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Top 10 Best Military Watches

We have been seeing people around us wear military watches all the time.

But do you know about the origin of the military watches?

The military watches’ origin ranges back to the pilot’s watch. The military watches are the modified and smaller versions of the pilot’s watch.

The military watches were first made in the 20th century.

Because these watches were specifically designed for the people of the military, as these watches are robust and multi-functional, they got the name “Military Watches”.

From the very beginning, the military watches gained much popularity and praises. Even today, after more than a hundred years of their origination, the popularity of these watches is still ongoing and their demand is ever so increasing.

Even though the military watches were basically made for military purposes, people of all profession use them as they are versatile and handy.

Military watches are much stronger and multi functional compared to the other normal watches.

They have aided us since the very beginning of their invention and continue to aid us even today.

Whoever said “Good things come in small packages” must surely be talking about military watches. These beauties are some of the best inventions people have ever come up with.

Here are ten best military watches you can choose from.

Best Military Watches in 2017 (Top 10)

Why are Military Watches Important?

The main function of military watches is to show the time just like any other watch.

So what is so special about them? Why must we invest in them?

Well, the attributes of the military watches go way beyond showcasing of the time.

Are you lost in the woods with no map, no guide and no mobile to lead you out? A military watch with a digital compass, altimeter or GPS will help you to find your way out easily.

Want to talk to your friend who lives in a different time zone but are not sure about the time in their country or what they are doing at the moment? Military watches today can be set at more than 30 time zones which will help you figure out the time of various countries in no time.

Moreover, do you want to know about the weather but are too lazy to sit throughout the weather forecasting on the news? You can know about the weather by just looking at your military watch.

Military watches are mostly required for outdoorsman-ship. Your normal watches will not be able to withstand extreme and severe conditions where as the military watches will easily cope up with these situations.

The military watches are best suitable for mountaineering, trekking, swimming, scuba diving, military or law enforcement purposes and other similar activities. However, these are also gaining much popularity as watches of everyday use as well.

Military watches are generally of sporty and rugged looks. However, today you can find military watches, such as Suunto X-Lander Military or Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” with classy and elegant looks to go with a formal event.

Military watches are compact with so many features and functions. They are versatile as well as durable. In my opinion, these beauties are a must investment.

How to Choose Military Watches?

There are numerous aspects which you must keep in consideration before purchasing a military watch.

The military watch must fulfill your need and satisfy your desire. You do not want to regret paying for a military watch.

So before rushing off to buy a watch from your nearest store or even ordering a military watch online, spare five minutes to go through the following factors which you should consider before buying a military watch.

Battery and Battery Life

The first factor to reflect on before buying a military watch is the battery and the battery life. Most of the military watches have solar rechargeable batteries. These run for approximately 6 months to 10 months without any exposure to sunlight. They can be recharged easily and hence are the better option to opt for. The other batteries such as CR2032 cannot be recharged as easily. Some watches give you the option to replace the drained battery with a new one. Choose a military watch with rechargeable or replaceable batteries and long battery life.

Features and Functions

The elementary features of a military watch include alarms, countdown timer, stopwatch etcetera. However, the game has been lifted higher up and you can find military watches with features such as compass and GPS for navigation, altimeter to depict the height, barometer and thermometer to know about the weather and so on. They also have sunrise and sunset time, and speed indicators. They can be set as per various time zones at the same time. More advanced features in military watches include storm alarm which will warn the users about pressure changes and depth meter which helps to track down the dive’s depth below the water surface. You want to choose a military watch which has the features and functions which you require.

Design

Military watches generally have shock resistant design which make them suitable to wear in extreme conditions. These are either sporty looking such as the Casio Rangeman GW9400-3 or elegant and modish such as the Suunto Core Military. Go for the design which appeals to you the best.

Water Resistant

Almost all of the military watches are water resistant. The normal water resistance of these watches ranges from 30mm to 200mm. Most of the military watches are around 100mm water resistant; you can wear these military watches while swimming. The other ones which are water resistant to 200mm can be worn even while scuba diving.

Durability

Military watches must be able to withstand severe and harsh conditions. They are generally made up of titanium, resin with leather or nylon bezels. If the glass of these watches are able to endure drops or falls and are anti-scratch in properties, these are good investments.

The 10 Best Military Watches

There are numerous brands such as Casio, Suunto, Timex etcetera which offer some of the best military watches available in the market.
Following is the list of my ten favorite military watches which I have used and reviewed. This list is sure to help you find the perfect military watch for you. Enjoy!

1. Casio Rangeman GW9400-3

The Casio Rangeman GW9400-3 is one of the best military watches available in the market and also one of my personal favorites. This is a solar rechargeable watch with battery life of 8 months on full charge without any exposure to sunlight.

The Casio Rangeman GW9400-3 weighs 93 grams. It is equipped with tons of features such as thermometer, compass, barometer, altimeter, countdown timer, stopwatch and a backlight with afterglow.

The barometer helps to predict the weather by showing the atmospheric pressure tendency. Similarly, the altimeter along with the compass helps in navigation.

The watch is 200m water resistant. The design of the watch is shock resistant which has made the watch tough and durable. Pressing the buttons of the watch is fairly easy even while wearing gloves.

All these features and functions have made the Casio Rangeman GW9400-3 suitable for trekking, mountaineering, military use or even for just everyday use.

Features I like:

  • Solar rechargeable battery
  • Excellent battery life
  • Variety of functions
  • Water resistant
  • Shock resistant
  • Durable
  • Versatile

 

2. Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” Watch

This beauty here is another one of the classics military watches offered by Casio. The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch is a Japanese Quartz movement military watch. As a result, it will always present the accurate timing.

The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch has several displays and a crystal window. Moreover, its design is shock resistant. Therefore, the watch will last you a considerable period of time.

A great feature in the Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch is the world time function which allows you to set the time to 49 different time zones. Now you will not have to strain your brain in trying to figure out the time on the other side of the world.

Some other features of the Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch are speed indicator, auto LED light, 24 hours’ countdown timer and 24 hour formats. You get four daily alarms and one snooze option with this watch.

The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch is 200m water resistance. You can wear this watch for water surface sports, hiking or everyday use.

The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch has one of the best looks among the military watches of the market. It is worth each and every penny you spend.

Features I like:

  • Very durable
  • Excellent features
  • Great design
  • World time function
  • Versatile
  • Shock resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Accurate timing

 

3. Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek”

A sleek, subtle and chic design military watch which will never go out of fashion. The Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” is the best watch for you if you are in search of a “pleasing to the eye” military watch, which speaks of nothing but elegance and class.

The Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” is made up of 46mm stainless steel case. It is a Japanese quartz movement watch with digital display.

The Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” comes with a solar powered battery. The approximate battery life is 7 months on full charge without exposure to sunlight.

The watch is water resistant up to 100m. Thus, you can wear this watch while swimming as well.

The Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” is low temperature resistant as well. It is equipped with barometer and, altimeter and digital compass which will aid you in predicting the weather and navigation respectively.

Some of the other features of the Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” are LED backlight with afterglow, world time, thermometer, sunrise and sunset data, countdown timer, stopwatch, five daily alarms and auto calendar.

Features I like:

  • Classy looks
  • Multiple functions
  • Solar rechargeable
  • Durable
  • Water resistant

 

4. Casio Men’s GW-9400-1CR “Master of G” Stainless Steel Solar Watch

Are you in search of a military watch which you will not have to remove even while scuba diving? If yes, then say hello to the Casio Men’s GW-9400-1CR “Master of G” Stainless Steel Solar Watch.

The Casio Men’s GW-9400-1CR “Master of G” Stainless Steel Solar Watch is a 200m water resistant watch. As the name suggests, it contains a solar powered battery.

The Casio Men’s GW-9400-1CR “Master of G” Stainless Steel Solar Watch has a protective mineral crystal window. It is a stainless steel watch with multiple displays, red contrasts and textured pushers.

The major features of this watch include digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, sunrise and sunset data, time stamp, auto LED light, four alarms, calendar, stopwatch and countdown timer.

Features I like:

  • Multiple features and functions
  • High water resistance
  • Solar powered battery
  • Made up of stainless steel
  • Protective mineral crystal window

 

5. Timex T49928 Expedition

If you have been searching this list up and down to look for a military watch which is easy in your pockets, your search has come to a halt.

The Timex T49928 Expedition is an inexpensive military watch which will get the work done for you. This is a basic military watch for those who want a military watch with just enough fundamental functions at a low price.

The Timex T49928 Expedition comes along with a digital compass, lap counter, chronograph, countdown timer and configurable alarms. However, you will not get thermometer, altimeter or barometer with this one.

The design of this watch is good. It weighs 64 grams and is 200m water resistant.

The battery found in the Timex T49928 Expedition is a CR2032 battery. The battery life of this watch is around 12 months.

Features I like:

  • Inexpensive
  • Comes with the basic features of a military watch
  • Decent battery life
  • High water resistance
  • Great value watch

 

6. Suunto X-Lander Military

The Suunto X-Lander Military watch weighs 65 grams. It is 30m water resistant. It is one of the better looking military watches of the market.

The Suunto X-Lander Military’s best feature is its robust military design. This watch cannot be destroyed easily. This has made the Suunto X-Lander Military watch durable and versatile.

The Suunto X-Lander Military watch has a CR2430 battery with a battery life of approximately 12 months.

The Suunto X-Lander Military watch is furnished with altimeter, thermometer, barometer, chronometer and a compass. It comes along with an electro-luminescent backlight for low visibility conditions. However, the downfall of this backlight is that it is not auto sensory and hence must be operated manually by using the backlight button.

The Suunto X-Lander Military watch lacks features of dual time, sunrise and sunset data and so on.

A major downfall of this watch is that it is very pricey. There are other watches in the market with similar features which you can buy for half of the price of the Suunto X-Lander Military watch.

Features I like:

  • Robust military design
  • Durable
  • Great looks
  • Great features
  • Electro luminescent backlight for low visibility

 

7. Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek

The Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek is for those of you who want a watch with both digital and analog display.

The Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek is a solar rechargeable watch with 6 months battery life without any exposure to sunlight.

The Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek comes with compass, altimeter, thermometer and barometer. It also has some of the latest and developed features of bearing and altitude.

Similarly, there is also a feature of storm alarm which will inform you about the sudden changes in the pressure.

All these features will, however, not come easy to you. The Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek is a pricey military watch. Nevertheless, this bad boy is worth every penny you can muster because of its great looks and high functionality.

Features I like:

  • Both analog and digital display
  • Multiples functions and features
  • Great looks
  • Solar rechargeable battery
  • Durable

 

8. Suunto Core Military

Another beauty with attractive looks stylish enough to give competition to the Casio Men’s PRW-3000-1ACR “Protek” in terms of elegance and subtlety is the Suunto Core Military Watch.

The Suunto Core Military Watch is a modern military design watch with digital display. Its excellent display is one of its best features.

Depth meter, storm alarm, barometer, altimeter, compass and thermometer are some of the basic features of the Suunto Core Military Watch.

The Suunto Core Military Watch has a 12 month battery life. In case the charge gets drained sooner because of constant usage of its functions, you can replace the battery.

The downfall of this watch is that it is not much shock resistant which has a negative impact on its durability and versatility.

Features I like:

  • Classy looks
  • Replaceable battery
  • Great display
  • Comes with many features

 

9. Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support

If you are in search of a watch with both analog and digital display but the Casio PRW6000Y-1A Protek was an expensive watch, do not worry my friend. The Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support is a tactical watch with both analog and digital display which you can purchase at a very reasonable price.

The Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support’s Japanese Quartz movement guarantees you accurate time at all times.

Date display, stopwatch and backlight are some of the other features of the Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support. It had anti-scratch glass. So, you do not have to worry about your watch getting into the hands of children anymore.

The looks of the watch is sporty. The Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support is a robust and durable.

Though the Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support may feel a little weighty for people who are in the habit of wearing heavy watches, it is very comfortable to wear.

Features I like:

  • Both analog and digital display
  • Inexpensive
  • Anti-scratch glass
  • Accurate time
  • Robust and durable
  • Good features

 

10. Casio Men’s PAG240-1CR “Pathfinder” Triple Sensor Multi-Function

The last military watch on the list is the Casio Men’s PAG240-1CR “Pathfinder” Triple Sensor Multi-Function. It is water resistant up to 100m and is low temperature resistant up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The battery is solar rechargeable. It will last 6 months without any exposure to sunlight.

The Casio Men’s PAG240-1CR “Pathfinder” Triple Sensor Multi-Function watch can be set to 31 different time zones.

Some of the major features which you will get with this watch are digital compass, thermometer, barometer, altimeter with memory, power-saver function etcetera.

The Casio Men’s PAG240-1CR “Pathfinder” Triple Sensor Multi-Function is a versatile and robust watch which will leave you satisfied with its quality.

Features I like:

  • Great functions
  • Solar rechargeable battery
  • Versatile
  • Robust

 

The Verdict

Everyone has a different way of rating a military watch. Some may choose a watch based on its functions and features where as for some it is all about the looks.

All the military watches in this list are great value watches. They all have their own specialties.

My personal favorite among all the military watches of this list is the Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” WatchWatch.

This is a versatile watch which I can use while trekking or just for everyday use. Its 200m water resistant allows me to go even scuba diving without having to worry about ruining the watch.

The features in this beauty are endless ranging from world time function to speed indicators and many others as afore mentioned.

The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” Watch is durable. Its Japanese Quartz movement ensures accurate timing all the time.

The Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” Watch has both the features and the looks. Moreover, it is easy on the pockets. What more can one ask for?

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16 Comments

  1. Mona

    Very good article. My watch is about a thousand years old and I’m looking for a modern replacement. Thanks for all of this great information!

  2. Scott

    I am currently wearing a classic TIMEX Ironman watch, which I like, but after reading your review of the Casio Men’s GW-9400-1CR “Master of G” Stainless Steel Solar Watch, I’m thinking of picking up one of these. I’m really rough on watches and like the protective mineral crystal window of the GW-9400-1CR. The solar powered battery is also a highly desirable feature.

  3. Sandra

    Although some people think that military watches are an old fashion ( military watches were first made in the 20th century, as the article stated), I love them, and i found it so fancy and useful. Its not just a watch, its a powerful watch, having so many features and uses. I have a woman military watch that has a GPS and is waterproof, I use it for adventures especially for hiking. Also I really liked the watches stated above in the article, I loved the Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” Watch, it looks awesome especially the world time function feature, i feel like it’s so useful. I hope I could find the same one but women version! thanks for sharing this article, and I’m looking forward for any articles discussing women military watches!

  4. Caroline Kaugher

    Wow, that first watch – eight months on solar time with a single charge? That’s pretty cool! Some of the features and functions on these watches are really impressive. Going to take a look at one now as a gift for a friend, I think it will be perfect!

  5. Bobby Shure

    Marvelous selection and review of the finest technological military time-pieces on the market. I wish I would have read this BEFORE I purchased my last one! Thank you for the share guys and I look forward to the next one as summer draws closer.

  6. Christopher Kemp

    I have been a collector of military and military-style watches for over 20 years. My personal favorite military-style watch is the Timex Expedition, of which I own several versions. The Expeditions are tough and reliable watches that are also stylish compared to actual military watches, which are not really designed with style in mind. However, Casio makes some of the best watches in the world.

  7. Connie

    Well written article, just what I needed because I’m looking for a replacement for my old watch. The Suunto X-Lander Military watch seems like a good deal! Looking forward to my new watch.

  8. Kwang Myung Kim

    I really like how Casio Men’s GA100SD-8A “G-Shock Military” watch looks and its features are amazing! I can’t believe it is only around $70!!! I have always wanted purchase a military watch and I was able to soak in so much information about military watches with this article. Thank you.

  9. Kristen

    Nice job picking out these watches! I reviewed all of them and they seem very durable and reliable to be able to get the right job done. Good quality and brand names. Keep up the good work and have a great day! 🙂

  10. Ash

    I didn’t know anything about these types of watches, but it was interesting to learn something new. I am interested in future work or volunteering with healthcare mission trips/volunteer disaster relief. I feel like a watch like this would be useful in that type of situation.

  11. Levi

    Very informative! I was unaware of the benefits in all honesty before. I’d love to see more of this kind of thing on the modern market. I also found the inexpensiveness of many of these very surprising, in a good sense of course.

  12. Chris S.

    So I sold G-shock watched at Macy’s for many years and have about 3-4 Casio/ G-Shock watches my self. I can vouch for their toughness and durability. I had a biking accident where I landed on my g-shock face first and was still working fine. Mine collections has the basic functions but the Casio Rangeman GW9400-3 is top of the heap. I’d recommend that model for any serious outdoors man.

  13. Craig Button

    I’ve been looking for a new watch as my old one is pretty old, This list has made my decision much easier, Thank you so much! I cannot wait until mine arrives.

  14. Kayci

    I had no idea how useful military watches are. I travel and hike in my spare time and now I am considering purchasing a watch because I often find myself lost in the woods without a compass. I think I would choose the first watch simply because of battery charge – that’s one large battery and solar is amazing.

  15. Akira Kurisu

    Pretty cool to learn about the history of military watches. My dad actually got me one as a present and I was a little disappointed to find that my watch was not on the list of recommended watches haha. I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if I can find any of these recommended watches on sale, my son could use one since his watches always seem to break on him!

  16. Jason

    Very nice. Love how they are coming up with new idea’s, The battery is solar rechargeable. It will last 6 months without any exposure to sunlight. Nice on the breakdown on details, like The Night Vision INFANTRY Mens Military Army Support is a robust and durable watch.

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