The simple field watch has been a functional and stylish men’s watch option for pretty much as long as it has existed. It is an absolute classic thanks to its slim, simple case, readable dial, and it’s chameleon like ability to go with a t-shirt and jeans on the range or a business suit at the office. The field watch is what you might call a classic.
Smith & Bradley’s new Springfield Classic Field Watch takes that clean, classic style and injects a dose of modern, muscular proportions. This timepiece is still an easy-to-wear field watch through and through but it’s style, proportions, and features are subtly more contemporary.
The Springfield starts with a 48mm case machined from 316-L stainless steel. It is large enough to look at home on large wrists but it is trim enough to work for anyone. Everything about the watch has been scaled up to meet the proportions of the case. The large crown is easy to use but also works as a design element. The long hand set fills the space of the face well without crowding it. The 20mm lug spacing ensures that you have more strap options than you would with the narrower lug spacing of a traditional field watch while also working with the larger proportions of the Springfield.
The 33mm diameter of dial let the designers at S&B convey a lot of information without making it feel crowded or unreadable. The 12 hour markings are very large and very easy to read, even at night thanks to the C3 Luminova (the hands are also C3 Luminova coated). The 24 hour and second markings are smaller and out of the way. The calendar placed at 3 o’clock on the dial is unobtrusive and easy to read. The dial is covered with a domed sapphire crystal. There is a Swiss Ronda Quartz movement under the dial, driving the hand set.
The Springfield looks great and it has good stuff under the hood but it also very affordable. This is Smith & Bradley’s 4th Kickstarter funded watch and it is also their most affordable by far. The single watch perk starts at just $159 which is downright impressive for a watch with sapphire crystal, Swiss movement, 316-L stainless case, C3 Luminova, and style this clean and versatile. The 2 watch perk brings the price per watch down even further!
The Springfield is built in the USA. It is available with a stainless finish or black PVD finish. It will come with a NATO style strap.