By Ben Griffin
Military watches have made the leap into civilian life and have proved handy in situations like hiking, construction, and other hardy activities.
I personally wear a military style watch and love it for its ruggedness and dependability.
In this article, Ill walk you through my top 5 picks for military style watches.
The Shortlist 5 Best Military Watches
|Military Watch||Best Feature||My Grade|
|Casio Men's GW-9400-1CR Master of G Stainless||This watch has it all. I wear mine everyday.||A 🥇|
|G-Shock Mens GA-700UC||Matte finish and very bright LED||A-|
|Casio Men's PRW-3000-1ACR Protrek||Solar powered and black finish||B|
|G-Shock Rangeman Master Of G Series Stylish Watch/a>||Stylish green color||B+|
|Timex Men's T49612 Expedition||Excellent value||B|
^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.
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.
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.
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.
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.