Best Watches for Father’s Day [2020 Buyer’s Guide]

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Father’s Day is upon us and it’s that time of the year again when we ponder over a lasting, thoughtful gift for the father figures of our lives.

When it comes to gifts for the father’s day, it’s hard to go wrong with a timepiece.

However, choosing a watch for the special father figure in your life is easier said than done. With the number of brands and models of watches out there, shopping for a watch can be a daunting task.

Fortunately for you, we are here to help.

Today, we round up some of the best watches for Father’s Day. For this list, we opt to have a good balance of high-end and budget-friendly models.

Best Watches for Father’s Day

Key Features

Our Rating

Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch 37 mm stainless steel case, Hardlex mineral dial window, Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display, Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet, Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement with about 40 hours of power reserve, Luminescent hands ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Rolex Submariner Black dial, Self Winding Automatic Movement, Ceramic bezel, Brushed with Polished Stainless Steel Case & Oyster Bracelet, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Uni-Directional Rotating Bezel, 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant, Luminescent Hands & Markers ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, ABC Features, Receives time calibration radio signals, Quartz movement with analog display, Solar-powered, Auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Suunto Traverse Alpha Rugged knurled stainless steel bezel, Automatic shot detection technology, Repellent nylon strap, Premium scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, Location-based moon phase calendar, Waypoint feature ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date Polished stainless steel case, Sapphire crystal screw-down case-back, Blue brushed dial, Day and date windows displayed at the 3 o’clock position, Swiss-automatic Movement ★ ★ ★ ★
Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph Canvas Stainless steel watch with round dial, Japanese quartz movement with analog display, Charges in natural sunlight or indoor light, mineral crystal dial window ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Watches for Father’s Day

1. Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch

The watch culture has certainly exploded in popularity over the years. However, this doesn’t mean that your father has caught on with the trend. With that said, the Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch is the ideal gift for a father who has yet to experience the joy of watches.

For Fathers Who Don’t Wear Watches

The Seiko 5 is considered to be a modern classic. One of the best things about the Seiko 5 is that it’s simple – the good kind of simple.

The black dial features white printed Arabic numbers for the hour hands in the inner circle and the minutes for the outer circle. The day/date aperture sits on the 3 o’clock section. The texture of the dial is fairly flat except for the 5-minute marker bumps.

Having said that, the dial looks clean and very legible. During night time, you’ll be treated to the Seiko 5’s luminous hands which offer excellent visibility for low light conditions.

The brushed stainless steel finish offers a matte look which I am a big fan of.

The Seiko 5 is an excellent watch to give to someone who’s not used to wearing timepieces. It looks simple but stylish and best of all, it will cost less than $100.

2. Rolex Submariner

I am the biggest fan of the Rolex Submariner and if someone gave me one for Father’s Day, I’d be exceptionally thrilled. If you want a Father’s Day gift that will last a lifetime, it’s hard to go wrong with the Submariner.

A Timeless Father’s Day Gift

The Rolex Submariner can certainly be considered a high-end pick. However, don’t let the price scare you.

The Submariner is considered an entry-level model as far as Rolex watches go. The Submariner is also an excellent choice if you’re looking to introduce the father to Rolex timepieces or simply watch collecting in general.

The price comes with the Rolex signature workmanship quality and precision that go with each of their watches. Basically, giving a Rolex to your father means that he’ll be wearing it throughout his lifetime. The Rolex Submariner is very versatile as well as you can wear this from the fanciest galas to a child’s soccer game.

The Submariner is an excellent dive watch as well. Thus, if your father is the adventurer type, he will surely appreciate a timepiece that’s extremely durable and water resistant to 300 meters.

We have covered the Submariner extensively here in WatchIdeas, so we won’t be touching on the specifics. However, you can trust us that you’re getting a legendary Father’s Day gift with the Submariner.

3. Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman

For this list of the best watches for father’s day, we could just recommend G-Shocks and we’re done for the day. However, for something a little more specific, the Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is a pinnacle G-Shock model that’s hard not to fall in love with.

For The Dad Who Breaks Everything

The Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is the ideal timepiece for dad’s who tend to break everything. Whether he’s living a very active lifestyle or an all-around handyman, this is a watch that can withstand all sorts of punishment, thanks to the shock-proof resin case.

However, it’s more than just a heavy-duty watch.

The GW9400 Rangeman is a fully-functioning ABC watch which means that it comes with an altimeter, barometer, and compass. It also happens to have a thermometer which never seems to be included in the “Triple Sensor” label. However, it’s certainly a nice feature to have.

Speaking of features, the GW9400 Rangeman is a beast. It comes with Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, Tough Solar Power, Triple Sensor w/Direct Access Button, Historical Altitude Values, Magnetic declination correction, and many more.

While the G-Shock aesthetic is not for everyone, the GW9400 Rangeman is a pretty stylish watch on its own. This is a watch that makes a case for itself in terms of price, design, and functionality.

In case you are interested in the comparison between the two colosals from the G-Shock range, get our article for the G-Shock Rangeman vs. Mudman.

4. Suunto Traverse Alpha

If the dad is a certified outdoor junkie or a hardcore fitness enthusiast, you can make him giddy with excitement by gifting the excellent Suunto Traverse Alpha.

A True Outdoor Utilitarian Watch

The Suunto Traverse Alpha is more of a smartwatch but not in a traditional sense. It’s an excellent tool watch for dads who are regularly braving the great outdoors.

For starters, it’s an extremely durable watch that should have no problems withstanding anything the backcountry can throw at it. You can wear the Traverse Alpha from 10 degrees up to 120 degrees and it should keep working. I’ve been using mine for the longest time and the stainless steel bezel and scratch resistant sapphire glass have yet to see any sign of wear and tear.

Perhaps the most standout feature of the Traverse Alphas is the ability to set POIs (aka waypoints). Waypoints can be marked specifically. For instance, if you have a good trail, you can mark the waypoint as a “trail. If you found a good bedding area, you can set it as a “bedding area” waypoint.

Even if your dad is not the most tech-savvy out there, he should have no trouble operating the watch and accessing its features. A true outdoor utilitarian watch indeed.

5. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date is our recommendation if the dad is actually a watch collector. It’s a great timepiece that oozes with modern elegance and will look good with either a formal or casual dress.

For the Collector Dad

If your dad is actually a collector, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date makes for an excellent gift – thanks to its sports pedigree and precision.

The Carrera look is simply a classic. The proud lugs and polished bezel just screams classic design. This may not be the vintage Carrera that we all know and love, the Calibre 5 Day-Date retains its heritage in the dial. The matchstick hands and baton markers look similar to earlier Carreras.

In essence, it’s a watch that’s built for everyday use. The Calibre 5 Day-Date feels solid and comfortable on the wrist. It’s a good thing that it’s a great-looking watch but unobtrusive. Moreover, the brushed flanks and polished front really completes the look of the timepiece.

All in all, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date is an accessible Swiss timepiece that’s sure to bring a smile to any dad’s face.

6. Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph Canvas

The Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph Canvas is one of the best watches for Father’s Day if you’re looking for something a bit more tactical.

The Tactical Dad’s Choice

For starters, the Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph Canvas is all about toughness. The stainless steel bezel and body along with the canvas band make for one excellently tough package.

The main selling point of the watch for me is definitely its design. The green canvas band plus the large, black dial really nailed the tactical design. The big, bold numerals enable excellent readability regardless of lighting conditions. The red seconds hand is an excellent detail and makes the dial pop out more.

Finally, this analog watch is powered by a Japanese quartz movement system which is on-point in terms of accuracy. In addition, the watch is very easy to use and adjust as well.

This military watch is bold, simple, and very functional. From grilling burgers to strutting about in the trail, this watch will have your dad covered.

Dad Watches Make Great Gifts

That wraps up our list of the best watches for Father’s Day. Regardless of your choice, hopefully, we have helped you choose the best timepiece for the special father figure in your life.

Have fun shopping!

Armitron Watch Review: High-Style Watches for Less

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If you have been shopping for new watches in online superstores like Amazon, there’s a good chance that you’ve stumbled upon the brand Armitron – I know I did. From what I’ve seen, Armitron offers a wide range of watches and it seems to be a brand catered to the lower price market. It seems to be an interesting brand that compelled me to write this Armitron watch review.

There are so many unknown watch brands out there and they’re all competing for your attention. Many pull you in with their unique and beautiful designs while others attract you with their budget-friendly price point. Armitron seems to be the happy medium of both spectrums as it offers some good-looking designs (albeit derivative) but for a good price.

Today, we check out the Armitron watch brand. We take a look at the history of the brand, the things that we love and don’t love about it, and highlight some of the best Armitron watches out there.

About Armitron Watches

Armitron Watch Review

My first impression with Armitron is that it’s an up and coming brand and that it’s fairly new. However, I was surprised when I found out that it’s been around since 1956 and was founded by the gentleman called Eugen Gluck in Little Neck, New York. According to the Armitron website, the brand is:

Devoted to nurturing the spirit of individuality with high-quality, high-style watches at affordable price points.

This is about right because Armitron strikes me as a lifestyle, boutique watch brand. Also, Armitron claims that it looks to highlight personal style among others instead of being influenced by others. On the Armitron blog reads,

Driven by the understanding that a timepiece is both a common thread and a distinguishing factor.

True enough, Armitron provides a wide range of timepiece collections that should appeal to everyone. From Swarovski steel watches to rugged sports chronograph, there’s really is an Armitron watch for everyone.

Having said that, Armitron seeks to appeal to the younger generation with watches that come in hip designs but with affordable price points. Armitron is becoming very popular in the United States and is gaining quite a lot of traction in the UK as well. In fact, the brand has been endorsed by sports teams and professional athletes such as Jerry Rice, Boomer Esiason, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Larry Bird, and more. The brand is also a current sponsor of the New York Yankees.

Armitron Watch Review: The Pros and Cons

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Is Armitron a good watch brand? Here are the things that we love and don’t love about this U.S.-based lifestyle watch brand.

What We Love

Wide Range of Options

One of the many things that are going for Armitron is its long list of watch collections. The brand has a collection for Dress, Travel, Casual, Sports, and Night Out watches. Also, both men and women have given a lot of attention so there’s definitely something here for everyone. There’s some overlap between the two categories in terms of themes but the designs and aesthetics are decidedly distinct.

Apart from these collections, Armitron also offers their watches by types like Sports, Analog, Solar, and Graffiti. The graffiti collection is particularly interesting due to the youthful street design that fits the name.

I have to admit that the sheer number of watches offered by Armitron can be quite overwhelming. However, with the lower-end price point, you can purchase multiple watches if you’re having difficulties when choosing. And this brings us to the next appealing aspect of Armitron

Budget-Friendly Timepieces

Perhaps the best thing about the Armitron brand is the price. Simply put, Armitron is a brand that targets the lower-end market. I’ve been checking out Armitron watches and there are only a few models that are sold for over $100 like the Armitron Adventure AD/1004BKTIBK.

Other than that, the majority of Armitron models are priced between $20 to $100, and that’s a lot of watches to choose from. That’s right, you can find Armitron units that are priced in the 20s like the Armitron 204604DBSVBK Dress Swarovski. But if you dig even deeper, you’ll find watches as low as $12 (although it’s for sale) such as the Armitron Sport 45/7053.

When it comes to price, it’s hard to argue with what Armitron has to offer. If you’re looking for timepieces that won’t break the bank, Armitron’s offering should do nicely.

Lively Designs

With a variety of collections comes a variety of designs. Many Armitron watches are quite eye-catching, especially from the aforementioned Graffiti collection where the designs are lively and colorful. Regardless of your aesthetic preference, you’ll find something to like with Armitron’s collection.

However, that’s not saying that all of Armitron’s watches have striking designs. In fact, many of them are fairly derivative – some models remind me of G-Shock watches while some seem to be inspired by Timex timepieces. Like most watch brands, some Armitron designs are good while there are also uninspired ones.

At the end of the day, it all comes down with the buyer’s preference. But since Armitron offers a wide range of designs, it’s not hard to find a watch for every unique aesthetic requirement.

Robust Timekeeping Tools

Armitron watches are fairly reliable. In terms of accuracy, there’s not a lot to complain about here. Many of Armitron’s watches are digital and quartz, so accuracy isn’t really an issue. In terms of durability, some models ended up on my daily beater rotations. I’m not expecting these watches to last forever but for the price, the durability is surprising.

Some of the watches come with added features, especially the digital chronograph models. These added features are fairly basic but they work as intended, most of the time. It’s not going to blow anyone’s mind but for a $20+ watch, it’s silly to complain.

What We Don’t Love

Quality Can Be a Hit or Miss

As mentioned, Armitron watches are geared towards the lower-end market. So as you might expect, the quality of the watches can vary especially concerning the price. The quality of the watch in the $20+ price point is very different when compared to the ones approaching the $100 price.

Some Armitron watches can feel rather light and plasticky. Again, my expectations were quite low but some of the models almost feel like a toy watch. Also, some watches look good on photos but once I’ve pulled them out of the box, I can’t help but get disappointed.

When buying Armitron watches, make sure that you manage your expectations, especially when it’s a lower-end model.

Durability Issues

The issue with budget-friendly watches is that the manufacturer has to cut some corners to keep the price down – that’s applies to Armitron as well. What I’m saying is that don’t expect these watches to have the highest quality materials.

For instance, the finish in many of the watches is not scratch or chip-resistant, making them very vulnerable to scrapes after high impact. Some of the bands are easily broken as well after months of use, even the leather strap variants. The clasps could use a bit of work as well since they are quite loose in some models.

Best Armitron Watches

If you’ve been reading this Armitron watch review, you’re probably wondering which models are worth checking out. Here are some of the best Armitron watches that you can get:

1. Armitron Sport 40/8284 Digital Chronograph

The Armitron Sport 40/8284 Digital Chronograph is quite possibly the quintessential Armitron watch. It’s big, loud, and high-style. Although it’s very reminiscent of some Casio G-Shock watches, it stands out on its own.

This sports watch looks great in person and although it’s priced at $20+, it feels surprisingly solid. It’s a digital chronograph watch that comes with features like lap time, alarm time, dual time, military time, back light functions, two zone LCD display, and more. Plus, it’s water-resistant up to 100 meters, so it’s a good option for water sports lovers as well.

Overall, it’s a pretty good digital chronograph watch considering the very low price. It’s a good daily beater for sure.

2. Armitron 20/4935 Day/Date

The Armitron 20/4935 Day/Date is one of the more expensive offerings from the brand (but still very affordable). This watch is simple but stands out with its handsome design and striking face. The hands are luminous as well, so that’s a nice bonus.

The Armitron Men’s 20/4935 Day/Date is a casual dress watch which means that you can wear this every day but will work to a formal dinner as well. The higher price also ensures that the quality and construction are better.

Overall, it’s a great stainless steel watch if you require a less sporty offering from Armitron.

3. Armitron 204677BLSV Stainless Steel

For another solid option, the Armitron 204677BLSV Stainless Steel fits the bill perfectly. The sunburst dial is a good design element and this what made me buy it.

Although it reads Tachymeter on the watch, it doesn’t have such a feature which is understandable considering the price. It does have a day/date function and 24-hour subdials. In terms of features, the watch is quite bare-bones but I imagine some people would prefer it this way.

Ultimately, the Armitron 204677BLSV Stainless Steel is a highly-fashionable piece and keeps time accurately. It’s a good mid-range Armitron option.

Armitron Watch Review: Should You Buy Them?

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We end this Armitron watch review by giving a verdict of the brand. Is it a good brand? I think so! However, since it’s a budget-friendly brand, the watches come with problems that are usually common with affordable timepieces.

The best part about Armitron is its wide variety of options and cool designs. Nothing particularly mindblowing but its offerings are solid for the most part. The value proposition is pretty good but you have to keep in mind that other brands like Timex and Casio also compete at this price point.

Overall, Armitron is a competent lower-end watch brand and its watches are worth checking out for value seekers.

Best Waterproof Android Smartwatch: Top Models in 2020

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After spending hours checking the quality and features on various smartwatches, we recommend the Garmin Fenix 5 as the best android waterproof smartwatch.

We selected this timepiece because it has a sturdy build and water resistance to great depth. It is also GPS enabled and has an impressive battery life. Overall, the watch can withstand damage from moisture while offering features that meet our daily needs.

 

Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

Are you’re looking for the best Android waterproof smartwatch that can track your health rate, navigate any terrain, and carryout other exciting things? Here in this article, we’ve great models for you.

Every year, Android smartwatches marker keeps flooding the market with advanced waterproof models. Some of these smartwatches have an IP68 protection rating, which means they can withstand splashes and brief immersion in water up to 1.5 meters. But watches with this waterproof rating are not suitable underwater or water-based activities.

Furthermore, there are also more advanced models with water-resistant to 50 meters and beyond. With this smartwatch on your wrist, you do not need to take it off when showering or having a short swim. However, you should avoid using them for snorkeling or scuba diving.

One exciting part about this android smartwatches is that they come with impressive features for daily use. These features include heart rate monitor, barometer, WIFI, sleep tracker, GPS function, and more.

With all these mentioned above, you certainly want the best android waterproof smartwatch that can withstand moisture, and serve your specific need, right? Hence, before you buy a waterproof smartwatch with untrue claims and regret your money spent, we’ve compiled some of the best models on the market. These smartwatches on our list are durable, packed with great features, and don’t get damaged easily when submerged in water.

So, what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you the best waterproof smartwatches that stand out on the market?

Garmin Vívoactive 3

 

Are you looking for the best waterproof smartwatch for fitness? Then you should consider purchasing this watch from Garmin Vivoactive 3. Like most watches on our list, this product supports people with active lives and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Dedicated App Store

Garmin offers a download store that has numerous apps for this smartwatch. From this app store, you can download and install watch faces that suit your taste. Some apps focus on various fitness-based activities such as running, hiking, stretching, and cycling.

 Durable Build for Regular Use

Its screen has a diameter of 1.2 inches while boasting of 240 × 240 pixels which are ideal for both large and small wrist sizes. It also allows you to read any information without effort under any conditions. The watch face of the smartwatch is protected by sturdy Gorilla glass that is topped by a stainless steel bezel.

The internal parts of the Vivoactive 3 are housed in a fiber-reinforced polymer case that has a stainless steel cover. Also, it has a silicone strap that can withstand sweat and other forms of moisture.

Water Resistance

You can shower or swim without taking this smartwatch off because it is water-resistant to 50m. However, we do not recommend you swim for long periods or dive with the timepiece on your wrist.

Ideal Battery Life

In smartwatch mode, its battery can run for seven days while it lasts for 13 hours in GPS mode. You can recharge the battery with the assigned charger that comes with the smart timepiece.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This smartwatch is a worthy investment as it encourages fitness and healthy living. Unfortunately, it does not have onboard storage for music files. Hence, you will have to take your smartphone along during workouts.

Samsung Gear S3

 

The Samsung Gear S3 is one of the popular rivals of Apple smartwatch. It comes with impressive features that make it stand out in the best android waterproof smartwatch list. Gear S3 has specs for daily activities like running, messaging, and calls. As expected from a possible best waterproof watch for Andriod devices, it can withstand damage from moisture and splashes.

Durable Design

This product is a round face device with a bulky look that will fit people with bigger wrists. But the Gear S3 also has a design that offers comfort and allows ease of use in all conditions.

A Gorilla glass that can resist cracks due to falls from distances as much as 5 feet covers its display face. Furthermore, a movable steel bezel tops the crystal and allows you to access notifications and apps quickly.

Its internal parts are housed in a durable case while a replaceable 22m silicone strap holds the watch to your wrist.

Extended Battery Life

When it comes to the best smartwatch under 300, the Gear S3 rival many brands on the market due to its long battery life. On a single charge, the product can run for more than 3 days. However, it lasts for lesser time on GPS mode. You can recharge the battery wirelessly with a charging dock that comes with the smartwatch.

 Crisp Display

A 1.3 inch AMOLED screen graces the front panel of this smartwatch. With its resolution of 360 × 360 pixels, you will find it easy to use and read under direct sunlight or at poorly lit rooms.

Easy to Use Interface

The interface on this smartwatch allows you to access your notifications and apps quickly. You can also reply to messages and trace out letters with this UI.

Opinions and Drawbacks

From the features mentioned above, this smartwatch can certainly withstand splashes, raindrops, and light swimming. However, the product supports limited apps and might be bulky for users with smaller wrists.

Garmin Fenix 5

 

The Garmin Fenix 5 multisport timepiece stands as the best smartwatch under $500 on our list because it has features that can rival most expensive models. It also withstands harsh conditions and moisture than other smartwatches at the same price.

Accurate Sensors

The watch has a massive selection of sensors that provide vital information. These sensors include a barometer that detects weather changes while a 3D compass coupled with GPS helps with navigation. You can also view your heart rate data when using this watch.

Durable and Rugged Design

The watch weighs 85g and has a width that looks bulky on the wrist than other watches. It also has a case made from fiber-reinforced polymer with a stainless steel cover. A sapphire glass protects the display from scratches and knocks that occur during outdoor activities. Likewise, it has a replaceable elastomer band that feels comfortable on the skin.

Ideal Water Resistance

The Garmin Fenix 5 has a water resistance of 100m, thus making it a rival to the best android waterproof smartwatch. You can use the watch for swimming, bathing, and showering. However, it is not suitable for diving or snorkeling.

Reliable Power Source

The watch runs on a rechargeable battery that offers power for extended periods. For instance, the timepiece can run for two weeks in basic mode. However, if you activate its GPS option, the battery lasts for 24 hours while the UltraTrac mode offers 60 hours of battery life.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Adding this product to your watch collection is an excellent idea as it comes with features that can withstand moisture and offer accurate readings. But its poor Bluetooth connectivity might make you consider other options.

Casio Men’s “Pro Trek”  Sports Watch WSD-F20A

 

The Casio Men’s Pro Trek is a smartwatch that focuses on outdoor activities at any location. It’s rugged and waterproof exterior enable the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 to withstand wet and rough conditions. In summary, this timepiece has specs that can be found on the best Andriod waterproof smartwatch in the market.

Dependable GPS tracking

The smartwatch supports GPS and GLONASS features for easy navigation in any environment. With these features, you can also view your previous and current locations. What’s even better is that if the GPS option is disabled, you can still navigate any terrain with the aid of offline color maps on the smartwatches display.

Activities such as trekking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing can be tracked with the smartwatch. The timepiece also allows you to tweak the GPS settings, especially if you want to extend the battery life.

Tough Build for Rugged Conditions

Like most outdoor watches, this watch has a bulky build with components that can handle knocks and moisture. For instance, it features a steel case and a sapphire crystal that can withstand knocks and scratches from numerous uses. It also has a resin bracelet that works against all forms of moisture, including sweat.

Water Resistance

Its ability to handle moisture comes as one of the selling points of this smartwatch. With this in mind, the Pro-Trek WSD-F20A offers water resistance at a maximum depth of 165ft. For this reason, there is no need to take the watch off before a short swim or bath, but not for diving.

Ideal Battery Life

This Casio watch runs on a lithium battery that offers more than three days of use on a single charge. However, on GPS mode, it runs for less than a day, which is reasonable for a watch of this nature. When the battery is low, a plug-in charger can restore it to full capacity within two hours.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The Casio men’s watch stands out as of the best waterproof smartwatch with GPS due to its navigation accuracy. However, the watch looks bulky on smaller wrists while its operating system lags and doesn’t respond to commands quickly.

Suunto Traverse Alpha

 

The Sunnto Traverse Alpha is an outdoor watch that works great for hunting and fishing. It also has features that can withstand moisture and wet conditions, thereby making it a durable waterproof smartwatch for android. It even comes with specs for everyday use.

Sturdy Design for Everyday Use

The Traverse Alpha is a round-faced watch with a robust look. Fortunately, it is lightweight and does not add pressure to the wrist.

The smartwatch face has a sapphire crystal that can resist scratches while its stainless steel bezel offers added security. Next, it comes with a comfortable nylon strap that secures the watch firmly to the wrist. Overall, the timepiece promises water-resistant up to a maximum depth of 100m.

Powerful Battery

The battery life on this watch depends on the features activated. For instance, the battery can run for 14 days, but if you enable the GPS mode, the watch can last for 100 hours.

Immediately the battery is low, a battery icon on display blinks. Hence, you can quickly recharge the cell with a compatible USB compatible charger.

Dependable GPS

One of the exciting features of the Suunto Traverse Alpha is its GPS /GLONASS functions. You can use these options to navigate any terrain without getting lost. It also allows you to save points of interest along the way.

Dedicated Activity Tracker

For those loves to keep fit, this watch comes with impressive tracking features. With this said, you can use it to measure your daily steps and calories throughout the day.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This model stands one of the best android waterproof smartwatches because it has a durable body and battery. But you might want to consider other options because it does not have a color touch screen display. This makes the watch a bit difficult to read in low light conditions.

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

 

If you want the best affordable waterproof smartwatch, then you should consider adding the Fitbit Versa smartwatch to your shopping list. This slim and attractive timepiece offers an impressive selection of features like built-in storage and extended battery life.

Portable and Simple Design

Unlike most smartwatches on our list, the Fitbit Versa is ultra-slim and lightweight. It also perfectly fits both large and small wrist sizes.

It has a round face with square edges that give it a unique look while its replaceable bracelet promises comfort and durability. All internal parts are housed in an anodized aluminum case which also holds a GPS antenna.

Massive Space for Music Files

The Fitbit Versa comes with storage that can hold up to 300+ songs which you can play during workouts or everyday use. If you want more music, you can use the Deezer app to stream any track of your choice. However, it requires a monthly fee to access this service. The watch also pairs easily with Airpods.

 Fitness Tracker and Water Resistance

The watch is water-resistant to a depth of 50m. This feature makes the timepiece ideal for a short swim or bathing.  However, it not advisable to take this item on a diving or snorkeling trip.

Fit Versa also comes with many essentials feature, which includes heart rate monitor, step counting, sleep tracker, and other sports function. Hence, for those looking for the best waterproof smartwatch fitness tracker, this is the best bet for you.

Impressive Battery Life

On a single charge, the Fitbit Versa can run for up to 3-4 days. However, depending on the number of workouts or sleep tracked, the battery life might be lesser than that.

The watch does not use a regular micro USB charger. Instead, it works with a model that has a clip-in dock for quick power-up.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Compared to most watches on this list, the Fitbit Versa has features that make it a worthy investment. For instance, it weighs less and fits most wrist sizes. However, it does not support GPS functions and some music streaming services such as Spotify.

Wrap Up on the Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

The six models on our list are the perfect choices for those looking for durable smartwatches that can withstand splashes, raindrops, and short swimming. They also come with high functionality, health monitor and fitness tracker, GPS, and other essential features.

However, when it comes to the preferred choice, this depends on your specific needs and budget. If we are to select our top pick, then the Garmin Fenix 5 stands as the best option. But if you’re looking for a budget-friendly waterproof smartwatch, then the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the best.

For those that engage in fitness and other basic training, the best value for your money will be the Fitbit versa smartwatch. As for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a durable smartwatch with excellent features that will suit their specific needs, we recommend the Suunto Traverse Alpha.

Best Swim Watch For Open Water [Our Top Picks]

Best Swim Watch For Open Water

Many watches claim to be waterproof but only a few are truly fit for swimming. Your favorite timepiece may survive the shower or rain but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a good fit for open water swimming. This is why I’ve decided to make this list of the best swim watch for open water.

Today, we rounded up the watches that you can wear for open water swimming. For this list, we chose the Garmin Forerunner 935 as our top pick due to its wide range of features, superior build quality, and value proposition. Keep reading to see the rest of our recommendations.

Best Swim Watch For Open Water

Key Features

Our Rating

Garmin Forerunner 935

Advanced running and multisport features, Built-in barometer, altimeter and electronic compass, Advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, Built-in activity profiles

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Apple Watch Series 5

GPS, Always-On Retina display, Swimproof, ECG app, Electrical and optical heart sensors, Built-in compass, Emergency SOS, Digital Crown with haptic feedback, 64-bit dual-core processor, W3 Apple wireless chip

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

Battery life up to 12 hours, Steel bezel, mineral Crystal Glass, 100 meter water resistance, GPS route navigation, support for over 80 sports, Optical heart rate, Sapphire glass, Triathlon and multisport mode

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Garmin Swim 2

Wrist-based heart rate, Pool swim mode, Built-in GPS, Full-color Garmin chroma display, Auto rest feature, Advanced Swim Features, Turn-based pacing alerts, Up to 7 days battery life in smartwatch mode

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Advanced sensors, Aluminum or stainless steel, Detects a high or a low heart rate, Sleep tracker, 360 x 360 Super AMOLED display, GPS, Bluetooth

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Polar Vantage V

Up to 40 hours of training time with GPS active, Running power from the wrist, Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro, Integrated GPS, Polar Precision Prime sensor fusion technology, Nightly Recharge and Sleep Plus Stages

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Best Swim Watch For Open Water

1. Garmin Forerunner 935

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is one of our top picks for the best Garmin for Triathlon and because of that, it’s easy to recommend is as the best swim watch for open water.

Beast of a Multi-Sport Watch

On top of the training and performance tracking features, the Forerunner 935 also has a healthy offering of dedicated pool smarts. It’s a full-featured triathlon watch, so you can trust that it will serve you well in open waters.

The Forerunner 935 comes with built-in activity profiles both for open water and pool swimming. Through the Garmin Connect app, you can create your own workouts or download pre-made sessions to your watch. Moreover, the watch will automatically detect stroke type along with metrics like lengths, distance, pace, and stroke count. Other advanced features include time and distant alerts, countdown start, and other open-water metrics.

Perhaps the best feature of the Forerunner 935 is the Training Status function which automatically evaluates your recent workouts. There are even numerous performance indicators that will let you know if you’ve had a productive swimming session or not.

Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is one of the best GPS watches I’ve used which makes it a solid option for open water swimmers.

2. Apple Watch Series 5

The world’s most famous smartwatch also happens to be an excellent gadget for open water swimming. The Apple Watch Series 5 is not just a fancy offering from the Cupertino company, it works great for open water swimming as well.

Not Just a Fancy Apple Gadget

Regardless of how you feel about Apple products, the Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the best-looking smartwatches out there. Over the years, the design of the Apple Watch has seen some updates here and there but its overall design has not changed that much – it has become an iconic design.

The Apple Watch comes with an accelerometer and gyroscope, and they’re very accurate. As a result, the watch can recognize which strokes you are doing (backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke) and provide an accurate quantification. The watch will also track other metrics such as the number of meters or yards completed, pool size (if you’re not swimming in open water), total swim time, number of strokes per lap, and many others.

For open water swimming, you have the GPS feature that will tell you position while you’re in the ocean or a lake. However, one of the best functions of Apple Watch is the ability to use third-party apps that can give you more information about your workouts when compared to stock apps.

If you’re going to buy the Apple Watch Series 5 just for swimming, it can be very expensive. Otherwise, it’s a top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker for everything else.

3. Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is also one of the best smartwatches for triathletes. It’s a multi-sport GPS watch with a pretty good heart rate sensor – perfect for hardcore open water swimmers.

Excellent GPS Watch for Swimming

The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is “everything but the kitchen sink” equivalent of smartwatches. Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is the optical heart rate sensor. I won’t say that the heart rate sensor is 100% accurate but it’s more than good enough considering that you don’t have to use a chest-strap add-on. Suunto did a great job of creating an optical HR sensor for swimming.

The Spartan Sport Wrist HR has a water resistance of 100 m (300 ft) which means that it’s perfect for open water swimming. One of my favorite features of the watch is the heat map. It just makes it a lot easier to find training spots. You can create routes using the Movescount app and the best thing about this is that you can filter by sport. This makes it a breeze to find the right swimming routes.

The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR isn’t exactly cheap but I’d say the price is more than warranted.

4. Garmin Swim 2

Garmin is one of the biggest manufacturers of sports watches today. When it comes to full-featured sports watches, it’s hard to go wrong with Garmin. The Garmin Swim 2 is no exception. This functionality tracks your heart rate along with your steps taken to provide more accurate data.

Designed for Swimmers

Just by going by the name, you’ll know that the Garmin Swim 2 is a reliable swimming partner. Again, this is not just your standard fitness tracker that you can wear while on the water. The Swim 2 has features that will measure your swimming performance.

The Garmin Swim 2 can measure lap count, recognize all four strokes, and utilizes gamification to motivate to perform better. There’s a SWOLF Scoring feature which is basically a combination of “swimming” and “golf” that combines your stroke rate and overall speed.

One thing that I love about this watch is that it’s quickly usable out of the box. You can simply strap it on and use it right away. With that said, it’s highly recommended that you get the Garmin Connect app to get the most out of your Garmin Swim 2.

Overall, the Garmin Swim 2 is a definite upgrade to the old Swim model which doesn’t even have a GPS function.

5. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Samsung has been killing it when it comes to wearable tech. This is true with their Samsung Gear (old name) and Galaxy Watch lines. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is another solid entry from the South Korean tech giant and it’s a pretty good entry for this list of the best swim watch for open water.

Great All-Around Fitness Tracker

With the 5 ATM waterproof rating and the fact that it’s water-sealed, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is an easy recommendation for swimmers. One neat functionality of the watch is that it allows you to customize the information displayed within the swim tracking screen. This includes your target, pool size, guide frequency, and which data to display.

When in the water, the Galaxy Watch Active2 will disable touch sensitivity so you’ll need to use the physical buttons to navigates. Like the Apple Watch, you can simply press a button to reactivate the touch interface after a swim. It also has an impressive battery life at 3-4 days after charging to the max, even when you use the GPS for swimming in open waters.

Overall, the Galaxy Watch Active2 isn’t as advanced as the other watches on this list but it’s robust enough to be used as a general fitness tracker.

6. Polar Vantage V

The Polar Vantage V has been touted as the “Garmin Killer.” While I can’t claim that yet, Polar did a great job with the Vantage V, especially when it comes to the swim features.

Formidable Rival to Garmin

For starters, I love the design of the Polar Vantage V. The very thin brushed metal looks great and practically disappears when viewed face on. The touchscreen feels intuitive and snappy, and you’ll have no trouble using touch as a primary input.

Like the Suunto Spartan HR, the Vantage V brings heart rate monitoring to the water. Also, the swimming metrics track information like pool size, swimming style, distance, strokes, rest time, and so on. The tracking results are quite satisfactory especially when you use it in conjunction with the Polar Flow app.

Overall, the Polar Vantage V isn’t the cheapest wearable tech out there. However, it’s very polished and can give some Garmin models a run for their money.

Ready for an Open Water Swim?

This concludes our list of the best swim watch for open water. Hopefully, you’ll find something here that will help maximize your training sessions. Stay safe out there!

Best Outdoor Watch Under 100 – Durable and Affordable Outdoor Watches

Best Outdoor Watches under 100

After selecting and testing various watches, we concluded that the Casio Men’s SGW-450H-2BCF stands as the best outdoor watch under 100 dollars. Apart from its rugged design, it is water-resistant up to 100 meters. It also offers great features for fitness and hiking, which include a barometer, altimeter, and thermometer.

 

If you are the type that cherishes activities like hiking and camping, you should get yourself one of the best outdoor timepieces. The reason is that these watches promises accurate timekeeping, has a rugged build and other fantastic features.

Apart from the exciting things mentioned above, a good outdoor watch should let you read the time easily. Also, they should feature a case that can handle moisture perfectly.

Since not everyone has the money to buy an expensive outdoor watch, an affordable one can also work great. But getting a low-budget model with impressive features can be quite difficult. Hence, we have selected the best outdoor watch under 100 to make things easy for you.

5 Best Outdoor Watches under 100 in 2020

1.MJSCPHBJK Men’s Digital Sports Watch 

 

Asides its unique name, the MJSCPHBJK Sports watch offers several features that will grab the attention of any climber, hiker, or backpacker. For instance, it provides an easy-to-read display and rugged build while promising many practical options for the perfect outdoor experience. It even costs less than most devices on this list.

Large Watch Face

The watch has a LED display that offers bold numbers. Thanks to these features, you can easily read the time under bright sunlight.

If you are in dark environments, you can read the screen due to its  EL light feature. The best part is that a hardened crystal covers the dial, which means this timepiece does not scratch easily.

Tough But Comfortable Bracelet

For the watch to stay secure to your arm, it offers a sturdy strap. Since it’s made from silicone, it can withstand all forms of moisture, including rain, sweat, and saltwater.

It also has a metal buckle that prevents unexpected slips, particularly when moving through rough terrain. Even if it has robust qualities that make it the best military watch among others, the strap feels snug on the wrist.

Easy to Maintain

Apart from having a sturdy build, taking care of the watch extend its years of use. Fortunately, the MJSCPHBJK watch does not need extra care, thereby allowing you to focus on the adventure at hand. To keep it in optimum condition, clean the strap and avoid extreme heat or cold.

Opinion and Drawbacks

One thing we love most is that it has a body that can cope with the demands of the elements and intense physical activity. Also, due to its large display, hikers will find it easy to read the time.  Surely, considering such features, this can rival the best outdoor watch 2020 has to offer.

However, do not allow heated water to come in contact with this watch because it cannot cope with high temperatures. Another downside is that it even has weak buttons that do not suit underwater use.

 

2. Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch 

 

This Timex Expedition will go toe-to-toe with any outdoor watch in the market due to its multiple modes and water resistance. It also has a body that can deal with heavy impact from elements. If we are to consider all these features, surely this timepiece stands as one of the best Timex watches under $100.

Impressive Water Resistance

Compared to most watches on this list, the Expedition has a reasonable level of water resistance. The timepiece promises water-resistant up to 100m. That means it can withstand a continuous beating from heavy rainfall.

Moreover, this feature suits aquatic activities like fishing, canoeing, and swimming. Even though it can withstand moisture, using it for diving can cause severe damage to its functions.

Readable Watch Face

On this timepiece, Timex places a large face on its rectangular case, and since the display offers bold characters, it’s legible at a glance, especially under bright light. When the day becomes dark, the in-built Indiglo light night will come in handy for easy reading.

Lightweight Features

Wearing this watch will not make your wrist heavy. Instead of heavy parts, Timex uses lightweight materials for every bit of this camping gear.

These include resin – that’s almost weightless -for the strap and the grey case. On top of the case, lightweight acrylic protects the display from the hazards of rigorous activity.

Opinion and Drawbacks

When you check all features offered by the Expedition Grid Shock, you will find several reasons to fall in love with the timepiece. First, it has a large screen with legible numbers and a perfect level of brightness. It also features a vibration option that erases the need for loud alarms.

But since it is bulky, those with small-sized wrists might not find it comfortable to wear. Also, the acrylic lens cannot withstand scratches and bumps, especially without a screen protector.

3. Casio Men’s SGW-450H-2BCF Watch

 

For many years, Casio has sold fantastic watches that can cope with the rigorous outdoor use. With this in mind, this Casio Men’s watch has a robust case for unfavorable outdoor conditions. Besides, the fancy sports look makes it perfect for everyday use or a jog in the park.

Rugged Design for Outdoor Use

This sports watch has a stainless steel case that withstands any bumps that you might encounter outdoors. It even has a hardened mineral crystal that protects the dial from any tough elements.

If you are to consider these features, you would expect this timepiece to feel heavy on your wrist. However, this Casio watch feels incredibly light.

Perfect Selection of Sensors

Every outdoor enthusiast knows the value of data, especially on a hiking or backpacking trip. For this purpose, Casio adds sensors that will give you accurate readings.

Such features include an altimeter for your rocky climbs and a thermometer for checking the heat levels. As for changes in air pressure, its barometer works nicely. Considering these features above, you will agree with us that this is one of the best hiking watches under $100 on the market.

Affordable Price

Even though the watch has premium specs, it comes at a pocket-friendly price. If you are to verify online, it should cost less than 60 dollars.

It even promises an extended battery life that reduces the need for constant replacements. Such specs make perfect for the budget-conscious hikers.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Considering the design of this accessory, it comes as one of the best sport watches under $100. Furthermore, it feels comfortable on the wrist while boasting of a good thermometer.

But you might find it difficult to read the watch because it has poor illumination and digital display. Also, the barometer tends to provide inaccurate data.

2 Garmin Forerunner 15 Large

 

Are you still looking for the best outdoor watch under 100? Well, this fantastic timepiece from Garmin should meet all the requirements for every outdoor activity.

Apart from measuring time, the Garmin Forerunner 15 watch tracks your performance and health status, thereby making it one of the best sport watches under $100. Also, it supports these activities with excellent battery life.

Accurate Calorie and Activity Tracker

Let’s say you want to have an idea of the number of steps taken during a hike. With the tracking features on this timepiece, you will have an accurate report for this activity. Besides, you can also have a clear idea of your calories via an onboard tracker.

Need a reason to keep on moving? If you sit down for an hour, the watch offers a notification that pushes you to continue the hike or other outdoor activity.

Excellent Battery Life

Most remote locations might not have electricity grid for you to charge up the timepiece. For this reason, Garmin added a lithium battery that can run for five weeks (in the activity mode) and (8 hours in GPS mode). When it becomes low, you can quickly restore the battery to full capacity via a charging cradle.

Minimal Design

Most outdoor watches looks bulky, but this timepiece breaks the trend by having a portable build and relatively small display.

Such features mentioned above, make it ideal for any wrist size. Moreover, the clean face does not have many bells and whistles that might make it hard to read.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The battery life on this device makes it the perfect candidate for the best camping watch. It also boasts of heart monitor alarms that work fine.

All might look well with this watch, but it does not suit formal wear. Furthermore, charging the battery via the cradle might not suit your itinerary. If you choose to ignore these issues, you will notice that this timepiece deserves a place in this review.

 

5. Casio G-Shock Ladies Watch GMAS110MP-4A1

 

Apart from selecting the best outdoorsmen watches, women will also need a reliable timepiece too. Hence, this elegant G Shock ladies watch comes as the perfect choice for women that engage in outdoor activities. Not only does it look pretty, but it also packs a wide range of impressive features.

Tough Build

On this timepiece, Casio uses resin to make various parts of this eye-catching timepiece. This includes the case that houses its internal components and connects well with the snug wrist band.

With the watch having such material mentioned above, you don’t have to worry about corrosion that comes with rain or sweaty wrists. It also offers a sporty look and does not need extra care.

A Perfect Blend of Extra Features

The watch has five daily alarms that you are audible. By activating these options, you can set times for setting up camp, starting a run, or ending a climb. You can also use the countdown function to time your walks or any activity you might have in mind.

High Level of Accuracy

Timekeeping comes as one of the essential functions of any watch. In this model, you will experience an impressive accuracy. The best part is that Casio offers an anti-magnetism function that maintains these options in spots with strong magnetic fields. For unexpected drops, the antishock feature kicks in to protect the delicate parts of the watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

At first glance, the watch has a look that will attract you to buy. It even supports a large screen and includes a comprehensive manual. Even if you find the provided booklet confusing, you can use several online sources, including YouTube.

Sadly, the buttons require excess force to operate, while the light does not allow you to see the screen. But if you can ignore these downsides, this timepiece is a worthy rival to the best camping watch on the market.

Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Outdoor Watch under 100

Since you want the best outdoor watch under 100 dollars, you can use this guide to choose. But to get a product that fits your lifestyle, you will have to consider the following qualities below. Surely, with these tips, you can avoid wasting money on any unreliable outdoor watch.

1. Watch Brand

Before heading for the store, look at the company that makes your preferred option. Does it have a good background? Many top-tier brands have affordable collections for budget-conscious consumers. Hence, it is advisable to go for their watches, rather than getting one from companies that sell fake timepiece at ridiculous prices.

2. Lifespan and Durability

You might think that affordable watches might not last like the expensive ones. Surprisingly, some affordable timepiece boasts of durability and extended lifespans.

To know if your option will last, check out some vital options. For instance, does the watch have protective options like resistance to water and shock? Does it offer extra features that can withstand regular use? Also, find out if the brand provides a warranty for damaged parts.

3. Extra Features

Outdoor activities require watches that keep enthusiasts safe and focused. Hence, a good outdoor timepiece should have a reliable altimeter, compass, and a barometer. They should also offer an accurate thermometer for confirming heat levels.

4 Materials Used to Build the Watch

On your search for the best outdoor watch under 100 dollars, look out for choices that use high-grade materials. Finding such a watch at a lower budget might be difficult. But with our list, you should find something that can endure outdoor use.

Final Word on the Best Outdoor Watch Under 100

Getting an impressive watch for your next outdoor adventure should not take your time. After all, we have offered a wide selection of affordable timepieces that will meet your various needs.

Under 100 dollars, it’s easy to get a cheap watch with poor performance or a short lifespan. But if you use our guide, you can get the best outdoorsman watch at an incredible price. Also, women are not left out as they can also get a great watch from our list.

From this review, we recommend the Garmin Forerunner 15 as the best outdoor watch on the market. By taking a quick look at its specs, the timepiece has everything needed to become the best hiking watch under 100 dollars.

I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any ideas or other watches you would prefer, please share your thoughts.

Best Outdoorsman Watch: Brave the Wild Outdoors

Best Outdoorsman Watch Garmin Instinct

The best outdoorsman watch is one that’s tough enough for the harsh outdoor conditions. It’s going to receive a lot of punishment, so its durability should be on point. Plus, the watch should also have the essential outdoorsman features like compass, GPS, barometer, and more.

Today, we’ve made a list of the best outdoorsman watch that your money can buy. These are watches that will serve you well in the wild with useful features for the hardcore outdoor enthusiasts.

If you can’t be bothered to go through our list, we have the Suunto Traverse Alpha as our top pick. It’s a full-featured outdoor watch with the much-needed durability and ruggedness.

Best Outdoorsman Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Suunto Traverse Alpha

Rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel, Water repellent nylon strap, Location-based moon Phase calendar, Automatic shot detection technology, Compatible with Suunto Movescount App, GPS & GLONASS via SIRFStarV chip

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T Tough Solar

Tough Solar Power, Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, 200M Water Resistant, Digital Compass, Altimeter, Altimeter Memory, Barometer, Thermometer, Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow, Countdown Timer, Battery level indicator, Power saving function

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Garmin Instinct

Constructed to U. S. Military standard, Built in 3 axis compass and barometric altimeter, Smart notifications, TrackBack feature, Smart notifications, Activity tracking

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Timex T49612 Expedition Shock

Shock Resistant to I.S.O. Standards, Digital Compass, Durable Resin Case, Indiglo Light-Up Watch Dial, Water resistant to 200m

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Luminox 3051.BO Navy Seal Colormark

Swiss quartz movement, Durable mineral crystal, Pc carbon reinforced case, Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M), Case diameter: 45 mm

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Citizen BU2055-16E Military Quartz

Analog day/date and12/24-hour time, Eco-Drive technology, Japanese-quartz Movement, Black ion-plated stainless steel case, Dark green Cordura strap

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Best Outdoorsman Watch

1. Suunto Traverse Alpha

When we make a list about the best outdoor watches, the Suunto Traverse Alpha will likely find itself on the list. Why not? It’s a very durable watch with rugged construction, and Suunto didn’t exactly skimp the features.

For the Tactical Outdoorsman

For any outdoorsman, a rugged and reliable timepiece is the most important. This is why the Suunto Traverse Alpha is our top pick for this list of the best outdoorsman watch. The Traverse Alpha is housed in a composite case with a fixed knurled steel bezel. Plus, the watch is protected by sapphire crystal lens, making it less susceptible to scratches. It comes with a water-resistant nylon wrist strap which is great even it starts raining outside.

However, the Traverse Alpha isn’t just a rugged smartwatch, what makes it a top pick are the features. The watch comes with GPS and GLONASS technology and it works beautifully based on my experience. You can also set built-in shortcuts for saving your current position as a point of interest or POI. To get the most out of the Traverse Alpha’s features, make sure to download the Movescount app.

Finally, the woodland design of the watch just screams tactical and I’m sure many outdoorsmen will appreciate that. Wrapping up, it’s certainly one of the best outdoor watches that you can get.

2. Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T Tough Solar

Choosing an outdoor watch from Casio is a daunting task. After all, Casio is the leading brand when it comes to tough watches. For the hardcore outdoors person, the Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T Tough Solar is our top recommendation.

Traditional But Never Outdated

The Pro Trek PRW2500T is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a traditional outdoorsman watch. It’s a digital timepiece with a traditional Casio design. The watch is aimed directly at the outdoor adventure types where it truly shines.

The dedicated compass, altimeter, and barometer are here and the buttons are large enough for easy operation, even if you’re wearing gloves. The screen is large enough to display two levels of data like the current time, visual compass, and numerical heading. The inclusion of tide data and 200m water resistance makes the Pro Trek PRW2500T a solid all-around unit.

Furthermore, this watch is a tough solar mode which means that the battery is solar-rechargeable. Therefore, you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice while outdoors. With a single full charge, you can get 5 months of use without charging with light. Now, that’s a real heavy-duty watch.

Wrapping up, I compare the Pro Trek line to the Jeep Wrangler. The watch retains its basic design over the years but its build quality and feature sets continue to improve.

3. Garmin Instinct

I’ve been debating if I’m going to list the Garmin Fenix or the Garmin Instinct for this list. Ultimately, I went with the Garmin Instinct because it’s a solid outdoor watch but it’s a lot less expensive compared to the Fenix.

Heavy-Duty Piece That Offers Great Value

The Garmin Instinct has a wide range of activity-tracking features but it truly shines with its navigation features. If you value navigation more than anything else, the Garmin Instinct supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. Connecting to any of these satellites is quick and easy, even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

The Instinct features low-resolution, non-color display which is hardly a big deal unless you’re looking to use TOPO maps. In addition, you can upload your routes to the watch which you can use as a reference while outdoors. Or perhaps, you can go old-school by using the Instinct’s built-in compass.

In terms of durability, the watch is constructed to U.S. Military standard 810G so it has excellent thermal, shock and water resistance. For sure, it’s durable enough to take a few knocks. Despite its durability, the Instinct feels light while on the wrist, thanks to its excellent materials and construction. It’s a heavy-duty watch but it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a brick.

Overall, the Instinct isn’t exactly a full-featured timepiece but it’s a very reliable GPS watch. Also, the price makes it a great buy for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts.

4. Timex T49612 Expedition Shock

Now, here’s our top budget pick. If you want a super durable timepiece that won’t break the bank, the Timex T49612 Expedition Shock is certainly worth checking out.

Designed for Outdoor Torture

When a watch is marketed as “Designed For Outdoor Torture Tests”, you have to take notice. Sounds like it’s an exaggeration but the T49612 Expedition Shock is indeed one tough customer. The durable resin case is putting in the work and the construction makes it seem like it’s built like a tank. Honestly, the T49612 Expedition Shock can give the G-Shocks a run for their money in terms of durability. The water-resistance rating of 200 meters is also a nice bonus.

Unfortunately, the watch is rather light on features, so this is not the piece for you if you’re looking for advanced features. It does come with a digital compass that works well. The watch can also be illuminated with the Indiglo light up system which works great in low-light conditions.

However, the best feature of this watch is actually the price. This is one of the best hiking watches under $100 due to its excellent durability. If I have to find a drawback, the strap will eventually give out especially with regular use.

5. Luminox 3051.BO Navy Seal Colormark

I am a big fan of Luminox, especially of the 3050 series. The Luminox 3051.BO Navy Seal Colormark is endorsed by the Navy Seal, so it’s an easy recommendation from me.

Navy Seal Toughness

The rough and tough nature of the great outdoors doesn’t have a fighting chance against the 3051.BO Navy Seal. Its durability is attributed to the Polycarbonate carbon reinforced case, making it a true tough timepiece but still manages to be lightweight. The face is protected by the durable mineral crystal, providing it with the much-needed scratch resistance.

Despite its bulky and rugged exterior, the 3051.BO Navy Seal is a beautiful masculine watch. The BO designation refers to the blackout color of the watch and the black matte finish adds a tactical look to it. With the blackout colorway, it’s understandable if you think that legibility will be a concern. However, you don’t have to worry about legibility because this watch boasts top-notch luminosity. Whether in nighttime or underwater, you should have no problem reading the watch.

Overall, if this watch is good enough for the Navy Seals, it should be good enough even for the most hardcore outdoorsman.

6. Citizen BU2055-16E Military Quartz

Citizen is a Japanese brand that’s known for making high-quality and reliable watches. The Citizen BU2055-16E Military Quartz is no exception.

Timeless Tactical

The Citizen BU2055-16E Military Quartz watch is yet another tactical watch that many outdoor enthusiasts will love. For starters, the tactical look and canvas strap really make the look of this military-style timepiece. Just a word of warning, the watch is quite sizable at 43mm so it might look big on smaller wrists.

From the construction to the materials used, the BU2055-16E just feels high-quality and robust. The black ion-plated stainless steel case does a great job of adding durability to the piece. The dark green Cordura strap is another durability feature but since it’s canvas, it’s not ideal for wet conditions. However, you can easily swap out the default strap with either a 19mm or 20mm replacement strap.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that it’s an Eco-Drive model which means that it can be charged with solar power. It’s a great watch for those who are looking for something simple but tough.

Brave the Wild Outdoors With These Watches

This concludes our list of the best outdoorsman watch. I’m hoping that I’ve made it easier for you to choose your next outdoor timekeeping companion.

In case you are looking for some more advance tech in your outdoor adventures, you may want to have a look to the best outdoor smartwatches.

The Best Freediving Watches

Best Freediving Watch

Dive watches are not only big in the Scuba market. These are timepieces that have become extremely desirable in the last few years.  Beautiful, high-class dive watches have been around for decades, like the Rolex Submariner for example. There is no doubt that watches like the Submariner are TOP NOTCH timepieces, however, I will not be reviewing the “luxury” dive watches today. Sorry Rolex fans!

Today, I will be focused on more affordable freediving watches. More specifically, the watches being reviewed today can almost be called computers. Read on to find out why the SUUNTO D6I is today’s ultimate winner and holds the title of the BEST freediving watch!

Top Freediving Watches What Makes it Great Diver Rating
Suunto D6I Tilt-compensated 3D compass, wireless air integration. Overall the technology is great with a clean design ★★★★★

 

Garmin Descent Mk1 Futuristic design, great value, dive log up to 200 dives ★★★★
Suunto Zoop Novo Affordable, easy to use, large screen ★★★★
SuuntoD9Tx Trimix support, three dive modes, continuous decompression ★★★★
Dive Watch By Pyle VERY affordable, more classic dive watch design, multiple colorways ★★★

Best Freediving Watches

Suunto D6I Dive Computer Watch

If durability, design, technology, and specific “dive features” are important to you (they better be), this is the perfect watch for you!

Suunto is a brand that may not be mainstream (yet). But they are definitely increasing popularity. And for a very good reason, they create great, innovative timepieces.

The D6I Novo Zulu captures features a textile strap, which is built for strength and durability. This NATO strap was originally designed for military use! To ensure extra protection, the D6I is built with a high grade, steel case, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. An awesome feature is also the logging, video, and image capturing abilities of the D6I. Once you take the image or video, you can easily sync to Suunto DM5 software, so you can share your underwater adventures with the world!

Robust “All Around” Dive Watch

Why the Suunto D6I is the best dive watch, in my opinion, is because of its all-around features. Not only do you get extreme durability, but also advanced technological features, nice design, and loads of other useful perks. These perks make the watch a PERFECT choice for any professional diver as well as those who dive as a hobby. The D6I hands down has the most dive modes and features to ensure a smooth dive every time.

Top Features

  • Durable, army-style textile Zulu strap
  • Camera and Video options to sync with a computer
  • Great Design
  • Recommended for Freediving and Scuba diving
  • 5 Modes: Air, Nitrox, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch
  • Wireless air integration
  • Best for breath-hold training

Garmin Descent MK1

Garmin is a brand that many people know about. They produce high-quality tech gear and did not disappoint with the MK1 Diver.

The MK1 is an innovative masterpiece. Garmin has merged a technologically advanced smartwatch look, with the durability and some physical features of a typical dive watch.  If this is a watch you decide to purchase, know that it has great reviews from current owners and is known to last for a very long time.

Innovative Diver

With the MK1 you are receiving a watch with a full-featured GPS, a fully functional  Bühlmann ZHL-16c algorithm that ensures you stay within your dive limits and a heart rate monitor that keeps track of your heart rate throughout your whole dive. The watch was designed for serious divers who take the sport seriously and want a RELIABLE and BEAUTIFUL device to tag along through every journey they encounter. You will always be confident where you are with the reliable GPS feature, so you will not have to worry about getting lost at sea.

Top Features

  • ABC sensor capabilities (altimeter, barometer, and compass)
  • Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology
  • Futuristic look with high-quality materials

Suunto Zoop Novo

The Zoop Novo is not as flashy as the other watches being reviewed today. But do not let that count this one out, it is powerful.

Isn’t the name in itself just fun? Imagine telling people what kind of watch you are wearing.

“Hey man, what kind of watch is that?”

“Oh, just a Zoop Novo dive watch by Suunto!”

It sounds straight out of a fictional cartoon story, so you know this has some interesting features to it. For one, you are not limited by color. With 4+ colors to choose from, you are sure to find a color that fits your underwater personality. Even better is the Zoop Nova is affordable. This is a diver that does not break the bank. Easily flip through the five-dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free and Off) while smiling because you were able to save money with this purchase!

Simple and Easy to Use

When hundreds of feet under the great abyss, you can be easily distracted by a watch with hundreds of buttons and features. Not with the Zoop Novo. The simple interface has 4 buttons that control the whole watch. Readability of the dial is also simple, with a bright backlight display, that is meant to be read in the darkest of areas. So although the Zoop Novo does not have the most innovative and advanced features like other watches on the list today, it is a watch that will function with ease.

It is a nightmare when you are one hundred feet under the ocean and struggling to get your watch to function properly. With the Zoop Novo, it is as easy as a push of a button.

Top Features

  • Easy use/simple design
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Multiple colorways

Suunto D9TX

Wow! A lot of Suunto watches made the list today! Time to find out what makes the D9TX a great choice!

Anyone who glances at this watch will be intrigued. The full-body, titanium design is as durable as it looks. Add the protective sapphire crystal and you got yourself a durable watch. Even the bracelet on this watch is titanium. It was literally built with strength in mind. I am pretty sure it was tested out on Bruce Banner while he was angry…..

Other than the beautiful physical features, there are also great aspects that are inside of the watch.  You can easily plan or log any dive straight from your PC or Mac. A full continuous decompression algorithm is installed to ensure a safe dive every time you take a dive. And this watch even has a tilt-compensated 3D-compass.

Strong and Complex

No, I’m not describing a Bourbon whiskey; save that for after you purchase a watch!

It is easy to fall in love with this watch by sight. The watch is bright, shiny, and made for any type of dive. The titanium build sets this watch apart from many of its counterparts. Titanium gives the watch a futuristic, yet lustrous look. This may be one of the more pricey of watches being reviewed today, but if you like the design and materials more than the others; than there is nothing wrong with purchasing the D9TX. Current owners are MORE than happy with their watch. It is not easy to find negative reviews about the D9TX, simply because it is a great watch.

Top Features

  • Titanium case and bracelet with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 5 modes to choose from while freediving (Air, Trimix, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch)
  • 3D compass with wireless air integration
  • Recommended for advanced freedivers in the commercial or technical diving
  • Memory up to 80 hours

Dive Watch By Pyle

The Dive Watch by Pyle definitely has a more “classic” dive watch look to it, rather than the dive computer style.

Now, to be honest, this watch was added to today’s review because of its INSANE affordability. You are losing many features because of the cheaper price point, however, it is still a notable mention against the other watches.

The bezel on this piece looks exactly like one on a Submariner.  What is different on this dive watch is the rubber band and its digital features.

This watch has a built-in stopwatch, thermometer, countdown timer, and has multiple time zones. It also has an automatic dive mode that sets in when in depths of more than 5 feet.

A Functional Watch at a Great Price

You get what you pay for. That is exactly what I say to describe the dive watch by Pyle. It is a decent dive watch that has multiple colors and designs to choose from and many digital features for diving. Is it the MOST reliable watch? No, not at all. But for the insanely great price you pay, it is what you should expect. If only it worked like a Rolex….

Go with Pyle if you are a new diver and want to try out how dive watches work, to see if they are helpful for you. After that, you can move up to the big leagues!

Top Features

  • The amazing price
  • Automatic dive mode
  • Multiple colors to choose from/ Good to wear out, other than just for diving

Final Verdict

Freediving watches, or more appropriately, freediving COMPUTERS, are very important devices for serious divers. If you plan on diving professionally, or for fun, it is always a good idea to have a trusty dive watch. My review today was to show some of the BEST freediving watches, of all different styles and price points.

Any watch you decide to purchase should fit your needs if you look closely at all the features that the watch includes. At the end of the day, my suggestion would be to go with Suunto D6I. But hey, who am I, I’m just a watch fanatic. The final decision is up to YOU! 

Buy From a Reliable Source

Always remember when buying a watch online, especially ones with higher values. Buy from a trustworthy marketplace like Amazon. I hope I was able to make your search for the perfect freediving watch easier today. Happy watch shopping my friends!

Best Watches For Construction Workers [Our Top Picks]

Best Watches For Construction Workers

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

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400

Solar powered, Triple Sensor, Quartz movement, Protective mineral crystal dial window, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, Water resistant to 660 feet

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Timex Expedition Rugged Metal

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

Citizen Eco-Drive AT4010-50E Titanium Perpetual

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

Luminox 3059 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark

Precise swiss-quartz movement, mineral crystal, polyurethane case, Strong chemical resistance, Very low thermal extension, Anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal

★ ★ ★ ★

Casio PRO-TREK PRG-600

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

Citizen’s Eco-Drive series is a beloved collection from this legendary Japanese watchmaker. In terms of durability, I went with the 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.

5. Luminox 3059 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark

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

Best Watches For Construction Workers

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.

Oceanaut Watches Review: Big, Bold, and Colorful

Oceanaut Watches Review

When it comes to watches, no two people have the same preference. Some like timepieces that are made of gold, embedded with diamonds, and elegant timeless designs. Others prefer super-tough outdoor watches that can brave the elements and toughest conditions. Some people prefer their watches to have bold designs, bright colors, and oversized faces. If you belong to the last group, this Oceanaut watches review is for you.

Oceanaut is a fairly obscure brand from California. I’ve always enjoyed discovering new manufacturers and microbrand watches, especially when they offer something interesting to the table. Oceanaut watches offer timepieces with unique designs, good build quality, and relatively affordable pricing.

If you’re looking to expand your collection without resorting to big brands, this Oceanaut watches review should be worth your time.

About Oceanaut

Oceanaut Watches Review

Looking into the history of Oceanaut watches, I must admit that I didn’t find anything substantial about the company. I’ve looked into the company’s official website and also didn’t find good information about how the Oceanaut brand came into fruition. I did find out that Oceanaut is based in Los Angeles, California. Again, nothing much to go on from here.

Also, the Contact page offers very barebones information as well. The company even uses a Gmail account for its official email – it’s not giving me a vote of confidence, not gonna lie. The phone number is also available from the Contact page. They do have social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram).

According to the Oceanaut Our Story page, the company makes watches that evoke a lifestyle of luxury and fashion. They specialize in making watches with classic designs but with great details like textured dials, bold colors, oversized faces, and many others. Oceanaut claims that they use high-quality Swiss & Japanese components and I’m not sure as to what extent is that true.

Unfortunately, there’s very little information about Oceanaut on the web. But hey, you came here because of watches, right?

Oceanaut Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Are Oceanaut watches worth your time and money investment? Although Oceanaut is a fairly unknown brand, I did my best to give it a fair shake and here are the things that I love and don’t love about Oceanaut watches.

What We Love

Good Overall Build Quality

Majority of Oceanaut watches I’ve seen come with stainless steel construction. Some models have ceramic materials but most of the models are made of stainless steel. At this price point, it’s hard to complain about the stainless steel construction. Plus, I think Oceanaut did a good job with the construction so most of the watches I’ve worn feel solid and tight.

As for the dial crystal, it seems that Oceanaut has an affinity towards mineral glass. It’s not a bad choice at all as it provides good protection and scratch resistance. However, I wish they used sapphire glass but I guess that would shoot up the price quite a bit. Water resistance is also good with Oceanaut watches, especially the Submersion line which is a dive watch collection. I was half-expecting the watches to feel “budget-friendly” and I was pleasantly surprised.

Bold Designs

Oceanaut watches are all about being bold, loud, and colorful – fans of minimalist designs can look elsewhere. Many of Oceanaut watches have oversized cases and sporting bright colors. Take for example the Oceanaut OC3324 Baltica with a full yellow bezel and dial except for the indices and hands. The Baltica is big, bold, and certainly loud.

Obviously, the big and loud design philosophy is not for everyone. However, in my opinion, Oceanaut’s design is quite well done. What I like is that Oceanaut goes all-in with its colorful designs because the colors are not just limited to the bezel or the strap.

There’s some variety in the model designs as well but it’s nothing too crazy or innovative.

Amazing Selection of Watches

You can criticize Oceanaut watches all you want but you can’t ever accuse them of not offering enough options.

Oceanaut has an impressive lineup of watches across all types. They offer dive watches in the form of the Submersion line. The Actuator collection is a great looking pilot/field watch. In addition, the Magnete collection is comprised of highly stylish semi-formal timepieces.

This is one of the best things about Oceanaut – the sheer variety of watches that they offer.

Good Price Point

While Oceanaut watches do have good designs and build, I hesitate to call them luxury timepieces. However, this means that Oceanaut watches are offered at a good price point. I’ve been looking around and not a single model is sold for more than a thousand dollars.

Conversely, except for a few entry-level watches, Oceanaut pieces aren’t exactly cheap and are priced in the hundreds. You can even find some watches that are priced below $50. Although the price point is a boon for Oceanaut, it also proves to be a drawback (more on that later).

What We Don’t Love

Derivative Designs

While I do like most of Oceanaut’s watch designs, I have to say that many of them don’t inspire innovation and originality. Maybe it’s just me but many watches by Oceanaut remind me of other watch models from other brands.

For example, the Oceanaut Aqua One collection reminds me of some Victorinox watches. Another example is the Oceanaut Actuator line which closely resembles some pilot watches from Seiko.

But don’t get me wrong, many Oceanaut watches look unique and interesting. At the top of my head, the Lexington and Sentinel are two of my top favorites. I just wish that Oceanaut were more consistent with their designs and not derivative.

Competitive Price Point

As mentioned earlier, Oceanaut watches are fairly affordable but I’m not sure if the value proposition is that good – at least when compared to other brands in a similar price range.

To clarify, Oceanaut’s prices seem to compete with Seiko watches, especially with the mid-range models. I don’t know about you but I think most people will most likely go for Seiko watches just because of its long-standing reputation. Plus, Oceanaut pieces don’t come across as very collectible for me. Sure, you can get a watch that you can wear daily and it will serve you well throughout the years. However, as far as collecting goes, the relative obscurity of the brand stops it from being a desirable option for collectors.

Best Oceanaut Watches

1. Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador

The Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador is not exactly mindblowing. In fact, it’s one of the more derivative watch designs by Oceanaut. However, the Aviador is a good example of an aviation-inspired watch done right.

The Aviador line benefits from Oceanaut’s excellent build quality and attention to detail. Despite having a busy dial, everything in the dial is legible and easy to read. Even the subdials boast good layout for the best legibility. There’s also a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock but it’s a bit too tiny for my taste.

Additionally, the Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador feels a solid and durable watch. The pure stainless steel construction feels appropriately weighty but not too heavy that it becomes uncomfortable. It doesn’t hurt that the watch looks good on the wrist as well. Depending on your color of choice, the dial really stands out but in a good way.

Overall, the Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador is one of the best models that Oceanaut has to offer.

2. Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica

Next, we have the Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica which is a sports watch model from the L.A.-based manufacturer. I’m a bit of a sucker for black-dialed watches, so the Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica caught my attention immediately.

Consistent with Oceanaut’s design philosophy of being big and bold, the Baltica’s oversized dial is simply eye-catching. The size of the dial gives the Baltica an excellent wrist presence and great legibility. I love the thick hands of the watch but they can sometimes obscure the subdials. Also, the 3, 6, 9, and 12 numerals are stylish which gives the watch an interesting look.

Again, the stainless steel construction of the Baltica comes through and it helps the watch to feel solid and secure. It features a water-resistance rating of 330 feet which is fairly decent for this type of watch.

3. Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz

Lastly, we have the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz for you, which is my favorite fashion piece from Oceanaut’s stable.

The Biarritz is notable for having crazy colorful dials and I have to say that it works great. Particularly, I am a fan of the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz which sports a cherry red dial with a black case and bracelet. This black-red combination gives the watch a handsome masculine look.

This is the type of watch that you can wear daily or to semi-formal events. Again, this is a fairly large watch at 44mm. If you have a small wrist, the Biarritz might be too small for you. Personally, the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz’s size is just right although it does have a bit of heft to it.

Also, the black stainless steel bracelet feels comfortable and solid. In terms of comfort, the Biarritz doesn’t disappoint. Finally, it’s a sports chronograph priced at below $500, so it’s hard to complain at this price point.

Oceanaut Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

As per usual, we wrap up this Oceanaut watches review with our verdict.

Are Oceanaut watches worth checking out? I have to answer with a cautious YES! There are many elements of watchmaking that Oceanaut got right. The first thing that comes to mind is the design. The bold, big, and colorful design philosophy can be hard to pull off but Oceanaut did it. I also like the fact that there are so many options to choose from.

On the other, there’s really nothing too mindblowing about this brand. Many of its designs are derivative and some elements are fairly mediocre.

Ultimately, Oceanaut watches are worth checking out if you love big and colorful timepieces.

Best Men’s Rugged Watches: Toughest Watches

Best Men’s Rugged Watches

While selecting the best men’s rugged watches, there are a few factors you should have in mind. The best ones are durable and reliable, with great styles. They have a long-lasting life and a high level of resistivity.

Rugged watches are different yet a bit similar to the vast majority of sports watches, they have constructs to fit active or reckless lifestyles. Not only do they remain intact after intense activities, but their peak performance also does not drop. These watch models are favorites to passionate hikers, military professionals, construction workers, occasional adventurers, or just accident-prone people.

Having a rugged watch that comes with multiple features that becomes valuable during adventures and intensive outdoor activities is satisfying. Moreover, there are so many models of rugged watches on the market today, which makes selecting the best men’s rugged watches a bit daunting, especially if you don’t know the functions and features these models have to offer.

There are several reasons why you will want to get a rugged timepiece. However, to ease your search, we will narrow the list to help you determine the best men’s rugged watches for you.

G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-1CR

By producing the G-Shock line timepiece, Casio stands out as one of the most popular manufacturers of watches you can consider as durable, reliable, and functional. GW-9400-1CR model is one the best G-Shock watches with outstanding ruggedness suitable for intensive outdoor use. It can contend with being one of the most resilient digital watches in today’s market.

Benefits / Drawbacks – G-shock Rangeman

Quality Build-up

The build-up of the GW-9400-1CR is consistent with the styles of other G-Shock models, but from an aesthetic point of view, the watch inspires pure masculinity. Viewing from the stainless steel case, the mineral crystal dial window, to the resin strap material, Casio constructed every part of this watch to be perfectly rugged for all kinds of tasks.

What’s more, it provides precision with the multi-band six atomic timekeeping feature to receive calibration radio signals via the triple sensor for accuracy. In our opinion, this is an awesome character.

Impressive Features

Asides from the utmost durability the watch offers, there are multiple functions from this remarkable piece. Some include the digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. Regarding the intuitive display, GW-9400-1CR shows the time, date, day of the week, and sunrise and sunset. The watch also comes with a countdown timer, 1/10 second stopwatch, calendar display, auto LED light, and five daily alarms. These alone immensely increase the usefulness of this sturdy watch and makes it attractive to men from diverse sectors of life.

Shock-resistant and Water-resistant

You must already know, when we discuss the sturdiness of a watch, we cannot ignore their ability to resist shock. Most men with an active lifestyle prefer to opt for watches equipped with shock resistance. Some watch enthusiasts referred to as the GW-9400-1CR as the unbreakable watch. This feature alone ultimately makes the G-Shock Rangeman one of the toughest watches out there.

The ruggedness of the watch extends beyond only the field use; it is also resistant to water, mud, and dirt. The water resistivity ranges up to 200 meters, so you don’t have to bother about the water damaging your new watch.

Long-lasting life

Better than most mechanical or automatic watches, G-shock Rangeman GW-9400-1CR is a solar-powered watch. This means that it runs on energy from direct exposure to sunlight. Even with this, it can stay without sunlight for up to seven months without discharging. If you want to shop for a rugged watch that can withstand almost anything, don’t think twice about this Casio model.

Suunto Core All Black Men’s Outdoor Watch – SS014279010

Suunto is a Finnish watchmaking company with a remarkable reputation for producing exceptional timepieces ranging from sports and dive watches to precision instruments. With the SS014279010, Suunto has taken rugged watches to the next level. This is one of the best navigator equipped timepiece you can get today. It has a built-in barometer, altimeter, compass, and weather functions. With all outdoor features coming with this stylish watch comes, you have everything needed to get prepared.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Suunto Core All Black Men’s Outdoor watch

Well Built

Suunto Core has a round all-black dial, which is a modern simplicity that makes the display easily seen. It weighs just 64 grams, with a composite case, mineral crystal face, aluminum bezel, and elastomer band that is sturdy enough for adventures and also stylish enough for everyday wear.

The watch has a mineral crystal as its glass material and composite case material to keep you on the go during your outdoor activities. To top it off, the watch is not only waterproof, but it also comes with features for freediving and can function for snorkeling. The stylish modern design does not compromise the functions of this watch as one of the best outdoor smartwatch models with its durability and features.

Excellent wearability

Not just for looks and durability, the Suunto core all black offers a unique wearing experience. To contribute to the comfortability of the watch, it has a durable elastomer strap. With the Suunto Core, you have all you need from a rugged military watch and, at the same time, a modern and exquisite look for casual settings. As part of the build-up, the watch weighs only 64 grams, which is pretty comfortable if you ask me. This is a stylish watch with features suitable for outdoor activities.

Special features

There are also other features like the altimeter, digital compass, and barometer. It can track weather trends and sunsets in up to 400 different locations to keep prepared and avoid nasty surprises. Suunto core has unique weather features that set the watch apart from the rest. It displays the sea level pressure in graph, temperature, sunrise and sunset times, weather trend indicator, and an alarm function. The temperature display ranges from -20°C to 60°C and -4°F to 140°F, and the watch records weather length to about seven days. To ease your access and options while navigating, it has a multilingual menu. You have the option of setting up one daily alarm with your watch.

Marathon Search and Rescue TSAR Military Divers

Built to meet with the US Government high standards, the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan wore the Marathon TSAR watch. For a watch model to have this kind of recognition, you can be sure of its capabilities. Unlike other rugged watches, the Marathon TSAR watch has designs suitable for search and rescue missions. The fact that this watch comes with the features you need for military operations is what makes it more special.

Benefits / Drawbacks ­– Marathon Search and Rescue TSAR Military Divers

High-quality construction

Marathon TSAR has a round stainless steel case of 41 millimeters diameters and thickness of 14 millimeters. Even if the length is unisex, it is more suited for men. You may be surprised, but the rubber bands are vanilla-scented. However, if you have anything against this, you have other available strap options.

There is also a unidirectional bezel function. It uses a reliable and trustworthy Swiss automatic movement. One of the most advanced technology in the Marathon TSAR is the self-illuminating tritium gas tubes that can last up to 25 years. This allows the watch to charge without needing any external light source. It performs excellently in water, and it’s also always visible regardless of the light conditions.

Durability at its peak

The base purpose for producing the Marathon TSAR diver is for military use, which is good enough reason to trust the strength of the watch. Thanks to the high-quality and durable construction, it is probably the toughest timepiece for the military and toughest analog ever made. The watch comes with a durable Italian-made vulcanized rubber strap for durability. From the appearance to all its functions, every aspect presents it as one of the best men’s rugged watches.

Water-resistant

It comes with some features that make the watch stand out from the rest. For instance, the water-resistance of the watch goes all the way to 300 meters in depth. While this is one feature that extreme divers and military men always take seriously. It makes the list of the best automatic dive watch under 1000.

There are not so many watches on the market with water-resistant ability as this timepiece. However, even if the waterproof capability of a watch is not what you need in your day-to-day life, it’s always an advantage to have. More so, to support their diving ability, they are self-illumination so you can read time underwater or in dark condition environments.

Final thoughts on the best men’s rugged watches

From our review, we gave three timepieces to consider – G-shock Rangeman GW-9400-1CR, Suunto core all black men’s outdoor watch, Marathon search, and rescue TSAR military diver. All these watches are clear winners from industry leaders.

In our opinion, these are not only reliable, but their construction also allows them to resist almost all types of outdoor use and intense activities. They may be a bit costly because it is difficult to get one of the best men’s rugged watches in the market that wouldn’t run into problems at a cheap rate. If you want a one at a more affordable price, check out the best military watches under 200.

Regardless, take into account your needs, preferences, and budget while you shop for your watch.