Watch Buyer’s Guide
Rugged watches that keep much more than time
Whether you’re camping, out ATV riding or shooting with buddies, a reliable wrist watch is essential to any mission. Beyond telling you the time, watches are capable of helping you navigate in the wilds, warn you of inclement weather and even help you figure out the firing solution for your next long-range shot. We take a look at the features of six watches that caught our eye.
This titanium-banded watch features a digital compass, measures temperature down to -10° C and is powered by a solar rechargeable battery that can last for up to six months on a single charge.
Model: Pathfinder PAG240T-7
Solar power; digital compass; altimeter; barometer; thermometer; 31 time zones; five daily alarms; 1/100-second stopwatch; countdown timer; waterproof to 200 meters
The shock-resistant GDF100-1B contains twin built-in sensors that help it calculate changing weather conditions by giving you altitude, atmospheric pressure and temperature data.
Altimeter; barometer; thermometer; 31 time zones; five daily alarms; 1/100-second stopwatch; countdown timer; waterproof to 200 meters
The Luminox’s sleek black-on-black look is a real eye pleaser. It features self-powered micro gas lights in the hour markers and hands for easy reading in low-light or no-light conditions.
Model: Evo Navy Seal 3051 Blackout Watch
Date; ratcheted unidirectional rotating 0-60 elapsed-time bezel; bright gas light hour markers on dial; glow-in-the-dark tritium-filled hands; water resistant to 200 meters
Input your ballistic and environmental data into the 5.11 SureShot calculator and it will give you a shooting solution in MILS, TMOA or SMOA out to 1,000 meters.
Model: Field Ops Watch
Built-in 13-variable firing solution calculator; digital compass; second time zone; alarm; chronograph; countdown timer; waterproof to 30 meters
Fossil’s Dean Nylon Watch features luminescent hands and hour markers as well as three chronograph sub-dials that display seconds, minutes and hours.
Model: Dean Nylon Watch – Camo
Chronograph; date; comfortable camouflage nylon strap; water resistant to 50 meters
Worn by special military forces around the world, Suunto’s Core is chock full of features, including ones that help you navigate, such as a compass with digital bearing, countdown timer and depth meter.
Model: Core All Black Military
Altimeter; barometer; compass; depth measurement; countdown clock; sunrise and sunset times; reads ambient and water temperatures; displays four languages (English, French, German, Spanish); water resistant to 30 meters