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Choosing the right watch can be difficult, especially for a seasoned traveller looking for a timepiece to accompany you on your adventures. Here is your choice made easier!

Disclaimer: I am not associated in any way with Suunto, this is merely a writing exercise.

Choosing the right watch can be difficult, especially for a seasoned traveller looking for a timepiece to accompany you on your adventures. You might have spent hours searching the internet, asking friends and browsing shops, but to no avail. There are hundreds of brands to choose from and in your frustration, you’ve decided to take to Twitter to let off some steam from the festooned Presidential suite of your new Washington abode. We’ve all been there.

So, in order to make your choice a little bit more simple, we’ve assembled a short guide that will convince you that he Suunto Core is the ultimate travel companion.

Features

So, you’re looking for a watch that tells the time? You’ve come to the right place. But there’s more to choosing a travel companion than the time on their face. You might own a phone that does everything, but ten hours into your Amazon trek and several hundred photos of that beautiful parakeet later, the battery will undoubtedly desert you for pastures new. That is why having those useful tools around your wrist is so important.

The Suunto Core is equipped for every eventuality. It has a compass for when you get lost, a thermometer and barometer for when you need to prepare for the day, an altimeter for when you make your ascent, a depth meter for diving and importantly, a storm alarm that lets you know when it’s probably better to take shelter. The watch is designed specifically for adventurers, and unlike any other on the market.

Reliability

The next thing to look out for in your new watch is reliability. It’s all well and good that your watch enables you to navigate Mont Blanc, but what you really want to know is whether it will survive the descent and the trip to the alpine bar afterwards. And we can proudly say that the Suunto Core will last even the wildest of post climb celebrations.

Suunto has over 80 years of experience in producing some of the finest outdoor instruments for the consumer market and the military. With that experience, we’ve gained a true insight in how to produce quality timepieces. The watch itself is composed of aluminium, whilst the glass is a strong crystal composite. At 64g, its lightweight and easy to wear, but whether you drop it down a ravine or accidentally step on it as you stumble on your way home to your chalet, the watch will remain intact. The watch is waterproof and you can bring it with you whilst you dive. The batteries are also long lasting user replaceable, so you can be sure that it won’t let you down after long periods in the wilderness. This watch is durable.

Style

The watch is both functional and reliable, but every traveller knows that none of this matters without style. Well, perhaps that’s an exaggeration. But it’s important to be able to enjoy the accessories you wear. The Suunto Core can compete with the best sports watches in terms of sleek design. The watch face is simple and minimalist, the strap is unassuming. This isn’t a statement watch for those big occasions, but you’ll look the real deal when you tell the people from home about your worldly adventures.

Price

Sports watches can be expensive. So expensive that you might not want to bring them out of the house without a retinue of security guards. If that’s the case, you might as well leave it at home and pack the thirty year old compass from when you were in the scouts.

With all its functionality and style, you might assume that the Suunto Core is one of those watches. That isn’t the case, and you can be safe in the knowledge that at £199, you might even be able to book an extra excursion to Machu Picchu or take those surfing lessons you’ve always promised yourself with the money saved. This watch is a canny investment that won’t blow the bank.

Why should you invest in this watch?

This watch is ideal for travellers. It is a versatile tool that is designed specifically to suit your needs, and to make sure that it won’t let you down when you most need it. Not only will you be able to tell the time, you’ll have access to five other essential pieces of kit all in one place. The watch is lightweight but stylish; It really is the travel companion all adventurers should bring with them, and for a price that makes sense.

Where can you buy it?

The watch is available from major retailers, including AllOutdoor.co.uk, and comes with a 3 year watchmaker guarantee.