The 5 Best Tactical Watches
Everyone from the average sportsman, hunter, tactical enthusiast and special operations operator needs a good tactical watch on their wrist. These watches are meant to take a beating and keep on ticking. Military watches have been popular forever in almost every country. The best tactical military watches are scratch-resistant, shock resistant and waterproof – at a minimum.
Our list of the best tactical watches is below. Our experts reviewed many military-style watches but these 5 tactical watches below were the best of the best.
If you want selection, and a quality watch at a low price, this Timex Gallatin might be what you are looking for. The rugged construction means that you don’t need to worry about it falling apart or getting damaged.
The strap is constructed from nylon for a secure and comfortable fit, even if you take it swimming. It’s water resistant up to 50m, but this isn’t a diving watch. It’s also available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, depending on your preferences.
If you don’t want to spend a ton on your next tactical watch, but you want something sturdy that you can trust in the field, then this might be for you.
A very nice watch from PALADA, this watch features a rubberized band that is designed ruggedly to hold up against the elements. Water resistant up to 50m. Though it claims to be waterproof, the manufactures makes a point of stressing to wipe it off after a swim, and not pressing buttons while it is submerged.
It’s a very nice looking digital watch that will accent the rest of your gear, and it includes alarm clock, back light, stopwatch, and calendar, all on a very easy to read digital display. It also comes with a very good price for what you’re getting.
The Casio G-Shock. This watch has been designed to be not only shock resistant, but it’s also magnetic resistant, and comes with a water resistance rating of 200m. Four daily alarms with one snooze alarm, stopwatch, calendar, time format selection, and a total weight of 70 grams.
The arms under the glass are quite appealing, taking on the look of a steel multi-tool. The back light is automatic, and fluorescent material is included to keep the dial glowing when you need it to, but it doesn’t stay lit up forever, and will fade in 5-6 minutes. So you will not be walking about with a flashlight on your wrist.
G-Shock watches are some of the best tactical and military watches in the world for a reason. This one is a very good buy for the money.
Looking for something that’s built tough with a ton of features? Enter the Casio Pathfinder. The band is made from a tough amalgamation of fabric, canvas, and cloth. This watch is solar powered, which means that it does have a battery, but it seems to hold up well and there is a battery indicator on the display to let you know when it needs a recharge.
It features sunrise/sunset data, low-temp resistance, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and a functional compass, all in a shock resistant case that will survive swimming.
The water resistance is rated to 100m, so there’s no worry about taking it canoing or using it for any other kind of water activity. The case is a comfortable 51mm block that isn’t over-sized, but has enough room for a solid display.
Of course, you are going to pay for this kind of functionality, as this isn’t a low-cost solution.
Another offering from Casio that will save a little green in your wallet and add it as coloring to the watch, the Trek is a good combination of value for a decent price. It features solar power, altimeter, digital compass, and barometer, housed in a stainless steel case that is water resistant to 100 meters.
The band is made from nylon with a buckle closure. It comes standard with all the normal features you expect from Casio, including an LED backlight, world time, and five daily alarms.
This is a whole lot of watch for the money, and rugged enough to handle any situation you find yourself in.