Meet the Bertucci DX3 Field watch, a basic companion with a single outdoor aspiration – keeping accurate time.
Does your watch have a compass? How about a thermometer, or maybe a GPS uplink? Yeah, neither does mine. Or, at least, this one doesn’t.
Bertucci DX3 Field Review
Knowing your gear is an important part of stepping out into the wilderness. The basic model DX3 ($65 on Amazon) has a 40-mm fiber-reinforced poly-resin case. At 1.5 ounces, it feels relatively light on the wrist.
Inside sits an “all-metal” Japanese quartz movement, featuring three-year battery life. Additional steel can be found on the crown, case back, and the hardware attached to the 22-mm canvas band.
Rounding out the package is a hardened mineral crystal, beneath which they’ve included 24-hour markings and “Swiss super luminous” hands.
Bertucci DX3: What You Get
Above all, a watch should tell and keep good time. In this respect, the Field performs admirably. It gained less than two seconds over its weeks of testing, which is good for a watch in this price range. A good thing, too, since setting it can be a little finicky. Pressing the crown back into place sometimes bumps the minute hand a fraction of a millimeter, moving it away from the desired marker. Folks who obsess about these sorts of details (like me) may find some frustration here.
Let’s talk about the band. Normally, I advocate for rubber or NATO straps on my field watches. This usually involves a switch to an aftermarket option. Not so with the DX3. Bertucci cuts out the middleman, shipping their watches with thick, canvas straps. It’s a little stiff at first, and there may be a gnarly spot or two you’ll need to file down, but my stock band wore in nicely after only a day or two of wear.
Should you decide to make the swap, the DX3 makes it rather simple. Since the entire case is molded from a single piece of resin, there are no spring bars to speak of. Simply pull the strap through and slip a new one into its place. Another plus with the Field is its water resistance. While you won’t be seeing the same 200-meter capability found on a stainless steel diver, Bertucci’s resin case is good for 50 meters. This is plenty for showering or light swimming, but I wouldn’t recommend prolonged submersion. While obviously you won’t be hitting 50 meters deep in casual swimming, it’s a lower pressure threshold and is more likely to leak than those rated to deeper depths.