51 of the Best Military and Tactical Watches for Men-Great gift idea!

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In this article we are going to look at some of the worlds leading brands and styles of military/tactical watches.  For when you need to have a watch that is going to be tough, durable and reliable. Your best option is a military style watch.  Some of these watches are so affordable that you can buy one just for work/fun and also own a more desirable dress watch as well.shooter behind wall

G Shock

We are going to start with the crowd favourite and the ever-popular G Shock by Casio. Casio released this watch in 1983 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. G-Shock stands for Gravitational Shock. And as the name implies, the original design for the watch was that it had to survive being dropped from a height of 10 meters. It also had to be waterproof and built of non-corrosive and long lasting materials. The Quarts time keeping module has 10 layers of protection, making it one of the toughest and most durable mens tactical watch, out there for the price. Since they first hit the market, the G-Shock has been a popular watch, and now 30 years on, the watch is even now more popular than ever. They have grown with the times and they definitely meet the market demand. In doing so they have designed a wide series of watches that cover a broad range of functions and uses – along with that they have covered a wide variety of price points. So no one is left out of being able to own a G-Shock.  From the kid that lives down town to the executive that goes scuba diving in the Maldives, there is a watch for everyone.

The watch first started out as a digital watch and now comes in a wonderful selection of combinations of digital, chrono and chrono/digital. They have added many additional features along the way including:

  • world time
  • custom memo
  • selectable timer modes and presets
  • auto-restarting timer,
  • flashing backlight
  • updated calendar – years 2000 to 2099
  • tide
  • moon
  • compass
  • temperature
  • altimeter/barometer
  • sunset/rise

and many more features that vary from watch to watch.  So you can select a watch that suits your needs. Their chunky military style brings out the jungle soldier that we all wanted to be as kids. G-Shock watches are a favored watch by many as an everyday watch. Whether you are trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro , laying bricks for a new house, or cooking in a kitchen for a hungry horde, this watch will give you many years of service. There is hardly a day that goes by, when I don’t notice someone wearing a G-Shock watch. They are popular because they are good and they last. And for all the ladies, you will find a watch all of your own under the Baby-G range, which is the women’s range of G-Shock watches. So girls, you don’t need to be left out when you want to conquer new lands or take on the wild rapids of the Amazon. Release Xena, the Warrior Princess. Click here to see a wide range of G Shock watches. Or click on the watch you like.

H3 Tactical

Now, if you do not want to follow the crowd, and you want to have a watch that is a little more under-stated but delivers in design and quality, please consider a H3 Tactical watch. These are a Swiss made watch, and carry the Swiss made stamp. So rest assured you are buying an authentic Swiss made watch that has the endorsement of quality on it. As far as military style watches go, you will find these timepieces unique. You will a mens tactical watch that suits you, with a section of choices.

They have a variety of watch faces varying from black to stainless steel.  Watch bands choices include steel, rubber, nato strap or leather. So if your wearing this watch while on a night-time raid or just going out for a night time drink with the boys, you can feel comfortable that you have the right time on your side.  ITS TIME Ltd is a manufacturer in Switzerland, manufacturing precision watches. They construct watches for well-known companies, marketplace watch brands, prominent jewelers and designer labels. ITS TIME employees are a highly gifted team of experts in the heart of the Swiss Watch Industry – in Grenchen, where the watch industry has been established since the 19th century. ITS TIME, founded in 1992, is an independent company within the watch industry. Tritium is a hydrogen (H) atom that has two neutrons in the nucleus plus a single proton, giving it an atomic weight near three (3). Its chemical symbol is therefore “H3”. Tritium is found naturally in the upper atmosphere and its common form is in water.

In wristwatches, tritium gas is hermetically sealed in small glass cylinders glazed with a phosphorescent paint. The paint and the gas create together a chemical reaction that produces a perpetual colorful glowing light. H3 Tactical watches use the world’s highest quality H3 tritium, produced in Switzerland by Mb-microtec. These tactical tritium watches glow 100 times brighter than watches with other illumination methods. H3TACTICAL watches self-powered illumination system is guaranteed for 10 years.
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Amourlite is another excellent watch.  Armourlite use a quality Swiss movement that will keep accurate time, and is easy to set time, date, and day. The construction is solid and can stand some punishment. Their watches look great, and they have 10x design series as part of their catalog. So they have plenty of choices.

Some of them offer a Kevlar band, which feels really good on your wrist and does not slide around like rubber, or metal. Kevlar bands should last longer than you do. Tritium night viewing is outstanding, especially for those who need to use their watch at night. Armourlite will offer many solutions for the variety of needs you have. The price point is affordable and the value is very good.

ArmourLite Watch Company set a benchmark in the watch industry as the first manufacturer to combine shatterproof glass manufacture with tritium illumination. In 2011, the company introduced the Isobrite T100 watches with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. They became the first company to combine ultra bright T100 tritium illumination with ultra lightweight polycarbonate configuration.  This is designed to meet the challenging needs of law enforcement officers, military personnel, first responders and extreme outdoorsmen.

Constructed from the ground up to eliminate the failings that are found in other tactical watches, ArmourLite produced a shatterproof crystal that surpasses the toughness of traditional crystals. Check this out!! Glass strength is rated in Vickers, a scale that measures the hardness of a material. The standard of most of the watches in the marketplace have a glass strength of 700 Vickers.

The glass in the ArmourLite Professional Series, Officer Series, Field Series, Automatic, and Colorburst Series watches all have been verified to a hardness of 6,000 Vickers. To capitalize on the strength of this astonishing glass, they crafted a unique 316L stainless steel housing and coupled the two with a customized rubber-retaining ring that enables superior shock resistance and watertight assembly. You will find most ArmourLite timepieces also have screw crowns that maintain water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.

The Professional Series of watches feature unidirectional revolving bezels to easily track elapsed time during critical and time precious activities. ArmourLite watches are constructed to withstand the rigors of the most challenging environments. Reliability and durability are qualities of an exceptional watch. It must also be accurate and maintenance-free too. To make this happen, ArmourLite uses quality Swiss quartz movements in its models and state-of-the-art Citizen Miyota movements in a selection of its chronograph models. They are known for utilizing lithium batteries that provide a 10-year service life.
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Reactor classify themselves as a sports watch company, but when you look at some of their current designs, they are starting to move into the military and tactical area of watches.  In saying that, they definitely have a dressier feel to them as well. But do not be fooled, they have been well built and carefully crafted.

In 2003 Reactor set out on a mission to design and manufacture a line of sports watches that would surpass the demands of the extreme sports athlete, while designing a style uniquely different from what is currently in the market place. They wanted to push well beyond what the current watch industry had to offer and put forward a new product that would set a new standard. Crafted components, uncompromising quality and progressive styling have merged to create REACTOR.
REACTOR watches are created to exceed demanding Swiss standards. Cases are forged from solid stainless steel or titanium. Multiple O-ring seals and watertight screw-down crowns are used throughout the watch construction, giving you piece of mind about its water durability. Swiss sapphire crystals gave way to the more impact-resistant K1 hardened high-ceramic glass. The subtle precision of a Swiss movement was passed over for the robust accuracy of Japanese quartz. An entirely new case-to-band fastening system was developed to keep these watches locked in place during the worst or best of your performance; your watch needs to keep up with you.

Even if your scaling up the mountain side, or tumbling down it, REACTOR showcases the best of what the world of watches has to offer. Because Reactor is a newish company, they are putting their best foot forward in regards to customer service. You will get plenty of customer support, and they aim to keep you happy. They want you to keep coming back and they have plenty of watches so you can start a collection. My personal favorite is the Poseidon Ionized watch – very cool.
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Home of the brave – lets look at Luminox now.  Luminox has come of age – I remember when I wouldn’t look twice at a Luminox watch. Now it is playing with the big boys. Like many other American success stories, Luminox started from a bright and innovative individual, seeing a gap in the market and meeting its demand, with a well thought out and desirable watch.

Barry Cohen, a watch industry expert, came across a Swiss self-powered illumination technique and knew that it would make watches more visible and easier to read in low or no light conditions. He joined with a friend, Richard Timbo, and Luminox was born in 1989 (Lumi is Latin for light, Nox is Latin for night) driven by an obligation to offer cutting-edge luminescence and readability in it’s line of high-performance tactical and military style watches. With it’s roots set in America, the Luminox team started a partnership with the Navy SEAL teams over 20 years ago. When the Navy SEALs first discovered the brilliant illumination technology found in Luminox watches, they requested a watch series to be made especially for them.

The Luminox Navy SEAL watch is the timepiece that put Luminox on the map. In 1993, the Assistant RDT&E Officer for the Navy SEALs, Nick North, was asked to find a more reliable and dependable watch for night missions and discovered the solution at a trade show where he found Luminox. He labored with Cohen to develop a watch specifically for them and a new watch revolution was born.

Twenty years later, the SEALs approached Luminox again, and again they were the only model to pass all their severe tests. The result was the A.N.U. (Authorized for Navy Use) model issued to new graduates of the BUD/S training. After Luminox produced the watches for the SEALs, Luminox began marketing the same style of watch across the country and the rest of the world.

As the watch gained popularity, Luminox was contacted by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet in 1999 — Luminox constructed a watch for these jet pilots and then contacted Lockheed Martin, which turned into a restricted arrangement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces. Luminox uses a patented technology, formerly reserved for the military, that makes Luminox watches literally stand out and a cut above it’s competitors. Every Luminox watch displays tiny gas lights (borosilicate glass capsules), which are always lit on the hands, hour markers and when necessary on the bezels. As a result, Luminox watches are always readable at a glance, no matter what the light conditions are.
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Conquer new territory. Lets take a trip to Finland, and have a look at a completely different style of tactical watch. These watches are being called wrist top computers. And they’re not wrong. Suunto was established in Finland more than 75 years ago when expert orienteer and avid outdoor enthusiast Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production technique for the liquid filled compass. His precision based technique was the groundwork for the Recta’s famous “liquid filled matchbox” model compass in 1941.  It is still used today by armed forces around the world, who have both proven and established it’s unique reputation.

Since then, Suunto has been at the front line of innovation, hand crafting exceptional sports watches, instruments and dive computers that have been tested in the world’s harshest environments. From the beginning of time, man has explored and pushed the boundaries of capability. All that has changed are the tools, technology and how we apply them.

The word “Suunto” comes from the Finnish word meaning “direction”. Suunto is pronounced “Soon-toh”.

Here is a quick snapshot at what Suunto have been up to-

A world first watch-sized dive computer Suunto Spyder is released. It brings together the functioning of a top-of-the-line multi-level dive computer with a high-quality dive watch that also can be worn as an everyday watch. That’s quite a feat, most of these watches would be bulky and unattractive.
Suunto Vector is the original outdoor wrist-top computer to showcase the current hallmark ‘ABC’ functions of altimeter, barometer and compass, as well as a thermometer. Vector’s classic functionalities and design have made it one of Suunto’s most successful and well respected products. It remains hugely popular among mountaineers and has undoubtedly seen more of the Himalayas than any other watch.

Suunto D9, the world’s first wrist-sized all-in-one dive computer is propelled onto the world stage. It is a combination of advanced dive features with a digital compass and wireless air integration. The D9 is the first product in Suunto’s popular Suunto D-Series, which now consists of Suunto D4i, D6i, D9tx and DX.
The award winning Suunto Core is revealed, setting the benchmark for tactical watches. Combining altimeter, barometer and a compass with weather information, the Core delivers the essential features for adventures in the great outdoors. And can be easily worn as an everyday watch.
Suunto HelO2 dive watch hits the market. It is the first computerized dive watch from Suunto with full hybrid gas capability. The dive watch is designed specifically for technical divers who need multiple gases such as trimix, nitrox and oxygen to go deeper and for longer to explore wrecks, caves — and their own limits.
Suunto Elementum is revealed. It is a first-class sports watch combining modern design and classic craftsmanship with the functionality of a high-tech watch. With altimeter, barometer and a compass, it suits outdoor life as well as everyday use.
The online sports community has a training diary and dive log book Movescount.com, allowing sports fanatics to upload, rate, track and share their sporting accomplishments. It also allows users to search for routes and follow other members such as Suunto athletes for inspiration.
Suunto Ambit, the definitive outdoor and training watch that brings GPS functionality with body monitoring capabilities and sleek design receives stellar independent reviews around the world. Watch owners can customize their Ambit and download GPS navigational aids using Movescount.
Suunto is still at home in Finland where most of their products are designed and produced with pride, in their flagship factory outside Helsinki. Their aim is to provide adventurers and sports enthusiasts with the best watches to explore and conquer new territory from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans – and anywhere in between.
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Now let’s go see the king of the hill, Breitling. Primarily these watches have a pilot focus on design. It still falls into the scope of a tactical watch. So this would suit you if your idea of being outdoors looks like flying a jet at 100,000 feet or sailing your yacht around the harbor, or maybe just sitting on the French Riviera catching a view.

Breitling has played a pivotal role in leading the development of the wrist chronograph. They also lead in this field of timepiece making. They are one of the world’s only major watch brands to equip all of it’s models with chronometer-certified movements. This is the ultimate token of precision.
Breitling is also one of the few companies to produce it’s own mechanical chronograph movements. They have developed and manufactured their own workshops from the ground up.
The family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands.
Cutting their teeth in the tough school of aviation, a field where safety is of the highest importance, Breitling displays the same passion with quality and innovation in all its 100% Swiss made “instruments for professionals”. The company is one of the world’s very few luxury watch brands to submit all its movements to the ruthless tests of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. This is the highest benchmark of precision and reliability, and the only one based on an international standard.

To stay ahead of the game, Breitling has developed an industrial production method that has revolutionized traditional watch assembly. Each movement is individually tracked by a sophisticated computer program that automatically directs it towards the proper workstation. Breitling also leads in the field of electronics by using exclusively thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ movements that are ten times more accurate than standard quartz.

Summing it all up Breitling is an outstanding timepiece that will impress anyone and everyone – with all of its top qualities focused on it’s sturdiness, clarity, the comfort, readability of the dials or it’s robustness coupled with its water resistance.

Every detail of the watch exterior is designed to withstand rigorous use in the most trying conditions, and is subjected to countless quality controls throughout the production process.

They didn’t become the official supplier to world aviation by chance. Find the one that suits you- Breitling


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These watches are amazing. I have been considering a G Shock watch for its durability and affordability. Do these watches have rechargeable batteries? If not, what is the typical life of the battery. Thanks for the article and very cool website!


    Good Question George, within the G Shock range, you will find that there are many differences, some have solar recharging capabilities while some of the cheaper watches don’t . The company state that there watches have a battery life of 2yrs. But many users say that there battery’s last between 6-10yrs. It all comes down to how you use your watch, are you going to use all of the functions all the time, or hardly ever. Some of the watch functions require more energy than others. Thank-you for dropping by.


What an incredible selection of super high quality military/tactile watches. You hit on so many choices. I learned a lot abut brands I have never heard of before. Of course it seems the Swiss have a leading edge on great timepieces but others have excellent quality watches as well. I thought it fascinating to read about the Tritium 3 watch that glows so brightly in the dark, because of the phosphorescent paint and hermetically sealed gas in the case.


    Thanks Maria, The Swiss certainly know what they are doing when it come to watches. But now you can buy high quality watch from many places on the globe right now, you just got to know where to look.


Nice watches here. I never knew about the H3 Tactical and I love Swiss watches so that is definitely on my shopping list! I’m really intrigued with the tritium that glows 100 times more than a regular illumination. Does this last or will it fade over time? Thanks


    Hi Daniel, the tritium will last about ten years, and is that bright you can see it glow in the daylight……. yea , pretty cool stuff


This whole article about these kinds of watches just exudes manliness! I am sure that my husband would appreciate any of them as a gift. You gave me a lot to think about as his Bday is coming up.


    Awesome, thank you, find us on face book and stay connected for whats new and fresh

Gwen Jones

Articles like this always remind me of my husband. and i often happen upon them when gift shipping around birthday or Christmas time.
he always wanted to join up with the marines. but a severe sports injury in high school left him with a metal plate and steel rods riddling his right arm. as such he wasn’t eligible to enlist for duty. but getting gifts like this is just perfect for the man (or woman) who’s life didn’t turn out quite as bad-ass as they envisioned as a kid.
with a present like this you kinda get to feel like James Bond. and the prices are very reasonable!


    Thats Great Gwen, least we can let them dream a little. Thanks for dropping by.


The Luminox F22 Raptor! What a handsome watch. Not that there aren’t so many other gorgeous pieces also (you’ve covered quite a bit), it’s just that this one would look so good on my husband’s wrist! Easy to read at any moment and it would certainly be nostalgic for him. He had his pilot’s license as a young man and has never lost his love of all things aerospace. Thanks for the beautiful site. Now to start saving for this beauty!


    Yes it is Quite a list, there is something for everyone. I am glad you found something you like

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