Tri-sensor measurements include compass, altitude, barometric pressure and temperature indications and sturdy rubber grips make it easy to use. It syncs with atomic timekeeping and dual LED lights ensure readability.

This article originally appeared in our June 2022 issue.

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