Nixon’s The Heat watch is their thinnest waterproof watch. The first limited edition of it appeared on July 13, and now they’re showing The Heat: Team Edition, a limited edition in gold with blue accents, for surfers and skaters.

Nixon is supporting Olympic athletes with new gear, and to that end, they’ve made what they think is the world’s thinnest waterproof watch. The 8mm stainless steel, gold-colored case is definitely one of the thinnest I can recall for a water resistant quartz watch.

Send! Tells you to push through to the end of the timer

The size isn’t impressively gigantic, either. The watch is a comfortable 38mm, large enough to be comfortable for everyone.

But this isn’t some plastic watch. The case is stainless steel. The buttons are stainless steel. The pins that fasten the strap to the case are hex Allen key screw-bars. The only fault I can find is the crystal; the face of the watch is mineral glass instead of sapphire.

Besides the gold and turquoise colorway, there’s a surprisingly useful set of functions.

  • Time of day, obviously
  • Day and Date, with auto-calendar through 2099
  • chronograph
  • preset timers
  • Custom timer, with a 60 second “SEND” notification
  • EL backlight that can be turned on in any mode by pressing both buttons

This is not a dress watch. This is not a smart watch.
This is a sport watch, with solid timer features to tell you to push yourself across the finish line, in a rugged enclosure that should survive all kinds of punishment, without following the trend of being absurdly large.


The Heat: Team Edition costs $200 USD. If you’re doing sets in the gym, laps in the pool or around the track, The Heat might be for you. Expect to see it on the wrists of Olympians in Tokyo, and find out more at

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  • Brand & Model: Nixon The Heat: Team Edition
  • Price: $200
  • Who we think it might be for: You‘re into sports. You need timers, and a perpetual calendar.
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Look, I know it’s not my usual thing, but the size is right – 38mm and 8mm thin – and I think I could pull it off.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: I don’t really dig the double buckle strap. I wish there were straps that weren’t pin and buckle.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: It’s focused on what it is: an accurate watch you don’t have to re-set, a chronograph, and timers.

Tech Specs from Nixon

  • Case size: 38mm
  • Height: 8mm
  • Case material: stainless steel
  • Crystal: hardened mineral glass
  • Strap: rubber

ByVictor Marks

sometimes described as "The best bang since the Big One."

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