The days when all a military watch needed was a 24-hour dial, sensible numerals, strong lume and a sturdy NATO strap are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Modern military watches include a barometer, compass, thermometer, tachymeter, alarms, tritium gas, bluetooth and much more besides.
Of course, on your daily trip to pick up groceries and some dry cleaning, you’ll struggle to find a need for most of these features. However, with dusk approaching as you’re dropped in hostile territory and the chopper disappears into the night, you’ll thank yourself over and over again if you have read the instruction manual on some of these clever military boys’ toys.
The G-Shock 6900 Military Series Watch adopts the style of the hugely popular G-shock watches. With its rugged and durable design, the watch has different versions with different dials and fixed colors. $67.98 G-SHOCK
This watch has everything you need in one watch. It comes with an altimeter, barometer, compass, storm indicator, and a weather trend indicator, making it useful in all outdoor activities. The watch has a mineral crystal glass face and carbon fiber base. Durable and water resistant, it has a logbook function to store data about different expeditions. An efficient watch for all purposes, and it fits all the criteria required for a durable Special Forces watch. $199.99 SUUNTO
Casio Men’s PRW2500T Military Watch
Casio Men’s PRW2500T Military Watch endures all kinds of rough weather and challenging environments. An easy touch operation gives simple access to a wide range of features including altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, and more. The dual LCD display layout provides information easily at one glance. Additional features include tide and moon information, and atomic timekeeping via radio signals with tough solar to ensure the bateries don’t fail . $300.00 G-SHOCK
Traser MIL-G Type 6 P6600
As occasionally used by Nick Stone in Andy McNab’s bestselling SAS novels, the Traser MIL-G Type 6 P6600 watch has an official MIL – Spec certification, which means that it has a design suitable for military watches. It comes with a unique illumination system known as “trigalight.” This is an independent light for the watch face from the battery. Tritium gas and radioactive decay helps the light last for 10 years. The glass of mineral crystals is scratch resistant and shields the face of the watch. $323.00 Traser
Luminox is endorsed by a genuine Navy SEAL, and this Recon Navigation Specialist watch offers perfect visibility at a single glance. The watch includes a tachymeter calibrated to measure walking speed to help calculate the distance. A small compass on the strap aids easy navigation. $599.99 Luminox