GEARPATROL: The Only Field Watch We Actually Recommend Under $200

I’ve been fascinated by Bertucci watches ever since my buddy, a tree care specialist in Savannah, showed me his. It was deeply beaten up by his work climbing large coastal oaks, its thick NATO strap softened by sweat from sweltering 90-degree days.

He liked his Bertucci because it was affordable and made for the job; he didn’t have to worry about breaking it — always nice when you’re operating a chainsaw 80 feet in the air. Cheap, tough, sold as a workhorse: as a field watch concept, it was kind of awesome.

Bertucci has long been an interesting brand for going all-in on making the best daily-wear beater watch on the market. There’s something to be said for a brand whose stated purpose is to make the “ultimate” field watch.

Interestingly, over the years, I’ve met a number of people with wide-ranging opinions on Bertucci and their watches. The cost-effectiveness question divides people. Has Bertucci put enough thought into their watches for watch nerds to enjoy them, or was this more of a tool-tool watch with a simple quartz heart?

I have the A-2S  (green band) and A-2T (black), and have worn them constantly for the better part of 5 years. I concur with this review wholeheartedly. It isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but is tough as nails, easy to read, and cheap enough to have a back up 0ne.





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