When the Zombie Apocalypse comes, we all have to be ready. For watch lovers, that means having a watch that can survive the invasion. Sure, you might not need accurate time once the undead takes over, but being prepared is essential, and having a reliable timepiece will come in handy. Although a watch itself probably will not keep you safe from the walking dead, it can prove to be a valuable tool to help keep you alive.
Casio G-Shock MT-G – CHF 1’200
Heading into the apocalypse you can’t go wrong with a G-Shock from Casio and the MT-G Twisted Metal is the top of the line, featuring world time, 200-meter water resistance, an LED light, stopwatch, and countdown timer, and there’s even an alarm. It includes smartphone connectivity, which I agree will probably be down but it has a solar-powered radio control so you will always be able to connect.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer – CHF 6’200
Designed for adventurers of all kinds, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer is a simple watch that can take a hit and keep running virtually forever. Rolex has put it through numerous real-life tests on the wrists of intrepid explorers on mountaineering, polar, and caving expeditions, exposing it to the toughest conditions. Its automatic mechanical movement with a 48-hour power reserve doesn’t require a battery, so you are not a slave to the power grid (lucky as that is down for sure). To keep it running you will need to wear it all the time. Take it off though if you find yourself running out of supplies – a Rolex is a valuable barter tool!
Victorinox INOX – CHF 795
When Victorinox introduced the INOX, they famously ran a tank over it, dropped it onto a concrete floor, boiled it, froze it and it kept on ticking. Victorinox Swiss Army developed a series of more than 100 extreme tests that the watch was designed to survive. If it can handle this, it can handle a few zombies.
Oris Prodiver Chronograph – CHF 4’580
The Oris Prodiver Chronograph is a monster of a watch with a case size of 51mm but in lightweight titanium, so it won’t feel heavy on your wrist while you are sprinting to the next safe place. The Prodiver is a professional dive watch with a water resistance of 1000 meters. The unidirectional diver’s bezel locks the bezel in place once the dive time is set, ensuring that it won’t move in either direction preventing life-threatening timing errors if you have to dive to safety. All things you will need when the zombies are shuffling outside your door.
Luminox Master Navy SEAL – CHF 395
The Luminox Navy Seal collection is officially licensed by the United States Navy. Worn by the Navy SEALS, this Luminox is the top of the line, water resistant to 300 meters, and featuring the Luminox Light Technology, which guarantees illumination for up to 25 years, so it is always visible, even in complete darkness. If you are planning on hiding out in a cave or a dark basement during the apocalypse- remember the power grid is out – this watch is a really good option. The case is made of carbon and hardened mineral crystal so it is both robust and ultra-light at the same time. These watches are designed to be virtually indestructible. Hopefully, it will help bring out the Navy Seal inside you.
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon nEDU – CHF 4’200
The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU combines the best of Swiss Made mechanical timekeeping with the long luminosity of tritium tubes and Super-LumiNova. This watch combines great water resistance – a staggering 600 meters – with shock resistance and visibility – remember, zombies can’t swim, but you can.
Tudor Pelagos – CHF 4’250
This steel and titanium Tudor Pelagos black dial is water resistant to 500 meters and features an automatic helium release valve. It’s great looking and tough as nails. When you get zombie blood on this watch, it’ll wash right off. If you prefer to blend in just a little bit more when you jump in the water there is also a Tudor Pelagos blue dial.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss – CHF 5’850 and CHF 5’950
This Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss is available with a brown leather strap or a steel bracelet. The watch is resistant to magnetic fields (you never know what the future will be like when the grid goes down), and water resistant to 150 meters.
Panerai Submersible Carbotech – CHF 17’500
This carbon version Panerai Submersible Carbotech is blacked out for stealth and very visible in the darkness, thanks to loads of Super-LumiNova. 300 meters of water resistance means you can wear it anywhere and its simple good looks will have you remembering better days before you were at risk of getting your face eaten off.
CX Swiss Military Watch 20,000 feet – CHF 5’840
The CX Swiss Military Watch holds the World Record for the automatic timepiece that went the deepest during a dive. It can descend to a staggering 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). This watch is a beast. If you find yourself in a bind, with zombies all around, you can use it to deflect the undead’s lethal bite. You know what – just wear one on both wrists to increase your chances.
About the Author
Susanne Samuelsson is from Sweden but has lived in Switzerland for most of her life. She has spent the last 20 years working for luxury watch publications in sales and marketing. She has worked for Europa Star, Revolution, Elite Traveler,Quintessentially and The Rake. She loves wearing men’s timepieces and since she started The Watch Pages has a list as long as your arm of new watches she would love to buy!