When gameday rolls around for your favorite team, you’ll want to dress the part. You’ve probably got a lucky sweater from your alma mater or a favorite vest with your team’s mascot. Sporting your team’s colors or logo is just part of being a great fan, but you have to make some practical preparations for gameday too. You’ve got to stock up on all the right fixings for tailgating, load up the car, and navigate to the stadium. Plus, once you get there, you’ll want to track plays on the field with ease. For this, there’s another tool that’s essential for gameday— a watch.
Gameday Watch Characteristics
There are a few characteristics that make a timepiece perfect for gameday. You’ll want a watch that’s effortless, yet sturdy. You will want something that can take the heat if you’re flipping burgers at the tailgate, handle jumping up and cheering for a big play in the stands, or survive an accidental beer spill in the wake of excitement. A titanium watch is a great option because it’s lightweight, but tough. Another awesome accessory for a gameday watch is a rubber strap. It not only gives your watch an ultra-sporty aesthetic but also offers that same balance of comfort and durability. If you’re a super-fan, there’s one more quality you can look for in your gameday timepiece: a chronograph function. A chronograph, or stopwatch, allows you clock plays on the field, independent of the official play clock.
Gameday Watches: Our Picks
Still unsure? We have rounded up some of our favorite picks for your next gameday celebration:
Although the Omega Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Titanium Rubber Strap is a newer addition to the brand, it still epitomizes Omega’s commitment to classic sports watches. The 600M is the original model in the Planet Ocean series. It’s equipped with a number of features standard to the brand. The addition of the titanium case and bezel, paired with the rubber strap make this robust timepiece an ideal option for gameday.
The Tudor Fastrider Blackshield Chronograph is also a newer addition to the brand’s line-up. It’s the product of Tudor’s partnership with the iconic Italian motorcycle brand, Ducati. The Diavel, the Ducati’s second cruiser motorcycle inspired this creative, yet sporty timepiece. The Fastrider Blackshield Chronograph is durable enough to withstand highway speeds on a Ducati. This means it’s certainly strong enough for gameday.
The Hublot Big Bang Ice Bang is just one of the many variations on the brand’s most popular model, the Big Bang. The Ice Bang combines a ceramic case with titanium bezel and rubber strap to create the ultimate sport watch. Whether you’re cheering from the sidelines or playing a scrimmage in the backyard during halftime, this model is another excellent choice.
The Breitling Avenger II GMT is another newer addition to the classic Avenger family of watches. It preserves a similar aesthetic that made the earlier variations so popular yet has a few modern upgrades. It features a slightly smaller size compared to other Avenger models, measuring 43mm. This modest update allows the Avenger II GMT to maintain its durability. Yet, it’s still comfortable to wear on gameday or any other day of the year.
The TAG Heuer Carrera is one of the most iconic models produced by the brand. Its design is clean, simple, straightforward, and sporty, with a rich history to boot. Pair this famous and highly-coveted model with a modern rubber strap, and you’ve got the ultimate watch for gameday.
The Panerai Luminor Marina combines all the elements that have made the Luminor line so popular and distinctive over the years with some subtle updates that make it stand out on its own. It features a classic oversized case, true to the rugged Panerai brand. With the addition of a modern rubber strap, this sports watch gets an upgrade that makes it superb for gameday.
Bell & Ross
The Bell & Ross Aviation is one of the most iconic and eye catching models produced by the young brand. The first variation was released just over ten years ago. Bell & Ross has continued to refine the model with updates and advancements ever since. The BR-0392 features a bead-blasted steel case with black carbon powder coating for an ultra-sporty look. With a rubber strap, this watch makes the perfect companion for gameday.
The Graham Silverstone Stowe is an impressive and stylish sports watch equipped with just enough bells and whistles. It features a hefty 44mm case for optimal durability as well as a unique case and bezel material called PVD. Top it off with a rubber strap, and the Silverstone Stowe makes an awesome watch for gameday.