There is a prodigious amount of prejudice and condescension aimed at the humble digital watch. But here are the best digital watches, from low to high-end to fit any budget.
Once upon a time the height of cool watch wearing, today analog and automatic, or preferably old school manual, are the very watch trendsetters the quartz digital watch nearly succeeded in eliminating. At least that’s the case in the rarefied world of the discerning watch collector. But step outside into the real world and the best digital watches are still selling by the container load.
And no wonder. Unlike mechanical analog watches, digital watches have no moving parts. Many are waterproof and can stand a considerable amount of vigorous activity. They can also have many features such as stopwatches, calendar, and GPS functions, pedometers, heart rate monitors and more. If you’re looking for a reliable, accurate, easy to read time teller that won’t let you down, and in most cases won’t cost you much money, you should definitely have a digital watch or two in your collection.
Here’s our selection of some of the coolest, most desirable and best digital watches out there right now. Prices are shown in ascending order.
You may laugh, but Chinese brand SKMEI is growing rapidly with a presence in over 80 countries including the USA. They specialize in super affordable Digital and Smart Watches. Described as the ideal gift for men, the 52mm sports watch offers Time, Chrono, Alarm, Date, Week, Lume, 12/24 Hour Clock, and Count Down. How much? UK price: £7.10
A watch for which the epithet ‘tried and true’ has seldom been more apt. With its daily alarm, hourly time signal and auto calendar, you’ll never need to worry about missing an appointment again. And the 10-year battery means it just won’t quit, which is why it’s on our list of the best digital watches here. How much? US$19.99
Ahh, the original and best Casio G-Shock, the DW5600, reinterpreted in a raunchy collaboration with animated rock band Gorillaz. The design hails from the 1980s but this time it’s given a subtle matte-black update, giving the wearer a truly casual appearance at all times. The G-SHOCK collaboration launches a collection of limited-edition new watches, designed specifically with band members 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs in mind. The partnership brings together two innovative and renowned entities to offer a classic style redefined once again with a twist. It’s one of our best digital watches and a G-SHOCK must have. How much? $99.00
This is Timex’s answer to the Casio G-SHOCK. Timex knows a lot about watches that take a licking and keep on ticking, but Casio has managed to usurp this territory and make it their own. The watch features a camo case and matching sand-colored strap and is shock-resistant, water-resistant up to 100 meters and features what it calls a hydration alert. How much? US$99.00
Designed for surfers possibly by surfers, this cool looking digital watch offers simplified tide telling inspired by simpler times. The Base Tide slides 21st-century tech into retro design and mod colors. It’s a 22mm custom injection molded case with an ultra-soft silicone or nylon band. How much? US$99.99
Stepping things up in terms of price, this Swiss quartz Braun Prestige watch has won both a Red Dot and iF award for product design. It comes with a patented EasySkroll v2.0 operating system, scratch resistant K1 hardened glass, and 3 bar (30m) water resistance. It has a 100-year perpetual calendar, chronograph, and countdown. How much? US$627.00
Way ahead of the pack in terms of cost, this is Breitling’s first ever connected chronograph, putting the smartphone in the service of the watch so as to enhance its functionality. The Exospace B55 houses an exclusive caliber equipped with a range of original functions tailor-made for pilots and yachtsman: an electronic tachymeter, a ‘countdown/count-up’ system, a “Chronoflight” and “Chrono regatta” device for recording flight and regatta times, respectively, while memorizing departure and arrival times. The Breitling Exospace B55 features pairing capability with a smart-phone via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) for data transfer and remote settings, such as time, date & UTC time correction. How much? US$8,700.00