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  2. Best Tactical Watches for Men

    Best Tactical Watches for Men

    We all know that watches have evolved over the years to do more than just tell the time. Thanks to the horology industry’s ever-advancing technology, manufacturers have finally been able to create a wristwatch that is durable and chock-full of impressive, diverse features suited for every scenario. Yes, we are talking about the tactical watch.  Versatile in every way, the best tactical watches are go-to timekeepers for those who live a life of heart-pounding action and thrills. They are robust enough to withstand various environments and rough handling without getting damaged, even when they get wet. Tactical watches can also come with GPS features, altimeter functions, and Bluetooth compatibility, making them a practical choice for individuals such as police, soldiers, and trekkers. If you are on the hunt for a badass tactical timepiece, we have got you covered. Have a look at our list of the 25 best tactical watches you can get on the market today. Keep in mind that these tactical models are listed in no particular order and are all excellent choices in their own right. The prices accompanying the watches are approximate values. 25 Best Tactical Watches 1. Suunto Core Alpha Stealth – $299 USD Image by Suunto Starting the list with a true alpha, the Suunto Core Alpha Stealth is a durable, military-inspired tactical watch with altimeter, barometer, and compass functions. This new Suunto watch showcases military-tested durability, a slew of sports and weather features, and even night vision compatibility. Its case is made of composite material and is water-resistant up to depths of 30m, or 100ft. Additionally, this rugged wristwatch has a 12-month battery life and comes with a user-replaceable CR2032 battery. From its name and looks alone, you can already tell that this Suunto tactical timepiece is a watch for every kind of outdoorsman. The blend of its all-black exterior and red dial gives it a military-tech feel that cleverly complements its overall functionality and reliability. 2. Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG 1000 – $350 USD Image By: Casio Several Casio watches are right at home on this list, and there will be a few more of them later on, but for now, let us start with the G-Shock Mudmaster. As the name implies, the Mudmaster is highly resistant to mud. On top of that, it can also handle shocks without ever getting damaged. And we are not just talking about impact shocks, but electrical shocks as well. Its resin case has a water resistance of 200m and is virtually immune to vibrations. The Mudmaster can operate perfectly under various conditions, even acutely cold temperatures. These are all thanks to its interior features, which even include urethane protection. This rugged tactical watch looks impressive too, and you can wear it with both leisurely outfits and even office attire. 3. Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph – $170 USD Image By: Timex This tactical watch has a more modest look that caters to adventurers who want a sturdy wristwatch they can also match with their other outfits. The Timex Expedition range is vast, but we favor the Timex Expedition Field Chronograph’s practical and fashionable design. It is a timeless look that suits wearers from any generation. Its light-brown dial pairs nicely with its darker-shaded brass casing without appearing too monotone. In terms of reliability, this model can still work efficiently even with rough handling. It is also equipped with the Indiglo Night-Light and is water-resistant up to depths of 100m. If you are not a fan of this model’s color scheme, Timex also offers the Field Chronograph in black with red hands for a more contemporary look. 4. Marathon Military Navigator Pilot’s Quartz – $320 USD Image By: Marathon Watch As another simple yet very impressive tactical watch, the Marathon Military Navigator Quartz is quite a find. In every aspect, this is a watch meant for military personnel, navigators, and parachutists. One of its most outstanding features is its tritium gas tubes, which illuminate the dial without any help from external light sources. This tactical piece is incredibly durable and built to last long, with a high-impact black Fibershell case that is super lightweight and tritium gas tubes that can last for more than 20 years.  5. Garmin Tactix Charlie – $750 USD Image By: Garmin The Garmin Tactix Charlie is a bonafide all-in-one timekeeper and is one of the most resilient smartwatches in the market. Its case is made from fiber-reinforced polymer, while its bezel and rear case utilize lightweight titanium. The Tactix Charlie is water-resistant up to depths of 100m and uses a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to shelter its dial. Apart from being very durable, the Garmin Tactix Charlie features numerous handy functions, including a barometric altimeter, GPS navigation, gyroscope, thermometer, heart-rate monitor, and more. These tools give wearers value for money by helping to keep them safe in various scenarios, be it in land, sea, or air. Despite its bulk, the Tactix Charlie is comfortable and stylish enough to be worn to just about any occasion. 6. SureFire 2211 Luminox Wristlight – $650 USD Image By: Surefire There are two shining stars in the SureFire 2211 Luminox Wristlight: the timepiece itself, and its powerful LED flashlight. Since this is a list about the best tactical watches, after all, we will place more of our attention on this watch’s horological features. As we can see, the design of the wristwatch is pretty unique. It features an unusual, bulky aircraft-grade aluminum case with an elapsed time bezel and a self-illuminating dial. It even comes with a micro USB port and cable for recharging. As a watch, the SureFire 2211 demonstrates the practicality and reliability we all know from the Luminox brand. Strategically positioned to be used with a firearm, the SureFire 2211’s tactical LED light can produce a broad and bright beam of 300 lumens, and yes, for those wondering, 300 lumens is VERY bright indeed. 7. Seiko Prospex SNJ025P1 “Arnie” – $525 USD Based on the 1983 Seiko H558-5009, the Seiko Prospex SNJ025P1 steps up as the modern-day “Arnie” watch. While bearing a similar look as its predecessor, the SNJ025P1 brings forth a few new, contemporary innovations. Powered by an H851 solar quartz movement, the new Arnie comes in a 47.8mm stainless steel case with matte-black finishing. Its dial boasts sizable hour makers, which Seiko treated with their patented LumiBrite technology. Seiko also updated the digital display of the watch. The Seiko Arnie now allows wearers to access another time zone along with the date, alarms, battery levels, and stopwatch functions through its digital display. In addition, its case features a screw-down crown that contributes to the watch’s 200m water resistance rating. 8. Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic 38mm – $575 USD At first glance, you would not expect this Hamilton model to be a tactical watch. Little did you know that Hamilton crafted the Khaki Field Automatic 38mm to handle all sorts of challenging expeditions. Despite its slim exterior, the Khaki Field Automatic is a truly solid watch. Its build is made up of a sturdy stainless steel case paired with a domed sapphire crystal, which is water-resistant up to depths of 100m. Operating below its beautiful black dial is an H-10 automatic caliber equipped with an 80-hour power reserve. With its sleek looks and reliable movement, the Khaki Field Automatic 38mm is a robust tactical timepiece that will not let you down. 9. Victorinox I.N.O.X Carbon – $900 USD The I.N.O.X. Carbon collection is home to a lot of capable timepieces. But the Victorinox timepiece that stole our hearts with its striking, tactical looks is the I.N.O.X. Carbon Limited Edition. Its unique, lightweight carbon composite case is highly scratch-resistant and wonderfully complements its camouflage dial and matching camouflage textile strap. The dial boasts only the essential timekeeping functions with luminous hands, Arabic numeral hour markers, and a date display, and is powered by a Swiss analog quartz movement. On the whole, the I.N.O.X. Carbon offers great utility from its case to its bracelet. When unfurled, the watch’s camouflage strap can double as a paracord that is convenient for many situations and emergencies. 10. Casio G-Shock GW9400 – $330 USD Image By: Casio Arguably Casio’s most popular G-Shock, the Rangeman GW9400 is a timepiece that many consider to be the ultimate survival watch. As one of the latest inclusions to the G-Shock family, the Rangeman possesses augmented durability and upgraded technology. The Rangeman utilizes a shock-resistant triple sensor, which allows wearers to keep track of the altitude, barometric pressure, temperature, and directional data. What’s more, this eco-friendly tactical watch is powered by a Tough Solar movement with a digital display, allowing the timepiece to charge itself when exposed to any light source. With the addition of 200m of water resistance, sunrise and sunset times, one-touch recording, and an elapsed time measuring system, the Rangeman is the perfect choice for anyone who needs a tactical watch that can cover all their bases. 11. Suunto Traverse Alpha – $500 USD Image By: Suunto The Suunto Traverse Alpha mixes a slew of outdoor functionalities with a sleek and sturdy composition. Aside from the standard altimeter watch features, this watch also comes with multiple modes dedicated to sports, fishing, and hunting. If you need to remember a specific spot to hunt game, the wristwatch also has a shot-detection function that marks and dates your gunshots. On top of that, this Suunto timepiece also contains data on weather trends and has a storm alarm to alert you about incoming storms. Compatible with GPS and GLONASS navigation, the Traverse Alpha is a handy outdoor companion that will guide you through all your adventures.  12. Timex Expedition Shock XL – $100 USD Image By: eBay Another watch that can take a licking and keep on ticking, the Timex Expedition Shock XL is a tenacious option for those with an unyielding adventurous spirit. Its hardened resin case has ISO-approved levels of shock-resistance, guaranteeing its durability. The watch also has a chronograph function for fitness enthusiasts to track their records. Anyone who needs to check the time in dark areas will find it handy that the timepiece comes with the Timex Indiglo feature. On top of all that, the Timex Expedition Shock XL is also a budget-friendly tactical wristwatch worth a mere $100 USD. 13. Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 – $3,170 USD Although this is more of a professional diving instrument, with 300m of water resistance to boast, the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 also makes for an outstanding tactical timepiece. It comes in a 43mm stainless steel case, finely brushed and polished to give it a remarkable sheen. Fitted on top of the watch face is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that protects the gorgeous dial from external damage. Underneath the dial’s patterned surface is the reliable Calibre 5 Automatic movement, which supplies the watch with a 38-hour power reserve. One of the best things about this Tag Heuer watch is that it also pairs well with a suit. So whether you are seeking the thrill of the countryside, exploring the depths of the sea, or attending a glamorous event, you cannot go wrong with this tactical Aquaracer. 14. Luminox Original Navy SEAL – 3001 – $395 USD There is a reason why Luminox is the official watch of the US Navy SEALs. The Navy SEAL collection started when a Navy SEAL officer worked hand-in-hand with Luminox in 1993. As a result, they developed a durable tactical timepiece, which has since evolved into an entire series, that met the needed requirements. The particular model we have for this list of best tactical watches today is the Luminox Original Navy SEAL – 3001. It is packed with a reliable Swiss quartz movement and covered by the brand’s very own CARBONOX casing. Its crowns have a double-security gasket, which contributes to the watch’s overall water resistance capacity of 200m. The dial features thick Arabic numeral markers and a clean black-and-white contrast, allowing wearers to read the dial easily with just a glance. 15. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic – $5,500 USD As a part of their Instruments catalog, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic was heavily inspired by the ruggedness and practicality of aircraft dashboard instruments. The BR 03-92 makes use of a 42mm black ceramic case. Not only is ceramic more scratch-resistant than stainless steel, but it is also way lighter and thus more comfortable to wear. The display of the watch is similar to that of Bell & Ross’s own 2011 variant. Instead of using sonar lights to indicate the time, the BR 03-92 uses two cool airplane shapes and a central hand. Covered by a layer of sapphire glass, the Bell & Ross Red Radar Ceramic is water-resistant up to depths of 100m and comes with two straps: a black rubber strap and a black fabric band. 16. Panerai Submersible Carbotech – $17,900 USD Panerai is known for providing its timepieces to the Italian Navy. As such, it should come as no surprise that they are capable of crafting an exceptional diver’s timepiece that is versatile enough to double as a tactical watch. Like the Tag Heuer Aquaracer, the Panerai Submersible Carbotech is an excellent watch that is not just limited to traversing water. This Panerai Submersible wristwatch uses a case made of Carbotech, a material that comprises thin layers of carbon fiber pressed alongside high-end polymer. This watch has a water resistance rating of 300m, and its bulky design and unusually-shaped crown is just stunning to behold. Its automatic P.9010 caliber is made in-house and can last up to 3 days fully wound. 17. Casio Pro-Trek PRT-B50 – $220 USD Image By: Casio The Casio Pro-Trek PRT-B50 is essentially a stiff toolkit on your wrist. It is the perfect tactical watch for climbers, hikers, campers, and anyone who thrives in the outdoors. The PRT-B50 makes use of a Quad Sensor system, proven to be even more accurate than the previously-mentioned, already precise Triple Sensor system. Like every other Pro-Trek, the PRT-B50 offers an assortment of modes and features. Its smartphone link capability allows the watch to connect to the PRO TREK Connected app via Bluetooth and unlock even more functions and features. 18. Breitling Emergency – $6,500 USD Image By: Breitling During the 1990s, Breitling created the first wristwatch equipped with a built-in personal locator beam, the Breitling Emergency. Available in both titanium and DLC titanium, the Breitling Emergency boasts a sleek black analog-digital dial operated by a Breitling 76 movement. While it is durable and highly adept, the uniqueness of this tactical watch stems from its high-tech dual frequency transmitter. Once the wearer activates the distress beacon, it will emit a signal that guides rescue operators to your location. If you ever find yourself lost out in the wilderness or in any sort of dangerous circumstance, this is one tactical timepiece you will definitely want by your side.  19. Polar Grit X – $430 USD Image By: Polar Although Polar is not quite as popular as names like Casio, Garmin, and Suunto, the brand still has a fantastic tactical watch in the form of the Polar Grit X. Durable yet lightweight, the Polar Grit X is equipped with a built-in GPS, altimeter, barometer, compass, and exclusive Smart Coaching features. You do not have to worry about this watch’s durability as the Grit X has passed several military-grade tests, proving its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, falling, and humidity. 20. Marathon TSAR Diver’s Quartz – $1,000 USD Image By: Marathon Watch The Marathon TSAR Diver’s Quartz is a tactical watch intended for diving and search and rescue operations. Its build and specifications are manufactured to meet the standards of the U.S. Government and the ISO. The “T” in TSAR stands for tritium, which is a reference to the powerful, long-lasting tritium gas tubes the watch uses to illuminate itself in dark environments. The Marathon TSAR Diver’s Quartz is water-resistant up to depths of 300m and comes in a 316L surgical grade stainless steel case with a synthetic sapphire window. 21. Luminox F-22 Raptor – 9241 – $1,190 USD Image By: Luminox Inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, the Luminox F-22 Raptor – 9421 is a pilot watch that also soars as a tactical timepiece. With its brushed titanium case, screw-down crown and case back, and anti-reflective sapphire glass, the F-22 Raptor is as durable as it can get. Its dial is loaded with complications that can aid pilots mid-flight. Though it is a watch designated for pilots, the Luminox F-22 Raptor also has a water resistance of 200m, which allows you to easily bring this /model into sea. 22. Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Limited Edition – $2,095 USD Encased in lightweight titanium, this all-black Hamilton watch is the embodiment of stealth and tactical style. The Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Limited Edition is a robust timepiece inspired by the brand’s role in Christopher Nolan’s 2020 sci-fi film, Tenet. There are two variants of this watch, with the only difference being the color of the seconds hand. One version of the watch has the seconds hand in vibrant red, while the other has it in a bright blue. Sturdy to the core, the BeLOWZERO is powered by a reliable Hamilton H-10 automatic movement, and has a water resistance rating of 100m. With only 888 pieces of this watch available, you will certainly want to make your decision on a purchase quickly.  23. MTM Special Ops RAD – $1,795 USD to $2,065 USD Image By: MTM Watch A geiger-counting watch? Yes, you heard that right. The MTM Special Ops RAD has a built-in Geiger-Muller tube that detects and measures the levels of harmful ionizing radiation. The wristwatch will also alert you once it hits a preset radiation level. Hopefully, you will not have to use this feature of the watch in your home. As a tactical timekeeper, the Special Ops RAD relies on a quartz movement. Its dial contains digital and analog functions along with tritium gas tubes, which can keep the watch illuminated for as long two-and-a-half decades. This watch comes in a 46mm lightweight titanium case paired with scratch-resistant sapphire glass, and is 100m water-resistant.  24. MK II Paradive G3 – $895 USD Image By: MKII Watches The MKII Paradive G3 is a vintage-style watch that pays homage to tactical models issued to the U.S. Special Forces and CIA maritime units between the 1960s and early 1980s. In order to make the Paradise G3 a truly modern tactical watch, MKII implemented some crucial upgrades to it. Instead of using acrylic glass like the old model, the Paradive G3 uses domed sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating, as it is harder and more scratch-resistant. The original bidirectional bezel has been replaced with a unidirectional one for greater precision in timekeeping. And unlike the original model which was never sold commercially, the Paradive G3 is available to all customers. 25. Casio G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000 – $1,039 USD Image By: G-Shock Casio pretty much has a G-Shock for everything. The G-Shock right here is known as the Frogman, and it is one of the most-sought after G-Shock models in the world. While it provides wearers with various outdoor functions and features like other G-Shocks, the Frogman also possesses a water resistance capacity of 200m and meets the ISO-determined standards for a diver’s watch. Additionally, the Frogman has built-in six-band atomic timekeeping, which allows it to synchronize itself with the timezones of selected locations. Coupled with a Tough Solar movement, the Frogman boasts incredible precision, longevity, and, of course, toughness.  Final Thoughts The choices for the best tactical watches on the market are virtually endless. To ensure that you get the perfect timepiece for you, it would be wise to list down the features you are looking for and start checking these models according to your preferences. Without a doubt, the tactical watch is a reliable timekeeper that will last for ages. These tactical watches are meant to be durable, high-tech, and worth every bit of the investment you make in them. If you take care of it well enough, the tactical wristwatch could even outlast you. Looking for a watch that won’t crack under pressure? Here is a list on the Top 20 Durable Watches that Can Last You Decades All photos credited to WatchShopping.com

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  3. 25 Best Aviator Watches

    25 Best Aviator Watches

    Those familiar with the watch market know that there are many well-established brands in the watchmaking industry that offer their own interpretations of timepieces which are either dedicated to or inspired by aviation. This is because a lot of watch manufacturers have some sort of history or involvement with the aviation world. Moreover, accurate and reliable timepieces are absolutely necessary for pilots and other professionals in said field. With such a readymade and defined market, it is no wonder why aviation models continue to be staple pieces for a lot of watch companies. With that being said, read on to find out just which timepieces made it to our specially-curated list of top aviator watches.  Pilot Watch History in a Flash We trace the aviator watch to Paris, at the start of the 20th century, when French watchmaker Louis Cartier came across Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian-born aviation enthusiast. Alberto complained that his pocket watch was too clumsy for flights. Louis, in turn, added a strap to one of his Cartier watches, and history was made. Today, the square case of Cartier Santos makes it one of the most recognizable aviator watches in the world. During World War 2 the German military worked with watchmakers such as A. Lange & Söhne to churn out watches for its bomber crews. Using Swiss movement, the B-Uhr was big with a 58mm case, augmented by a double-rivet leather strap. It’s eye-catching with a stark black dial and Arabic numerals that are crossed by sharp sword hands. Elements of an Aviator Watch  Note: These are just some elements that are more commonly present in flight-inspired timepieces. They are by no means fixed features in aviator watches.  Durability. This quality is super important because pilots, especially those in military units, are exposed to all sorts of different environments. A durable watch that can withstand these changes, regardless of whether harsh or not, is necessary.  Multi-Functionality. A multi-functional watch is not essential, but it is definitely helpful, especially at times when technology fails. There is always a possibility of accidents or malfunctions during flights and a reliable, multi-functional timepiece can serve as a tool to aid the pilot in that specific situation.  GMT Function. Not all, but many aviator watches, especially in the modern era, have time zone functions. Many of us have flown through different time zones before, and understand the importance of a pilot’s ability to track multiple locations. So, a fine aviation watch is apt to have a GMT hand that makes a rotation every 24 hours, in contrast to the hour hand that rotates every twelve hours, allowing wearers to track multiple time zones.  Legibility.  Aviation watches were designed to withstand the rigors of air battles, where split-second decisions are literally a matter of life and death. As such, aviator watches have to be legible enough that, when you look down at your pilot’s watch, you can immediately read what you are seeing.  25 Aviator Watches: Top Picks Now that we have gone through some of the most important features a pilot watch typically has, let us take a look at some of the best aviator watches out there.  1. Cartier Santos-Dumont Ref. W2SA0012 First up, we have a watch from the iconic Santos-Dumont collection. Even though this particular piece does not really fit the image of a pilot’s watch today, I still chose to start the list with it because of its heritage. Long story short, the first-ever model in this range was brought into existence because Louis Cartier designed it specifically for aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Rather than being a practical option, this Cartier Santos-Dumont piece has served as a symbol of the close relations between the watchmaking industry and the aviation field since then.  The Santos-Dumont Ref. W2SA0012 comes in a stainless steel case with an exquisite 18K rose gold bezel and an alligator leather strap in black. With a distinct square shape, it has quite the unassuming dial, with simply two hands and Roman numerals for the hour markers. Moreover, it is powered by a quartz movement and has a water resistance rating of around 30 meters. Finally, this symbolic aviator watch retails at around $5,500 USD.  2. Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Ref. AB0119131C1A1 Breitling is a brand that is widely known for manufacturing superior quality aviation watches. Some of their most iconic timepieces, such as the Navitimer and the Chronomat, have made huge impacts on pilots and other professionals. This is the reason why this Swiss brand is considered the go-to source for excellent, flight-centric watches.  The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph is presented in a sturdy case and bracelet both made of stainless steel. It features a clean blue dial with a chronograph display, luminescent hands, Arabic numerals, and a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Furthermore, it is equipped with an automatic Breitling 01 caliber and boasts an impressive power reserve of around 70 hours. Priced at approximately $8,000 USD, this aviator watch would make for an excellent investment piece.  3. Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Ref. H77775960 Hamilton is yet another watch company that has a long and interesting history with the armed forces. They are perceived as one of the best manufacturers of military-inspired timepieces, which is reflected in the different collections they offer. Hamilton’s catalog boasts three watch lines that are dedicated to each branch of the military: the Khaki Field (army), the Khaki Navy, and the Khaki Aviation (air force).  This Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto is a fan-favorite among patrons. It comes in a stainless steel case along with a textile bracelet in green, a rotating bezel, and three crowns. The dial, which features a camouflage pattern, consists of a 24-hour layout, luminous hands, Arabic numerals, a date-day window at 9 o’clock, and a scale on the outline to measure cross winds. Lastly, it is driven by an H-30 caliber that possesses a whopping 80-hour power reserve.  With a price tag of around $1,300 USD, this is a great choice for those who want an aviator watch with combat aesthetics.  4. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL Ref. IW357201 For those already familiar with this brand, or with aviation timepieces in general, you are probably not surprised to find IWC on this list. This Schaffhausen-based brand has played a big role in the way aviation watches are designed today. They were the first brand to showcase a watch that took inspiration from cockpit instruments, a design that remains a classic blueprint for aviation pieces in the modern era.  The IWC Big Pilot Shock Absorber XPL features quite a distinct and elegant overall exterior. It comes in a ceratanium case that is paired with a rubber strap in black. The black dial follows a straightforward, almost minimalist layout with Arabic numerals and luminescent hands. In addition, it also resembles the altitude indicator found in a cockpit panel. In terms of its technical specifications, this watch is equipped with a 32111 automatic caliber with an outstanding power reserve of 120 hours.  Priced at a whopping $83,000 USD, this beautiful, avant-garde timepiece is perfect for all the luxury aviation enthusiasts out there.  5. Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Ref. JY8075-51E Next up, we have a watch from a Japanese brand which is best known for manufacturing high-technology timepieces. While they do not really have direct military or aviation roots, Citizen is driven by their goal of providing quality sports and professional watches. This mindset of theirs is very much apparent in their Promaster collection, where you will find a wide selection of excellent timepieces for either air, land, or sea. The Citizen Promaster Skyhawk is all about multi-functionality, which makes it look quite intimidating at first glance. It is presented in a black stainless steel case along with a bracelet of the same material and color. Aside from the typical luminous hands and hour markers, the Promaster Skyhawk’s watch face also includes the following features: a perpetual calendar, dual time, countdown timer, pilot’s rotating slide rule bezel, and so much more. Lastly, just like most Citizen watches, it is equipped with their Eco-Drive technology, which means it has no battery as it is powered by any form of light.  With a price tag of around $700 USD, this Citizen Skyhawk is for those who want multi-functional aviation watches of utmost quality.  6. Orient Pilot’s Sport Watch RA-AC0H04Y10A Orient is a Japanese watch company that is popular for producing good quality timepieces with affordable price ranges. They offer a couple of pilot watches as a part of their sports collection. While these models are not as well known as some others, those who have tried and tested Orient’s aviation watches believe that they are on par with many flight-centric watch brands in the market.   The Orient RA-AC0H04Y10A has the aesthetic of a classic pilot watch. It comes in a stainless steel case with a classy leather strap in light brown. The yellow/beige dial features Arabic numerals, luminescent hands, an inner circle with the hour markers, an outer circle with the minute markers, and a small date window at 3 o’clock Iit is driven by an automatic F6722 caliber with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.  Retailing at around $300 USD, give or take, this flight-inspired timepiece from Orient is perfect for those who enjoy quintessential, vintage-style aviation watches.  7. Seiko Prospex SSG011P1 Seiko, being one of the most well-known watch brands out there, has a rather extensive selection of timepieces in their portfolio. While they are not popular for producing pilot watches, they still offer models that have the qualities of a good aviation piece. Seiko’s Prospex line, in particular, is recognized as an excellent source of professional watches.  The Seiko Prospex SSG011P1 is both multi-functional and unique, as far as pilot timepieces go. It comes in a hardy stainless steel case along with a bracelet of the same material. The main watch face features a very busy dial with Arabic numerals, large luminous hands, a date window, and a chronograph display. It also includes the following functions: a full auto calendar, radio signal reception, world time, overcharge prevention, and lots more. Lastly, this timepiece follows a radio sync solar movement with a power save duration of approximately 2 years.   Priced at around $500 USD, this model is for those who want a multi-functional watch that comes at a reasonable price.  8. Junghans Meister Pilot Junghans is a well-established German brand that offers a beautiful selection of Bauhaus-inspired timepieces. However, back in the early 1900s, they also made cockpit instruments for different kinds of aircrafts. Come the 1950s, and Junghans involvement in the aviation field is what eventually inspired them to create their own pilot chronograph for the German military. Today, Junghans continues to pay homage to their heritage through a few flight-inspired models.  The Junghans Meister Pilot is the perfect Bauhaus interpretation of a pilot’s watch. It comes in a DLC-coated stainless steel case paired with a leather strap in brown. The easily legible dial features Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a chronograph display with two counters. Moreover, it is powered by an automatic caliber J880.4 with a power reserve of 38 hours.  Retailing at around $2,500 USD, this is the ideal aviator watch for those who favor minimalist Bauhaus designs.  9. Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue Zenith is another Swiss luxury brand with a range dedicated to aviation watches. The vintage-influenced timepieces in Zenith’s Pilot collection are heavily inspired by their long-standing relations with the aviation industry.  The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue comes in a steel case paired with a rugged-looking leather strap. It has a straightforward and legible dial with Super-LumiNova hands and Arabic numerals, a minute track on the rim of the dial, and a chronograph display with 2 counters. This timepiece is powered by Zenith’s iconic El Primo movement which boasts a minimum power reserve of 50 hours.  With a price tag of approximately $60,00 USD, this Zenith Pilot watch is ideal for all the vintage enthusiasts out there.  10. Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Jungfraubahn Swiss Edition Tissot is the go-to brand for premium quality timepieces that boast excellent Swiss craftsmanship. They offer a wide range of watches, from formal dress pieces to sportier models, so it is really not surprising that they have timepieces which can also pass as great aviation watches.  While the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar is not really a pilot watch, it does have qualities that make it rather appealing for those in the aviation field. This model comes in a sturdy titanium case paired with a synthetic rubber strap. Its dial features a luminescent hand, indices, and the usual Hour, Minute, Second, Day and Date [HMSDD] display. Some of its additional functions include an alarm, altimeter, compass, distance travelled indicator, perpetual calendar, multiple time zones, temperature/weather indicator, and many more. Finally, this timepiece stands out as it utilizes solar energy to power its quartz movement.  Priced at around $1,000 USD, the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar makes for a great aviation tool with its multi-functionality and digital display.  11. Panerai Luminor Due GMT Power Reserve PAM00964  Panerai is a watch company whose main heritage lies with the sea. This is why many of their timepieces are somehow related to or inspired by marine elements. Right off the bat, let me say that this particular piece is not a straightforward pilot watch. It simply has a few qualities, specifically its GMT feature, that make it suitable for those in the aviation industry.  The Panerai Luminor Due GMT Power Reserve PAM00964 boasts a titanium case paired with a blue alligator leather strap. Meanwhile, its sun-brushed dial comes with luminescent hands, Arabic numerals, indices, a small seconds counter, and a power reserve indicator. This watch is also powered by a self-winding P.4002 caliber with a solid power reserve of around 72 hours. Retailing at around $12,200 USD, this Panerai watch is perfect for those in the aviation industry who prefer casual luxury pieces with an added GMT function.  12. Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic  Just like some other brands mentioned on this list, Alpina also has three different collections that are each dedicated to land, air, and sea-based timepieces. The Alpina Startimer line is the collection focused on aviation watches, and it pays homage to the brand’s longstanding involvement with said industry, which started in the 1920s.  This Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic follows the quintessential pilot watch design. It comes in a stainless steel case along with a calf leather strap in brown. The dial features luminescent Arabic numerals, a 24-hour layout, a minute track on the rim, and a date window. Lastly, it is equipped with the automatic AL-525 caliber which boasts a 38-hour power reserve.  Priced at a little under $1,500 USD, this aviator timepiece serves as another classic and retro option for pilot watch enthusiasts.  13. Rolex GMT Master II  The Rolex GMT Master II is not officially dubbed a pilot’s watch, but I think it deserves a spot on this list simply because of its iconic GMT function. While the Swiss luxury brand does have a model that pays tribute to aeronautics, known as the Rolex Air-King, the GMT Master II is such an iconic timepiece that is definitely a favorite among those in the aviation industry as well.  The Rolex GMT Master II comes in an exquisite white gold case and bracelet with a ceramic GMT bezel. Its dial features luminescent hands, hour markers in different shapes, and a date window at 3 o’clock. This famous timepiece is driven by a self-winding 3285 caliber that boasts a 70-hour power reserve.  With a price tag of around $40,000 USD, this ever-so-popular aviator watch is a must-have for jetsetters who enjoy luxury.  14. Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue This particular Bell and Ross piece is similar to the previous model, in that its potential as a pilot’s watch lies in its GMT function. The Bell and Ross BR V2-93 GMT Blue belongs to a selection of timepieces that caters to those who frequently travel from one time zone to another.  This watch comes in a satin-polished steel case with an elastic canvas bracelet in grey and a 24-hour bezel. Its blue dial features Arabic numerals, thin indices, luminous hands, and a date display between 4 and 5 o’clock. Moreover, it is equipped with a caliber BR-CAL.30 and has a 100-meter water resistance capacity.  Retailing at around $3,400 USD, this timepiece serves as a classy option that gets the job done for all the travel enthusiasts out there.  15. Luminox F-117 Nighthawk GMT Luminox is widely recognized as an excellent source of outdoor timepieces. In fact, their collections can be categorized into three main series: air, land, and sea. This just shows that most, if not all, of their timepieces are actually designed to withstand the conditions of the great outdoors.  This particular Luminox Nighthawk watch, which falls under the brand’s air series, has a very robust and rugged exterior. It comes in a CARBONOX case, and has a bi-directional bezel and a Kevlar strap in black. Its dial boasts chunky Arabic numerals, luminous hands, a 24-hour display, and a date window. In addition, the numbers on the bezel and the hour markers are actually based on the display found in an F-117 Nighthawk cockpit. This timepiece is powered by a quartz movement with a GMT function.  Priced at approximately $875 USD, the Luminox F-117 Nighthawk GMT is a great aviation-inspired watch for those who enjoy tough-looking timepieces.  16. Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot Timer GMT Oris offers two collections dedicated to aviator watches: the ProPilot and the ProPilotX. These watches were designed specifically with pilots in mind, which is why they are equipped with high-levels of functionality.  The Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot Timer GMT, for example, boasts quite a powerful exterior right off the bat. It comes in a robust stainless steel case along with a textile strap in green and a rotating bezel. Aside from the Arabic numeral markers and luminous hands, the dial also features a date window and a small seconds counter. Lastly, this watch is powered by an automatic GMT movement with a power reserve of around 38 hours.  Retailing at a little under $3,000 USD, this aviator watch is a straightforward and well-crafted option, especially for professionals in the industry.  17. Longines Avigation BigEye Longines is known to have released their fair share of aviation watches and instruments, especially in the 1900s. This involvement with the aviation industry has pushed them to create a selection of flight-inspired timepieces today, and the Longines Avigation BigEye is a testament to this. This watch comes in a stainless steel case paired with a leather strap in brown. Following a chronograph layout, its black dial features Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and three sub-counters. Moreover, it is powered by an automatic L688 caliber which boasts a 66-hour power reserve.  Priced at around $2,700 USD, you really cannot go wrong with this classic aviation timepiece.  18. Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic Day & Date 41 Next up, we have another piece from Breitling, which, as we know, is a reliable source of high-quality aviator watches. This timepiece, in particular, boasts a very distinct yet sleek overall exterior.  This Breitling Aviator 8 timepiece comes in a stainless steel case and a calfskin leather strap in black. The dial, which has a very straightforward layout, features Arabic numerals, luminescent hands, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a day display at 12 o’clock. Lastly, this model is equipped with an automatic Breitling 45 caliber which has a power reserve of 38 hours.  With a price tag of approximately $4,100 USD, this aviator watch is a must-have for those who like well-crafted timepieces which are easily readable with a glance.  19. Laco Pilot Watch Original Paderborn  Laco is a German brand primarily known for producing aviation watches. Their products were a staple in many aircrafts back in the 1940s, which explains their reputation today. They are the go-to place for traditional, classic aviation timepieces.  The Laco Pilot Original Paderborn is presented in a sandblasted stainless steel case with a calf leather strap in brown. The dial follows the quintessential cockpit-inspired layout with luminous hands, Arabic numerals, an outer circle for the minute markers, and an inner circle for the hour markers. This timepiece is driven by an automatic Laco 24 movement which is based on an ETA 2824.2 caliber.  For just $1,190 USD, you can get your hands on one of the most renowned pilot watches out there.  20. Tudor Black Bay GMT Much like the Rolex watch mentioned earlier, this Tudor timepiece is on this list because of its GMT function, more than anything else. In fact, this model belongs to the Black Bay collection, which is better known for its dive watches.  The Tudor Black Bay GMT comes in a sleek steel case with a Terra di Siena leather bracelet and a GMT bezel. The dial features hour markers in various shapes, luminescent hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is powered by an automatic MT5652 caliber which is COSC-certified and has a 70-hour power reserve.  Priced at a little under $4,000 USD, this piece makes for a versatile watch that can be utilized to great effect by those in the aviation field.  21. Victorinox Airboss Mach 9 Victorinox is an established company known for their quality products. They also offer their own range of aviation watches, which falls under their Pilot Watches category. The Victorinox Airboss Mach 9 is simply one out of many flight-centric timepieces they have in their arsenal.  This watch comes in a steel case paired with an eco-leather strap in brown. The black dial, which features a layout clearly inspired by aeronautic mechanisms, consists of Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a chronograph display. Lastly, it is equipped with an automatic ETA VALJOUX 7750 movement with a power reserve of around 48 hours.  Retailing at approximately $2,100 USD, this watch is a must-have for all the adventurers out there who appreciate engineering inspired by aeronautics.  22. Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Vacheron Constantin is one of the most well-established brands in Haute Horlogerie. They offer a beautiful selection of watches that boast unparalleled quality and aesthetics. This particular watch, which makes for a lavish option for those in the aviation world, is no exception.  Presented in a stainless steel case and bracelet, the Overseas World Time is a luxury piece for constant travelers. Its dial features the world map, famous cities, a 24-hour dial feature, and luminescent hands. Moreover, it is powered by an automatic movement that provides the watch with 37 time zones, a day-night indicator, and a power reserve of 40 hours.  Priced at around $37,000 USD, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time is the ultimate luxury statement timepiece for all the casual and professional jetsetters out there.  23. Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 Yema is another brand that has multiple collections dedicated to different branches of the military. They offer two different ranges for aviation watches, which are the Flygraf and the Superman French Air Force. The Flygraf focuses on timepieces for both flight professionals and enthusiasts while the Superman French Air Force series serves as a tribute to the brand’s relationship with said military unit.  The Yema Flygraf Pilot M1 was actually designed in collaboration with professional pilot Sammy Mason. It comes in a stainless steel case and a bracelet which can be swapped out for a different strap. The dial, which follows a 24-hour layout, consists of Arabic numerals and slightly oversized hands, both of which are treated with Super-LumiNova pigments. Lastly, it is equipped with an in-house YEMA2000 caliber which has a 42-hour power reserve.  With a price tag of around $749 USD, this is a great option for those who want a quintessential aviator watch at an affordable cost.  24. Bulova 96A225 While this Bulova model is more space-inspired than anything else, it still features excellent qualities that are great for aviation watches as well.  The Bulova 96A225 comes in a stainless steel case paired with a NATO strap in black. Following a chronograph display, the dial includes luminescent hands and hour markers, a tachymeter scale, and three sub-counters. It also runs on an excellent chronograph movement which boasts top-tier quartz technology and accuracy.  For around $575 USD, you can get this high-technology timepiece which can pass for a good aviator watch.  25. Bremont MBII-WH/BLUE Last but certainly not least, we have a timepiece from Bremont, a brand that is known for taking things to the next level. In crafting their pilot watches, Bremont made sure to get in touch with experienced figures in the aviation industry in order to come up with superior flight-centric timepieces.  The Bremont MBII is a classic example of Bremont’s outstanding watchmaking process, because it went through numerous endurance tests before officially being sold. While it may look rather unassuming, this watch packs quite a punch. It comes in a hardened stainless steel case paired with a rubber, leather, or metal strap of your choice. The white dial features Arabic numerals, indices, luminescent hands, a minute track on the rim, and a date window. This watch is powered by an automatic BE-36AE chronometer with shock-resistant properties and a 38-hour power reserve.  Retailing at around $5,500 USD, this aviator watch is definitely a recommended investment for serious pilots and professionals.  Final Thoughts  Ultimately, these are just 25 models, out of hundreds and thousands, that are either proven to be great aviator watches or have the potential to be excellent companions by professionals. Regardless, the curated list above does include some of the best pieces that the industry has to offer. Given the diversity in terms of specifications, designs, and prices, you are bound to find the right aviator watch just for you!  If you want a more in depth look at pilot watches, check out our article on the Sinn 356 Pilot Chronograph.  Photo Credits: Official Watch Websites

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  4. Best Digital Watches for Men

    Best Digital Watches for Men

    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 Image By: Casio 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 Image By: Timex 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 Image By: Amazon 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 Image By: G-Shock 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 Image By: eBay 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 Image By: Casio 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 Image By: Suunto 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 Image By: Garmin 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 Image By: Amazon 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 Image By: Coros 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 Image By: Polar  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 Image By: Casio 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 Image By: the 007 world 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 Image By: Timex 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 Image By: Citizen Watch 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 Image By: Bulova 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 Image By: Timex 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 Image By: Void Watches 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 Image By: Braun 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 Image By: Ziiiro 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 Image By: Nixon 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 Image By: Amazon 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 Image By: Garmin 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 Image By: Suunto 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 Image By: Casio 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.  Final Thoughts 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.  Looking for an affordable quartz watch? Here is a listicle on 6 of the Best Quartz Watches in the market.

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  5. 30 Best Military Watches to bring on the Field

    30 Best Military Watches to bring on the Field

    From affordable options such as Timex Expedition watches to higher-end selections from the likes of Sinn and IWC, field watches offer a fantastic opportunity to put vintage military-inspired flair and modern action on top of your wrist. Also known as a military watch, the field watch is a great way to express your inner thrill-seeker.  Whether you’re scaling mountains, on the battlefield, or simply want to look sporty, it is always convenient to have a reliable field watch with you. If you’re looking for a trusty timekeeper you can bring anywhere, let’s have a look at the humble field watch and what it can do. If you stick around long enough, listed below are 30 of the best military timepieces you can find. 30 Best Military Watches There are dozens of highly capable and sturdy military watches in the market. Have you decided which one you are going for? Listed below are 30 of some of the best military watches available today, along with their approximate prices. Keep in mind that each timepiece is listed in no particular order. 1. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical – $525 USD If you want a timeless classic at an affordable price, there aren’t many Swiss watches out there that can do better than the Khaki Field Mechanical. As one of the watchmakers that supplied military timepieces to the US Army, Hamilton pays homage to its original 1960s Khaki Field with this faithful recreation that upholds the brand’s military heritage.  This watch boasts a 38mm stainless steel case, a clear white dial, and a comfortable brown leather strap. Its dial features elements like a 24-hour time index, contrasting black hour markers, and triangular indices and hands applied with radium-colored Super-LumiNova. It is powered by a reliable Hamilton H-50 caliber and comes with 50m of water resistance.  This military-inspired timepiece is built to last and is THE original American soldier’s watch.  2. IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire – $5,500 USD Named after one of the most iconic fighter planes of WWII, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire is a quintessential field watch that proudly displays its military lineage. Made in the historic town of Schaffhausen, the Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire comes in a 39mm stainless steel case paired with a brown calfskin strap. Its case uses a sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coatings on both sides to prevent any obstructive reflections when viewing its dial.  Operating underneath the watch face is an IWC-manufactured 32110 Caliber, which is sealed shut by a solid steel case back engraved with the logo of a Spitfire plane. Boasting 60m of water resistance, the Spitfire Automatic looks, breathes, and ticks like a conventional military watch. 3. Victorinox FieldForce Quartz  – $340 USD With its broad sword-shaped minute and hour hands, striking red second hand, large Arabic numerals, and outlined day-date window, the Victorinox FieldForce Quartz is a military watch that boasts unparalleled legibility.  Protected by a sapphire glass with three treatments of anti-reflective coatings, the Victorinox FieldForce watch utilizes a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a brown leather strap. This Victorinox timepiece runs on a quartz movement and has a depth rating of 100m. This allows it to repel raindrops, splashes, and beach waves better than the average military watch. 4. Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale – $2,000 USD For a breezy-looking timepiece that can go with any casual outfit, the Longines Military Marine Nationale is ready to serve. Hailing from the Heritage collection, the Military Marine Nationale provides toughness, style, and a nostalgic charm.  This Longines watch’s round 38mm stainless steel case, beige dial, blue hands, and brown leather strap come together to form a military look that is both legible and pleasing to the eyes. Of course, this timepiece is not all about sentimental value. Underneath its watch face is a modern L888 self-winding caliber, equipped with a power reserve that can last up to 72 hours. 5. Oris Big Crown Propilot TLP Limited Edition – $2,370 USD Despite being marketed as a pilot’s watch, the Oris Big Crown Propilot TLP Limited Edition also makes for a great military timepiece. Housed within a gunmetal grey stainless steel case with an anti-glare PVD coating, this Big Crown Propilot watch is highly resistant to bumps, scratches, water, and corrosion.  This Oris watch’s dial features a military green surface, with numerals and hands coated in Super-LumiNova and a day-and-date window in place of the 3 o’clock marker. On the back of the Propilot TLP is a solid steel case back with engravings of the TLP logo. Powered by an automatic movement, this Oris timepiece boasts first-rate hardiness and provides wearers with a whole lot of convenience. 6. Seiko Neo Sports Automatic (SRPC89K1) – $305 USD A military watch that is highly legible, whether it is day or night, is definitely something to consider. Handsome and edgy, this two-toned Seiko military watch boasts an attractive contrasting dial that is easy to read and wonderful to look at.  Although its gigantic and bold numerals do not have any applied lume, the hands and pips of this Seiko piece do. As expected of the brand, the lume quality of the Seiko Neo Sports Automatic is phenomenal, and is something you do not usually see in this watch’s price range. Its stainless steel case also has a charcoal PVD-coating that bolsters its overall resistance to damage, shocks, and corrosion. 7. Luminox Atacama Field Automatic XL.1902 – 990 USD A fantastic timepiece with a modern design, the Luminox Atacama Field Automatic XL.1902 is a certified Swiss-made military watch that covers all grounds. The case, bezel, and bracelet of this Luminox Atacama Field wristwatch are all made of 316L stainless steel.  Traditional at heart, this Luminox timepiece uses tritium gas tubes to illuminate its dial in dark environments. With a depth rating of 200m, this watch also has the water resistance capacity of a tried-and-tested diver watch. It is powered by the Sellita SW-220-1 movement, with a power reserve of 38 hours.  8. Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto – $995 USD Here is an example of an authentic military watch that uses titanium to achieve a sturdy and lightweight profile. The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto is a stylish and sturdy Hamilton watch that showcases several handy features.  This Hamilton Khaki Field piece has a titanium case that boasts all the durability and resistance of stainless steel, but is much lighter and more comfortable to sport. It runs on an automatic H-10 movement that can stay powered for up to 80 hours. For the hardcore FPS gamers out there, Hamilton also offers the limited-edition Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Far Cry 6.  9. Sinn 556 A RS – $1,550 USD Sinn is usually known for making Instrument Watches for pilots and aviation crews. However, the brand can also come up with models that meet the criteria for a standard military timepiece.  With its clean and straightforward watch face, satinized stainless steel case, and reliable SW200-1 movement, the Sinn 556 A is as simplistic and rugged as they come. Accompanied by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, its casing and crown are screwed down for optimal waterproofness. Resistant to water pressures up to depths of 200m, the 556 A RS can be brought anywhere, whether it is land, sky, or sea.  10. Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-92 – $3,200 USD Functional and uncomplicated, the Bell & Ross Vintage BR V2-92 is another aviation instrument that has what it takes to be a conventional military watch. Covered by a satin-polished stainless steel case and a boxed sapphire glass, this Bell & Ross watch boasts a military-inspired dial with green Super-LumiNova coated on its hands, numerals, and hour markers. Underneath its watch face is an automatic BR-CAL.302 caliber, which wearers can view through a sapphire case back. 11. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer – $10,450 USD The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer has everything a timepiece needs to be an exceptional military watch. Rolex is famous for crafting all their watches, including this Oyster Perpetual piece, using Oystersteel. This is a type of steel made from the 904L steel family, known for being impervious to corrosion.  This Oyster Perpetual watch’s alluring dial also boasts Rolex’s signature design, with the iconic Mercedes hands, quality lume on the hands and hour markers, and excellent readability. Boasting an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day, the watch’s 3230 Superlative Chronometer is unparalleled in terms of precision and power.  12. Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF – $270 USD Based on the 1987 G-Shock DW-5700C, the modern Casio DW-5750E-1 boasts a classic G-Shock look with contemporary Casio toughness. Sporting the brand’s recognizable resin case, this watch is extremely resistant to shocks and impacts. Its water resistance capacity is also a stand-out feature, with its depth rating of 200m.  Since the Casio DW-5750E-1 uses a quartz movement, it is certainly reliable and comes at quite an affordable price too. Coupled with a matching resin band, you cannot go wrong with this digital military timepiece. 13. Omega Seamaster Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer – $4,900 USD The Seamaster collection is home to many diver models. However, it is also the residence of the Omega Railmaster Co–Axial Master Chronometer. Made to cater to the needs of railway staff and anyone who works around strong magnetic fields, the Railmaster boasts a symmetrical 40mm stainless steel case and a legible vintage-inspired, vertically-brushed dial.  This Omega watch is also powered by a Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806, which is immune to magnetic fields reaching up to 15,000 gausses. As a part of the Seamaster selection, it also features a considerable water resistance of 150m. With its impressive resistances, this hardy timepiece makes for a great military watch indeed.  14. Tissot T-Sport PRC 200 Quartz – $425 USD A simple black dial with silver hands, hour markers, and indices is indeed a stunning combination. Apart from being stylishly attractive, the Tissot T-Sport PRC 200 Quartz is a straightforward timepiece. With only a date window as an added complication, this Tissot T-Sport watch offers the timekeeping essentials while providing wearers with an easy-to-read canvas.  Powered by an ETA 805.112 quartz movement, this 39mm stainless steel Tissot watch also comes with a black leather strap, a sapphire crystal, and a water resistance rating of 200m.  15. Seiko 5 Sports SRPG33K1 – $380 USD The Seiko 5 Sports SRPG33K1 has qualities that make it excel both as a sports watch and a military piece. Pronounced Arabic numerals, dark military green dial, and a Seiko 4R36 automatic movement: all of this is encased within a 100m water-resistant stainless steel case.  The Seiko 4R36 caliber also has manual winding and hacking capabilities, which allow you to adjust the watch with just a pull and twist of the crown. Aesthetically, this Seiko 5 Sports timepiece exudes a clean-cut military feel and is durable in and out. 16. Luminox Atacama Adventurer Field Quartz XL.1761 – $490 USD A modern Swiss field watch with a retro-inspired design, the Luminox Atacama Adventurer XL.1761 is a practical and stylish timekeeper. Water-resistant up to depths of 200m, this Luminox watch comes with a 42mm stainless steel case. This case is nicely beveled, to provide a prominent, gleaming composition that fits the wrist easily and effortlessly catches the eye. Its dial also boasts a dark textured surface with Arabic numeral markers, pencil hands, luminous tritium rods, and a unique subsidiary seconds subdial. 17. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Quartz – $790 USD Most military watches tend to use stainless steel and titanium for their casing. Victorinox, however, chose to deviate from the norm with its Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Quartz. For this watch, the brand chose to make its case out of a carbon composite. This is a kind of material similar to what is used to protect space shuttles from extreme temperatures, making this a particularly hardy watch.  Furthermore, the dial of this Victorinox I.N.O.X piece is all about clarity. Its Arabic numeral markers, hands, and logo are all generously coated with Super-LumiNova, giving it a vibrant and bright glow in poor lighting conditions. This wristwatch has a depth rating of 200m and uses a quartz movement for reliable timekeeping. 18. Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto – $1,030 USD Another fine military watch from the American-Swiss watchmaker, the Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto offers the strength and easy legibility that the Khaki Field collection is known for. This Hamilton Khaki Field Day Date Auto also comes with additional day and date windows, at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock markers respectively.  The 42mm stainless steel case of this Hamilton watch covers a silver step dial, presenting a gorgeous and cohesive look that perfectly matches its black calfskin leather strap. Hiding behind its exhibition-style case back is an automatic H-30 movement, complete with its 80-hour power reserve. 19. Nixon A124-019 Chrono – $300 USD Sheltered in a stainless steel case, the A124-019 Chrono showcases an eye-catching black and yellow watch face that is definitely a Nixon exclusive. No other color stands out better against a black surface than vibrant yellow. With its alternating index and Arabic numerals, unique minute and hour hands, and red seconds hand, every component on this military timepiece sticks out clearly without compromising its overall legibility. This watch runs on a quartz movement and is water-resistant up to depths of 100m. 20. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date – $1,750 USD Well-known for its oversized crown, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date adopts an iconic design that originated from the Oris pilot models of the late 1930s. Straightforward and effortless to read, this Oris Big Crown watch is not only reliable but also capable of attracting everyone’s attention.  This Oris watch’s stainless steel case has a domed sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coatings on both sides. Powered by an Oris 754 self-winding movement, the watch can keep ticking for up to 38 hours. Oris couples the Big Crown Pointer Date with a sustainably sourced brown leather strap. 21. Sinn 856 B-Uhr – $2,370 USD Inspired by deck watches produced in the 1700s, the Sinn 856 B-Uhr boasts a design that is quite unconventional in modern times. Despite that, it is still highly readable and easy to comprehend.  This Sinn watch utilizes a shortened, outlined hour hand that points to the hour indices located on the inner circle of the dial. Its outer circle features markers and numerals that indicate the minutes and seconds, and are all coated with an ivory-colored luminescence. The minute hand also has applied lume on its surface. Below the dial is a Sellita SW300-1 caliber, encased within 40mm of stainless steel. 22. Citizen AT2465-18E – $180 USD If you are seeking a sporty and fun military watch, this Citizen AT2465-18E is an excellent choice. This Citizen piece boasts a PVD-coated stainless steel case, an innovative solar-powered Eco-Drive movement, and a classy stitched yellow strap. On its legible black dial, you can find three sub-dials, a small date window, and vibrant luminous yellow hands and Arabic hour markers. Behind the wristwatch, you can also find a solid steel case back that ensures maximal protection against water and other external elements. 23. Fossil Modern Machine Quartz – $170 USD The Fossil Modern Machine Quartz is a fine and affordable option for a military watch. Protected by a layer of mineral glass and 45mm of stainless steel, the black dial has silver alternating hour numerals and indices, along with large luminous hands, a date window, and three sub-dials. This watch runs on a quartz movement, which is sealed behind a solid steel rear case for optimal safety. With a water resistance rating of 100m, you can easily bring the Fossil Modern Machine Quartz for a swim or into the showers. 24. Hamilton Khaki Field King – $575 USD The Khaki Field King is yet another outstanding military watch that features characteristics of the original Khaki Field, but with the addition of day and date windows. However, what makes this Hamilton timepiece unique is the positioning of its day-date apertures, both of which can be found at the 12 o’clock position. This Khaki King model showcases a well-rounded stainless steel case and a mechanical H-40 movement. If you prefer the design of the Khaki Field King, let nothing stop you from acquiring this sturdy military watch.  25. Bell & Ross Instruments BR0392-GH-ST/SCA – $3,700 USD If you are looking for military watches with a more unusual shape, check out this Bell & Ross BR0392-GH-ST/SCA with a distinctive square stainless steel case. With its 100m water resistance rating, this Bell & Ross piece hails from the brand’s Golden Heritage lineup. Its dial boasts a harmonious mix of a black backdrop and golden accents that work together to give this timepiece a classy vintage vibe. The hands, numerals, and indices are all coated with Super-LumiNova to give them uninterrupted brightness and legibility in the dark..  26. Ball Engineer III Pioneer – $2,100 USD Ball is a Swiss watch company that dates back to 1891. Founded in Cleveland, Ohio by Webb C. Ball, the company has a long history with the American Railroad System. One of its best military watches is the Ball Engineer III Pioneer.  This Ball Engineer III model is a stainless steel watch with an unguarded, teeth-edged crown and a straightforward dial design. With a magnified date window at 3 o’clock, its black dial contains broad hands, numerals and indices generously fitted with tritium gas tubes. The Ball Engineer III Pioneer has a water resistance rating of 100m and runs on a BALL RR1103-C automatic caliber. 27. Seiko Prospex SJE085J1 – $2,690 USD Sleek, handsome, and quite sophisticated, the Seiko Prospex SJE085J1 is a military watch you would want to bring to any grand event. Its stainless steel case matched with its simple yet beguiling black dial gives it a distinguished look that can make anyone take you seriously. And this Seiko Prospex watch is not all about looks, either. It runs on a Seiko 6L35 automatic movement that features manual winding and hacking capabilities, as well as a 45-hour power reserve. Its 100m depth rating and boxed sapphire crystal also ensure that any drops, splashes, or spills will stay away from its striking watch face. 28. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Autumn Spirit – $550 USD This is a military watch built for all the adventurous and thrill-seeking spirits out there. Paired with Victorinox’s iconic camouflage paracord strap, the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Autumn Spirit is a quartz-powered timepiece that boasts a 200m water-resistant stainless steel case and a straightforward, no-frills black dial. Its simple hands, numerals, hour markers, and logo are generously coated with luminescence for improved readability anytime and anywhere. 29. Luminox Bear Grylls Survivor SEA Series Never Give Up – 3729.NGU – $495 USD One of the most striking military watches on our list, the Luminox Bear Grylls 3729 is a diver and military timepiece all molded into one reliable gadget. The case of this watch is made from CARBONOX. This is a unique carbon compound that possesses both strength and lightweight durability.  This watch’s black-and-orange bezel rotates unidirectionally, and nicely complements the watch’s overall design. The dial consists of a textured black backdrop with contrasting white and orange accents, and tritium gas tubes on its hands and indices for improved legibility in the dark. Etched on the lower portion of the watch face are the words “Never Give Up”, a principle that this military watch itself also lives by.  30. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto – S700 USD The Khaki Field collection has a lot of excellent military watches. However, one model that stands out in particular is the H70595523. Its cream dial and vintage-style printed numerals give it a classic look that perfectly captures the military heritage Hamilton takes pride in. Underneath its watch face is an H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve. Housed inside a stainless steel case, the H70595523 oozes the same strength, accuracy, and reliability that you see in the very best military watches out there. What is a Military Watch? Around the mid-nineteenth century, it was mainly women who wore wristwatches. Military officers had to rely on pocket watches to coordinate their operations. However, officers soon found that the pocket watch proved to be impractical and even potentially life-threatening when used during the wrong circumstances.  Military watches are essentially timepieces initially designed for soldiers in place of the conventional pocket watch. They were meant to provide accurate time on watch faces that were easy to view and read, no matter the circumstances. Designed with resistances to water, dust, and shock, the military watch is a simple yet invaluable timekeeping tool for officers on the battlefield. Military watches were already used during WWI, but it was not until WWII where they became standard issue for both the allied and the axis forces. One of the first and most popular military watches was the A-11, a military timepiece developed by four American companies – Bulova, Elgin, Hamilton, and Waltham. The American A-11 set the standards for how a military watch should look, and its distinct design became the blueprint for other military watches that came after it. Nowadays, the military watch has gone through many different styles and upgrades, but it still retains its core functions of providing readability, reliability, and simplicity.  Features of a Military Watch Stainless Steel Case Typically, a military watch comes in a stainless steel case. While some models use other materials such as titanium and resin, stainless steel remains the conventional resource for military watches. Watchmakers around the world use stainless steel for its affordability, strength, and one-of-a-kind luster. Its resistance to impacts and corrosion makes it the ideal casing for military watches, which are designed to take on the elements and all sorts of other damage. Quality Movement Any watch loses its purpose when it cannot tell the time properly – that is especially true of military watches. Whether it is mechanical or quartz, a military watch must have a high-quality movement that can keep track of time precisely, no matter what. In battle, you are bound to take some bumps and falls, so it is pivotal that the movement can take a hit and still keep the watch ticking. Highly Legible Legibility is one of the most crucial aspects of a traditional military timepiece. On the battlefield, soldiers are not allowed to waste time. Officers cannot waste precious seconds trying to decipher the time on overly-complicated or hard-to-read watch dials. Of course, this is not a problem in our regular lives, but in a dangerous warzone, every second could be the difference between life and death.  As such, the watch faces of military watches should be simplistic and straightforward, with no frills or distracting light glares. You should be able to read the time on a military watch with just one glance.  Easy to Use In addition to the no-frills design, military watches should generally be simple and easy to operate, even in difficult situations. Time is a luxury, and you would not want to waste it by spending too much of it adjusting small buttons and intricate complications. An ideal military watch is foolproof and can be used by anyone. Water-Resistant There is no telling what takes place on the battlefield, and every soldier has to adapt to any situation. Sometimes, soldiers might need to fulfill their roles in wet areas, rainy weather, or even submerged underwater. A tried-and-tested military watch needs to showcase an ample amount of water resistance in order to deal with these scenarios. Military watches do not have to equal the depth ratings of diver watches, but they should be capable of keeping water out of their interiors. Final Thoughts Despite adhering to army-inspired criteria, military watches can come in many shapes and forms. And no matter how they look, they can withstand almost anything while also allowing you to tell accurate time.  The list of best military watches above have highlighted just how versatile an army watch can be. Some models are gifted with water resistance capacities that match the capabilities of a genuine diver watch, while others are sophisticated and stylish enough to be worn as dress watches. Of course, you can also wear the military watch for everyday use as well.  From the 30 military watches shown above, we hope you have gained a better idea of what a military watch is, what it can do, and which model is the perfect one to accompany you in your adventures. Looking for a new automatic watch? Here are 25 of the best automatic timepieces you can find. All images credited to WatchShopping.com

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  6. Top 25 Waterproof Watches

    Top 25 Waterproof Watches

    One of the most sought-after features of a watch is its waterproof capability. Some would say this feature is not useful in their daily lives, since not everyone goes for a swim on a daily basis. However, a waterproof watch provides benefits that both ordinary folks and seasoned athletes will surely enjoy. In fact, waterproofness is now a crucial part of a watch’s versatility in any environment, be it on dry land or underwater. In this write-up, we will be going through the 25 best waterproof watches that everyone will surely enjoy. It does not matter if you are part of the army, an athlete, or just a regular ol’ land-dwelling person. Waterproof watches are there for everyone to enjoy.  Top 25 Waterproof Watches 1. Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610 LN Right of the bat, one of the best waterproof watches in the industry is the Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610 LN. Not only was Rolex the pioneer of outstanding dive watches, but it is also the most popular luxury brand in all aspects of watchmaking. The Rolex Submariner is widely regarded as the quintessential dive watch that has yet to be beaten by other luxury brands. By using the blueprint of its predecessor, the Rolex Oyster, the Rolex Submariner exemplifies both class, elegance, and utility simultaneously.  This Rolex Submariner timepiece has a 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet. The black unidirectional bezel allows the wearer to accurately monitor the duration of the dive as well as when decompression stops. The black dial complements the bezel perfectly, creating an elegant unity in its design.  And most importantly, this waterproof watch has a water resistance rating of 300m, making it perfect for extreme water sports like high impact diving and deep-sea scuba diving. With such a promising heritage and excellent features, it is not surprising that this particular waterproof timepiece carries a pretty expensive price tag. It currently costs $15,349 USD. This waterproof watch may not be for everyone, but it is definitely a great investment.  2. Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Ref. 241781 The Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Ref. 24178 is yet another handsome waterproof timepiece that flaunts a sleek and elegant demeanour. This Victorinox Swiss Army watch was created with adventurers and divers in mind, and as such, it has a wide scope of use with features almost anyone can enjoy.  This $649 USD Victorinox I.N.O.X has a 200m water resistance rating, which is perfect for extreme sports or activities. It is easily one of the classiest water-resistant watches, with its sleek blend of silver and black, and its unusual hexagonal bezel. Its 45mm stainless steel case offers a durable bulky exterior, with a screw-down crown for further protection underwater. The striking black dial is filled with thick hands and applied indices that are coated with luminous material for maximal readability underwater, making this a truly high-utility waterproof watch.  3. Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited Ref. SBDN045 The Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 Ref. SBDN045 is a solar-powered dive watch reminiscent of another Seiko waterproof watch, the Seiko Prospex Tuna—both timepieces have cases that resemble a can of tuna, hence the name. The Ref. SBDN045 has a 46.3mm hard-coated stainless steel case, making it a fairly large watch that promises durability on both land and underwater.  To make things sweeter, the Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 has a 200m water resistance capacity, which is more than enough for those who prefer casual scuba diving. It also has a one-way rotating bezel for timing purposes when diving and decompression stops. Other features like the 24-hour sub-dial, chronograph of 1 hour with ⅕ second increment, a date aperture, and an overcharge prevention function are also included. The Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 Ref. SBDN045 is priced at $489 USD, which is quite affordable for a waterproof dive watch. 4. Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D The Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D is probably one of the most underrated waterproof watches on the market. Jaguar has quite an interesting history, due to it almost being phased out of the market entirely. Luckily, the Festina Group bought the brand and took it under its wing, giving Jaguar the chance to prove itself as the underdog of Swiss watches.  This Jaguar Executive has a design similar to the Rolex Submariner. It is equipped with a 43.5mm 316L stainless steel case and bracelet with an exquisite gold-plated bezel, crown, and dual-tone bracelet links. This design exudes an elegance that adds to the luxury and glamor of this waterproof watch. It also doubles down on its dive watch capabilities with a 200m water resistance rating. The price for the Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D starts at $569 USD, making this a great option for those who love the look of the Rolex Submariner but are working with a limited budget. 5. Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF If you are adventurous at heart, the Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF will surely provide you with all the utility you need. This watch has a 52mm black resin and stainless steel case which gives it a sleek, stealthy design that is appropriate for both day and night activities. It has analog and digital indicators to ensure legibility at all times, making it a versatile watch that is easily readable underwater as well.  One of the many prominent features is its Fishing Time function, which lets the wearer know the best time to go fishing. In addition, this waterproof watch also has a 200-meter water resistance rating. The Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor retails at $570 USD. It is a highly reliable watch that emphasizes its tactical features in more ways than one. Not only that, but it also offers a very stylish design that can be worn at casual gatherings or formal events. 6. Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F The Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F is the descendant of the Luminox Navy Seal Original 3000 series, which was created for the US Navy Seal unit. It uses the same design as its predecessor, but with a few modern improvements to give it its own identity.  This waterproof watch provides incredible utility, with its 45mm carbon compound case and bezel, and a signature black Polyurethane strap that has a secure stainless steel buckle. The materials used are lightweight, making this an extremely comfortable watch to wear on your wrist. This timepiece has a water resistance rating of 200m, which is more than enough for the Navy Seals to operate, whether on land or in the sea. It is an impressive watch that uses self-illumination technology to improve its versatility in any situation, which is perfect for military personnel. This Luminox timepiece retails at $395, making it an affordable tactical watch that you should definitely check out if you are looking for a water-resistant watch.  7. Casio G-Shock Frogman Ref. GWF-D1000B-1JF The Casio G-Shock Frogman Ref. GWF-D1000B-1JF was created in close collaboration with professional dive rescue teams. This Master of G watch stays true to its “Frogman” name, with a rugged black-and-blue design that perfectly complements a diver’s outfit and fits the underwater atmosphere. It has a 53.3mm polymer and hard-coated stainless steel case that is commonly found on Casio G-Shock watches.  This Casio Frogman is a digital watch that features a depth meter that goes up to 80m. In addition, it also has a water resistance rating of 200m, making it a proper dive watch for both recreational divers and rescue teams. The price for this waterproof watch starts at $1,089 USD. It is a little more expensive than other G-Shock watches, but this should be expected since it is part of the Master of G series—a collection of high utility G-Shock watches that are meant for rigorous activities such as sports, adventures, and rescue missions. 8. Casio G-Shock Frogman Ref. GWF-D1000B-1JF The Breitling Avenger Blackbird Ref. V17311AT/BD74 is a new and improved homage to the Breitling Chronomat Blackbird, which was released in 1995. Breitling created this highly functional aviation watch in commemoration of the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” jet plane which soared the skies in the 1960s This stylish watch boasts a 44mm DLC-coated titanium case with a black canvas strap that completes its stealthy look. It also has a matching black dial, with a date aperture located at the 3 o’clock position. Although it is an aviation watch, this Avenger Blackbird has a water resistance capacity of 300m—which is quite substantial, even compared to most dive watches. The caseback of the Avenger Blackbird is screwed in for a tighter fit, to further protect the inner mechanisms of the watch from water. The price of the Breitling Avenger Blackbird Ref. V17311AT/BD74 starts at $10,205 USD.  9. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 is Tudor’s response to the rapid rise of dive watches—particularly in the face of Rolex’s diver watch successes. As a vintage-style watch, this waterproof timepiece follows the old-school design schemes of the first dive watches to ever grace the market. From the bezel down to the dial features, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay greatly resembles the Submariner’s design. Some may be put off by this fact, but it is undeniable that the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of the best affordable, dive watches available today. If you are looking for a luxurious watch that is just as stylish as the Rolex Submariner, but with a cheaper price tag, then the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is the one to go for.  The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 has a 39mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The markers on the bezel, along with the hands and markers on the dial, are gold-coated, ensuring maximal legibility at all times and adding to the extravagance of this timepiece. It also has a solid 200m water resistance capacity. The price for this waterproof watch starts at $4,479 USD—still expensive, but quite affordable compared to Rolex and other luxury dive watches. 10. Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 The Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 uses a durable 47mm black Carbotech case that is paired with a matching black rubber strap. The surface of the case creates a seemingly rough texture that complements the robust cushion-shaped case. Luminescent blue dot hour markers and a handset tipped with blue are used to provide greater legibility, even under the water. Included in the dial is a small seconds sub-dial that is located at the 9 o’clock position. As for the date aperture, it can be found at the 3 o’clock position, opposite the small seconds sub-dial.  The Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 also incorporates a 300m water resistance capacity, which strengthens its claim as one of the most stylish, best waterproof watches in the watch industry. The retail price for this watch is currently $13,999 USD. 11. Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 Tag Heuer is known for race car watches. That is why it was quite unexpected for it to release a dive watch, considering its expertise in car racing. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 is a ladies’ dive watch that is fitted with exquisite diamonds on the bezel. It has a 35mm ceramic case that makes the watch both compact and lightweight. This is paired with a black dial that boasts contrasting silver-tone hands and hour markers. This Tag Heuer Aquaracer has a water resistance rating of 300m, which is more than enough for a dive/race watch. But then again, a higher water resistance capacity will always be better.  The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 sells for $3,800 USD. It is a stylish and elegant waterproof watch that is perfect for ladies. 12. Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 The Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 is a direct homage to Seiko’s first-ever dive watch. It is a piece-by-piece rendition of the Seiko Diver Ref. 6217-8001, making it a must-have timepiece for watch enthusiasts. This waterproof watch has a 40.5mm stainless steel case with a black rotating ceramic bezel. It is also paired with a black silicone strap to promote comfort on the wearer’s wrist. This Seiko Prospex dive watch has a water resistance rating of 200m, which is the international standard for dive watches approved by prominent divers. The price of the Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 is $899 USD. 13. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” Ref. IW379507 Yet another stylish dive watch, the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” Ref. IW379507 offers a sleek black exterior with a blue strap and dial. Not only does it have a deep blue sea theme, but it also promotes legibility with its thick white hands and hour markers. It has a 45mm stainless steel case that is covered in rubber, which gives it better protection from external forces and amplifies its shock resistance. It also features a rotating bezel, although the indicators are, unusually, located inside the dial, rather than on the bezel itself. This is a unique feature that focuses more on the legibility of the watch rather than its aesthetics.  This waterproof watch has a 300m water resistance rating, so wearers who enjoy extreme diving sports can take this watch along with them without any worry. The price for this amazing timepiece starts at $11,700 USD. 14. Omega Seamaster Diver Ref. 210.30.42.20.06.001 The Omega Seamaster Diver Ref. 210.30.42.20.06.001 offers a particularly fresh design that is perfect for both casual and diving purposes. With its 300m water resistance capacity, you can enjoy high-impact water sports and deep-sea scuba diving with this excellent waterproof timepiece. It has a 42mm brushed stainless steel case, with a blue ceramic bezel that can be rotated for diving purposes. The grey dial adds greatly to the suave aesthetics of this watch, boasting a pattern of striking wavy grooves that are reminiscent of the ocean waves. This watch currently retails at $5,200 USD. 15. Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. 01.733.7720.4354-07.4.21.18 Oris is also known to produce impressive timepieces that are both stylish and durable. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. 01.733.7720.4354-07.4.21.18 has a classic dive watch design that focuses more on its style compared to its utility as a dive watch. It has a 42mm stainless steel case that is paired with a sleek black rotating bezel. One of its prominent design features includes its domed sapphire crystal. This is a fresh take from the usual Submariner blueprint, which utilizes a flat sapphire crystal.  This timepiece has a water resistance rating of 100m. It may not be the most impressive water resistance capacity in the world, but it makes this a very useful watch for daily wear, as you can easily bring it for a swim at any time. This waterproof watch is currently priced at $2,200 USD.  16. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 is yet another watch that is waterproof up to depths of 100m. Although this might be less than the water-resistance ratings of some other dive watches, it cannot be denied that Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly knows how to create elegant timepieces.  This Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris is an automatic watch with chronograph sub-dials. It has a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a brown calfskin leather strap. The vibrant blue dial is the star of this waterproof watch and is further highlighted by its sword-shaped white hands and hour markers. In a lot of ways, this is essentially a classy dress watch with extra durability and protection from wet elements for greater convenience. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 currently retails at $11,300 USD. 17. Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Ref. SBGE227 If you are looking for a dressier waterproof watch that is versatile enough for both formal occasions and everyday wear, then Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Ref. SBGE227 might be the one for you. It is an elegant watch with a design that is perfectly fitted for a classy race car driver. The 40.2mm stainless steel case complements the black alligator leather strap, making it a suitable dress watch for formal events. It also has a brown dial embellished with silver-tone indexes and hands. It also features a date aperture located at the usual 3 o’clock position. This is a must-have for watch enthusiasts who love more sophisticated waterproof pieces. This watch is priced at $5,600 USD. 18. Montblanc TimeWalker Ref. 116100 The Montblanc TimeWalker Ref. 116100 is another extravagant watch that should be added to your collection of best waterproof watches. Although it only has a water resistance rating of 100m, it is still a great timepiece to have since it is elegant, stylish, and the perfect companion for your everyday routines. This exquisite watch has a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a sleek black bezel. It also features a black leather strap which adds to its aura of classiness. The dial, on the other hand, comes in a silvery-white dial, with chronograph sub-dials and a date display window at 3 o’clock. If this waterproof piece has caught your eye, you can get it for just $4,500 USD in retail. 19. Citizen Promaster Marine Eco-Drive Ref. CC5006-06L The Citizen Promaster Marine Eco-Drive Ref. CC5006-06L is a high-utility waterproof watch that is packed with a number of useful functions. Not only does it have a 200m water resistance rating, but it also comes with satellite GPS functions, multiple time zones, and a perpetual calendar. This Citizen Promaster comes in a 47mm grey super titanium case with a blue polyurethane strap which is eco-friendly. On the blue dial, you can find the time zones of various cities worldwide marked on the outer rim of the dial. It also boasts a day-of-the-week indicator and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. This is a great dive watch, especially for those who love to travel overseas. The price for this watch starts at $1,395 USD. 20. Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 The Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 is a ladies’ watch that bears quite a resemblance to the Submariner. However, the Yacht-Master sets itself apart as it is smaller and is made from exquisite 18K Everose gold. The Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 is not a dive watch, and should not be considered one, as it only has a 100m water resistance capacity. Rather, it is intended to be a durable, waterproof dress watch, with its extravagant design and glamorous aesthetics. It has a slender 37mm stainless steel case with 18K Everose gold accents on its bezel and bracelet. The black dial highlights the gold-lined hands and hour markers, which adds to its legibility and style. This exquisite and elegant waterproof dress watch retails at a whopping $16,699 USD. 21. Gucci GG2570 Ref. YA142301 With its 100m water resistance capacity, the Gucci GG2570 Ref. YA142301 boasts a 41mm polished stainless steel case with a tonneau shape that is commonly found in the Gucci GG2570 collection. It uses a black sun-brushed dial with steel hands and applied indices, as well as a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position. This is a classic design that is perfect as a fashionable, waterproof everyday watch. The price of this watch starts at $739 USD. 22. Longines Spirit Ref. L38204732 Longines might be a railroad watchmaking company, but that has not stopped them from venturing into waterproof watches. The Longines Spirit Ref. L38204732 is a prime example of a railroad watch with extra protection from certain elements wearers might encounter, such as water. This Longines Spirit watch has a 42mm stainless steel case with light brown calfskin leather, adding to the sophistication of this waterproof timepiece. The textured white dial gives off a vintage vibe that accommodates the three chronograph sub-dials perfectly. In addition, this timepiece has a 100m water resistance rating. The retail price of this waterproof watch starts at $3,100 USD. 23. SINN 206 ARKTIS II Ref. 206.015-Leather-CAE-Blue In the horology industry, German watches have been criminally underrated since the spotlight tends to be on Swiss watches. That said, the SINN 206 ARKTIS II Ref. 206.015-Leather-CASE-Blue is a great example of a German dive watch with great functionality and utility. It is an automatic chronograph watch that is enclosed in a 43mm steel case with a rotating bezel. The case also features Air-Dehumidifying technology to prevent unwanted fog and moisture from entering the inside of the watch, especially after diving or going for a swim. It has an electroplated blue dial with three chronograph sub-dials and a day-date aperture at 3 o’clock. This is an amazing waterproof watch that should definitely be given a chance. The price of this particular watch is $4,229 USD. 24. Tissot T-Sport PRS 516 Ref. T100.430.37.201.00 The Tissot T-Sport PRS 516 Ref. T100.430.37.201.00, as the name suggests, is a sports watch that possesses great durability and legibility to further assist its wearer. It has a 42mm PVD-coated stainless steel case along with a rubber strap for flexibility and comfort. Plus, it has a water resistance of 100m, which is enough for the average adventurer or recreational swimmer. The black carbon dial offers a very straightforward design to ensure greater ease in reading the time. Plus, it also has a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. It is a minimalist sports watch and costs only $879 USD. 25. Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF Without a doubt, the Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF is a highly-regarded classic watch whose popularity never dwindled—even up to this day. Not only does it have a nostalgic, vintage design, but it provides durability like no other. It comes in a sturdy 43.2mm black rectangular stainless steel case and bracelet. It uses a digital dial that is home to several functions such as a mobile link, world time, a countdown timer, and many more. This watch is also fitted with a solar-powered cell to ensure a longer shelf-life and completely remove the hassle of changing batteries.  Most importantly, this watch has a 200m water resistance capacity. Casio takes pride in manufacturing durable watches, which makes them one of the top choices when looking for the sturdiest, best waterproof watches. Indeed, this $539 USD timepiece is affordable, stylish, and indubitably useful. What is a Waterproof Watch? The term “waterproof” is, arguably, an exaggeration. It is not possible to prevent water from ever seeping into a watch. Instead, the term “water resistance” is probably a more appropriate term for watches, since the “waterproofness” of a watch actually refers to its ability to resist water pressures and depths. Although some might think that the water resistance of a watch is only useful to athletes and sports enthusiasts, this is not actually the case. With waterproof watches, you can easily bring your everyday timepiece with you on a swim or into the shower without the hassle of having to take it on and off. Indeed, water resistance is actually a very handy feature for watches to have, even in everyday life. History The first instance of waterproof watches was created by the watchmaking powerhouse Rolex. Released in 1926, the Rolex Oyster was the first-ever waterproof watch introduced to the world of horology. This milestone paved the way for several watchmakers to start creating watches with the same groundbreaking water resistance feature. It goes without saying that due to certain limitations in technology back then, the waterproofness of watches back then was basically imperfect. Waterproof watches in the past could only withstand mundane activities like washing your hands or taking a shower.  Image courtesy of RolexThe Rolex Oyster was improved upon in 1927 when it was tested in the icy waters of the English Channel. Mercedez Gleitze, a renowned British swimmer, attempted to swim across the English Channel while wearing the Rolex Oyster around her neck. Unorthodox as this may seem, the Rolex Oyster actually came up dry after this historical swim. This milestone cemented the Rolex Oyster as the best waterproof watch during that time. This led to it becoming the blueprint for the Rolex Submariner, which is also recognized as the most sought-after dive watch ever.  As horological technologies have improved over the years, tactical watches have also started to incorporate water resistance features in order to increase their durability. Indeed, watches manufactured for military use have become rampant, to the point where massive watchmaking brands have dedicated several waterproof watches to accommodate their needs. Brands such as Luminox, Marathon, Traser, Casio, Breitling, and many more have dedicated time and effort to create some of the best tactical watches with increasingly powerful waterproof features for maximal durability.  Final Thoughts Water-resistant or waterproof watches are probably the greatest innovation ever introduced to the world of horology. After all, watches with no water resistance whatsoever can get damaged by just a small splash of water or even by being caught in the rain. That is why it has quickly become the norm for watchmakers to add water resistance features to their watches. Indeed, even a 30m water resistance capacity makes a huge difference in terms of a watch’s durability and versatility.  Although a perfectly waterproof watch has yet to be introduced by massive watchmaking companies, it is still too early to lose hope. With watch brands constantly experimenting on higher water resistance thresholds, it is safe to assume that the future is bright for watch enthusiasts. The 25 timepieces we have listed above are some of the best waterproof watches available on the market right now. After all, when looking for the perfect watch, it is definitely important to consider the water-resistance capabilities before you make a purchase. That way, you can enjoy your new watch without any worry of damage from accidental splashes. Need more choices? Check out our guide on Citizen NY0040: The Enduring Diver, it might be your new diving companion! All images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise.Featured image courtesy of Rolex.

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