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The Top 8 Toughest Watches To Consider – The Buying Guide

Tough watches, as the name clearly suggests, are some of the toughest watches in the world. They’re designed to hold up to a rugged (or even reckless) lifestyle and not only remain intact, but to continue to function at their peak performance level.

If you’re the type of guy who is adventure seeking, active or just plain accident-prone, a tough watch is definitely the watch for you. One tough watch is worth ten puny regular watches when it comes to guys or gals who need the toughest watch available.

What is considered a Toughest Watches?

Above all else, a tough watch can stand up to shock. It should be able to take being subjected to drops, smashes, falls, etc., all without cracking under pressure (well..literally). Tough watches are designed with active men or women in mind, so they need to be durable enough to stand up to your lifestyle.

But they’re more than just durable. Typically, they use atomic timekeeping, making them among the best timekeeping devices, which is obviously one of the main reasons to have a watch in the first place. And they also have extra features like a altimeter, barometer, thermometer and more, as well as functioning as radio wave receivers.

Many can also be used for driving, which is why they make for some of the toughest watches for the military, who may use them during exercises as well as in the field for the ability to stand up to extraordinary pressure.

Tough watches are often solar watches. This means you don’t have to worry about batteries. As a prospective tough watch buyer, chances are you’re an active person. Being out in the sunlight will automatically keep your tough watch going.

Solar power isn’t the only modern innovation, of course. Many a tough watch is now designed to sync-up with your cell phone for today’s outdoors enthusiast.

We live in a busy world and connectivity is part of that, so a lot of tough watches are designed to keep up with the needs of a modern people.

Touch watches can be analog or digital. Which you choose is a mixture of your specific requirements and personal preference, but there are great options out there for both types, so you’ll be able to find the tough watch to suit your needs.

The difference between a Tough Watch and Tactical Watches

The main difference between a tough watch and a tactical watch or military-style watch is that tactical watches may have a larger or more specific range of functions suited to military usage needs.

While a tough watch does much if not all of what a tactical watch does, yet it’s great for everyday use by ordinary people who happened just need a super durable watch with expanded features.

In other words, tough watches are made for men who want the functionality and durability of a tactical watch but without the unnecessary bells and whistles.

Being that said, if you’ve already done your research, then you know that many different companies make many different types of so-called Tough Watches which range in features, durability, and price.

We’ve gathered Ten of The Best Toughes Watches, depending on what you need it for. Read into each suggestion below very carefully – at the end of it, you’ll know which one is right for you and why.

Let’s started.

G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 Series

As you might know, “Shock Resistance” is the number one feature most men and women look for when shopping for the toughest watch, and there’s no wonder why: shock resistance is what makes tough watches ultimately the most durable watches there are, and it’s vital that those with an active lifestyle always opt for a shock resistant watch.

Thankfully, G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman series has you covered on that front.. well. thanks to G-Shock technology to be precise.

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The G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 series features a compass, barometer/altimeter, and a thermometer. This triple threat feature alone is enough to make most folks want this watch, because of the extreme usefulness. However, this is just one of many features to like about this tough watch.

This watch is water resistant up to 200 meters, as well as mud and dirt resistant, meaning you don’t have to worry about the elements destroying your brand-new watch. These features, combined with its shock resistance, make this model a true contender for toughest digital watch.

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G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman Series – Toughest Watch with excellent features.

The GW-9400 series is a tough solar watch that can stay charged up to seven months without being exposed to sunlight in the meantime. This capability makes it a standout in solar powered watches.

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G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000 Series

Starting off our second list is G-Shock GWF-D1000 model is the newest generation of Frogman series. Just like I mentioned before – when I’m thinking about watches, there are two kind of type. The first one is fashion watch and the other is just what I called  “A REAL” watch. . and G-Shock Frogman Series is one of the REAL watch in the market today.

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The G-Shock GWF-D1000 is water resistant down to 200m. You can use it to measure your dive time up to six hours; on top of that, and what makes this really cool, is it has an alarm that lets you know if you’re ascending too fast, which even beginning divers know can be a very dangerous thing.

The Frogman can receive radio waves up to 6 times a day in most countries with the count dropping to 5 times a day in China (which isn’t that big of a drop, but worth noting nonetheless).

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G-Shock Frogman Series – An Ideal Diving Watch.

It’s made to be shock resistant so you know that you have yourself a true tough watch with this model.

The Frogman’s asymmetrical design further proves was made with divers in mind by allowing for freer wrist movement, which allows you to maneuver easier underwater while diving.

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G-Shock GXW-56 Series

The G-Shock GXW-56 series is kind of a Big Watch base on original square G-Shock shape and featuring mud and dust resistance. Commonly referred to as the “King” by G-Shock fans, due to its size (55.5 × 53.6 × 17.5 mm) and reputation for toughness.

So, if you guys with smaller wrists may be apprehensive about getting it, but don’t let the size put you off—it looks great on every wrist size, thanks to its attractive design.

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G-Shock GXW-56 series automatically updates the time every night via a radio signal, so you can rest assured that your clock is always keeping accurate time.

This watch is solar powered, so you don’t have to worry about it dying on you during a long camping trip with bright LCD display ensures you can see every detail even on the darkest nights.

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Marathon Search and Rescue TSAR Military Divers

Marathon TSAR was made to the high standards of the US Government and was worn by troops serving us in Iraq and Afghanistan. America puts its troops first, so you can be sure that with a model of this caliber, you will have yourself a fine and capable watch. After all, it’s one of the toughest watches for the military ever made.

Because it’s designed for search and rescue missions, it has some features that go beyond the standard tough watch, the most standout being its water resistance depth which goes all the way to 300 meters. You’re not likely to need that in your daily life, but if you work search and rescue or you’re an extreme diver, then that feature is definitely something to take seriously.

Thanks to its durable and high-quality construction, this is quite possibly the toughest analog watch on the market today. The TSAR Military Diver features tritium gas tubes that are made to last for up to 25 years; furthermore, they’re self-illuminating – so you don’t have to worry about that aspect.

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Marathon Search and Rescue TSAR Military Divers – Tough Watch with Military Grade

The Italian-made vulcanized rubber straps are strong and durable and, believe it or not, vanilla-scented. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry—there are optional straps available.

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Luminox Sea ANU Chrono 4240 Series

It is no doubt that Luminox is one of the top tough watches today. If the watch is sturdy and tough enough for the world’s roughest top-notch elite forces, it will stand up to every other robust outdoor use.  Their toughest and most specifically designed essential watches gear to date, the ANU (Authorized for Navy Use) watch series.

At the moments, Luminox has three lines of their models “Sea,” “Air”, and “Land”. This Luminox Sea ANU Chronograph 4240 series is part of their Sea collection.

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The analog display makes Luminox ANU 4240 series look timeless and downright cool. This watch is black all over from the face to the bezel and the strap. The contrast points are the numbers (grey when it’s not glowing in the dark) and the red second hand. It definitely makes a statement style-wise.

The numbers themselves are blocky and easy to read which ties the look together, so if that’s the aesthetic you like, this may be the watch for you.

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Luminox 4240 Series – Designed for Diving

The night vision feature allows for you to easily read your watch in the dark, thanks to Luminox Light Technology (LLT).

The Luminox 4240 series is water resistant to a depth of 200 meters, making it an ideal diving companion. The band is rubber with a brushed stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant sapphire dial window. All of this makes for exceptional durability in a cool package.

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Timex Expedition Gallatin

Timex® Expedition® Gallatin case is made out of a lightweight and durable resin so you can be sure it will stand up to what you put it through – thanks to the raised top ring, tactical dial and mixed materials design.

The Timex Expedition Gallatin is good for a depth of 50 meters. While that’s not ideal for diving, it’s perfect for most other water sports and activities, making it still a very suitable watch for most active guys.

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Unlike most tough watches, Timex’s watch doesn’t try to be ultra-hardcore futuristic-looking. Instead, it opts for a likeable outdoorsy vibe that someone who spends their time with nature is likely to appreciate. The green double layer NATO style straps further add to that rustic adventurer meets modern sportsman look.

Powered up with  Indiglo Light-Up dial features, this timepiece is great for night-time bike riding or any other fun thing you can think of to do in the dark.

The Timex Expedition Gallatin is about a half and a third of the price of our list, respectively. If your are on a budget, perhaps this watch is perfect for you.

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Casio Protrek PRW-7000 Series

Introduced in July 2016, Casio Protrek PRW-7000 series is a genuine adventure watch indeed. This series is one of the new high-end analog-digital models with Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6 watch and powered-up with Triple Sensor Version 3 Technology.

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With this sensors, you can see a lot of info such temperature, barometric pressure, and a compass – this is truly an outdoorsman’s watch. These are the handiest features a hiker or mountaineer could ask for because they can keep you safe in unfamiliar terrain. The subdial also has a tide indicator, and the watch also displays moon age data

World Time is probably a unique feature about the Protrek that sets it apart from other tough watches of its ilk. What World Time does is it is a world clock for 48 cities, accommodating 31 time zones, daylight savings time, and with the added bonus of being able to change your home city easily.

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Casio Protrek PRW-7000 series – Genuine adventure watch

Also, you can easily switch out between standard time and Universal Coordinated Time (also known as UTC), which is perfect for those (like me), whose jobs require them to keep up with that sort of thing.

You also can set five independent daily alarms so that you never miss an important moment (or wakeup time). The countdown timer works in increments of 1 second and can be set for up to 60 minutes, making it one of the more versatile countdown timers out there.

The PRW-7000 also has the ability to function as a stopwatch down to 1/100th of a second with a 24-hour capacity. It also has a cool additional feature of marking first and second place times.

With water resistance up to 200 meters, the PRW-7000 seriestough is intended for water adventurer and has a “fishing time function” that reveals the best times for fishing. Another helpful outdoor feature is the sunrise and sunset time display.

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Suunto Traverse Alpha Series

Suunto Travers Alpha becomes one of toughest GPS watch out there, besides its water resistant (up to 100m), they have been tested according to the military standards (MIL-STD-810G). Every new Suunto product goes through severe testing during development both in the laboratory and out in the field.

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The Suunto tough watch features a storm alarm as well as tracks weather trends. If you live in an area with changeable weather like I do, you’ll know the importance of having a storm alarm.

Suunto Travers Alpha also Comes with GPS/GLONASS navigation. Depending on where you’re from, you may be confused by one or both of these terms.

GPS stands for Global Position System while GLONASS stands for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema. If you’re still confused, both are the same thing: a satellite-based navigation system (also known as Sat Nav in some parts). No matter what you call it, the function is the same: to help you better navigate your terrain.

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Suunto Travers Alpha – Made with outdoorsmen in mind

The Suunto Traverse Alpha Series tough watch has various dedicated features that support your hunting, fishing and hiking activities.

Tracking your burned calories and steps walked with a tough watch? It may not be the first thing you think of when you think of tough watches, but it’s a nice touch in a watch designed for the active.

For more quick look, there’s a lot a video on YouTube reviewing and displaying it on an actual Suunto Traverse Alpha watch. Gotta look good on your wrist, right?


We’ve given you three watches to consider – most of them are the industry leaders, and one of them is for those of you who are on a budget. The list is short because these ones are the clear winners.

You might be able to find cheaper toughest watches in the market, but with cheaper versions, you’ll run into problems – many of the watches that we were considering adding to the list did not hold up over time.

Take into account your budget, your needs, and your preferences, then scroll up and select each one of them. Read the reviews of each on Amazon (we’ve linked to them in each review) to get a firm grasp on what others think, and then place an order to get your watch. Good luck!

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