Best Tactical Watch [2019]

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Best Overall: Suunto Core
The Suunto Core is the best tactical watch you can get for the price. It has all the features you could ever need and is more than durable (5 years of hard use and more). You’ll find that it fits almost all wrist sizes and that the battery is easily removed if it should die on you. The large face makes it super easy to read and with the barometer and storm alerts you will be able to explore the great outdoors with more confidence. If terrain and weather won’t stop you from having a good time, then the Suunto Core is your go to watch that will take a licking and be with you every step of your journey.

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Suunto Core

  • Dependable and rugged
  • Long Battery Life
  • Super lightweight
  • Easy to read
  • Altimeter, Barometer and Storm Alarm

Longest Battery Life: Casio G-Shock Sport Watch
No matter which Casio tactical watch you pick, you are sure to get a great, long lasting watch. The battery life of the Casio G-Shock Sport is long (up to 5 years) and you’ll find yourself changing it fewer times than any other watch. Plus, if you do need to switch out the battery, doing so won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Simply buy the battery from any box store and unscrew the back to replace it.

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Casio G-Shock Sport Watch

  • Durable
  • Easy to read digital facing
  • Water resistant
  • Lightweight and Not bulky on the wrist
  • Resin band

Budget Pick: Armitron Sport 40/8254BLK
For a more than reasonable price the Amitron offers many of the features of the more expensive options on our list. If you are looking for something reliable that doesn’t break the bank, this Armitron is the way to go.

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Armitron Sport 40/8254BLK

  • Comfortable and durable
  • Allows you to set five alarms
  • Water resistant
  • Comes with the dual time display
  • Inexpensive

How We Picked

If you’re a person who works outdoors, you need more than just a standard watch. You need one that can withstand all the elements whether it is rain, wind, sand, or surf. You want one that is rugged and will be able to be used in any altitude and any time of the day or night. You want a tactical watch that can withstand the bumps and bangs of your job.

You see standard watches often times get scratched up and often break under rigorous pressure. But when you’re out on the job you want one that’s going to be durable and dependable. You want a tactical watch that is comfortable as well as accurate.

But at the same time, finding a tactical watch can be a pain. With so many on the market today and all the different features that come with them, picking the right one to suit your needs takes time. That is why we have developed a list of the 10 best tactical watches that are great for anyone who is an outdoor enthusiast or for anyone that has a job that isn’t behind a desk all day long.

#1 Armitron Sport 40/8254BLK

Armitron Sport 408254BLK

Armitron offers you a rugged tactical watch that is designed to be clear and easy to read in any lighting. You’ll find that the buttons are very responsive even with the lightest touch. You’ll also notice that the size of this tactical watch is relatively large in comparison to the competition.

The Armitron tactical watch is water resistant up to 330 feet and made with a stainless steel timepiece giving it the sturdiness that anybody would strongly want out of a tactical watch. But just because it is made from more durable materials does not mean that it is excessively heavy (only 4.80 Ounces). On the contrary, you will find that the Armitron is very comfortable to wear. Furthermore, the digital clock is illuminated with an EL backlight, which is super sharp to read.

Armitron Sport 408254BLK next to coin comparison

Like many other tactical watches, the Armitron comes with a stopwatch, a timer, and allows you to set five separate alarms. You’ll also notice that you can set a second time zone. It comes with a compass bezel. When it comes to the strap, the Armitron utilizes a comfortable resin band that contorts to your wrist and is quite thick to ensure reliable long term use.

Armitron Sport 408254BLK unboxed

Overall

The Armitron is a decent tactical watch overall. While a few users have noted that the watch is difficult to read in direct sunlight, that’s the case for most digital watches. Simply turn away from the source of light to get a clear reading. So, if you are looking for a strong durable watch, the Armitron should be a perfect fit.

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Armitron Sport 40/8254BLK

  • Comfortable and durable
  • Allows you to set five alarms
  • Water resistant
  • Comes with the dual time display
  • Inexpensive

#2 Palada Men’s Digital Sports

Palada Men’s Digital Sports

Are you currently looking for a watch that holds up to hard use and even has a battery life of a year and a half? Then, at the very least, you’ll want to check out the Palada tactical sports watch. The Palada is a digital watch that is easy to read even in direct sunlight and if using at night, the back light is strong enough for you to see the entire face without any problems. The numbers on the face of the watch are big which allows you to see them clearly even if you have poor eyesight.

You’ll notice that the Palada is very similar to Suunto Core, but fortunately without the hefty price. Although it does not show the altitude or the barometric pressure that the Suunto Core tactical watch provides, you’ll find that this watch comes with an alarm as well as a stopwatch. The Palada shows a compass bezel, however it is just for show and has no practical use.

Palada Men’s Digital Sports in water

When it comes to being waterproof, the Palada can withstand 50 meters according to the manufacturer, though a few reviews from users of the watch have reported it going deeper without any problems. And if for whatever reason the watch does fog up, setting it out in the sun to give it time for the moisture to evaporate will usually do the trick. We recommend to remove this watch before applying sunscreen or bug spray as the chemicals have a tendency to cause spots to appear on the watch.

Overall

The Palada is a great tactical watch for the price. It has the same look and feel as the name brand Suunto Core, and if you have any issues with it whatsoever the company offers great customer support.

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Palada Men’s Digital Sports

  • Water resistant
  • Displays military and standard time
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Long battery life will
  • Very bright light

#3 Suunto Core

Suunto Core front

If you’re looking for a watch that provides you with more than just the basic clock and date, you may want to check out the Suunto Core. The Suunto Core is a rugged and dependable tactical watch that can take any abuse you throw at it and will last for years. You will also find that this tactical watch is more than just stylish, as it fits comfortably around the wrist and is solid as well as lightweight (2.26 ounces). According to the manufacturer it will keep on working in temperatures down to -20° C/-5° F and up to +60° C/+140° F.

Suunto Core used in military

You’ll notice that the Suunto comes with a built-in thermometer, allowing you to accurately track the temperature outside. However, keep in mind that if you really want 100% accurate outside temperature you should take the watch off your wrist.

Suunto Core for tactical use

Now for those who go out hiking, you’ll find that this tactical watch does have a working compass, as well as a barometer that allows you to accurately track the weather so you don’t get stuck in a storm. Another great feature about the Suunto is that it will track your vertical movement and it will keep track of your climbing sessions.

Here is an excellent review by PreparedAirman, who wore this watch for 5 years.