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These Tough Watches For Men Take a Licking and Literally Keep on Ticking

Heavy-duty but handsome, these watches are ready for any scenario.

There are tough watches and there are work watches. And then, there’s the perfect combination of both when it comes to the best watches for men. After all, you can tell a lot about a man by his watch, be it Garmin, Seiko, Casio, or something else altogether.

For many guys, it’s part of our daily uniform; whether we’re heading to work, hanging around the house, or hitting the road for our next adventure. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all guide to picking the perfect timepiece. But there are some key factors to keep in mind, such as durability, style, and price. The best of the best smartwatches are able to strike a balance between all three and stand the test of time. Here, a few of our favorites that can take a licking and literally keep on ticking — no matter what you throw their way.

Best Tough Watches For Men

A great tough watch can also be easy on the wallet, like this showpiece from Timex.

Will this watch plan your workout for you, or help you get down a mountain? No. But will it last basically forever, and look good doing it? Yes. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, rugged with scratch-proof glass, and it charges by any light with a two-month power reserve. That’s a lot of power.

This tough watch is ideal for anyone who does night runs or hikes when visibility is poor, because it has oversized super luminous numbers you can see pretty much anywhere.

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Again, an affordable watch for men that goes the distance. This tough watch is water resistant to 330 feet, so it’s suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming (but not diving, sorry). Because the numerals are so big, you can see the analog display anytime, anywhere. And this is one of the most lightweight watches on this list, weighing .15 pounds.

You can't beat the price, or the durability, of this killer tough watch, designed to withstand pretty much anything.

The Nixon Regular tough watch has 100m water-resistance, dual chronographs, and an oversized adjustable LED backlight display. If you want to embark on covert operations, this watch has a silent mode so you get all stealthy. It also has three independent alarms.

Because of its very cool tracback feature, which lets you always return to your starting point, this is the ideal watch for hikers and trail runners.

Garmin’s Instinct is the ultimate rugged GPS watch for outdoor sports enthusiasts, created for the harshest settings. It’s shock-resistant, and water-resistant up to 100 meters. It has a built-in triple-axis compass and barometric altimeter. Of course, it monitors your heart rate, activity and stress. And you’ll never get lost thanks to the Garmin’s tracback feature. 

Garmin's new solar-powered smartwatch comes pre-loaded with TOPO maps, ski maps for over 2,000 worldwide ski resorts, and a global navigation satellite system.

The Garmin has an internal, rechargeable lithium battery that provides up to 21 days of battery life in smartwatch mode with an additional three days when you’re using its solar-charging feature, and 15 hours in GPS mode with an additional hour with solar charging. Like other wrist-mounted wearables, the fēnix 6X – Pro Solar Edition tracks heart rate through an optical sensor, using that data to offer training advice. Traveling to altitude? It will even adjust your workouts.

Casio is one of the most recognizable watch enterprises in the world, and their G-SHOCK collection has been a best seller for more than a quarter of a century.

The company recently partnered with Burton Snowboards to release the limited edition Mudmaster GG1000, marking the brands’ third collaboration to date. With patented shock-resistant technology, this watch can withstand virtually any amount of impact and vibration. Its military-style design features an easy-to-read face, and each non-slip button is fitted with special gaskets and guard structures to protect from dirt, mud, and dust. And even if you’re not on land, the watch is water-resistant for more than 675 feet.

The Seiko brand has been peddling remarkable Japanese timepieces since it was founded back in 1881, and the company has been perfecting their craft ever since. This bold watch from the Seiko Recraft Series is a real stunner, with a black-ion finished stainless steel case and interchangeable nylon strap.

The scratch- and water-resistant solar chronograph is powered by light energy, so no batteries are required, and a single charge will last an astonishing six months. LumiBrite hands and markers make reading its detailed face a no-brainer, which is complete with three subdials and a handy date calendar to ensure you never miss an important appointment.

For a great-looking watch with all the bells and whistles (and an extremely competitive price tag), consider checking out LAD WEATHER.

The newcomer brand began in 2009 as a joint venture between watchmakers in the US and Japan. Their sole focus was to design fashionable products at a reasonable price that can also stand up to the elements—and they’ve succeeded. Their Sensor Master line has an array of different styles that are chock-full of useful functions, including a weather tracker, altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer, chronograph, timer, alarm clock, and more. From fishing to hiking, climbing to biking, this watch is suited for any adventure.

For the everyday consumer, users swear by their Core Classic line of wristwatches. It’s another model that comes packed with functions for the outdoors, but people praise the Core models for their comfort.

Suunto is a Finnish company that has built a legion of loyal fans around the world for their exceptional sports watches, dive computers, and precision instruments. Their handcrafted, award-winning wares are a favorite amongst divers, mountaineers, and even military personnel (including the Swiss Army).  Thanks to the composite case, aluminum bezel, mineral crystal face, and elastomer band, this watch is just 64 grams, so it’ll never weigh you down.

The PRO TREK collection is geared toward men who live active lifestyles and has the capabilities to back it up. Advanced GPS functionality and built-in sensors accurately track changes in weather and atmospheric pressure, measure altitude, and help keep you heading in the right direction.

All of this data is handsomely presented on its new-and-improved dual-layer monochrome and color display. Plus, it’s Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled, as well as Android-compatible, so it can be further customized by installing additional apps. But if you can’t wait for the launch, check out the current version, the PRO TREK WSD-F20 starting at $400.

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