So what is it exactly that makes a watch “tactical?” For starters, these military-style timepieces should be supremely durable, devoid of sparkly bits, reliable, and easy to read. Our friends at Everyday Carry picked out a few of their favorite models for you to choose from.
The Airman watch was originally designed for pilots, but its 24-hour display makes it an appealing timepiece for those looking for something a bit different. Its 25-jewel automatic movement has a 42h power reserve, and it comes in a stainless case with sapphire crystal.
Panerai’s dramatic black watch features a Carbotech composite case, giving it textured, matte finish, and a lightweight feel for its hefty 47mm size. It’s powered by a precise automatic-mechanical Swiss movement, has luminous markers, a day indicator, and a small seconds dial.
With clean, easy-to-read dials, grosgrain fabric straps, and pragmatic military styling, everyone should have a field watch in their timekeeping arsenal. Drop by Everyday Carry and check out their top 10 picks for 2019. Our fave is the old-school Timex MK1 reissue.
Tokyoflash’s latest unusual watch is inspired by an air pressure gauge. It may look like a straightforward timepiece, but its inner gauge has no practical function. Instead, the watch’s hand moves three times to point to the outer gauge and indicate the time.
Casio is showing off our favorite G-SHOCK color scheme yet. The limited-edition MTGB1000RB-2A offers a sweet iridescent rainbow case, while maintaining the durability the line is known for, along with world time, chrono, and alarm functions. Drops 6/2019 for $1000.
Nixon’s playful stainless steel wristwatch combines retro design with geeky functionality. Aside from its LCD display, it has a speaker that lets it dictate the time at the push of a button. It charges via a microUSB-to-USB cable. Comes in four metaltone colors.
Diesel’s mammoth men’s timepiece features a gigantic 59mm x 51mm black-plated stainless steel case, a colorful multichromatic crystal, and a matching link bracelet. Three sub-dials provide chronograph functionality, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft).
With designs inspired by the minimalist work of the great Dieter Rams, Roue’s watch offers a sandblasted 41.5mm stainless steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and comes with interchangeable straps in sporty silicone, as well as a reversible nylon/leather band.
Limited to just 3000 pieces, this retro-modern LCD watch is a reproduction of the classic Seiko Speedmaster, created by famed automotive designer Giugiaro, and worn by racer Ayrton Senna. It features a curved Hardex crystal, tachymeter, stopwatch, alarm, and timer.
The latest model of Ressence’s unique floating face watch. The Type 2 is a mechanical watch that can always adjust itself to the right time after only one calibration, no matter how long since you’ve last used it. You can also calibrate it via its app. Drops 4/2019 for $49,000.
There have been several officially licensed Nintendo Game Boy watches, but we think this one is among the best. Not least because it’s still available for purchase. The watch uses the Super Mario Land theme as its alarm sound and its buttons are used to set the time and date.