Military-grade watches have been a trusted companion for military personnel and athletes ever since their advent. While their all-weather durability, scratch-proof crystal lenses, hardware case are the main attractions, their self-illuminating hands, quartz accuracy and a minimum of 10 ATM water wading capacity has also added to its popularity.
What makes these military watches different from the other watches is the feature additions the manufacturers are always working on. Some of the latest features added to these watches include GPS tracking, altitude measurement, and weather indication. Some manufacturers have even incorporated topographical maps into these military grade products.
With dozens of military watches in the market it can get quite confusing to choose one. That’s why we’ve decided to pen down this article on the best military watches that are worth buying.
· G Shock series
G Shock is a popular series of military grade watches owned by Casio and a brand everyone would have on their wish cart. They have always stayed way ahead of their competitors since they were first introduced in the market because of the level up feature they offer in their new flagships year after year.
As of now, the company highlights its GG-1000-1A5CR as their torchbearer. The watch comes with a compass, thermometer, stopwatch, 200m water resistance, 5 different daily alarms and a properly back-lit face to ensure readability in both day and night light. Those with thinner wrists may find it uncomfortable as the dial is on a bigger side.
The GA100 series can find similarities in size to that of its big brother. It features a stopwatch with the least count of one in a thousand with a calendar for the next 100 years.
While there is not much of a negative mark to stamp on the Casio Gshock series, its pricing can still be above reach for many. On that front, let’s move on to some more affordable options.
· Suunto Core
Suunto core military watches are capable of giving you warnings when there’s a climate change. These watches come with a microprocessor that collects data from the watch’s altimeter, barometer, compass & weather indicator to give you an alert when things are about to go wrong.
X-Lander series from Suunto is a much simpler and more classic model with multiple date and alarm functions and altitude log as well.
The only point where Suunto lags is its water resistance. Though it’s a military-grade watch, it’s only water-resistant up to 10m which is no way near what you might expect from a military-grade watch.
· Timex expedition series
Timex is the most underrated of all the mil grade watches. The expedition shock range from Timex is a gem. It’s neat and clean in design with coloring in the dial for better readability. Timex lags in feature richness and is for people who love simplicity.
We know that we are yet to reach a balance between affordability and functionality perspectives in our choices. But to attain this balance you should think of options out of the box. In the following section, we focus our attempts to filter some of those affordable options in the market with no compromise on quality and purpose.
· Armitron digital watch
Armitron is the most affordable digital watch in the market you can buy which maintains a level of standard. But no expectations, it features a lap timer, day and date, alarm and it's safe up to 100m underwater. If your basic tactical needs are to be fulfilled go for it. But we recommend you to spend more than just 20$ on a better one. You deserve it better.
· ArmourLite Field series
Made of 316 stainless steel case and padded with shatterproof armour glass, it is one of the toughest choices around. It is powered by a 715-quartz crystal standing for best accuracy with a battery life of up to 5 years. It is suitable for thin wrists compared to its operator series watches.
Other features of the watch include a low battery indicator and 15 tritium markers that illuminates the dial. Water-resistance is up to the mark with 100m as standard. The fixed bezels and the crown have that double Gasket screw in with side shields.
· ArmourLite Operator series
It is the favorite among users with a muscular hand because of its case diameter of 43.5mm powered by a 515 quartz. The expected battery life is 45 months which is good when compared to its competitors. Its shatterproof armour glass crystal is tested to 6000 Vickers and is safe up to 100 m underwater.
If you are so particular about those screw bars in the attachment set-up, you will have to go with the Field series since these have spring bar pins. Both of these have the date displayed at 3 o'clock.
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· Isobrote squadron series
In the Isobrote line up including the duty, midsize, squadron and executive watches, the squadron series is our choice matching the feature and affordability standards. It is an automatic watch with the famous Japanese NH3 mechanical with 24 jewels, a self-winding bidirectional motor and the Diashock absorber powering the run.
The Swiss-made T100 tritium markers are set for illumination and the date display is positioned at 4:30. It has both manual and automatic winding on offer.
To Sum Up
Choosing a military-grade watch over those conventional watches has a lot of advantages especially from a functionality point of view & its ruggedness. It makes you a man rather than a boy in attire and who wouldn’t like it?
As in the case of any investment, the key is to make a wise decision. If you have any questions or want some more information, feel free to get in touch with us.