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15 Best Outdoor Watches For Everyday Rugged Use

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15 Best Outdoor Watches For Everyday Rugged Use

When it comes to the best outdoor watches, there is plenty to choose from. This is why it is a good idea to know exactly what you plan on using your rugged wrist watch for and what features you might use. Do you want a solar watch that will run forever or would you rather have a GPS watch with lots of smart features but needs charging up all the time? Maybe you are just looking for an everyday watch that you will never have to take off whether you are working outdoors or at a business meeting. This list of the best outdoor watches is sure to have a timepiece for everyone.

What makes the Best Outdoor Watch?

There are lots of features to look for in the best outdoor watches, which you can read more about in our guide here, but what kind of features are most important? Well, accuracy and precision are obviously very important with any watch but it is the features which favor rugged outdoor use that interest us. Here is a brief list of some of the rugged outdoor watch features you should be considering.

Battery – Solar watches are great because they are powered by the sun and the batteries never need to be replaced. The same goes for automatic or kinetic watches which are powered by the user’s movements although they may need to be serviced every couple of years for good measure. Then you have the rechargeable watches which mainly refers to smartwatches, fitness trackers, and GPS watches which require lots of power to support all the features and apps. And finally, you have replaceable batteries which are cheap but annoying when they run out of power without warning.

Durability – This not only refers to its ability to take a knock but also its waterproofing and how well it wears. G-Shock are well known to be shock resistant but many other brands have also spent a lot of time making their watches shockproof (they just don’t put it in big letters on the bezel). Make sure your watch is waterproof to at least 50 meters or more and has a sensible face that won’t be easily scratched. Diving watches should be protected to a greater depth while aviation watches have been tested to handle high altitudes.

Instruments – Serious adventure watches and professional outdoor watches will often have measurement reading devices like a barometer, altimeter, thermometer, and a compass. If you will use this data often or are simply interested in the stats then these can be huge selling points. On the downside, they are often big and chunky, with a large price tag too. For any kind of serious outdoor person, these features are great, but for everyday use at work, they may be a little bit of overkill.

Size – If you like big watches then size will not be an issue but if you have small wrists or don’t want a big wrist watch then understanding the size is very important. If you have any watch to hand, find out the dimensions to that model and use it as a reference point when shopping for the best outdoor watches online. Getting an appropriately sized watch will give you a much better fit and a more enjoyable experience, see our guide to outdoor watches for more info.

Top 15 Best Outdoor Watches


Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1 Solar Sport Watch

Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1 Solar Sport Watch
  • Weight: 52 g
  • Dimensions: (W x D) 43 x 12.5 mm
  • Materials: Black Plastic Resin
  • Features: Multi-Band Synchronization, World Clock, 4 x Daily Alarms with 1 x Snooze, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Automatic/Manual Backlight
  • Battery: Tough Solar Powered
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The Casio G-Shock GWM5610-1 Solar Sports Watch is, in our opinion, the best outdoor watch for everyday use. It is tough, solar powered and very affordable which means that even if you do manage to break it (very unlikely) you won’t lose any sleep. Compared to other G-Shock watches, the GWM5610-1 is surprisingly slim and low profile which is better for outdoor work as it avoids catching on clothing etc. This is one of the most accurate outdoor watches you can buy as it features multi-band 6 synchronization which updates the time every day. Comfortable, shockproof, solar powered, affordable, and even though it doesn’t have as many features as others, it has everything you need in a rugged outdoor watch. Read the full review here…

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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL EXPLORER II

Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL EXPLORER II
  • Weight: 150 g
  • Dimensions: 42 x 12 mm
  • Materials: 904L stainless steel
  • Features: Date Display, luminescent hands and markers
  • Battery: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL EXPLORER II is, as you might expect, a high-end luxury outdoor watch that costs more than your average Casio. The brand carries a lot of recognition for its build quality and exceptional sense of style, but because they are so well put together they are also notoriously hard-wearing and will last long enough to pass down to your grandkids. First brought to market in 1971 for a niche market of cave explorers, the Explorer series remains very popular in both sports and adventure.

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Victorinox 241526 Infantry Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

Victorinox Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronograph 241520
  • Dimensions: 44 x 15 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel and Genuine Leather
  • FeaturesSwiss automatic movement with analog display, date window, chronograph subdials, telemeter scale
  • Battery: Automatic ETA Valjoux 7750 self-winding caliber with 25 jewels
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Victorinox Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronograph Watch features classic Swiss automatic movement and precision. The chronograph uses the large second hand as well as the subdials at 12 and 6 o’clock to record accurate times up to a maximum of 12 minutes. You know you are getting quality when you buy Swiss made but the way this watch looks is why so many buy it. The attention to detail is stunning and the outer casing is tougher than nails. If you want a Swiss mechanical chronograph watch but don’t want to pay Rolex prices then this infantry style watch would be a good fit.

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Casio G-Shock GG-1000-1A3 MUDMASTER Watch

Casio G-Shock GG-1000-1A3 MUDMASTER Watch
  • Weight: 92 g
  • Dimensions: 48 x 15 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel and Plastic resin
  • Features: Digital Compass, Thermometer, World Clock, 4 x Daily Alarms with 1 x Snooze, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Automatic/Manual Backlight
  • Battery: SR927W x 2
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The Casio G-Shock GG-1000-1A3 MUDMASTER Watch is possibly the most mud resistant outdoor watch on sale today. It uses a cylinder type guard structure on the buttons with gaskets and shafts to prevent any particles from getting into the watch. With both analog and digital display, this watch makes timekeeping easy. If you are the kind of person who often gets their hands dirty either at work or while outdoors then this is the watch for you.

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Alpina Startimer Pilot AL372B4FBS6 Chronograph Watch

Alpina Startimer Pilot AL372B4FBS6
  • Weight: 198 g
  • Dimensions: 42 x 13 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Nylon Band
  • Features: Chronograph, Analog Display, Date Window
  • Battery: Swiss Quartz
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Alpina Startimer Pilot AL372B4FBS6 Chronograph Watch is another slim and stylish watch that you can wear around town, in a fighter jet, or for hiking. Alpina has a century-long history of building watches for pilots in continental airforces with a large date display as per military aviation specifications. It keeps time very well and is very simple to use which is what pushed it onto this page of the best outdoor watches.

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Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II
  • Dimensions: 42 x 14 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Features: Chronograph, Chronograph, Tachymeter Feature, Date display
  • Battery: Self Winding Automatic
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Omega Speedmaster Mark II is another high-end rugged outdoor watch that is made from only the best materials and constructed by the most trusted watchmakers. The Mark II was updated in 2014 from the original 1969 model which was equipped with a hand-wound calibre 861. The updated self-winding movement and minor improvements to the style mean that this watch has been brought into the 21st century without losing any of the classic features which make it so desirable. The hours, markers, and transparent tachymeter scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova which allows you to see the time at night.

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Casio G-Shock G9300-1 MUDMAN Watch

Casio G-Shock G9300-1 MUDMAN Watch
  • Weight: 68.5 g
  • Dimensions: 50.5 x 18 mm
  • Materials: Black Plastic Resin
  • Features: Digital Compass, Thermometer, Moon Data, World Clock, 4 x Daily Alarms with 1 x Snooze, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Automatic/Manual Backlight
  • Battery: Tough Solar Powered
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The Casio G-Shock G9300-1 MUDMAN Watch features thermal and directional sensors which help you keep your bearing and keep track of the temperature. With the press of a button, you can access the compass, thermometer, and moon phase graph as well as cycle through the other features easily. Powered by solar that will also charge with artificial light, the watch will keep going for 8 months on full charge without further exposure to light. Mudproof to the highest degree, this is one of the best outdoor watches for big adventures.

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Hamilton H64455533 Khaki King Series Automatic Watch

amilton Men's H64455533 Khaki King Series Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
  • Dimensions: 40 x 11 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel, Leather
  • Features: Day and Date Display, luminescent hands and markers
  • Battery: Automatic self-wind
  • Waterproof: 5 BAR / 50 M

The Hamilton H64455533 Khaki King Series Automatic Watch is well known to the aviation world as well as the military. The accurate timekeeping and smart looks make this a great everyday watch while the comfort and ruggedness will ensure you can keep wearing it for years to come. Featuring luminescent hands and markers, date and day display, and automatic movement, the Khaki Field King Auto watch is minimal, elegant, and tough.

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Casio G-Shock GW-9400 RANGEMAN Master of G Series Watch

Casio G-Shock GW-9400-3CR RANGEMAN Watch
  • Weight: 93 g
  • Dimensions: 54 x 18 mm
  • Materials: Plastic Resin
  • Features: Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Thermometer, Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, Sunrise/Sunset Calendar, World Clock, 4 x Daily Alarms with 1 x Snooze, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Automatic/Manual Backlight
  • Battery: Tough Solar Powered
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The G-Shock GW-9400-3CR RANGEMAN Watch is the triple sensor beast from Casio which combines all the features of the smaller G-Shock’s plus an Altimeter and Barometer. Shock and mudproof to the highest order and built for the serious outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers out there. If you want a tough wristwatch that can do it all then this is definitely worth a look. One downside to having all this technology is that it is heavier than other options and at 54 mm wide, it is quite large for skinny wrists.

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Seiko Men’s 5 Automatic Watch SNZG13K1

Seiko Men's 5 Automatic Watch SNZG13K1
  • Weight: 163 g
  • Dimensions: 42 x 12 mm
  • Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Features: Day and Date Display, luminescent hands and markers
  • Battery: Seiko automatic movement
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Seiko Men’s 5 Automatic Watch SNZG13K1 is a simple but effective outdoor watch that looks very good but doesn’t cost very much. Designed to be worn every day, the stated battery life is around 45 hours which means if you don’t wear it, it will stop running until you do wear it again. For outdoor people, moving around is not a problem as it is what we do, but if you forget to put it on for a day or two then it can be a pain to reset the time every time. A rugged outdoor watch with style and in our opinion, excellent value for money.

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Garmin Fenix Chronos Titanium Hybrid 010-01957-01

Garmin Fenix Chronos Titanium Hybrid 010-01957-01
  • Weight: 112 g
  • Dimensions: 49 x 15 mm
  • Materials: Titanium
  • Features: GPS/GLONASS Altimeter, Barometer, 3D Compass, Thermometer, Accelerometer, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion (up to 25 hours in UltraTrac mode, 13 hours in GPS training mode, 1 weeks in watch mode)
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Garmin Fenix Chronos Titanium Hybrid Watch is very good looking and has a traditional quality about it that most other GPS watches can’t seem to achieve. Available in steel with a leather band, steel with steel band, and of course the grade 2 titanium with titanium band as seen above. This rugged outdoor watch, although stylish, is designed for all kinds of outdoor activities with specific features for things like swimming, cycling, golfing, hiking, running, and a whole host of other fitness tracking features. This really is a smartwatch I could wear outdoors every day of the week as well as at formal occasions.

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Casio G-Shock AWGM100B-1ACR Solar Sport Watch

Casio G-Shock AWGM100B-1ACR Solar Sport Watch
  • Weight: 54 g
  • Dimensions: 46 x 15 mm
  • Materials: Black IP Stainless Steel & Resin Composite Band
  • Features: Multi-Band Synchronization, World Clock, 4 x Daily Alarms with 1 x Snooze, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Automatic/Manual Backlight
  • Battery: Tough Solar Powered
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The Casio G-Shock AWGM100B-1ACR Solar Watch is both analog and digital with the same features as the GWM5610-1 above. The benefits of having an hour and minute hand are being able to glance at your watch and quickly know the time as well as being luminescent at night. Rugged and hard wearing, this watch is designed to be worn outdoors and has all the basic features you need from an everyday tough wristwatch. The main reason to get this watch over the slightly cheaper GWM5610-1 is simply the looks. It is very sleek and stylish in design without being flashy and feels as good as it looks.

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SUUNTO TRAVERSE ALPHA

SUUNTO TRAVERSE ALPHA
  • Weight: 80 g
  • Dimensions: 50 x 15 mm
  • Materials: Stainless steel, Composite, Silicone, Sapphire crystal
  • Features: GPS/GLONASS navigation, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Thermometer, Sunrise/sunset, Moon phases, Automatic shot detection, Breadcrumb and POI types
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion (14 days per charge in time mode)
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The SUUNTO TRAVERSE ALPHA Watch is designed for the outdoors but more specifically, hunting and fishing. It has a moon phase calendar, shot detection, sunrise alert, weather trend, and red backlight for nighttime use as well as many other features to increase your chances of fishing/hunting success. The GPS navigation and Suunto Movescount features allow you to plan routes and record points of interest for future trips. The automatic shot detection will record where, when, and the conditions at the time of firing as well as leave a breadcrumb trail to look at when you get home. Unlike most other ‘smartwatches’, this outdoor watch isn’t big or heavy and it is extremely tough for outdoor people.

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Tissot T Touch Expert Solar Watch

Tissot T Touch Expert Solar Watch
  • Weight: 123 g
  • Dimensions: 45 x 13 mm
  • Materials: Titanium
  • Features: Touch Screen, Altimeter, Weather Predictions, Compass, Countdown Timer, 2 Alarms, Backlight, Second Time Zone, Perpetual Calendar
  • Battery: Solar Powered LMR2016
  • Waterproof: 10 BAR / 100 M

The Tissot T Touch Expert Solar Watch is the first and only solar-powered touchscreen watch and is certainly not a gimmick. This expertly crafted wrist watch has some of the most impressive hand movement of all the analog watches on this list. As you press each of the touchscreen buttons, the hands instantly move into position very satisfyingly. For a fully metal outdoor watch it feels very light but because it is made from titanium, it is also crazy tough as well. A super functional and good looking watch with pioneering features and well thought out design.

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Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanium Watch

Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanium Watch
  • Dimensions: 48 x 16 mm
  • Materials: Titanium, Black ion plated stainless steel
  • Features: Analog and digital, Synchronized to Atomic Clock for Superior Accuracy, World Time, Chronograph, Calendar, 2 x alarms, Countdown timer, Power reserve indicator
  • Battery: Eco-Drive technology
  • Waterproof: 20 BAR / 200 M

The Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Titanium Watch is an awesome solar-powered chronograph watch which is both eye-catching and functional. The radio-controlled synchronization means that this watch is so accurate that it can be used to set the time of all your other watches. If you are looking for a chronograph watch you can wear outdoors that is both analog and digital then this and similar Citizen watches are worth a look.

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