For Black Friday 2018 we’ve hand-selected 20 gifts under $1,000 (most under $500) that we personally recommend. We recommend Googling the gift you like to find the best discounts for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and so forth.

The Pro Trek Smart Outdoor watch Ref. WSD-F20 (pictured top) is the only smartwatch that meets military spec durability ratings (Military Standard MIL-STD-810G). It’s designed for rugged use including hiking, biking, swimming, surfing, climbing, and a growing number of other activities. Like the venerable non-connected Pro Trek watches that Casio has made for years, the smartwatch iteration not only carries on its predecessor’s legacy, it greatly expands on it, thanks to a large and growing selection of activity-specific apps using Wear OS by Google, ultra-durable build quality, and built-in GPS with accurate full-color maps. $399

Allbirds Mens Wool Runners

Men’s Wool Runners by Allbirds (shown in natural gray with a light gray sole) available in a variety of interesting colors and are so comfortable and odor-resistant that the company recommends you wear them without socks. $95

Baltic Aquascaphe

French microbrand Baltic has released their first dive watch, and it’s a stunner. The Aquascaphe features a 39 mm x 12 mm case, a sandwich dial for the triangle hour markers along with printed circular indices, and an Arabic numeral at 12. The bezel has a sapphire crystal insert and the watch can be had with a tropical rubber strap (as shown) or a beads-of-rice steel bracelet. Pre-order pricing starts now but delivery does not begin until June 2019. $550

Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker black

If you want a speaker with modern conveniences such as the ability to connect to your phone via Bluetooth or an auxiliary cable but in a retro design reminiscent of guitar amplifiers by the same name. The Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker is a great option with killer sound and looks in a relatively small affordable package. $249

 Seiko Prospex SNE533 Dive Watch

The Seiko Prospex SNE533 is a new solar-powered quartz dive watch from one of the original dive watch innovators. Bold hands and markers set against a knockdown textured matte dial, with a two-tone dive unidirectional bezel, and three colorways available, make for a great gift watch. Available online only. $450

Away Travel Aluminum International Carry-On

Brands like Rimowa, with their sexy ultra-durable aluminum luggage, have a cult-like following and very high prices, so it’s no surprise startup Away Travel has taken aim with their own collection of aluminum suitcases. Away aluminum luggage is roughly half the price of Rimowa and comes with a removable battery that can charge your devices and a lifetime warranty. The international Away Carry-On is shown. $475

Hamilton Intra Matic Smoked Dial

Hamilton’s retro-styled Intra-Matic line now comes with an option for smoked gradient dials that are light-colored in the center and get darker towards the perimeter. Driven by automatic Swiss mechanical movements the dressy watch is a great value. $945

Topo Black Daypack

Topo Day Packs have an excellent combination of good looks, quality materials, and a great interior size without feeling like a hiking backpack. The well-laid out interior includes a zippered pocket, pen holders, a padded laptop pocket that can hold virtually any size laptop, two exterior water bottle pockets, and very comfortable straps. Plus, its rectangular shape fits perfectly under most airline seats. $179


Weiss 38 mm Standard Issue Field Watch

The Weiss 38 mm Standard Issue Field Watch comes with a manual wind ETA movement and features a clean dial with hours, minutes, and small seconds, paired with an olive-colored Cordura strap. Looks great and costs under a thousand. $950

Johnston and Murphy XC4 Prentiss Plain Toe weatheproof shoes

Johnston & Murphy XC4 Prentiss Plain Toe weatherproof sneakers have the look and feel of a sneaker that can also be worn with a suit on an inclement weather day. They are shown in Nubuck and available in a variety of styles. $169


G-Shock Full 5000 Black

The G-Shock Full 5000 in stainless steel was one of the hottest releases of 2018 and while the original black limited edition has long sold out, this new black stainless steel version is not limited. $550

UV flashlight on Amazon

For any watch enthusiast wanting to test and photograph the luminescence of their watches, a UV blacklight is key. There are not really dominant brand name leaders like in the regular flashlight market, so your best bet is to find a well-reviewed UV light on Amazon. We linked to one, but there are dozens to choose from. The light shown uses a single AA battery, which is optimal compared to those that require three AAAs. $10

Helmsman 2 300M Bronze Blue

Zelos makes some interesting watches with unique materials such as meteorite, bronze, and Damascus steel. The Helmsman 2 300M Bronze Blue is a good-looking super compressor design with dual crowns, an internal bezel, and 300 meters of water-resistance. This particular version comes in a bronze case which will become highly patinated over time. $649

MeFoto Sidekick 360 black

One of the best designed mobile phone tripod mounts you will find is the MeFoto 360 Sidekick. Like the tripods from the same collection, the build quality is excellent, as is the usability. They also a wide variety of colors matching the tripods, although they are good on their own as well and can stand alone on a flat service. $25

ADPT Nylon Watch Straps by Worn & Wound

ADPT Mil-Spec Watch Straps by Worn & Wound are the only American made nylon strap of its kind. They’re made from laser-cut 420D Tex 70 Bonded Nylon, with shuttle loom woven nylon ribbon, 316L stainless steel hardware, sewn-in label, and feature a one-piece design that provides security should one of the spring bars fail. Available in 8 different colors. $42

Autodromo Group B Series 2 - Night Stage II

US-based microbrand, Autodromo, recently introduced the Group B Series 2 – Night Stage II that features a darkened steel case with a light gray appearance. The retro dial is inspired by vintage race car instrument gauges and there is an option for a steel bracelet or you can use a strap. $975

Juvo A3 Watch Winder

The Juvo A3 Watch Winder features three automatic watch winders in an attractive and space-saving tower configuration. These are luxurious winders are made with high gloss wood, aluminum, and glass, along with COB lighting, and the ability to control the independent rotation of each unit. $679

Victorinox Inox Professional Diver Titanium

The Victorinox Inox Professional Diver Titanium is an ISO 6425 certified dive watch with 200 meters of water-resistance, a reliable Swiss quartz movement, with a 45 mm diameter titanium case and a design optimized to withstand major impacts and drops. It can literally be run over by a car and still kick going. Comes on a handwoven survival paracord strap. $750

Aputure Amaran AL-M9 light

The Aputure Amaran AL-M9 portable photo/video light has the height and width of a credit card and can easily fit in your pocket, or mount directly to your camera with the hot shoe accessory. The 5500K brightness can be adjusted and you can add filters for color. Whether taking food or watch photos, on a camera or mobile phone, adding extra light from the AL-M9 will make your shots stand out. $45

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