Glastonbury festival

You may think that the very idea of taking a watch to a festival is absolutely ridiculous. There’s the mud. And the uncertain weather. And the general “turn on, tune in and drop out” attitude that has nothing to do with being bound by the constraints of time, man!

Fine, but your phone won’t last forever, so, if you don’t want to waste time queuing for hours at one of those top-up stations, then a watch is a very good idea indeed.

However, it does have to have a certain amount of resilience. That’s why our top 10 runs the setlist from bargain automatics (a Swatch for £108) and solar-powered options (batteries not required) to ones with interchangeable straps (thank you Shore Projects – now available in festival-friendly rubber), water resistance and that glow in the dark (Victorinox does all these things). There’s even a watch that can tell you when high tide is, in case things get really biblical on the weather front.

All this and you’ll never miss a headliner again. Who says watches have no place at festivals?

  • TW Steel Watch
    TW Steel Canteen Ladies Watch
    Festival survival bonus: water resistance and large day/date
    RRP: £425
    Available from: Watchwarehouse
  • Seiko Watch
    Seiko Solar-Powered Ladies Watch
    Festival survival bonus: solar-powered. No need for a battery
    RRP: £169
    Available from: The Watch Hut
  • Citizen watch
    Citizen Axiom Eco-Drive Watch
    Festival survival bonus: solar-powered. No need for a battery
    RRP: £159
    Available from: Goldsmiths
  • Rotary watch
    Rotary Aquaspeed Watch
    Festival survival bonus: water resistant, in case things get soggy.
    RRP: £189
    Available from: Rotary
  • Victorinox watch
    Victorinox Original Watch
    Festival survival bonus: water resistant, glows in the dark and the Nato strap is very hard wearing
    RRP: £249
    Available from: Victorinox
  • Baby-G Watch
    Baby-G Watch (with World Time and Tide Display)
    Festival survival bonus: world time, which is great for festivals abroad, and water resistant
    RRP: £85
    Available from: The Watch Hut
  • Timex watch
    Timex 80 Watch
    Festival survival bonus: its cool credentials could get you into the VIP area
    RRP: £54.99
    Available from: Timex
  • Royal London watch
    Royal London Ladies Automatic watch
    Festival survival bonus: automatic, so no need for a battery
    RRP: £169
    Available from: Watch Shop
  • Swatch watch
    Swatch Sistem51 watch
    Festival survival bonus: automatic and plastic. No need for a battery and easy to clean if it gets mud spattered
    RRP: £108
    Available from: Watch Shop
  • Shore Projects watch
    Shore Projects watch (with rubber strap)
    Festival survival bonus: interchangeable straps, so you can match it to your outfit. Also available in wipe-clean rubber
    RRP: Watches from £115
    Straps from £20
    Available from: Shore Projects
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