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Top Five Military Watches

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Military watches have a design which shows the professional and tough character of the person wearing it. What about the features? Every military watch should show accurate time, date and be equipped with a long lasting battery. GPS watches are inappropriate for military use because their batteries are not sufficiently durable.During operations it is hard to have a computer and USB cable with you all the time to refill it and you definitely don't want your watch to turn off in the middle of a mission. Maybe you are even stationed at place without electricity making it impossible for you to refill the watch.

So what are the other special functions of a watch that can be used for making a soldiers duties easier? Modern watches often have an integrated compass which will help you with navigation. With a barometer you can predict the weather and an altimeter will also help you with your navigation and map reading. A thermometer is a useful feature which will allow you to monitor temperature amplitudes. Basic functions that must be included in a military watch are daily alarms, dual time and sunrise/sunset times.

So which are the best military watches?



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Comparison

Feature/ModelCasio G9300-1Suunto Core AluTimex Expedition T496125.11 Field Ops WatchSuunto Vector

Battery

Solar Rechargeable

User replaceable

Replaceable

Replaceable

User Replaceable

Water Resistance

200m

30m

200m

100m

30m

Dual Time

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Sunrise/Sunset Times

No

Yes

No

No

No

Alarm

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stopwatch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compass

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Altimeter

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Barometer

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Thermometer

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Special Functions

Moon Phase Graph

Storm Alarm, Depth meter

Night Function

SureShot Ballistic Calculator

Rotating Bezel

Casio G9300-1

Casio G9300-1

Casio G9300-1

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Casio G9300-1

Suitable for:

  • Military, law enforcement and similar
  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Everyday use

Casio G9300-1 is the new Casio watch from Mudman series. The watch has a perfect, little sporty, design which is suitable for activities in the military and law enforcement.The case and buttons are sealed which prevents mud, dust and dirt from getting into the watch. It weighs 68,5g so it won’t feel heavy on your wrist and you will be able to wear it for everyday activities too. The watch is solar rechargeable which is a great thing as you won’t have to worry about the battery going out. The battery lasts for eight months even without exposure to light. The special function of the watch is a moon phase graph. It will help you to predict whether the night will be dark or bright. Casio G9300 does not have the weather functions which we can find in Suunto watches. It doesn’t support barometer and altimeter. Altimeter can help you with map reading so it is a quite important feature. Still it deserves first place because of its perfect military design and great mud/shock resistance.

Pros:

  • Design
  • Mud/Shock Resistance
  • Moon phase graph
  • Solar rechargeable battery

Cons:

  • Doesn’t set itself (atomic clock)


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Suunto Core Alu

Suunto Core Alu

Suunto Core Alu

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Suunto Core Alu

Suitable for:

  • Military, law enforcement and similar
  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Snorkeling
  • Everyday use

Suunto Core Alu is the most sophisticated non GPS watch from Suunto. It is designed elegantly and sporty. Even office workers wouldn’t mind to have a watch like that. But is it appropriate for military use? Well it looks a little fancier then Casio G9300 but it’s still perfect for military activities. Screen is made of mineral glass so you don’t have to worry about any scratches. It is a little heavier then Casio G9300 but still not too heavy for everyday use. The battery is user replaceable and it lasts for about one year. A battery indicator will warn you to change the battery. Suunto Core supports all military watch features, plus it has storm alarm and depth meter. The storm alarm will warn you about any incoming storm, so that you can prepare yourself. With depth meter you will be able to see how far beneath the water surface you are. It is definitely a sophisticated watch but not as resistant as Casio G9300.

Pros:

  • Features
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Mud/Shock Resistance

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Timex Expedition T49612

Timex Expedition T49612

Timex Expedition T49612

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Timex Expedition T49612

Suitable for:

  • Military, law enforcement and similar
  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Everyday use

Timex Expidition T49612is constructed for outdoor activities and also appropriate for military/law enforcement use. The main benefit of this watch is the low price, which is the lowest of the above listed watches. So if you want budget watch for military use, this is the perfect choice for you. The design is quite tough and the watch is shock resistant. It can easily be compared with the Casio G-Shock series and Suunto watches.However due to the budget price you will have to give up weather functions, thermometer and dual time. The watch doesn’t support altimeter and barometer which can be very practical in the military. You won’t miss dual time function if you don’t travel a lot. The special function of this watch is the night mode. If you turn the night mode on, the light will turn on no matter which button you press. It is quite useful in a dark environment. Timex Expidition T49612 definitely has the best quality/price ratio of all listed watches.

Pros:

  • Rugged
  • Comfortable
  • Simple

Cons:

  • Compass accuracy
  • Confusing Stopwatch

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5.11 Field Ops Watch

5.11 Field Ops Watch

5.11 Field Ops Watch

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5.11 Field Ops Watch

Suitable for:

  • Military, law enforcement and similar
  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Shooting
  • Everyday use

5.11 Field Ops Watch is designed for military and law enforcement personnel. The watch is rugged and has scratch resistant mineral glass screen. So do not worry about scratching this watch easily. With the watch you will also get an extended band so you can wear the watch on top of the gloves or other equipment. The watch is despite all the resistance features quite light and appropriate for everyday use. 5.11 watch doesn’t support barometer, altimeter and thermometer which would make it the perfect watch for the military. Instead of these features it supports SureShot ballistic calculator. The watch accepts thirteen shooting variables and output point of impact shooting solutions to 1000 meters. The bullet drop will be calculated accurately. If you are looking for a special watch, 5.11 Field Ops Watch is definitely the right watch for you.

Pros:

  • Accurate
  • Comfortable
  • Sylish

Cons:

  • Bulky

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Suunto Vector

Suunto Vector

Suunto Vector

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Suunto Vector

Suitable for:

  • Military, law enforcement and similar
  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Everyday use

Suunto Vector is the predecessor of Suunto Core series. Being cheaper then Suunto Core with almost the same functions it is a good choice. The design is appropriate for military and law enforcement use and the hard plastic body protects the watch against damages. The watch also has rotating bezel which will help you with orientation. It has almost the same features as the Suunto Core. However In comparison with Suunto Core, this watch doesn’t have dual time feature and doesn’t show sunrise/sunset times. Also the storm alarm is missing. Anyway it is a good alternative to Suunto Core which is quite expensive. Suunto Vector is a very popular watch amongst hikers, mountaineers and military/law enforcement operators but is already being replaced by newer watches like this listed above.

Pros:

  • Rugged
  • Lightweight
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Flimsy

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Comments

Paul Hopkinson on May 14, 2015:

Get Rangeman instead of Mudman brst watch out there , got one cannot fault it.

BobbySD (author) from All around the world on July 15, 2013:

Thank you all.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on July 14, 2013:

Great information! I will use this to help select a watch for my son who is a US Marine! Thanks! Voted up and useful!

Ceres Schwarz on July 14, 2013:

Good hub on military watches. This is useful for those that are interested in having military watches and are wondering which watch they should get. The table comparing the 5 watches is helpful in showing how the watches differ from each other.

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