Over the years, the vast majority of the horology community has had a greater appreciation for and focus on traditional analog watches. Indeed, analog watches are the bread-and-butter of the watchmaking industry. That being said, there is a small but thriving fanbase for the digital watch, and these digital watches certainly should not be overlooked either.
With digital watches, wearers get a whole lot more than what they initially bargained for. These timepieces showcase a slew of innovative technological features that tell time and also offer some other added conveniences. Before 2017, there were always several factors that pulled digital watches down from their rightful place on the pedestal. More often than not, enthusiasts would dismiss having a digital timepiece for having a not-so fashionable design and the stigma of a less powerful quartz movement. Its affordability also gave the false impression that digital watches were cheap and of poor quality. However, with the industry rapidly introducing brand-new technological inventions and ideas, digital watches have become the best that they have ever been, and the digital watch industry’s innovative momentum only continues. Whether it is something as vintage as the Hamilton Pulsar P1 or as modern as the latest Tissot T-Touch, there will always be someone on the lookout for excellent digital watches. In this case, that someone could be you.
Best Digital Watches for Men
From sporty modern designs to stylish vintage pieces, we have accumulated a diverse range of some of the best digital wristwatches for men in the market. Take a look, and see if there is anything outstanding that caters to your unique preferences. Do note that the digital watches below are listed in no particular order whatsoever.
1. Casio Pro-Trek – $200 USD to $500 USD
Casio is a huge name when it comes to digital watches. They have been responsible for creating many of the digital models that we usually see today. One fantastic example is the Casio Pro-Trek. Although its design is fairly straightforward, the Pro-Trek has all the essential functions you might need for any outdoor activity. What’s more, the Casio Pro-Trek is even capable of collecting data on altitude, barometric pressure, steps taken, calories burned, and much more throughout your travels. The data is easy to access through the watch, making the Pro-Trek an ideal digital timepiece for anyone.
2. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar – $1,120 USD
The first of its kind and the pioneer of the T-Touch series – The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar is a digital timepiece that uses a sleek tactile sapphire crystal. For those who are not in the know, a tactile sapphire crystal is essentially a protective, scratch-resistant sapphire glass that also has the capabilities of a touchscreen. Paired with a sturdy titanium case, the T-Touch Expert Solar is light and easy to wear on the wrist. The Expert Solar is equipped with six core functions: altimeter, barometer, compass, logbook, alarm, and timer.
3. Timex Ironman Classic – $70 USD to $130 USD
With its massive digital screen, the Timex Ironman Classic is a watch for athletes and adventurers. Whether it is a workout at the gym or traversing the great outdoors, this handy Timex watch can assist you with all kinds of different activities while also tracking the time. Additionally, the Timex Ironman Classic also has a water resistance capacity of up to 100m, making it an appropriate option for swimmers. The Ironman Classic even has a dark mode feature for wearers to record their time and progress in dark or night-like environments.
4. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Flight Timer Quartz – $1,440 USD
Hamilton has been serving aviation watches to pilots since 1918. For this list, we have chosen to highlight the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Flight Timer Quartz, a digital model that showcases flight-friendly functions specifically designed for the dynamic flight environments experienced by those in the aviation business. It covers all the basics with a chronograph function, a countdown timer, a time recorder, and a temperature display. This digital timepiece also contains a pilot logbook – a feature that can be very convenient for pilots who want to record their flight routes and landing schedules.
5. Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar – $1,050 USD to $1,150 USD
As the successor to the Tissot Expert Solar, the T-Touch Connect Solar boasts a smoother user interface with newer, updated features. The differences between the Expert and the Connect Solar are quite noticeable. Aside from its sleek new face, the Connect Solar is equipped with an improved scratch-resistant tactile sapphire crystal and a brand-new digital display. It also comes in a PVD-coated anti-magnetic titanium case paired with an extremely hard, scratch-proof ceramic compass bezel. On the whole, the Connect Solar is a welcome upgrade and, of course, an exceptional contemporary digital watch.
6. Timex Men’s Expedition Shock CAT – $50 USD
Affordable and reliable, the Expedition Shock CAT bears a very robust design. While possessing shock resistance that meets the standards of the ISO, the timepiece is also water-resistant up to depths of 100m. The rugged bezel contains several functions advantageous for runners, namely, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, and an alarm. When in the dark, wearers can use the Indiglo backlight feature to illuminate the watch for better legibility. For die-hard adventurers, the Expedition Shock CAT is one of those must-have digital watches.
7. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 – $330 USD
Arguably one of the toughest watches to ever come into existence, the G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman is a digital timepiece that can take on literally anything. Whether it is extreme temperatures, mud, dust, impact, or water, the Rangeman is a timekeeping gladiator that battles through all sorts of adversities. Apart from being unimaginably durable, the G-Shock Rangeman also comes with a wide variety of digital features. It has an altimeter, barometer, compass, alarms, GPS, Bluetooth, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, and many more.
8. Seiko M516-4009 Voice Note – $1,200 USD
One of the most famous Seiko watches ever made, the Voice Note debuted in cinemas as the go-to watch of the Ghostbusters. While it does not feature the most modern of specs, the Seiko Ghost Note was considered state-of-the-art during its time. The highlight of this carbon-fiber timepiece was a built-in voice recorder that could store one short and one long voice message. For fans and researchers of the paranormal, they could even use the watch to detect EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). If you manage to get your hands on this iconic vintage timepiece, why not fetch your ghost-hunting gear and try it out? If anything spooky happens, you know who to call.
9. Casio CA53W Twincept Databank – $25 USD
Not a fan of Ghostbusters? How about Back to the Future? Here, we have the Casio CA53W Twincept Databank. Similar to the Seiko Voice Note, the Twincept Databank was an advanced digital watch during its time. It had a dual-time function, an alarm, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, and its signature calculator. If you want a horological piece that pretty much encapsulates the 1980s sci-fi genre, the Twincept Databank is one of the best vintage models you can find. Even better, Casio still sells this watch for less than $25 USD.
10. Suunto Core – $220 USD
The Suunto Core is an all-black touchscreen altimeter watch that was made for the outdoors. Apart from featuring the essential altimeter watch functions, this timepiece also has the sunrise and sunset times of over 400 hundred locations. Furthermore, the Suunto Core utilizes an exclusive storm alarm to keep its wearers safe. All factors put together, this Suunto timepiece is a highly capable digital wristwatch that allows wearers to plan for and avoid inconveniences with technology and style.
11. Garmin Instinct Solar – $460 USD
With powerful resistance to high temperatures, shock, and water, the Garmin Instinct Solar stands at the forefront of altimeter and digital watches everywhere. On the outside, you get an attractive yet durable vibrant orange case. Inside is a showcase of numerous functions and modes for trekking, sports, weather, and more. This Garmin timepiece comes with a built-in solar panel that allows it to charge itself with sunlight. It is also equipped with a heart-rate monitor, a battery power manager, and online notifications.
12. Seiko Prospex SBEP003 Fieldmaster – $500 USD
Also known as the Digi-Tuna, the Seiko Prospex SBEP003 Fieldmaster is just as appealing as it is functional. With this timepiece, the “Tuna” moniker is not just there for show. Equipped with an elapsed time bezel that bears the iconic hues of the Pepsi logo, the SBEP003 is a watch that can take on the waves of the sea. Operating safely inside its 200m water-resistant black case is a Seiko S802 Solar Quartz caliber. It has an accuracy of +/- 20 seconds and a drive duration that can last up to 5 months when fully charged, and up to 20 months when kept in power-saving mode.
13. Luminox Men’s SXC/XCOR Pilot Pro Titanium Swiss-Quartz Aviator Watch – $1,600 USD
Luminox is a watch brand that you do not want to take lightly. While more than capable of creating unique and reliable watches, Luminox can also make a mean digital timepiece. With a sleek titanium case and a matching black calfskin leather strap, the Luminox Pilot Pro Titanium is a multifunctional wristwatch with an alluring and masculine look. Underneath the black dial is a Swiss ETA Ani-Digi movement. Though the watch looks rather bulky, its titanium body is lightweight and easy to carry around.
14. Coros Apex – $300 USD to $500 USD
If you are looking for digital watches that cater to sports enthusiasts, look no further than the Coros Apex. Apart from possessing the functions of an altimeter watch, the Apex is also a timepiece that assists its wearers with their workout routines. If you ever over-exert yourself, this watch will notify you and proceed to guide you through a recovery window before re-entering your routine. The Coros Apex also has a training mode that can access over 200 preloaded exercises, which you can personalize to create your ideal workout session.
15. Hamilton PSR – $805 USD to $1,080 USD
In the 1970s, Hamilton created the world’s first digital wristwatch, the Pulsar P1. Worn by celebrities like Elton John, Elvis Prestley, Jack Nicholson, and Roger Moore (as 007), the Pulsar P1 was nothing short of iconic. Around fifty years later, the watchmaking brand ushered in the Hamilton PSR to commemorate that first revolutionary digital watch. Now toting a hybrid LCD/OLED screen, the dial of the PSR is straightforward and legible even when directly under the sun. There are two variants of the PSR, and each of them comes with a strong anti-reflective, anti-scratch sapphire crystal.
16. Polar Grit X – $690 USD
Sporty and rugged, the Polar Grit X utilizes a stainless steel case with military-grade resistances. As an altimeter watch, the Grit X has all the essential altimeter, barometer and compass functions, one of the most accurate heart rate monitors in the market, and a long-lasting battery. Equipped with a handful of different power-saving modes, the Grit X is a modern digital timepiece that will not fail you. Additionally, it is also one of the brand’s best-sellers.
17. Casio G-Shock Frogman GWF1000-1 – $750 USD to $1,100 USD
For a digital Casio that you can take with you on a deep and long swim, have a look at this G-Shock Frogman. Featuring 200m of water resistance, the Frogman is a solar-powered digital watch that can last up to 8 months fully charged. The Frogman is even capable of measuring tide levels and the moon data of specific dates. When bringing this G-Shock with you to another timezone, the watch can also calibrate itself using its Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping function.
18. Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar – $190 USD
Known as the watch that saved James Bond from the events of the Moonraker (1979), the Seiko M354 is an emblematic digital timepiece. Although, unlike the model in the movie, it does not actually come equipped with explosives and a remote detonator, the M354 does have a handy digital calendar that you can personalize to keep track of important dates and meetings. While certainly outdated for this day and age, the Seiko Memory Bank Calendar carries a reputation with an impact equivalent to that of dynamite, and any watch and film enthusiast would be delighted to get their hands on this timepiece.
19. Timex DGTL A-Game – $2,990 USD
Are you under a tight budget, but also in need of a robust and reliable digital sports watch? Look no further. Timex offers the DGTL A-Game to those who need it. Priced at around $50 USD, this all-black Timex boasts a hardy shock-resistant resin case. Though it may look a bit oversized, the DGTL A-Game is actually pretty light thanks to its resin material. It can track the time in two different time zones and has a 24-hour chronograph function.
20. Citizen Promaster Skyhawk – $650 USD to $900 USD
The Citizen Promaster Skyhawk is a digital aviation watch that you would be hard-pressed to find any faults with. It has a rugged, edgy look and a slew of outstanding features to boot. What undoubtedly takes the cake is this watch’s accuracy and power source. The Skyhawk uses atomic timekeeping technology that the wearer can synchronize with 43 different cities around the world. Apart from that, the Citizen timepiece also has a perpetual calendar and a second time zone subdial. Equipped with an Eco-Drive movement, the Promaster Skyhawk is incredibly precise and can rely on literally any source of light to keep it energized. You will not need to replace the battery, ever.
21. Bulova Computron – $300 USD to $400 USD
Based on the original Bulova Computron released in 1976, the new Computron combines modern innovations with a nostalgic concept. This updated Computron features an unusual ridged trapezoidal case with a slim LED screen on its lower portion. It has dual time zone capabilities and is water-resistant up to depths of 50m. Overall, its retro design with a modern twist makes this Bulova timepiece stand out among many other digital watches.
22. Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA – $150 USD
While Bulova has its Computron remake, Timex also has a digital re-edition of its own. The Q Timex Reissue Digital LCA is a contemporary take on their original 1987 digital watch. With a more legible display, an enhanced water resistance rating, and a stainless steel case, the Timex Reissue is now more durable than ever and has up-to-date features to provide greater conveniences in this modern age.
23. Void V01-MKII-BL – $265 USD
This digital watch from Void boasts a very understated, minimalistic style. With a case and bracelet made from IP black stainless steel, the V01-MKII-BL has a dark and unified aesthetic throughout. Its LED screen is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The V01-MKII-BL comes with all the essential timekeeping functions needed for an everyday timepiece, and is water-resistant up to depths of 50m.
24. Braun BN0159 – $135 USD
By taking the looks of a traditional analog wristwatch and applying the functionality of a digital timepiece, the Braun BN0159 combines the best of both worlds. This watch contains dual time zones, an alarm, a chronograph function, and an EL backlight. Braun pairs its clean black dial with a black rubber band for a matching look and a comfortable fit.
25. Ziiiro Eclipse – $200 USD to $220 USD
The Ziiro Eclipse proves itself to be an incredibly sleek and futuristic-looking digital watch. Powered by a Japanese Miyota 1L-26 quartz movement, this timepiece innovates a new way of displaying time with its rectangular minute and hour tabs located on top of the outer Super-LumiNova-coated ring. This minimalist Ziiro watch comes in a stainless steel case coupled with a high-quality black silicone strap.
26. Nixon Regulus – $150 USD to $175 USD
Everything about this Nixon watch screams utility. Made in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Corps, the Nixon Regulus carries a rugged look and a sizable negative LCD display. It has a water resistance rating of 100m, a shock-absorbent case, and a battery life of up to 5 years. Without a doubt, the Nixon Regulus can take on just about anything the world can to throw at it.
27. Braun Men’s BN0046BKBKG Digital – $130 USD
Though its looks are somewhat simple, the Braun Men’s BN0046BKBKG Digital still manages to catch the eyes of its onlookers with its sleek and understated square case. Accompanied by a scratch-resistant mineral crystal, a black leather strap, and 50m of water resistance, it is an affordable timepiece that is surprisingly reliable. Functionality-wise, the watch keeps things simple by providing the time and date and nothing else. With only two pushers on its side, working with this Braun digital watch is effortless.
28. Garmin Venu – $440 USD to $460 USD
Without a doubt, the Garmin Venu is one of the most alluring digital watches available on the market. Its vivid AMOLED display is home to various health-monitoring functions and preloaded workouts. To top it all off, the Garmin Venu also has access to Spotify and Deezer playlists, making it a must-have for those who want music on the go without having to pop out their cellphones.
29. Suunto Traverse – $500 USD
Aside from being an exceptional altimeter watch, the Suunto Traverse is also one of the best digital watches that allows you to quickly and painlessly plan your routes. Its GPS Navigation function features heat maps with a breadcrumb view of your track recorded to give you a better and more accurate understanding of any unknown terrain. The timepiece has a stylish aesthetic and is relatively easy to use.
30. Casio Pathfinder PAG240-1 – $280 USD
While not as modern as Casio Pro-Trek, the Casio Pathfinder is still a highly proficient and reliable digital piece. On top of its durable and rugged exterior, it also comes equipped with an altimeter, barometer, compass, five alarms, and a convenient power-saving function that can keep the watch running for six whole months on a full charge.
When looking through the watch market and the horology community, you will quickly see that digital watches come in a great deal of variety and diversity. And to be honest, digital watches are essentially some of the most practical timepieces you can get. While some digital models are not as stylish or sophisticated as mechanical watches, they make up for it by providing a whole lot of functionality. Quite frankly, there is no other timepiece in the market that can get you your money’s worth better than a digital watch.