Watches often fall into
two categories: lookers and doers. Pretty much everybody loves a
looker—beautiful watches get commented on for a reason, after all. It’s doers
that get the most use, however, because reliable toughness is simply more
applicable to day-to-day wear. ProTek’s Series 3000 field watches rest one hand in the former category and the other in
ProTek Watches come from Time
Concepts, which has made various watch brands (including custom builds) under
its name for more than a decade. It’s run by Barry Cohen, the founder of
Luminox. Though Time Concepts itself is on the younger side, the knowledge base
at the company spans decades. That’s especially the case when it comes to
tough, durable timepieces. The ProTek Field Series 3000 delivers on that front
with a sleek design and an eye-catching glow.
What Stands Out on the ProTek Field Series
appearance aside, two main things immediately stood out to me when I gave this
watch a test. The first was how light it is. At 48.4 grams, the weight floats
as lightly on your wrist as a dime store toy watch, but has the durability of
some of the toughest watches on the market. The second thing that stood out is
how the movement is near silenIf it had been dark out, a third thing would have
topped the list: the glow. It uses a continuous, self-powered ProGlo T100
illumination that can glow for 25 years without encountering an external light
source. It’s reportedly 100 times brighter than a conventional lume, and while
I don’t have the tools to test that claim, it’s hard not to believe it when
comparing the watch to anything else that glows.
brightness comes from tritium tubes in three different colors. Tritium is a
radioactive hydrogen atom that’s naturally produced in the upper atmosphere and
human-created from nuclear byproduct (and yes, it’s perfectly safe in your
paired with a simple face, makes for an easy-to-read watch that’s functional
(and functionally attractive). Additionally, the glow has made it a go-to when
I know I’m going to be in low-light conditions and still need to keep track of
passing time, from the baby room to the campsite.
No watch can be everything to
everybody, and there are a few things that keep the ProTek Field Series from
being a true everyday watch for me. The first is the lack of a date aperture.
It admittedly would clutter up an otherwise clean face, but if I’m going to be
wearing the piece day in and day out it’d be a nice feature to include.
The Verdict on the ProTek Field Series
Watches make a statement, and the
rugged yet professional statement emanating from this watch make it an easy
go-to in a wide variety of situations. Plus, knowing that it can stand up to
pretty much whatever you put it through (ProTek is the official watch brand of
the Marines, after all) is a huge plus. The only downside of not having a date
window for an everyday wearer is easily forgotten when taking into account the
look, weight, and, of course, that incredible unmissable glow.
Specs: ProTek Field Series