Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

Leatherman’s First Watch: A Time-Telling Toolbox

Leatherman adds one more function to its Tread multi-tool/bracelet: A watch face to tell time.

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

The Leatherman Tread, released in 2015, has small tools hidden in the links of a metal wristband. Screwdrivers, a carbide tip to break glass, and a box cutter are included.

For this fall, the company upgrades the concept and introduces the latest function — a Swiss-made timepiece.

Called the Tread Tempo, it will be available in November. The stainless-steel timepiece with quartz movement offers a touch of luxury at $575, but also keeping function found on the original model.

Instead of a plain watch band, a wearer has access to 30 tiny tools. Unveiled at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market on July 26, GearJunkie got an exclusive hands-on review.

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

Leatherman Tread: Wearable Design

“When you think of wearable technology, what do you think of?” Tim Lyden, a product manager for Leatherman, is speaking to my group. We’re seated for an after-show dinner in Salt Lake City.

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Lyden responded with the obvious: Apple Watches, smart gadgets, and exercise bands like Fitbit. Leatherman, however, views wearable technology differently.

Leatherman customers, Lyden noted, get their hands dirty, fix things, and solve hands-on problems. For them the company hopes to offer a new wearable option.

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

Leatherman Watch: Tread Tempo Features

From a distance, the Tread Tempo looks like a normal watch. Upon closer inspection, it is ready to fix problems that arise in daily life.

In total, the bracelet has six links and a timepiece. The links have a 3/32″ screwdriver, 6mm hex drive, 4mm hex drive, #3 square drive, #1 square drive, and pozi-drive #3.

The watch comes with three extra links able to be interchanged. These have an 8mm box wrench, pozi-driv #2, and 11mm box wrench.

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

A detachable file and screwdriver are on the back of the timepiece. This allows you to remove and add links without an additional tool.

As it is intended for heavy-duty wear, a shock resistant sapphire crystal offers scratch resistance. The timepiece has a unidirectional diver’s bezel with glow-in-the-dark hour hands (for the stainless steel version only).

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

It comes with a two-year movement warranty, five-year battery warranty, and 25-year band warranty.

All of the tools will get through security no problem at the airport, Leatherman touts.

Who’s It For: Leatherman Tread Tempo

If you find yourself running into small problems, like loose screws, or the need to open boxes without a knife, or simple bike breakdowns, having tools on your wrist can be useful.

If you are a watch junkie, this product will undoubtedly conjure many conversations.

I like to believe there’s a phenomenon of functionality (I’m calling it “Leatherman Vision”) that happens when wearing a Leatherman. Suddenly, more problems arise that stand to be fixed.

Without a Leatherman bracelet on, they wouldn’t cross your mind. You view the world a bit differently.

In the age of “smart” wearable technology, Leatherman marches in a more hands-on direction.

Leatherman Tread Tempo Watch

Nate Mitka

Midwest born, Nate Mitka is based in the GearJunkie Denver office. He is an advocate of all outdoor activities and has developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.