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Budget to Bling

The summer cookout is as much a part of many Americans’ July 4th celebrations as fireworks. So it follows that in your grilling arsenal should be a solid watch that’s also appropriate for summer weather to help you time your meats or tofu steaks. Just about any weekend or summer watch can do the trick, but here some suggestions to start you thinking about the proper cookout timepiece:

Little Griddle GrillTimer

The Dad Watch to end all Dad Watches, this funny little dive-style “grill timer” will at least be a conversation piece, and it might even be useful. The dial says “sauce resistant,” and we recommend you test that claim.
Movement: Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $40

Roue TPS Chronograph

The Roue TPS can time various events, including grilling, with its accurate quartz chronograph, and it’s the kind of watch you’d actually want to wear everyday as well.
Movement: Seiko VK63 Meca-Quartz
Diameter: 40mm
Price: $290

Seiko “Arnie”

If grilling appeals to you as a particularly masculine pursuit, there are few watches that say “tough guy” better than the Seiko “Arnie,” so named for its appearance on the bulging wrist of Arnold Schwarzenegger in multiple ’80s action films. Lots of sun will do its solar-powered quartz movement good, as well.
Movement: Seiko Solar Quartz
Diameter: 47.8mm
Price: $525

Breitling Avenger 45 Seawolf

You might not cook like Gordon Ramsay, or curse like Gordon Ramsay, but you can wear a bright yellow Breitling watch like him (even if his is a chronograph) while preparing your culinary creations.
Movement: ETA 2824-2 Automatic
Diameter: 45mm
Price: $3,975

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Zen Love

Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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