Catching waves: Putting the Nixon The Mission SS to the big surf test

One surfer. One board. One steely Android Wear watch. Here’s what happened.

When Nixon decided to get in on the smartwatch game, it made sure the essence of its first connected timepiece stayed true to its outdoor roots. So with the Nixon The Mission, it focused on building a rugged Android Wear smartwatch that would pique the interest of surfers and skiers.

Since launching The Mission back in 2016, the watchmaker has rolled out a new-look version that keeps hold of those surfer and ski-friendly features, swapping that silicone look for a black, gold or silver stainless steel finish. As a big surfing fan I wanted to know how well equipped the new The Mission SS and its surf-friendly features really were for hitting the water.

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