Congratulations! You get to go to basic training. You’ve already made the best decision of your life by deciding to protect your nation. Now you can make the second best decision of your life and find a fantastic watch! When preparing for basic training, you need to make sure you have an extremely durable and reliable timepiece. I am here to help you today to find the best watch for basic training.
Military Grade Watches
For basic training, you will need a watch that is rugged and robust, but at the same time accurate and innovative.
A flashy, low-grade watch is unfortunately not going to do much for you. True military (or tactical) watches are meant to include innovative features to help people survive. It also has all of the proper systems in place to help navigate around an unfamiliar area.
Today, I will be reviewing the top watches that meet the military grade criteria, and can potentially be the watch that will be used to keep you on top in basic training!
The Top Watches
Your time is important to me. Now I would love for you to read through my whole article that I curated just for my fellow watch enthusiasts. However, to make things easy, I have displayed the top watches in an easy-to-read table. If you want a more in-depth description of why these watches are great, read on!
|Best Basic Training Watch||What Makes it Great||Miltary Ranking|
|Suunto Traverse Alpha||GPS abilities, rugged and durable bezel, Bluetooth radio communications system||★★★★★|
|Super LED backlight for easy readability, extreme durability, two-year battery life||★★★★★|
|G-Shock Master of G GW-9400-1CR||Solar powered, 200M water resistance, triple sensor||★★★★★|
|Garmin Tactix Bravo||Non-reflective dial for easy readability, night vision goggle compatible, Tracback feature||★★★★★|
|Timex T49612 Expedition||Indiglo light up dial, tough build, passed outdoor “torture tests”||★★★★★|
Best Watch for Basic Training
Suunto Traverse Alpha
The Traverse Alpha is a more than just a watch. It has an insane amount of features to ensure you are ready to conquer basic training.
Typically, I would not say a watch that has so many computerized, digital features would be great durability-wise. The Suunto Traverse Alpha, however, is an exception. The rugged, strong stainless steel bezel keeps the watch protected. A scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal ensures the dial is well-kept and never harmed. There is even a water-resistant nylon strap that adds to the durability of this timepiece.
It’s All in the Features
What sets the Traverse Alpha apart from the rest has to be all of the innovative features that can help make basic training a breeze. The Suunto has an automatic shot detection feature, so you can keep up with your long-range shots in training, and see where you need work. An advanced GPS system that uses breadcrumb tech to track your position to let you know where you are at all times. It can even track a trip that you have taken, so finding your way back to start will be a breeze.
The battery life can last up to 14 days; so as long as you remember to recharge every so often you will be as good as gravy. YOU EVEN HAVE A BUILT IN FLASHLIGHT! Quickly find anything in field or barracks with the bright illumination from the flashlight in your watch!
The Traverse Alpha also has a radio communication ability that hooks up via Bluetooth. Set up vibration alerts to keep you updated on all the training times and events that you have to attend. All around, the Suunto Traverse Alpha is a masterpiece that is the DEFINITION of a great military watch!
- Advanced GPS Software
- Built-in flashlight
- Durable build (glass fiber, stainless steel coated case, knurled bezel and sapphire crystal, water resistant nylon strap)
A close second to the Traverse Alpha (and maybe a first to others) is the G-Shock model GG-1000-1A5CR. This piece is very durable and can handle almost anything.
I already let you know what features are important to have in a watch for basic training. Well, this G-shock meets all the criteria. The durability of this piece is absolutely insane! It is shock resistant, mud resistant, and can withstand water depths of up to 200M. The comfortable nylon strap is rugged and durable as well, easily resisting wear and tear that other bands tend to get through time.
Despite the large look of the watch (56.2mm case), it is very light. Meaning it is pleasant to wear on the wrist all day and does not cause any odd marks or uncomfortable feelings that some bulky watches cause. The watch also has a countdown timer. Five daily alarms to keep you on track with your day to day activities. There’s even a full auto calendar with multiple time zones! And last, it has an extremely bright LED backlight for easy readability at any time.
Although the timepiece is a battery powered quartz, I am sure you will not have to worry about changing the batteries often. This piece has a battery life of up to two years!
A Monster Watch
Not only does this G-Shock look like a military watch, it is literally considered one! The strong build is sure to keep your watch intact, while the innovative features can help you acomplish any task that is thrown your way during intense training!
- Digital compass
- Super-illuminator; LED backlight
- Strong, powerful and robust build
G-Shock “Master of G” GW-9400-1CR
Another G-Shock makes the list. The G-Shock “Master of G” is a great choice for a basic training watch and is quite affordable as well.
What makes the Master of G different is that it is a solar powered watch. No need to recharge or buy new batteries for this bad boy! 24 hour military time can help you track the hours relevant to your work (“BE HERE AT 21 HUNDRED HOURS”)!
Another special feature of this watch is the M6 atomic timekeeping. Just like the Rolex GG-100, there is also up to five daily alarms, a countdown timer, and a water resistance up to 200M.
Due to the robust atomic timekeeping ability, you can rest assured that your sense of time will be on point! Atomic timekeeping is a feature that is absent in many watches. This is where a radio signal is sent out to the watch to make sure the time is accurate. So rather than being +/- a second or two; at the end of the day you are set at the EXACT time!
- Atomic timekeeping
- Solar power digital watch
- 24 hour military time
Garmin Tactix Bravo
The Tactix Bravo is somewhat of a “smart watch” that is very similar to the Suunto Traverse Alpha, but with some differences.
My favorite feature on the Garmin Tactix Bravo has to be the name. It sounds like a watch that should be owned by a special forces dude. No, but really, my favorite feature is the sunlight readable HD display. The display is easy to read in ANY atmosphere and is protected by a high-strength, domed sapphire crystal. The watch can easily be switched from day mode to night mode, which will offer night vision capabilities.
Overall, the Tactix Bravo is a solid watch for basic training. If you are into more technologically advanced watches, this is for you.
With the Tactix Bravo, you essentially have a cell phone, in watch form. The watch passes all of the “military tests,” Including water resistance rating, durability, innovative features, and easy readability.
- GPS/GLONASS positioning with automatic calibrating altimeter, barometer, and 3-axis compass
- Night vision goggle compatible
- Smart features for fitness and training
Timex T49612 Expedition
The last watch of the day is definitely a qualifier for a top military watch for basic training. But what makes it great is that the Timex is VERY affordable.
What stands out immediately when reading into this watch is seeing how it is designed for “outdoor torture tests.” Sounds scary to me, but in a way, it’s about to be your life for the next few weeks (just kidding)! Overall, the watch is strong, rugged, and durable- literally built to withstand torture.
With the Timex, you also get a built-in digital compass, Indiglo light up dial, and that is pretty much it technology wise. The 48mm case is built out of a durable resin material and is shock resistant up to I.S.O standards.
Withstand Tests Of Torture
Ask any of your buddies at basic training if their watches are built for torture tests. I’m pretty sure they will say no! Besides having an interesting test method behind this watches durability, it truly is one of the most durable watches on today’s review. It is also a budget-friendly watch, so you can save your hard earned cash for snacks and hide them under your bunk!
Hopefully my review today has made it easier for you to choose a watch for basic training. Every watch on the review today has certain features that make it unique and worthy of your purchase. In the end, I still hold to my opinion that the Suunto Traverse Alpha is the best watch for basic training. However, the final choice is up to you!
If you wish to get a comprehensive comparison between the military watches from Suunto and G-Shock, follow this link to get our article for Suunto vs G-Shock.
Happy watch shopping my friends! And good luck to you all on your future endeavors!