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Matching Outdoor Activities With The Right Outdoor Watches

 After being stuck inside all winter, it feels great to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you like to go hiking, fishing, boating or anything else for that matter, it's finally warm enough to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. 

It's easy to lose track of time while you're enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, so keeping a watch on you is very important. You don't want to take just any watch though. You need a watch that was made for the outdoors and is going to perform when you need it most.

The watch that we recommend varies based on what activity you are doing. So to make it easy for you to find the perfect watch for your needs, we've made a list of some of our favorite outdoor activities and paired them with the outdoor watches we feel are the best to wear while doing them. 

Scuba Diving or Water-Related Activities: Deepsea by Rolex

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If you're looking for the ultimate dive watch, look no further because you've found it. Rolex has long been praised by divers for creating the iconic dive watch, the Submariner. Inspired by James Cameron's historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Rolex set out to design an even better dive watch and the Deepsea was born. 

So what makes this watch so great for divers? Well, the secret lies in the patented ring lock system. This sets the inner workings of the timepiece inside of a nitrogen-alloyed steel central ring, a 5mm thick domed sapphire crystal, and a grade 5 aluminum case. This powerful combination gives the Deepsea water resistance down to a depth of 3,900 meters (12,800 feet), which is equivalent to three tons of pressure on the watch. 

Another great feature that divers will enjoy is the watch strap which has been equipped with Rolex's patented Glidelock extension system. This system allows you to adjust the length of your bracelet up to 20mm easily without using any tools and makes fitting your watch snug over a dive suit a quick, easy process. 

For serious divers who need to spend time in a decompression chamber after dives, the Deepsea also features a helium release valve. This is because helium fills the decompression chamber, and its small molecular size causes the gas to get inside of the watch case where it can become trapped. When this happens and the pressure builds up to anywhere between 3 and 5 barometers, the release valve will activate allowing the gas to escape. 

Fishing: Manufacture Slimline Moonphase by Frederique Constant

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When you first see the Manufacture Slimline Moonphase, you probably don't picture yourself wearing it on your next fishing trip. Don't let the sleek appearance of this watch fool you though. This Swiss timepiece is also packed with every feature you will need to reel in that trophy fish this summer. 

So what it is exactly that makes this watch an outdoor watch? Well first of all, the case and strap are made out of stainless steel, which is a rust proof material. Stainless steel may not be as light weight as a canvas strap, but washing blood and other fish filth off of stainless steel is much easier.

The timepiece is also water-resistant to 3 ATM, which is equivalent to 30 meters or 100 feet. Unless you plan on putting on a dive suit and going spear fishing, this is more than enough resistance for any water that you will come in contact with while fishing. Making the timepiece more water resistant would require thicker and heavier materials, so this watch is right on the sweet spot when it comes to the lever of water-resistance you want while fishing. 

The most important feature that makes this the ideal fishing watch is the in-house FC-705 Automatic movement. This complex chronograph movement guarantees that your watch will never run out of power when you need it most, and also provides a moonphase dial. If you are a serious angler, you know that the moon has an effect on the tides as well as the behavior of certain fish. Keeping track of where the moon is in its lunar cycle will help you stay on top of the changes that come with it. 

Camping & Other Night Activities : Night Vision by Victorinox

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If you didn't know what you were looking at, the Night Vision appears to be just like any other watch. That's exactly what Victorinox wanted when they designed it, because they knew when the lights turned off this watch would shine. The Night Vision gets it's name from the three built-in LED lights which make it perfect for going camping, sitting by a bonfire or doing any other night time activities. 

These three lights include one red LED locator / end of life indicator, a blue LED for dial illumination, and a white LED flashlight. The red light is constantly blinking to make sure you can find your watch in the dark and know when the battery is running low. The blue and white lights on the other hand can be turned on using a button on the left side of the watch case. Press it once to activate the blue light and illuminate your watch face, twice to turn on the flashlight, and three times to put the flashlight on a strobe setting. 

Extreme Sports, Boating, Aviation: Emergency II by Breitling 

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If you are a fan of extreme sports, aviation, going on boats or any other activity that could leave you stranded in an emergency situation, the Emergency II will make sure that you can always be found. Breitling realized that in many emergency situations, having a location beacon could be the difference between life and death. The only problem is that in an emergency, there's no guarantee that you will have a location beacon within your reach. So they set out to solve this problem by designing a beacon you can wear, and the Breitling Emergency was born. 

The Emergency II is the company's second take on the Emergency design, and this time around they really got it right. Along with functioning as an analog and digital watch, the timepiece is equipped with a PLB Category 2 beacon micro-transmitter. Once activated, this transmitter will send out both an analog and a digital signal which will pinpoint your location and alerts rescue teams of your whereabouts.

To ensure that you are always prepared for the worst, the emergency beacon runs on its own rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a lifetime of 24 hours after activation. When you purchase the Escape II you will also be given a docking station which charges the battery and tests that the beacon is still functioning properly.  The Breitling Emergency II watch will be available in the US in the upcoming months!

If you want to see the Emergency II in action, click here! 

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