Sports chronographs are still an undeniable status symbol – especially since it’s rather unwieldy to strap a sports car around your wrist. Nevertheless, the best sports watches combine the best qualities of a sports car: self-confident, powerful and yet emotional. The practical stop function as well as the robust construction of these models make them practical and indispensable companions for everyday life and intensive outdoor activities. The large selection currently on the market can make it difficult to keep track. We therefore present here five of the current best sports watches.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph
We start the list with a real heavyweight among sports watches, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph. The stainless steel case houses a column-wheel chronograph in its 45.5-millimeter diameter, the technical quality of which is further complemented by a hardcore driver’s helium escape valve and a classy sapphire crystal caseback. The watch is extremely robust and water resistant up to 600 meters. The virtues of the manufacture 9900 movement also include 15,000 gauss magnetic field protection, a whopping 60 hours of power reserve and METAS certification, which is almost a given for an Omega, but definitely position the drive in the top class.
On the design side, the watch’s fresh, vibrant accents are compelling. The orange contrasts tastefully with the black of the ceramic bezel and dial. The clever Bicompax layout displays the stopped time units in a single totalizer next to the three, making a difference from a functional perspective as well. This is because it makes room for the central date window at 6 o’clock, which avoids a crowded dial. According to the manufacturer’s MSRP, the men’s sports watch is available for 8,300 euros.
Oris Artix GT Chronograph
You can get this chronograph for a generous 3000 Euros. Oris combines the elegance of a dress watch with the powerful charisma of a sports watch. With its 44 millimeters in diameter, the Oris Artix certainly draws attention to itself, but it can afford to. The beautiful stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 meters and is topped by the bi-directional, polished rotating bezel. The classic shine that runs through the watch’s design is clearly its strength as well. Power for the automatic men’s watch is provided by the caliber 774, which is based on the Sellita SW 500 and runs with a 48-hour power reserve – including a viewing window.
The noble character of the watch is fully expressed in the chronograph dial. The shimmering gray surface and the twelve applied indices give the chronograph its precious impression, which is complemented by a tachymeter scale and the familiar Tricompax layout with date display. A Superluminova coating is also applied to the markers and hands.
Tag Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph 43mm
For watch lovers, for whom the sporty aspect plays the main role and the subject of mechanics is rather secondary, the Tag Heuer Formula 1 series is perhaps just the right choice. Already for 1400 euros (manufacturer’s price), you get an elegant overall package with dynamic design, high-level case workmanship and up to 200 meters of water resistance. Even at second – and third – glance, the sports watch loses none of its powerful impact. The stainless steel case is rounded off by the alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces.
The power-packed tachymeter bezel and orange color accents are also something to behold. The bold blue hue of the sapphire crystal is echoed by the bezel and fundamentally contributes to the masculine look of the sports chronograph. Besides the interesting design, the precision quartz movement is also a good reason to buy it. The strap should also be mentioned, because its design in blue, white and orange alludes to the leading colors of Formula 1 and thus cleverly picks up the name of the watch on the design side.
Longines Conquest Automatic Chronograph 41mm
With its 41-millimeter diameter, this sports chronograph shows that even slimmer watches can come up trumps with masculine design. The futuristic crown guard combines pushers and crown to form a control center whose design is characterized by striking black and silver contrasts. The tachymeter bezel is a bit more subtly designed, but the luminous mass of the watch stands out all the more. The technical data is also impressive: A solid measuring tape, 54 hours of power reserve, water resistant to 300 meters and with the L688.2 also a reliable automatic movement. This makes the Conquest an ideal option for leisure and business for around 2000 euros.
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 R.S.20
Last but not least: A real exotic among our recommendations from Bell & Ross. Here, the square ceramic case is particularly noteworthy, which adopts the racing theme in its design in a very special way. Combining futuristic elements with aesthetic allusions to Renault’s 2020 Formula 1 car, the watch is limited to 999 pieces for a reason. The Sport Edition features a dial with a diameter of 42 millimeters on which the interplay of black, white and bright yellow create an impressive overall image. Anyone who wants something very special on their wrist should definitely consider this sports chronograph.