Products whose sales help fund charitable causes are popular in numerous industries, and horology is no exception: watch brands have partnered with park and ocean conservation organizations, social organizations and more to help promote worthy endeavors. Interestingly, it's not just big Swiss brands with loads of capital and huge marketing budgets — but also smaller companies founded on lofty ideals — that are leading the way in developing products to promote these enterprises. Here are a few examples of watch companies whose timepieces help contribute to worthy causes.
Triwa Ocean Plastic
As its name indicates, the Triwa Ocean Plastic's strap and even its case are made from plastic debris collected from the oceans. The result is colorful and casual watch 100m of water resistance and an affordable price tag that's ready to go right back into the ocean.
Water Resistance: 100m
Movement: Japanese quartz
Skagen Hendricksen Solar
The Skagen Hendricksen's solar charging means you don't have to dispose of tiny watch batteries every couple years. Its real claim to sustainability, however, is a textile strap made from recycled bottles in facilities that use environmentally conscious processes. Its good looks and approachable price make it all the more attractive
Water Resistance: 30m
Movement: Solar-charging quartz
Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef
The Oris Carysfort is just one of the dive watches the independent Swiss brand has produced in cooperation with organizations that focus on ocean conservancy efforts. (This one is dedicated to a specific coral reef found in the Florida Keys called Carysfort.) The watch is in Oris's Aquis collection and features a GMT complication and striking orange and blue colorway.
Water Resistance: 300m
Movement: Sellita SW330-1 automatic
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Scubatec
The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Scubatec is all about saving saving species of manta ray endangered by pollution by supporting the UK-based charity the Manta Trust. The dial features a manta ray motif housed in a sleek black case and is outfitted with the brand's COSC chronometer-certified version of the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement.
Water Resistance: 500m
Movement: ETA 2824-2 automatic
IWC Portugieser Monopusher "Laureus Sport for Good"
IWC has regularly worked with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports sports initiatives in vulnerable communities. The Portugieser Monopusher chronograph is the latest product to emphasize this relationship, and its case back features a drawing by 15-year-old Chinese Special Olympics participant Yi Xin.
Water Resistance: 30m
Movement: IWC 59360 manually wound