This is the answer for me. I wear my SKX every day for pretty much everything, besides wrenching, working out and sometimes skiing when my G-Shock(one of the old-school square ones) gets a little wrist time. And that's only because the SKX gets in the way a bit and gets gross if I'm sweating on it and getting oil on it all the time, not because it wouldn't work fine for those activities too. It's the ultimate tool watch because it's versatile, good looking, and tough enough that you never have to worry while being cheap enough that you won't. I'm a bit of a watch nerd myself, but my collection is a little lame consisting of the SKX, the G-Shock and a Seiko SNK(my first mechanical watch). I can't bring myself to spend thousands of bucks on a luxury piece and I have yet to find a watch in the >$500 range that I think would get enough wrist time over the SKX to be worthwile.The Seiko SKX007J is a true tool watch. Why? Well, you can literally drive nails with it and it’ll still keep good time. Day and date complications for very little money. Why DOESNT everyone have one?!?
Also, I have to disagree on the Speedy. I love Speedies and if I ever decide to buy a luxury watch it's almost definitely going to be a Speedmaster Professional but it has to be the basic square solar/atomic G-Shock like mine for the best actual 'expedition' watch:But the best “expedition “ watch is probably the Omega Moon Watch. Speedmaster Professional with the hand wind 821 movement (post ‘68) only because there are a billion of them and it’s like a small block Chevy to repair, and fitted with the solid back and plastic crystal. Yes, you have to wind it each day and no, it does not have the date. But it ticks many boxes for durability, reliability, reasonable cost, moderate water resistance (50m I believe) and holds value well if you really get in a jam and need cash. The Rolex trumps here but they can attract the wrong attention too...
First of all, the EMP argument is unlikely and ridiculous. Second, it's actually pretty unlikely that small electronics like digital watches would be effected by an EMP(but most preppers don't bother to learn about the science behind EMPs, just electronics=bad).(Doomsday spoiler)
There is one thing all digital and Quartz watches are susceptible to: EMP.
Of course at that point you may have other priorities to concern yourself with.
I get that and I'm the same way. I only really wear my G-Shock when the size and weight are beneficial, the other 99% of the time it's my SKX. Just, if we're practically saying what the *best* watch is for an expedition and not the watch we would most want to wear on an expedition. There's no real practical benefit to mechanical watches at this point(and that's okay, I wouldn't have anything else either.But that intangible is there for me- I need a machine on my wrist, even if it’s a quartz controlled one, rather than a digital with zero moving parts. It’s a watch thing.