TOP 5 Best Rugged Watches [Updated 2019]


Rugged watches are similar to yet different from the vast majority of the sports watches. These watches are built to fit an active lifestyle and, most of the times, they adapt well to professional military use too. These models come with multiple features that can be exploited during adventures or other intensive outdoor activities.

Whether you are a passionate hiker, an occasional adventurer or a military professional, there are many reasons to buy a rugged timepiece. These devices are designed to measure much more than just time and they also keep track of your activity. In addition to this, they are built to last, being reliable, durable and extremely resistant.

But with so many models available on the market, choosing a rugged watch for men can be pretty daunting, especially if you don’t know what special features and functionalities each model has to offer. For this reason, we narrowed down the list to help you decide which is the perfect timepiece for you.

1. Casio G-Shock GW-9400-1CR Watch

Casio is one of the most popular manufacturers of rugged men’s watches, its G-Shock line timepieces being widely considered reliable, durable and functional.

From all the G-Shock watches, an outstanding rugged timepiece thought for intensive outdoor use is the GW-9400-1CR model.

This watch impresses with its multiple functions as well as with its sturdy design. From an aesthetic point of view, this watch inspires pure masculinity, its lines being consistent with the style of the other G-Shock models. GW-9400-1CR is a shock, water and mud resistant and equipped with multiple functions and features.

The G-Shock GW-9400-1CR has an intuitive display that shows the time, date, sunrise and sunset and the day of the week. The watch is also a reliable altimeter, barometer, and a digital compass. Regarding the battery, the watch is powered by a solar rechargeable battery that has a lifespan of 7 months when not exposed to further sunlight, an awesome characteristic in our opinion.

Casio Men's GW-9400-1CR Master of G Stainless Steel Solar Watch
  • Solar-powered digital watch in stainless steel with multiple displays, red contrasts, and textured pushers
  • Quartz movement with analog display
  • Protective mineral crystal dial window

Last update on 2019-08-24 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2. Fanmis 2X08 Military Watch

According to the users’ reviews, the Fanmis 2X08 is a great alternative to the original G-Shock if you are looking for a less expensive rugged watch for sale. Since it is enjoying such great popularity, this is one model we couldn’t ignore, and we have to say that even if it comes with limited functions it is perfectly adaptable to heavy outdoor use in extreme conditions.

The design is clearly inspired by the Casio G-Shock line, both the case and the wristband being made of black silicone. The digital display is backlit by colored LED lights that make time reading extremely easy. A fun characteristic is the possibility to change the background color, choosing the favorite from the 7 available options.

A drawback of the model is the lack of an altimeter and barometer function, but the watch is equipped with a compass. As an overall, even if it doesn’t rise to the standards of the established brands, the Fanmis 2X08 can successfully be considered an excellent budget military watch.

Fanmis Mens Military Multifunction Digital LED Watch Electronic Waterproof Alarm Quartz Sports Watch (Blue)
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Calendar Month / Day / Date, Alarm, Water Resistant, LED Display, Back Light, Shock Resistant, Stop Watch. What you waiting for? This a great value watch you don't want to miss.
  • Solid stainless steel back cover. Water resistant. Battery: CR2025 Battery Life: 3 Years
  • 7 COLOR LED BACKLIGHT with COMFORT BAND STRAP. 7 color bright LED back lights (long press top left button to change) makes time reading super easy and fun, soft imported PU watch band bring...

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3. Invicta 17884 Watch

Writing a rugged watch review for this splendid Invicta timepiece was a real pleasure for our team. The model is part of the manufacturer’s Pro Diver collection and it is characterized by an extremely elegant design and outstanding functionalities.

With regard to its aesthetics, the Invicta 17884 sets itself apart from the competition thanks to the stylish round case plated with 18k gold. This luxurious look is enhanced by the splendid analog dial with intuitive marks for the hours and chronograph functions. The luminous skeleton hands and the magnified date window are further elements that define the elegant line of this watch.

The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window and the black polyurethane wristband with golden details completes the design of this opulent timepiece.

When it comes to technical details, the movement is ensured by a Swiss quartz mechanism and the watch is suitable for the professional marine activity, being water resistant at 660 feet. We can safely say that this is a perfect rugged watch that can be successfully used for casual or business purposes regardless of your field of activity.

Invicta Men's 17884 Pro Diver 18k Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch
  • Round watch featuring numbered bezel, luminous skeleton hands/dot indices, and magnified date window at 4:00
  • Chronograph functions with 60-second, 30-Minute and 12-hour subdials
  • 49 mm gold ion-plated stainless steel case with synthetic-sapphire dial window

Last update on 2019-08-24 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

4. Armitron 40/8188 Watch

Returning to the more sporty style characteristic to the rugged military watches, another timepiece that impressed us and many other customers with its features is the 40/8188 model by Armitron.

According to many reviews, the 40/8188 is:

the exact definition of a great watch

Many users are satisfied by its design, performances, and price.

The round stainless steel case is complemented with success by the resin wristband. The digital display shows the current hour, date and day of the week, while the multiple features include a countdown timer, chronograph, and a second-time-zone.

The main drawback of this model is the acrylic dial window that is somehow unsuitable for a watch designed to be used during intense outdoor activities. On the other hand, it lacks an ABC function as well, but it is water resistant at 330 feet.

Armitron Sport Men's 408188GMG Digital Watch
  • Sport-minded watch featuring multiple displays, timer, chronograph, backlight, and day/date features
  • Stainless steel case with acrylic dial window
  • Quartz movement with digital display

Last update on 2019-08-24 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

5. Timex Ironman Rugged 30 Watch

We decided to end our list with what it is considered one of the top rugged watches available on the market, the Ironman Rugged 30 by Timex.

Timex brand is famous worldwide for its reliable and durable timepieces and the Ironman Rugged 30 doesn’t disappoint. The watch is characterized by a round resin case fully attached to an imposing resin wristband. The digital dial is protected by an acrylic window, maybe the only negative point regarding the design.

When it comes to performances, the Ironman Rugged 30 is sturdy, durable, water resistant at 330 feet and comes with many useful functions. Among these, we can mention the countdown timer and stopwatch, the three alarms and two time zones.

Coming in a wide variety of colors, the Timex Ironman Rugged 30 is suitable for both men and women and can satisfy the aesthetic desires of a wide range of consumers.

Timex Ironman Rugged 30 Full-Size Watch
  • Bold Sport Design
  • Sports Stopwatch with 30 Lap Memory
  • Countdown Timer & Alarm

Last update on 2019-08-24 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Final Thoughts

In our opinion, the best rugged watch available on the market is Casio G-Shock GW-9400-1CR. This timepiece is not only reliable, but it is also built to resist almost any type of outdoor activity, a complete watch destined to intense use.

What we like most about this model is its ability to recharge the battery using solar power and the extremely accurate ABC function. The truth is that with a watch like this you will never have to worry about getting lost or running out of battery even in the most extreme circumstances.

Not sure how to choose the watch? Read our complete Buyer’s Guide.

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I get excited about efficient gear that fulfills multiple roles, and I’ve taken my love of hunting, military equipment, and survival tactics to create RLG. There was so much I didn’t know when I got started, and my goal with this site is to pose you for the very best hunt, the best fishing trips, and teach you how to discern good gear from bottom barrel junk. Together, we’re going to gear up and get ready for anything the world throws our way.