Construction workers spend all day in job sites while performing all sorts of strenuous physical tasks before them. On top of being a very physically-demanding occupation, construction workers are also always at risk by working in an accident prone environment. This is why construction workers wear protective gear that fits the environment that they work in. One of the most overlooked tool for the job is a watch.
Construction workers need a watch that can stand up to the job. This means a timepiece that’s durable, practical, and built to last.
Today, we’ve rounded up some of the best watches for construction workers to help you kickstart your search. For this list, our top pick is Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 for its wide variety of features and top-notch durability.
Best Watches for Construction Workers
Solar powered, Triple Sensor, Quartz movement, Protective mineral crystal dial window, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, Water resistant to 660 feet
|★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
Full color Topo U.S. mapping, Rugged design, Built in navigation sensors include GPS and Glonass, 3 axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, Preloaded run profiles, Smart notifications, Advanced Performance Metrics
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genuine leather strap, Cream dial with date window, Full Arabic numerals; 24-hour time, Gray 45 millimeter brass case, Mineral glass crystal, Indiglo light-up watch dial; Luminous hands, Water resistant to 50 meter
★ ★ ★ ★ ½
3 chronograph subdials, 42 mm titanium case, Antireflective sapphire dial window, Titanium link bracelet, Atomic timekeeping, Eco-drive technology, Water Resistant to 666 ft. (200m)
|★ ★ ★ ★ ½|
Precise swiss-quartz movement, mineral crystal, polyurethane case, Strong chemical resistance, Very low thermal extension, Anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal
|★ ★ ★ ★|
Double LED light, Solar powered, Low-temperature resistant (-10C/14F), Quartz Movement, Digital compass, Water resistant to 100m (330ft), Pro Trek Version 3 Triple Sensor
★ ★ ★ ★
Best Watches for Construction Workers
1. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400
For this list of the best watches for construction workers, I could probably fill the list with Casio watches and it’s still going to be a pretty good roundup. When it comes to tough watches, it’s no wonder that Casio is a household name. The Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 is what I consider a quintessential Casio tough watch.
The Quintessential Tough Watch
The G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 is a battle-tested timepiece and is widely considered to be one of the best G-Shock watches available.
However, the G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 is more than just a tough watch, it’s a full-featured outdoor unit as well. One of its best features is the Triple Sensor which means that it comes with a compass, altimeter, thermometer and barometer. It’s not exactly something that you can use on the construction site but it’s certainly a nice bonus.
But the toughness of the Rangeman GW-9400 will surely come in handy on the site. As you might expect, this watch is highly resistant to scratches, bumps, shocks, and vibrations. It’s also low temperature resistant, so you can wear it while working in the cold. It’s also a Tough Solar model which means that you don’t have to worry about running out of juice.
Overall, the Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 is a must-have for construction workers, thanks to its legendary toughness and excellent value proposition.
2. Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire
If you’re looking for a timepiece that offers more than your traditional tough watch, the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is a top-notch choice.
Perfect for Challenging Environments
The Fenix 5X is also our top choice for the best ‘smartwatches’ for construction workers, so that’s saying something. The Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is primarily an outdoor watch but it’s going to feel at home at a construction site.
The rugged design of the Fenix 5X allows for some serious durability. It features PVD-coated stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case – a highly reinforced timepiece that feels tough and solid to the touch. The Transflective technology reflects and transmit light at the same time, so you can read the watch even when you’re working on the site. Water resistance is also great and is rated at 100 meters.
As mentioned, the Fenix 5X Sapphire is a high-end outdoor watch that’s packed with features. The advanced GPS and GLONASS satellite reception makes navigation in the wild a breeze. The full color Topo U.S. mapping is also a great navigation feature. On top of being an amazing outdoor watch, it’s a feature-packed activity tracker as well.
Overall, the Fenix 5X is more than just a tough watch. It’s on the expensive side but it’s worth the investment.
3. Timex Expedition Rugged Metal
When it comes to rugged, tough watches that provide amazing value proposition, Timex needs no introduction. For construction workers, the Timex Expedition Rugged Metal is a reliable timekeeping companion.
Tough and Practical
Timex is a brand that has been around forever, so I tend to think that they know how to make watches. The Timex Expedition is one of the best collections the brand has to offer.
The biggest pro of this watch is its build quality and materials. That tends to be the case with the Expedition collection. This isn’t your Uncle Dave’s old Timex anymore that comes with a cheap metal case and bracelet. The Expedition Rugged Metal is a workhorse of a watch, thanks to its metal construction – it’s a watch that you can rely on while working on a construction site.
As with most Timex watches, the Expedition keeps good time. The Indiglo feature works as intended but the hands are luminous enough that you won’t need the aforementioned feature for legibility. In terms of comfort, this watch wears just right. The leather watch doesn’t just look good, it’s surprisingly comfortable as well.
Finally, the best reason to get this watch is for its price. For this amount of quality and durability, $50 is a steal.
4. Citizen Eco-Drive AT4010-50E Titanium Perpetual
Combination of Style and Durability
Who says that tough watches need to look like bulky tool watches? The Citizen Eco-Drive AT4010-50E Titanium Perpetual is modern and sleek but is still a reliable timepiece for construction workers.
As a Titanium watch, the case and bracelet deliver in terms of durability. It’s pretty much a daily-wear watch that you can wear from casual walks to construction work. However, with the elegant design and silver tone, I can see myself wearing it during formal events as well. The watch also offers a water resistance of 200 m (660 ft) which is pretty good.
The dial is also a standout and has good texture. However, legibility can be an issue. The three chronograph dials are laid out beautifully but it can be a bit too busy for some people. The atomic timekeeping is a great feature to have, especially if you care about accuracy.
Overall, the Citizen Eco-Drive AT4010-50E Titanium Perpetual is a stylish but durable solar-powered watch. It’s a bit on the expensive side but it should serve you well while on the site.
The Luminox 3059 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark is one of our top picks for the best military watch. With that in mind, it’s hard not to recommend this watch for a list of the best watches for construction workers.
Rugged Build and Superior Construction
The Luminox 3059 EVO comes with the right amount of heft and bulk. Plus, it comes in safety orange so it’s perfect for construction workers. As far as looks go, this watch is handsome one, thanks to its great shape and the pop of orange color. Plus, it makes the watch easier to read.
But is this a tough watch?
Absolutely! The watch uses the innovative carbon compound material Carbonox. The material is six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than titanium. It’s also very resistant to chemicals and features a very low thermal extension. So when you’re working on the site, it doesn’t get very hot or cold. Luminox did a good job of taking ruggedness and durability to a whole new level.
Finally, it’s a watch that’s recommended by U.S. SEALs and pilots, so you can trust that it’s a reliable piece.
6. Casio PRO-TREK PRG-600
The Casio PRO-TREK PRG-600 is tagged as an “outdoor world timer” and its tough design and bevy of features are the reasons why it’s one of the best watches for construction workers.
The Watch You Take Outside
For starters, the Casio PRO-TREK PRG-600 is one of the newer versions of the Pro Trek series. As you can see, one of the stronger aspects of this watch is its look. It’s quite an outlier as far as Casio designs go. The round face is fairly easy to read, even without the backlight. I think the oversized numbers is a great design decision.
The PRO-TREK PRG-600 is reinforced for temperatures down to -10C and has a water resistance rating of 100 meters. For durability, Casio’s signature rugged design shines here and it’s a good thing that you don’t have to worry about charging because it’s a solar-powered watch.
Ultimately, the PRO-TREK PRG-600 should come in handy for construction workers. However, it does have a steep learning curve.
Reliable Timepieces for Hardworking Men
That wraps up our list of the best watches for construction workers. These watches are not just tough for the sake of it, I also considered the features, usability, comfort, and value proposition. These timepieces won’t let you down while you’re hard at work.