For 20 years I wore the same watch—a Swiss Army model. I liked its simplicity, reliability, and conservative styling. Every six months or so, however, I’d have to buy a replacement leather strap, due to damage from salt and sun. But my most recent replacement was my last—Swiss Army no longer supports my old-fashioned model, I was told. So a hunt ensued, during which I dallied with Hamilton, Tag Heuer, Citizen, and even a rather fetching Seamaster from Omega. What I finally settled on though, was both new and a tad less expensive—a Trident Titanium from Reactor, a California-based outfit that specializes in “the best performance sports watches on the planet.” Forged from solid titanium, with glow-in-the-dark numerals, a 10-year lithium battery, a radically durable Japanese quartz movement, and depth-tested to 660 feet, the darn thing keeps excellent time, looks cool, and appears to be indestructible. I went with the rubber strap, by the way.
Meeting the needs of boaters in the U.S. has some builders around the world scratching their heads, but not Rio Yachts. This Italian builder knows what works and what doesn’t, and adds a creative touch and fine finish to differentiate its product from lots of other boats out there.
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