You can tell a lot about a man by the watch around his wrist. 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 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.
Garmin Tactix Bravo
Garmin excels at blending superior style with tactical functionality, and their Tactix Bravo watch is no exception. The rugged, all-black watch is seriously tough but without the bulk, making it the perfect option to wear out in the field or during a night on the town. The watch houses a 1.2-inch high-resolution, sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlight that can toggle between daytime use or night mode, making it compatible with night vision goggles. It’s packed with a surplus of additional features including Jumpmaster, projected waypoints, dual-format GPS coordinate data, and TracBack technology. And its impressive battery life will keep it running up to two weeks.
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.
Seiko Recraft Series SSC669
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.
Luminox Spartan Race
What happens when a leading watch manufacturer teams up with one of the world’s most challenging endurance obstacle races? Sheer awesomeness. Enter this new Swiss-made timepiece that’s built as tough as a Spartan. Perfect for everyday wear, the durable watch features a jet-black CARBONOX case, stainless steel back, tempered scratch-resistant mineral crystal, and polyurethane strap. And with Luminox’s self-powered illumination, the time is remains continuously visible for up to 25 years. You can also wear it underwater for up to 650 feet, so you can feel good keeping it strapped around your wrist in the shower or on any deep dive.
LAD WEATHER Sensor Master
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.
Suunto Core Classic All Black
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). But 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. Thanks to the composite case, aluminum bezel, mineral crystal face, and elastomer band, it’s just 64 grams, so it’ll never weigh you down.
Casio PRO TREK WSD-F30
Another stellar smartwatch for anyone who loves the great outdoors is Casio’s brand new PRO TREK WSD-F30, launching January 2019. 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.