With the full name Edward Michael Grylls, Bear Grylls is a well-known adventurer from London, England. He is also a TV personality, writer, and businessman. He gained popularity when he hosted the TV series Man vs. Wild which aired for 5 years. In addition, he appeared in other wilderness survival television series in both the UK and US, including Running Wild with Bear Grylls, The Island with Bear Grylls. He also released the You vs. Wild interactive series on Netflix, and World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji on Amazon Prime Video.
As a natural adventurer, among his notable expeditions include being able to climb to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal at the age of 23, and the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam (a mountain in the eastern Himalayan range in Nepal). He also went on powered paragliding in the Himalayas near Mount Everest.
He led the Journey Antarctica in 2008, wherein his team of four climbed one of the most remote and unclimbed peaks in the world intending to raise charitable funds for Global Angels and promote the use of alternative energies. To raise more funds for Global Angels and to raise awareness on the effects of global warming, Grylls also led the Northwest Passage expedition wherein his team of five took a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) through 5,700 nautical miles of the Northwest Passage which is covered with ice.
Seeing this lifestyle, many in the watch circles are curious about the watches he wears. If you are one of those, here are a few that we’ve gathered.
Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Collection
The first thing you should know is that Luminox has partnered with Bear Grylls. Considering the watch’s brand reputation for producing tough watches designed for pilots, divers, and the US Navy SEALs (you may read our separate brand review about Luminox here.), it just makes sense to partner with the guy who has been into different kinds of adventures and experienced various kinds of environments. In fact, Grylls shared that “I’ve been wearing Luminox since my early adventuring days, so it’s great to now be part of the family.”
As a result of their collaboration, the Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Collection offers watches that are tough and packed with features that will help you survive even through the harshest environments. Each timepiece bears Grylls’ motto, “Never Give Up” on the dial and caseback. Along with the motto, Gryll’s signature is also engraved on the caseback. More so, as with other Luminox pieces, the Bear Grylls Survival watches are also equipped with the Luminox Light Technology (LLT), making the dial readable in any lighting condition and will last for 25 years.
The Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Collection offers four series to choose from – Air, Master, Sea, and Land. In fact, one of its models has been listed in our post on Best Luminox Watches.
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) January 15, 2020
Bear Grylls’ Watch Collection
Breitling Emergency Beacon Black Volcano Titanium V76325I2/BC46-156S
In a tweet (shown below), Grylls flaunted his new Breitling Emergency.
Prior to this, he has already been seen wearing a Breitling Emergency with a yellow dial in several episodes of the TV series Man vs. Wild. The Breitling Emergency is a high-end chronometer fully loaded with features that are useful for various emergencies. In fact, the Emergency series of Breitling is the first wristwatch equipped with a dual-frequency distress beacon, which is indeed useful for adventurers like Grylls. Additionally, it is powered by a SuperQuartz Breitling 76 movement, has chronograph functions, a perpetual calendar, and dual timezones. The Breitling Emegency comes with either a titanium or a DLC-coated titanium case, and a black rubber strap with a push-button folding clasp.
Loving the new emergency Breitling! Thanks team @BreitlingNews pic.twitter.com/YC0WZ9AbHM
— Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) March 4, 2016
Bremont Supermarine Chronometer S500 Blue Dial
Next on the list is the Bremont Supermarine Chronometer S500.
Compared to the previous watch we listed, this one looks rather simple and basic. Yet, beyond its look, it is built to survive various abuses as well.
The Supermarine S500 is the first dive watch with a 43mm case and is powered by a BE-36AE automatic chronometer with a 38-hour power reserve. Its case is made of stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick with a scratch-resistant DLC-treated case barrel. Inside, it also has an anti-magnetic Faraday cage and a patented anti-shock mount to protect the movement. The strap can either be stainless steel or integrated rubber.
Casio Dynamic Wave Ceptor WVQ-620DBE-1AVER
In other seasons of the TV series Man vs. Wild, many have noticed that Grylls was wearing a much cheaper timepiece (compared to his Bremont and Breitling) – a Casio watch. Although not as luxurious as the previous two, the Casio Dynamic Wave Ceptor proved that it can take the abuses that its wearer may face in the wild. It is also loaded with features such as a built-in radio signal receiver, dual timezones, a stopwatch, a daily alarm, a full perpetual calendar, a date display, and auto daylight savings time.
It is also equipped with a bright lume and fully automatic LED backlight which instantly lights up the display when you twist your wrist under poor light conditions. Grylls’ Casio Dynamic Wave Ceptor is primarily made of stainless steel – for its 45mm case and bracelet. It also has a safety catch that prevents the strap from being opened unintentionally. More so, aside from its CTL 1616 battery, the timepiece may be powered by solar energy.
Casio G-Shock Tough Solar AWG101
Grylls was again spotted wearing another Casio watch in another season of Man vs. Wild. This time, it’s a Casio G-Shock Tough Solar AWG101.
This analog-digital display watch is equipped with multi-band atomic timekeeping. Similar to the Wave Ceptor mentioned above, it also has chronograph functions, an automatic LED backlight, and uses solar power. As such, it packs around a 7-month power reserve. It is also waterproof up to 200 meters. It is still very much affordable yet seemingly indestructible with its stainless steel case, mineral crystal protected by its bezel and plastic bits, and resin strap.