One company has advanced the argument in favor of machined forgings beyond the realm of firearm construction and into the world of high-performance sport wristwatches. Reactor brand timepieces feature machined 316L stainless steel forgings for the cases and backs in models such as the Trident Stainless, or, for the 50-percent lighter Gryphon model, a forged core with an outer case of molded Nitromid—a glass-reinforced polymer similar to that used in modern pistol frames. Some Reactor models also feature the company’s Never Dark Technology, a combination of tritium and phosphourescent materials that make call-offs visible in dim to dark conditions. Reactor offers numerous models and styles, but common features intended to provide durability across the line include a screw-down crown and solid screwbars to attach the bracelet to the case. Prices: $450 (Trident), $350 (Gryphon). Contact: Reactor Watches, 5312 Derry Ave., Suite B, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; (800) 291-6600; reactorwatch.com.
It’s been several years since the venerable Browning Hi Power was imported by its original European manufacturer. Now the classic is being made by Springfield Armory right here in the United States—
at a surprisingly reasonable price.