Do you need a watch that will hold up to all of your outdoor adventures? You’ve come to the right place! In our rugged men’s watch buying guide, we’ve researched and reviewed a selection of products that are specifically targeted to durability and masculinity. If this is your first time buying a rugged watch, we’ll take a look at some of the things you should consider before you start shopping. Then we’ll get to the reviews!
Band Materials: You’re going to want a band that isn’t going to snap, fray, or come apart if it gets snagged on something. There’s a bonus for a band that is waterproof. The most common are nylon and resin.
Water Resistant Depth: Can you dive or swim with the watch on? For most rugged watches, the answer is yes! Most have a depth that they continue to work at, so check this out before you jump in the water.
Case Diameter: This refers to the size of the face of the watch, most often the round part of it. A bigger case is easier to see but tends to get caught on things more often. Choose your best size!
Multi-Functional: Can it tell the time in foreign countries? Does it have a stopwatch or a calendar? Multi-functional watches do much more than just tell time. If you’re looking for a simple timepiece, look for one that isn’t multi-functional.
LED Backlight: The LED backlight on a watch makes it easier to see the time or other functions on the face. Most rugged watches come with a backlight for dark places that can be activated by pressing a button.
Warranty: A warranty protects you from errors associated with the manufacturing process. Most companies refund or replace defective units if the problem is their fault. A longer warranty means that you are protected for a longer period of time.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s get to our rugged men’s watch reviews! All of the products on this list are pretty beefy and can stand up to a lot of use and abuse. If you’re eager to get back out there, check out our top pick and budget pick first. After that, look through all the other amazing watches we recommend. We’re sure that you’ll find the rugged watch for you!
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Samantha Dewitt is a lead researcher and writer for GeekWrapped, writing under a pen name. She gets excited about pet, baby, and science products and has over 12 years of experience.
Article last updated on:
September 30, 2019