The Best Military Watches in 2014


Suunto Core All Black - Military Watch

Suunto Core All Black – Military Watch

Here we have reviewed the best five military watches currently available. Military watches are known for their rugged design, durability and tons of features. These watches are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who need a watch capable to withstand extreme conditions. Because of the nature of work in armed forces we have intentionally only listed watches with long battery life. This means we have excluded GPS watches because of their high battery consumption. Maybe this doesn’t sound reasonable but during military operations there is a high possibility you will be without access to electricity and thus unable to refill the watch. However, we selected watches which offer enough features for every soldier, hiker or mountaineer.

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1. Buying a Military Watch – What is important?

 

Durability:

Military watches must withstand extreme conditions. Therefore, they are made of the most sophisticated materials. All watches listed here are water- and shock-resistant. These watches are also protected against abrasion.

Battery Life:

Long lasting battery is crucial. These watches are able to run at least one year without replacing the battery.

Features:

The most important features a military watch should have are: compass, barometer, altimeter and thermometer. Compass and altimeter will help you with the navigation and map reading. With the barometer you will be able to predict weather and with the thermometer you can monitor temperature amplitudes. Some military watches also have additional tactical features which can help you on the battlefield.

Design:

All watches listed here have rugged and tough design which shows the professional character of the person wearing it.

2. The Best Military Watches

The Best Five Military Watches

The Best Five Military Watches

  1. Casio G9300-1
  2. Suunto Core All Black Military
  3. Timex T49612 Expedition Trail Series
  4. Suunto Vector
  5. 5.11 Field Ops Watch

Comparison:

Feature/Product Casio G9300-1Suunto Core All BlackTimex T49612Suunto Vector5.11 Field Ops
Weight68.5 g64 g64 g54 g80 g
Water Resistance200m30m 200m30m100m
BatterySolar Rechargeable User Replaceable User Replaceable User Replaceable Replaceable
Battery Life8 months (no light exposure)12 months12 months12 months45 months
AltimeterNoYesNoYesNo
BarometerNoYesNoYesNo
ThermometerYesYesNoYesNo
CompassYes Yes YesYesYes
Special FeaturesMoon Phase GraphDepth Meter, Storm Alarm, Sunrise/Sunset TimesNight ModeRotating Compass BezelSueShot Ballistic Calculato, Antiglare Coating
Casio G9300-1 Military Watch

Casio G9300-1 Military Watch

1. Casio G9300-1

Suitable for:

  • Military use
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

 

The Casio G9300-1 is the new watch from Casio’s Mudman line. The G9300-1 has thermometer and digital compass. You can access thermometer and compass mode with the one-touch easy access button. You can also set magnetic declination for compass to indicate the true north. The compass will show you north by graphic direction pointer and your heading in degrees. Additionally the watch offers the moon phase graph. This is quite useful feature by which you can predict how bright the night will be.  The features we miss at this watch are barometer and altimeter. Altimeter can help you with the navigation and map reading. It is also good to have barometer from which you can read pressure changes. The design of the watch is very tactical and quite sporty. The watch is protected against mud and dirt by a completely sealed case and buttons. The battery is solar rechargeable and lasts for 8 months without exposure to light. Even though we miss some features this is the best tactical watch because of the extreme durability and perfect military design.

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Pros:

  • Design
  • Dirt and Shock Resistance
  • Solar Rechargeable
  • Moon Phase Graph
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have barometer
  • Doesn’t have altimeter

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Suunto Core All Black - Military Watch

Suunto Core All Black – Military Watch

2. Suunto Core All Black Military

Suitable for:

  • Military use
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

 

The Suunto Core All Black Military is specially designed for military use. The watch is bigger than Casio G9300-1 but also offers more features. The design is something between elegant and tactical, making the watch appropriate for everyday use as well. The battery life in time mode is approximately around 12 months but can decrease if you are using compass and other features regularly. The battery is user-replaceable. The Suunto Core offers compass, barometer, thermometer and altimeter. More exotic, but very useful features are depth meter and storm alarm. The depth meter is meant for snorkeling and can track your dive down to 10 meters. The storm alarm is based on barometer and when turned on it triggers an alarm, when detecting the rapid pressure changes which usually lead to storms. The compass has north indicator and shows heading in degrees. The barometer provides sea level pressure information and also displays a pressure/time graph. The altimeter is based on the barometer and shows how high above the sea level you are. It also tracks altitude changes which you can access later in the log. This is definitely a good tactical watch but it is a little less resistant than the Casio listed above.

 

Pros:

  • Elegant design
  • Perfect for everyday use
  • Features

Cons:

  • Shock resistance

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Timex T49612 - Military Watch

Timex T49612 – Military Watch

3. Timex T49612 Expedition Trail Series

Suitable for:

  • Military use
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

 

The Timex T49612 is a great tactical watch for the price. The watch is not specially designed for military use, but it still offers great performance on the field. The materials used are not of the same quality as in the above reviewed watches but on the other hand the price is also a lot lower. The battery is replaceable and lasts around 12 months. The watch is shock-resistant and completely sealed to prevent mud or dirt coming in. The Timex T49612 provides you a digital compass and thermometer which will help you at different tasks. Additionally the watch has a night mode feature. By enabling night mode, the backlight will turn on no matter which button you press. The watch also has a countdown-timer, an advanced alarm and three time zone settings. The features which would fit perfectly to this watch are thermometer, barometer and altimeter. Unfortunately this watch doesn’t support them. However, it is still a good tactical watch for the price. It is simple to use and has enough features for somebody who needs a basic compass watch.

 

Pros:

  • Rugged design
  • Price

Cons:

  • Plastic materials
  • Barometer and altimeter missing

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Suunto Vector - Military Watch

Suunto Vector – Military Watch

4. Suunto Vector

Suitable for:

  • Military use
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

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The Suunto’s Vector line is a predecessor of Suunto’s Core line. The Suunto Vector is actually an excellent watch. It is cheaper than Suunto Core but offers almost the same features. Unlike Suunto Core, this watch doesn’t have storm alarm, dual time and sunrise/sunset features. The rest of the features are almost the same as those of Suunto Core. The design is more sporty than tactical. This watch is popular amongst mountaineers, hikers and other outdoorsmen. The case is made of hard plastic which efficiently protects the watch against scratches. In general the watch is rugged and durable enough for military use. The watch is a good alternative for those who would like Suunto Core but find it too expensive.

Pros:

  • Sporty design
  • Price
  • Features

Cons:

  • Alimeter accuracy

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5.11 Field Ops - Military Watch

5.11 Field Ops – Military Watch

5. 5.11 Field Ops Watch

Suitable for:

  • Military use
  • Law Enforcement
  • Everyday use

 

The 5.11 Field Ops Watch is specially made for military and law enforcement use. The watch is rugged and scratch-resistant. The screen is made of durable mineral glass and has antiglare coating. The polycarbonate case can withstand extreme conditions. In the package you will also receive an extended band which you can use when you wear the watch on top of the gloves. The watch has a compass and SureShot ballistic calculator. The ballistic calculator accepts thirteen shooting variables and output point of impact shooting solutions to 1000 meters. These are the special features of this watch. However, the watch doesn’t have thermometer, barometer and altimeter, which could be expected from an otherwise strictly tactical watch. There were also some quality issues with the watch. The wrist band is not durable enough. Also the battery is not user-replaceable. Well, you can replace it yourself but this will void the warranty. In general it is an okay watch but we would recommend you the other watches listed here because of their quality.

 

Pros:

  • Tactical design
  • SureShot Ballistic Calculator
  • Additional wristband included

Cons:

  • Quality
  • Altimeter and barometer missing

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