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The 3 Best Multi-Tools For Military Use: Heavy-Duty, Compact Products To Get The Job Done

Service any need, get yourself out of any jam; this is the multi-tool philosophy. An all-in-one product ranging from swiss army knives that fit on your keychain to full-scale models for heavy-duty repairs. If your needs are extensive, or you’ll be operating under high intensity military circumstances:

It will help to think of a multi-tool as an investment.

Saving a few bucks at purchase may have you smiling in the short-term, but a multi-tool is only as good as its weakest component. And finding the flaw when you are under heat will have you kicking yourself for not investing fully in the buyer process.
Let’s start with the best multi-tools for military reviews.

The Bottom Line

I’ll outline how to choose the best multi-tool for military use in my Buyer’s Guide, with my 3 best multi-tools for military reviewed below.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 27 of the top multi-tools for military use on the market and ended up covering 3 of our favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 27 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a multi-tool for military use.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to choose them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

Tools

BEST OVERALL

Leatherman OHT Multitool

4.7/5

16

BEST BUDGET

​Gerber MP600 Bladeless

4.0/5

11

BEST EVERY DAY

Leatherman Multitool

3.8/5

19

Best Overall

Since we are staying within a budget, my Best Overall choice takes into account the whole scope of buyer considerations. Price being one of these. Value for money, this model from letherman packs in all the best features you can find in a multi-tool, while maintaining standards of quality and durability.

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Leatherman OHT Multitool Review

That a Leatherman would win my Best Overall choice probably comes as no surprise. From one of the leaders in the multi-purpose tool industry, we get the Leatherman OHT: a diverse, durable and portable multitool that services military and casual repairmen alike.


Who Should Buy

This is an ideal intermediate choice, for both military and more casual outdoors purposes like hiking, fishing and survivalist missions.

Full Leatherman OHT Multitool Review:

The Leatherman OHT covers all bases, with an incredibly friendly one-hand accessible design. This is so important for military setting when you only have one hand free, but also for more casual settings like fishing (when you’re holding your catch on the line in one hand) and hiking.

The compact design fits easily in your pocket, opening up into spring-action pliers that offer a solid grip and hold. It also includes all the essential military tools like strap cutters, saw and knife blades, oxygen tank wrench, wire cutters, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and #8-32 brush adapter. What I like about this Leatherman is that the tools are on the outside of the handles, making them easily accessible.

The Leatherman OHT comes with an impressive 25 year guarantee, which gives you an idea of how confident they are in its quality. While this isn’t as cheap as other pocket multitools of its size, the versatility and quality of this Leatherman really bring it up to par with many full-size mutlitools--giving it my Best Overall choice for the money.

  Tech Specs:

  Tools: 16

  Close Length: 4.5 Inches

  Trusted Brand:  Yes

 Special Features: One-hand fully operable multitool

PROS

  • Great versatility
  • Spring-action pliers
  • Tools on the outer edge of handles for easy access and use
  • 25 year guarantee
  • Imprinted location on handles, so that you can feel where each tool is located even in the dark

CONS

  • Some reviewers have mentioned manufacturing issues, such as loose screws and weak blades

Best Budget

As my budget option, you’re not going to find quite the same quality of components here. That being said, SNE have produced a surprising durable military watch for what you’ll pay. With water resistance up to 50m, alarm, 12/24hr readout options and digital stopwatch/timer, it’s about all you could ask for with a watch in this price range.

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Gerber MP600 Bladeless Review

It’s strange that this would end up being my ‘Budget Choice’, especially when you consider that the Gerber MP600 platform has been a go-to option for the U.S military. What I mean to say is: while this is indeed the most affordable product I’m reviewing, that isn’t to say you’re not getting quality or value for your money. 

Who Should Buy

Those looking for a value all-in-one solution. Quality Pliers with extra tools added as an afterthought.


Full Gerber MP600 Bladeless Review:


Coming in at 5.7 inches closed, the Gerber MP600 bladeless includes 11 tools and a Gerber Lifetime Warranty. What it lacks in style and flash (in my opinion, this is a pretty utilitarian looking multitool), it makes up for in durability and strength. The needle nosed pliers give a powerful grip and the handle for the screwdriver end gives solid control and ease of use. My final winning point for this Gerber MP600, in particular, is that it is a bladeless model. For the frequent travelers out there, this means no hassles going through airport security.

On the downside,  while it is indeed one-hand operable, having the tools on the inside makes them slightly less accessible. This factor, along with some complaints about the wear and tear being more visible on this model than some other multitools out there, are the largest cons to tally.

  Tech Specs:

  Tools: 11

  Cased Length: 5.7 

  Trusted Brand:  Yes

  Special Features: U.S Military tool

PROS

  • Strong and powerful tools
  • Simple, compact design
  • Lifetime Warranty from Gerber
  • TSA approved for easy travel
  • Budget Choice winner

CONS

  • Tools are on the inside of handle, making them slightly more difficult to access with one hand
  • Wear and tear is more noticeable
  • Somewhat bleak, utilitarian aesthetic

3

Leatherman Charge TTI Multitool Review


​The Leatherman Charge TTI has taken some extra care with quality, producing a stunning, simple and versatile multi-tool. 19 tools, 25 year warranty and a perfectly smooth one-hand operable design, this is another top notch product from Leatherman.


Who Should Buy

Another smaller, pocket-carry option from Leatherman, this is perfect for everyday use--from mechanical repairs, to DIY projects and professional purposes. Can also be used for military purposes.

Full Leatherman Charge TTI Multitool Review:

In my opinion, they really should’ve called it the Leatherman Supercharged TTI. This thing is packed with 19 tools, all the while coming in at a compact 5.2 inches when closed. Backed by Leatherman’s 25 year limited warranty, this is a very finely manufactured product.

The Leatherman Charge TTI includes a couple of useful tools missing from the OHT model listed above. Things like small-bit screwdrivers for handling fine operations (or fixing your reading glasses), a crimper for joining metals, and other handy add-ons like a can opener and spring-action scissors. All of the tools are one-hand operable, and the fit is smooth and well-organized for great functionality.

Lastly, the knife blade on this model is sturdier than the average multitool, which is ideal for military and repairs use. 

 Tech Specs:

 Tools: 11

 Closed Length:
5.7 inches

 Trusted Brand: 
Yes

 Special Features:
U.S Military tool

PROS

  • Tight, compact and smooth-operating design
  • Largest versatility on this list with 19 tools
  • Highest Quality blade and features from Leatherman
  • Beautiful design with comfortable handle

CONS

  • Most expensive item on this list

Buyer's Guide

How to choose the best multitool for military use

The best buyer decisions stem from a step-by-step process. Here are the four main stages:

  1. Consider Your Carrying Method
  2. Make a Value Judgement on Versatility;
  3. Opt For Functionality of Design; and
  4. Demand Durability & Quality (trusted brands).

#1 How will you carry it?

The multitool buyer process is really a process of elimination. The first example of this:

Carrying Method.

By narrowing your search to only those products which meet your ideal carrier method, you can cut down your buyer decisions by more than half the market.

Here are the three main methods you’ll see:


Keychain: Keychain multitools are the most mobile option, suited to carrying in your pocket (and attached to your house keys). What you gain in mobility, you sacrifice in versatility and intensity. Naturally, it isn’t possible to fit a pair of heavy-duty pliers on your keychain, so these models tend to stick with basic, small-scale tools like screwdrivers, tape measures, LED lights and more.
Pocket: These are the next size up from keychain models, and are typically shaped as pliers. In the handles, you can find a serious range of versatility in these models--from saw blades to corkscrews.

Belt: Full size multitools are also sometimes referred to as Belt multitools, since that will be the most convenient way to carry them. Particularly for military purposes, working construction, or survivalist needs, these will be your best bet for handling serious conditions.

#2 Make A Value Judgement on Versatility:

The first question will be: What are your most common repairs?

The question itself works as a good thought experiment: if you can’t pin it down on any single activity, that means you probably need a tool with a broader versatility.

If you find yourself nailing it down to just one or two specific jobs, then it’s a good idea to ask yourself how valuable will 14 different tools really be for you? Leading brands often release more task-specific multitools with just two or three additions to the primary tool. Leatherman, for example, has released a multitool specifically designed for servicing firearms and adjusting sights. In more casual settings, you can almost definitely find specialist tools for tasks like bike repair, house repairs and DIY projects which won’t necessarily benefit from being large-scale multitools.

The point is, versatility isn’t everything. Out in the field is when you’re most likely to face challenging circumstances--unforecasted issues that need fixing, but which are difficult to directly prepare for. In such a dynamic environment, the versatility of your multitool will be its saving grace.

Versatility note: More isn’t always better. For example, if you don’t need a knife in your multitool, don’t include one. The blade itself is likely to bend and be of a lower quality than you could find for yourself in a separate blade, and perhaps just as importantly: multitools don’t make for very comfortable knife handles. When you’re cutting away at something at difficult angles or in a hurry, you’ll want a real knife--so steer clear of knife models that add a blade just for the sake of it. Furthermore, by removing the knife from you multitool, you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go: from commercial flights to secured locations.

#3 Functionality of Design

Multitools necessarily make sacrifices on any single tool’s accessibility and primary function. However, this doesn’t mean that some aren’t worse than others. Structural designs that hinder access to some tools (like blades that lie beneath other superficial tools) can be more than just a hassle--they can be dangerous in high-stress or battlefield scenarios.

You want to find a multitool that allows you to both access and use each tool as if it were being used by itself. This can be a big ask for pocket and keychain-sized models, since they try to save on space by cutting down the mechanisms necessary for true functionality. In some cases, you’ll find pliers in awkward positions, blades tucked away beneath other tools so that you need to have everything sticking out just to cut a loose thread. If you’re looking at a product in store, be sure to test out each tool and see how accessible, functional it is in action.

#4 Demand Durability & Quality


All of the good reasons for carrying a multitool, like convenience, sizing and simplicity, are taken away if it isn’t high quality. With so many moving parts, one point of failure can be a real setback--when one tool breaks or doesn’t function as it should, it can get in the way of other tools and make the entire multitool defective.

My best advice for this issue is to stick with trusted brands: Leatherman, Gerber and Victorinox are all a good start. 

Summing Up

In the end, choosing the best multitool will start with outlining your most common needs. Do you need to carry it with you easily, everyday? Will you be fixing fences, performing specific mechanical repairs, or just taking it with you fishing? Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s a balancing act between price, quality and versatility. Each of the best multitool for military reviews in this post are backed by quality brands and trusted manufacturers. Take a look through my Best Overall, Best Quality and Best Budget picks for inspiration, then take your handyman skills to the next level with the best multitool for your daily needs.

Why Military Sunglasses Aren’t Just A Fashion Show; The 3 Best Military Sunglasses 2019

The best military sunglasses are protective equipment first, and fashion items last... or never. We know you're looking for serious products that will protect your eyes from UV radiation, projectiles, sand, dirt and whatever extreme conditions come your way.


The Bottom Line

This article will take you through 3 of the best military sunglasses reviews, each with a specific strength (and weakness). I’ll tell you what’s great about each of them, what is lacking, and which is best for which occasion. In my Buyer’s Guide I’ll give you five major categories to look out for when buying, and then I’ll serve up my top choices in the form of heavily researched reviews.

Let’s leave the best for first:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 27 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying military sunglasses.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

WATER RESISTANT DEPTH

BEST OVERALL

Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses

4.9/5

10 barometric 

BEST BUDGET

​J+S Classic Military Aviator Style Sunglasses

4.3/5

50 Meters

BEST TROOP WATCH

Wiley X Saber Advanced

4.0/5

30 Meters

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Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses Review

Passing all ballistic and occupational safety tests, the Men’s Valor sunglasses from Wiley X are a serious product. Shatterproof polycarbonate lens, interchangeable design with varying Visible Light Transmission Ratings and a clean black composite frame design. There are plenty of things to look forward to in my Overall Choice winner.


Who Should Buy

Ideal for most outdoor situations, ranging from serious battlefield scenarios to casual use and law enforcement.

Full Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses Review:

The Wiley X Valor is my favorite pair on this list, checking all the boxes and looking good while doing so. Functionally, these surpass all the tests and do so in flying colours. Not only meeting the old-school MIL-PRF-31013 ballistic protection standards, these glasses meet the latest military GL-PD 10-12 MCEP standard. This makes them a serious protective tool fit to survive fragmentation, projectiles and other hazards in the battlefield.

Made from Shatterproof Sellenite, the Wiley X Valor is durable, lightweight and held together by a tough composite frame. The lenses are layered with a T-Shell coating for anti-scratch and extreme condition resistance, as well as a being 100% UV resistant.

The Smoke Grey lens provides maximum glare reduction without distorting colors (and ranking 15% on Visible Light Transmission), with clear and rust lenses also included in the product package. This gives you great flexibility for taking on different light conditions and environments, and the simple fitting interchangeable design makes it relatively hassle-free to do so.

The only complaint I’ve found on this model is that it can fog up under serious conditions. Whether this is due to fitting the glasses too tightly to the face, or some defect in manufacturing isn’t specified--though it’s always worth bringing user complaints to surface before recommending a purchase. That being said, the consensus on the Wiley X Valors is in and it is ragingly positive.

  Tech Specs:

  Ballistic Standards: GL-PD 10-12 MCEP, (Higher than military standards)

  Interchangeable lenses: Smoke/Clear/Rust lenses included

  Frame Material:  Composite Frame

 Special Features: T-Shell Lens for Anti-scratching

PROS

  • Incredible ballistic and protective standards
  • Rated OSHA grade occupational protective eyewear, making the clear lenses suitable for some factory work settings
  • Solid, durable and lightweight composite frame
  • Shatterproof lens
  • Double-injected temples and nose bridge for a great secure fit

CONS

  • Possible fog issues
  • Non-polarized

2

J+S Classic Military Aviator Style Sunglasses Review

The classic aviator style will never die, but it’s still worth buying from a quality brand instead of wasting five dollars on an imitation. These aviators from J+S come with 400UV rating, polarized lenses and a strong metallic alloy frame.

Who Should Buy

Perfect for the casual outdoors person. Fishing, hiking, boating, skiing is encouraged with these sunglasses, while more intense activities will not be suited to the aviator design.


Full SNE Sports Digital Watch Review:

I’ve talked a lot about function, protective and ballistic standards (in more detail in my Buyer’s Guide), but maybe I’ve ignored one real aspect of the buyer experience: style. The military style was made famous by the aviator, and with good reason--it’s a sharp, timeless design that suits almost any occasion. So if you consider yourself a more casual outdoorsman, without the need for serious military grade protection, this classic aviator style model from J+S is a great start.

This is also the only polarized lens on my list, which does in fact make it higher on the UV protective ranking than the other choices. The frame is composed of a strong metallic alloy, which will hold up to its fair share of bumps and knocks without necessarily needing to cross the desert. 400UV protection and blocking 99.96% of glare, these aviators from J+S really are a high quality find in this incredibly saturated aviator market. 

​My cons need to be mentioned though. While these are a quality pair of aviators, the design itself will always leave you more exposed to the elements than a serious set of military glasses. For more casual outdoor activities like fishing and boating, these will have you covered. However, for shooting or serious work on the ground, you’ll need to find something that meets the protective standards outlined in my Buyer’s Guide.

  Tech Specs:

  Ballistic Standards: M/A

  Interchangeable Lenses: N/A 

  Frame Material:  Metallic Alloy

  Special Features: Classic Aviator Design

PROS

  • 400UV rated
  • Strong, lightweight metallic frame
  • Traditional military aviator style
  • Scratch resistant lens
  • Adjustable nose pads
  • Budget choice
  • Polarized lens

CONS

  • Not military grade tested
  • Lens clarity may fade quickly

3

Wiley X Saber Advanced Review


Passing the major ballistic standards tests and shaped to protect your eyes from all angles, these Wiley X Saber Advanced military sunglasses are great to take with you on any outdoor adventure.

Who Should Buy

This is the ideal choice for shooters and hunting enthusiasts, with shooter specific features like distortion-free lens and high protective standards.

Full Wiley X Saber Advanced Review:

My Best Shooting option is also brought to you by Wiley X, at a very affordable price. Made with their Shatterproof Sellenite Polycarbonate Lenses, the Saber Advanced meets MIL-PRF-32432 Ballistic Standards, along with ANSI Z87.1-2010 High Velocity and Mass Impact Standards (which are also important for the shooting environment).

The model also boasts 100% UVA/UVB Protection and Distortion Free Clarity. This is a huge tick next to its name in terms of a high-quality shooter sunglasses, giving you full glare protection on low-cloud and sunny days, while also maintaining a crisp view of your target. Wiley X’s Saber Advanced model also follows a pocket-size tactical low-profile design--this makes them easy to carry around, and compatible with other tactical gear (like wearing them beneath night-vision goggles when needed).

Wiley X’s adjustable nose piece is certainly a plus in my mind, but it does take some getting used to. User reviews have noted this, mentioning that at first the nose piece pinched and was slightly uncomfortable. However, one thing is clear throughout--the wide lens design does a great job at keeping out all sun, wind and dirt from your eyes while shooting.

  Tech Specs:

 Ballistic Standards: MIL-PRF-32432

 Interchangeable lenses: 
Smoke/Light Rust lenses included

 Frame Material: 
Triloid Nylon Frame

 Special Features:
Adjustable Nose Piece

PROS

  • Great ballistic specifications
  • Wide lens and tight fit to keep out all unwanted attention; dirt, sun, sand, wind and projectiles
  • Distortion-free glare protection lenses for clear shooting
  • Pocket-size low profile to be compatible with night vision goggles
  • Ultra foam brown bar helps prevents sweat drip down into your vision

CONS

  • Just two interchangeable lenses included
  • Non-polarized

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose the best military sunglasses

If you’ve read through our post on the best military watches, you’ll know that the military have always been something of a fashion trend-setter. Unintentionally, sure, but the effect is real: people respect military folk, and to look like one of these national heroes is a worthy object.

Whether you’re out there yourself in the field or simply lead an active outdoors lifestyle that demands some protective tactical gear, I rank the best military sunglasses primarily on function. An old mentor of mine once told me that the coolest thing you can do is to win--it doesn’t matter how cool you look while you’re doing it, if you don’t get the job done, no one will look twice.

When it comes to military sunglasses, there are five major categories you’ll want to consider before purchase:

  1. Lens Quality and UV Rating;
  2. Interchangeable Lenses;
  3. Ballistic protection;
  4. Design and Comfort; and
  5. Durability

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

#1: Lens Quality and UV Rating

Once you’ve worn the genuine article, you’ll know what it feels like to look through a crystal clear sunglasses lens. When it comes to quality ratings, there are two good indicators you can look out for:

  1. UV Rating; and
  2. Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

UV Rating describes how protective the lenses will be with regard to UV rays from direct sunlight. To be honest, most sunglasses these days will offer 100% UV protection (even some of the fake brands) as standard procedure. That being said, if your sunglasses aren’t promoting this fact then that’s a sure sign they have taken shortcuts on quality and you should definitely steer clear.

Visible Light Transmission, on the other hand, rates how much light from the visible spectrum is actually getting through your lenses. This figure will also tell you how dark the lenses are, and for which situations they are most suited to. There are five categories of VLT:

Let's start with a simple outline before diving into the details:

Category 0 – Clear lens
Category 1 – Light yellow & pale orange
Category 2 – Orange, rose, red, amber & light brown
Category 3 – ‘Standard’ grey & brown sunglass lenses
Category 4 – Dark grey & brown sunglass lense

Here is further detail on each category. 

0 - Very light tint or clear lenses, used for safety activities when you need to be able to see what you’re doing. For use during nighttime. VLT 80 - 100%.

1 - For casual use, as a comfort filter. For Weak levels of sunlight, VLT 43 - 80%.

2 - Most common for general use, providing good UV protection and some protection from visible light. 

3 - Dark Tint: Suitable for strong sunlight. VLT 8 - 18%. 

4 - Very Dark Tint: Suitable for strong sunlight. VLT 3 - 18%. 

#2: Interchangeable Lenses

Unlike your average everyday use sunglasses, the best military sunglasses should come with easily interchangeable lenses. Out in the field, you’ll come up against a variety of different settings, environments and lightings, and it’s important to be able to choose the right lens for each scenario. For cloudy weather, you want to be able to wear clear lenses, while a harsh summer’s day will require the full UV protection of a dark lens.

The added perk of interchangeable lenses is that you’ll always have a couple of back-up lenses if one ever gets scratched on-the-go. You’ll still need to replace them (since the point is that you have one of each lens for different scenarios), but it’s good to have a replacement handy--especially if you’re just at the beginning of a week or month-long task.

#3: Ballistic Protection

Ray-Ban and Oakley may produce high quality UV Protection lens and popular designs, but they don’t come close to a good pair of military sunglasses for ballistic protection. Ballistic protection is the term used to describe a product’s ability to shield you from dirt, sand, shrapnel and unwanted debris, and it’s incredibly important so that you are able to do your job without injury or distraction.

The best military sunglasses should meet two basic standards for safety eye and face products: the U.S. civilian standard (ANSI Z87.1) and the U.S. military standard (MIL-PRF-31013). Generally speaking, if your sunglasses pass the military standards, they’ll most likely pass the civilian standards. Military grade testing places products under 7 times more stress than civilian testing. (https://safetyequipment.org/isea-standards/ansiisea-z87-accredited-standards-committee/ansiisea-z87-1-2015-standard/)

If you’re a member of the United States Armed Forces, you’ll need to find a pair of sunglasses listed on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).

#4: Design and Comfort

While I have spoken a lot about function and practicality, you’ll also want to find a design that you’re happy with. You’ll be wearing them a lot, and any time you purchase something that will be on your face for long periods of time, it’s worth taking a moment to choose wisely.

For function, military sunglasses should follow a U-shaped design which wraps around your head for all-around coverage. The lens should be long and wide, which will give you full UV protection and some added ballistic protection from projectiles and dirt.

#5: Durability

Lastly, unlike casual knock-off Ray-Bans that don’t see much action beyond walking by the pool, you can’t really afford to buy fake brand military sunglasses. This is because cheap materials aren’t just more likely to break, but they can be a potential hazard if they do. Particularly cheap plastic lenses and frames--when these snap awkwardly out on the field, the resulting snapped material can be sharp, jagged and another hazard to you or your team in action.

For signs of durability, look for shatterproof lenses, composite frames and military standard ballistic proofing will also be a good indicator for a durable set of sunglasses.

Summing Up

When it comes to the best military sunglasses, the priority shifts from fashion to function. The more you can start to think of military sunglasses as protective equipment, the better you’ll be able to focus your search on the components and factors that matter most. Ballistic protection, military grade durability and interchangeability are three key things that separate military sunglasses from the rest, so at the very least keep an eye out for these in your search.

I hope you find a pair on this list that suits your needs perfectly. If not, check out our full section of gear reviews here. Also, leave us a comment on anything you found valuable or would like to hear more about in future posts! 

Best Digital Watches For Military Use (Under $200)

The military watch had a very clear and specific origin: to serve as tactical gear for soldiers on the ground. As with many new technologies that were developed on the back of military funding, the military watch has branched out to the broader public and now services a variety of audiences:

There’s a tonne of variety out there these days, and it can be difficult sorting the genuine article from the lemons. 

I personally have trouble when the line between serious military watch and casual imitation gets blurred. 

It’s no secret that you can find thousands of fake brand watches for under $200, but this post is here to review the best digital watches for military use (from recognized brands) on the market right now.

The Bottom Line

This post will review the top 3 digital military watches for serious use. From boots on the ground to security personnel; from extreme sportsmen to legitimate survivalists. These are the watches that have been made to withstand serious conditions. I’ll tell you which is best for each circumstance, what the strengths and weaknesses are, and which price category you can expect to find them in.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 3of the top military watches on the market and ended up covering 3 of our  favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 31 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a digital military watch.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to choose them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

WATER RESISTANT DEPTH

BEST OVERALL

Casio SGW-100

4.9/5

10 barometric 

BEST BUDGET

​SNE Sports ​

4.3/5

50 Meters

BEST TROOP WATCH

SUUNTO Core

4.0/5

30 Meters

Best Overall

Since we are staying within a budget, my Best Overall choice takes into account the whole scope of buyer considerations. Price being one of these. Value for money, this model from Casio packs in all the best features you can find in a military watch, while maintaining standards of quality and durability.

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Casio SGW-100 Review

The Casio SGW-100 has maintained an old popular line and amped things up with the latest technology in watchmaking. Powered by microchips and ideal instruments like altimeter and barometer for outdoor trekking, this is an apt winner of my Best Overall choice.


Who Should Buy

If you’re looking for a tool that can guide you through all forms of terrain, survive difficult conditions and provide useful feedback, the Casio SGW-100 is a great value option.

Full Casio SGW-100 Review:

The Casio range is almost overwhelming to browse through, but I’ve landed on one model that really stands out; in terms of overall value for your money and surviving serious conditions. The Casio SGW-100 is equipped with all the tactical instruments you could need: altimeter, compass, barometer, world time and even a thermometer.

Running on a quartz mechanism, the digital display is clear and keeps time reliably. This has been an issue for some Casio’s past--particularly G-shock models, with plenty of user complaints directed at the watchface’s unreadability in particular light setting. The SGW-100 from Casio is includes a display illumination feature which really lets you read the time comfortably in all environments. 

The only user complaint I have found, beyond logistical errors in shipping (like receiving damaged goods) is that the set-up was slightly complicated to make use of all the features. This might be fair if you don’t have any experience working with the different instruments like altimeter and barometer readings, but if you’ve landed on this page: chances are you pretty much know what you’re doing. 

  Tech Specs:

  Movement: Quartz

  Case Material: Plastic w/ acrylic display

  Water Resistance:  Up to 10 barometric pressure units

 Special Features: Thermometer readings

PROS

  • Solid build
  • Clear digital display
  • Old school, traditional style and design
  • All-encompassing features and instruments; from barometer to thermometer

CONS

  • Possibly too complex for the casual wearer.

Best Budget

As my budget option, you’re not going to find quite the same quality of components here. That being said, SNE have produced a surprising durable military watch for what you’ll pay. With water resistance up to 50m, alarm, 12/24hr readout options and digital stopwatch/timer, it’s about all you could ask for with a watch in this price range.

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​SNE Sports Digital Watch Review

The SNE Sports Digital Watch has stripped back on many extra features to give you the most affordable watch on my list. A clean, crisp design backed by Japanese-quartz movement gives us the best digital military watch you’ll find for the money.

Who Should Buy

This is ideal for more casual sports enthusiasts, outdoorsmen and joggers.


The large digital display gives an easy readout, and the SNE Sports model is apt to handle the sweat, light impact and movement of running and outdoor sports.


Full SNE Sports Digital Watch Review:

To be fair from the outset, the SNE OLA-SK1167B is a few substantial notches down from the other two watches on my list. But it wins my Budget Choice Award for packing some seriously neat features into a simple design, all at an incredibly affordable price; seriously, price is not an issue here.

This is watch is more suited to the sports enthusiast than on-ground soldiers. It has a large, clear display readout with a pleasant layout: displaying time, date and alarm options on the screen. It’s also quite thin in its casing, which lets you wear long sleeve gear comfortably without worrying about sliding it up over your watch face. 

This watch claims a 50m water resistance depth, but realistically it’s only suited to swimming pools, showers and incidental splashing (from a sink or while out doing work in the garden). Pushing this watch too far with its water resistance capabilities will end up eating away at the screen (which isn’t really cut out for significant salt water exposure) and damage the internal components. 

The last downside for this is that some users have noted it runs a little fast after a few weeks/months of use. Keep an eye on this as it isn’t true across the board, and may have simply been a bad batch that got out there. In many ways, you’ll get what you pay for with this budget option--but it’s the best thing you’ll find for under $20 in this category.

  Tech Specs:

  Movement: Quartz

  Case Material: Plastic 

  Water Resistance:  50m

  Special Features: EL light display mode option

PROS

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Thin case for wearing with other tactical gear
  • -Survives well in average surface water conditions
  • Large clear display

CONS

  • Don’t press the buttons underwater (design flaw that allows water into the mechanism when buttons are pressed)
  • Potentially prone to running fast
  • Not suitable for taking hard knocks or intense pressures.

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SUUNTO Core Military Watch Review


The Suunto Core will be your new best friend in the outdoors. This is a tool that will get you through rugged terrain, help you track and orient your way through mountains and keep you alert to changes in weather. No matter your experience in the outdoors, the Suunto Core gives you vital information about your surroundings and conditions.


Who Should Buy

This is a serious watch for survivalists, troops and anyone who will be out in the elements and needs an accurate tool they can rely on.

Full SUUNTO Core Military Watch Review:

Say you’re looking to set up camp for the night, and the sky is clear to the horizon. With the Suunto Core, you can rest well knowing that its Storm Alarm is constantly tracking the weather in your area, and will let you know if there’s anything nasty on its way. It also features a rotating bezel compass, with an option to lock and follow a single bearing. Add to this Suunto’s pressure gauge to track your movement, alternating between altimeter and barometer while you’re on the go. Barometer features include: Storm Alarm, Weather Trend Indicator and Weather Graph. Altimeter will tell you your Difference Measurement, Logbook and includes an Automatic mode option.

Lastly, when it comes to style, I personally love the Suunto Core’s sleek black design. Made with a durable composite case and mineral crystal display, it’s also made to survive serious conditions and challenges. There are just two things holding this watch back from the upper echelons of military grade greatness: 1) It doesn’t connect to satellites for perfect, year-round timekeeping; and 2) It doesn’t have a great water resistance rating, mostly intended to survive general weather conditions and freediving up to 10 meters. If you’re not actually into deep diving, then this is no issue--it’s pretty rare that your adventures will take you any deeper unless you plan on it!

All in all, a top quality watch and great value for money.

  Tech Specs:

 Movement: Unspecified

 Case Material:
Composite w/ Mineral Crystal

 Water Resistance:
30m

 Special Features:
Huge Range of Barometer and Altimeter features

PROS

  • Incredible range of outdoor features like Weather Alerts and Altimeter functions
  • Up to 10m freediving
  • Operating temperature range: -5F - +140F
  • Compass features like single point bearing lock

CONS

  • Not intended for deep diving
  • Doesn’t rely on satellites to keep perfectly accurate time, therefore susceptible to timekeeping errors over longer periods.

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose a digital watch for military grade activity 

For how to discern the best military style watches out there, you’ll want to read my previous article, hereThe guidelines for this post will differ slightly, and get a little more into the technical specifications. It’s one thing to choose a digital military watch that looks good--it’s another to find one that will hold up under pressure (within a reasonable budget).

There are three things you’ll want to look out for:

Backed by quartz or other reliable clockwork mechanism;

Quality of components (like crystal display); and

Military grade resistance figures (shock, ATM rating, and magnetic)..

Let’s get into a little more detail on each.

Quart, quartz and more quartz

Keeping reliable is essential, and isn’t easy in high intensity situations. If you’ll be jumping out of planes, taking heavy hits or diving deep, each of these activities will take a toll on your watch’s internal mechanism. This is both the easiest and most difficult way to tell quality from quasi-junk status: if it can’t hack the conditions, it’s probably junk. This is easy to spot when it happens; the tough part is making sure you never make the mistake in the first place.

When it comes to spotting a reliable timekeeper, quartz is a great starting place. For more modern and advanced military grade watches, you’ll see GPS and satellite connection to keep precise, up-to-the-nanosecond timekeeping. However, over the past few decades recent watchmaking, quartz movement has been the key player.

Understanding how the mechanism actually works can get a bit technical… we’re mostly talking about vibrating crystals and very precise oscillation rates. What you need to know is that when quartz clockwork came to the market at scale in the 1980s, it demolished the traditional watchmaking industry (putting a lot of Swiss people out of business). From now on, if your digital watch isn’t running on quartz movement, you may be sitting on a lemon.

Quality of components

Here, you’ll want to look out for mineral crystal displays, and in high end products you may find solid, indestructible stainless steel cases. The alternatives aren’t necessarily bad, though. For example, while acrylic displays tend to be more susceptible to damage, with a good casing and design, these vulnerabilities can be greatly reduced. Other components like the quality of your wristband (cheap fibres or plastics, for example) can really determine how long a watch stays on your wrist. While wristbands can normally be replaced: it’s a hassle most people just don’t want to go through.

Military grade resistance figures

Unfortunately, meeting all these figures can put you in a pretty steep price range. For example, some top-end military watches will offer water resistance up to 1,000 feet; stainless steel cases that are practically indestructible; entirely force resistant moving pieces; and completely magnet resistance. If you are going to be doing some serious groundwork, need an indestructible watch, and don’t mind spending large, I suggest trusted brands like Breitling and MTM.

However, for the purposes of this post, you want to find products that go above and beyond the minimum. My Budget Choice, for example, offers water resistance up to 50 meters, though it won’t hold up to significant shock. There it’s a bit of a trade-off on price. On the other hand, the Suunto Core is very magnetically resistant, shock resistant and can withstand freediving up to 10m.

Summing Up

The best military watches should be able to withstand whatever you throw at them, while guiding you with valuable information and readings. They should feel like an extension of your body; not a hassle that you always need to recharge, reset or fiddle with while you’re out in the action. Finding a watch that will serve your purpose can be a little time-consuming, which is why I’ve put together this guide. It should offer you a reasonable choice in each price range, giving you a reliable companion for your next adventure.

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Forget Counterfeit Watches: Here Are The 5 Best Military Watches Under $100

Military watches may be primarily about practicality and function, but they’re also becoming a popular fashion item. Generally active people (joggers, regular gym-goers and outdoor adventurers) have taken on the traditional military style -- so it’s no longer just for hardcore military folk.

What does this mean?

The Bottom Line

It means there’s a tonne of variety out there these days, and it can be difficult sorting the genuine article from the lemons. It’s no secret that you can find thousands of fake brand watches for under $100, but this post is here to review the best military watches (from recognized brands) on the market right now.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 21 of the top military watches on the market and ended up covering 5 of our  favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 21 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a military watch.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to place them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

TYPE

BEST OVERALL

Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A

4.8/5

Analog & Digital

BEST BUDGET

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

4.1/5

Analog & Digital

BEST DIGITAL MILITARY WATCH

AAA

4.0/5

Analog & Digital

The Runner Ups


These watches didn't make the top 3 list, but you should take them into consideration:


Best Casual | Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809
Military watches don’t only need to be about functionality. The minimalist, tactical style is something to be worn of its own merits. My Best Casual choice goes to a sleek watch from Seiko which I would be comfortable wearing in almost any environment.


Runner up for best budget spot | Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch

This is a great budget option in the military niche. It doesn’t come with any of the frills or additions like some others on this list, but it keeps time efficiently and I personally like the thinner case which doesn’t get in the way or catch on my sleeve.


Also, for a little bit more detail on what to look for in a military watch, check out my super brief Buyer’s Guide. Then get straight into the reviews to find out what the next best choice for your wrist will be.



Best Overall

My Best Overall choices takes into account the three major factors (see Buyer’s Guide for more); Practicality, Reliability and Quality. These are two watches you can rely on in tough conditions, but can also wear casually or on social occasions.

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Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A

The G-Shock GA100L-8A is an ideal mixture of functionality and style. It wins my overall choice mostly for the quality of its parts, and its range of functions, but I would happily wear this watch in social settings also.


Who Should Buy

Anyone looking for a reliable, durable military-style watch that they can wear for different occasions.

Full Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A Review:

Casio’s G-shock watches are designed for their toughness and durability. The GA100L-8A is no exception, made with a thick 55mm Khaki resin case and a shock and magnetic-resistant design. It boasts 29 World Time zones (48 cities +UTC), an accurate timer and stopwatch (to 1000th of a second) and it allows for 4 daily alarms plus a snooze option.

Reliability-wise, this G-shock ticks all the right boxes. The case itself is tough enough to withstand frequent force, and it’s also incredibly water resistant (up to 200 meters!).

Stylistically, it’s also a popular choice. G-shock watches have something of a reputation for being a fashion statement, which means you can comfortably wear this watch in all situations: intense and casual alike.

My only issue--and it is a minor and somewhat subjective one--is the case thickness. It’s important to have a bit of thickness to protect the watch, but I prefer a slimmer case. Slim fits are easy to slide your sleeves over, and they rarely get in the way of any other tactical gear. This G-shock is a little thick for my taste, but besides that it’s an all-around winner and overall the best military watch you’ll find under $100.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 55mm Khaki Resin

  Analog/Digital: Combined

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: World Time (29 zones)

PROS

  • Durable, and backed by a two-year warranty
  • World Time Zones included (29 countries, 48 cities)4 alarms plus snooze alarm
  • Accurate stopwatch and timerStylish design for all occasions

CONS

  • Some reviewers have complained about the band breaking earlier than it should.
  • Also, there has been mention of the negative digital display being tough to read in some lightings. Personally, I find the design easy to read, but it certainly doesn’t stand out brightly (which I prefer, in any case).

Best Budget

My Best Budget choices aren’t just about the lowest price. They’re about getting the best military watch for your money, and this means not sacrificing on quality or durability. There will, of course, be some sacrifices made--my budget choices have stripped back on the fancy additions, keeping things functional and simple.

2

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

The simplistic matte black tactical design of this G-Shock is great, in my opinion. A solid watch that focuses on function and practicality without any frills or added extras.



Who Should Buy

Ideal for active people who want a mixture of functionality and affordability.

Full Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1 Review:

Another solid design from Casio, the GA100-1A1 gives you everything you would expect from a G-Shock. It has that classic thick case design, and plenty of functions like World Time, daylight savings time, alarms, stopwatch and timer.

Making use of both analog and digital displays, the display diameter is actually pretty compact at just 37mm. This is backed by LED lighting for easy reading at night, although some users have complained that the mineral window surface makes it difficult to read in direct sunlight. While this is a common complaint for G-Shock watches, it’s never been an issue for me.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 37mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Combined

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Matte black design

PROS

  • Accurate stopwatch and timer
  • Solid water resistance, shock and anti-magnetic resistance
  • Great alarm functions
  • Best budget choice winner

CONS

  • Band may not be as durable as the case
  • No numerals on analog display

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​Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch

This is a great budget option in the military niche. It doesn’t come with any of the frills or additions like some others on this list, but it keeps time efficiently and I personally like the thinner case which doesn’t get in the way or catch on my sleeve.


Who Should Buy

Anyone looking for a stripped-back, minimalistic design with a clear analog display.

Full Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch Review:

Timex have been in the watchmaking industry for a long time, producing watches for any situation; from high street to the deepest darkest jungles. The Expedition Gallatin is inspired by the Northern edge of the U.S. Rockies--it’s supposed to be a completely minimalistic approach to tactical timekeeping, and they’ve done a pretty great job of it.

A strictly analog display with big bold, easy-to-read numerals and a clear distinction between the second and minute hands. You also have the seconds listed around the outer edge of the case, in 5 second intervals up to 60 to act as a substitute timer. Note ‘substitute’. You may be used to modern watches coming with features like stopwatch, timer, world time zones and the like, but the Expedition from Timex has stripped everything back and stuck with a basic analog design and nothing more.

I don’t mind this approach, but my only issue is the nylon band. While I understand it isn’t a fashion contest, the nylond band means that I would really only use this watch when I’m outdoors (preferably hiking and away from the city).

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 44mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Analog

  Water Resistance: 50m (short period of time)

  Special Features: Second numerals listed on outer case

PROS

  • Simplistic design
  • Thin case
  • Functionally sound with accurate time-keeping

CONS

  • No features like alarm or stopwatch
  • Nylon band

Best Digital Military Watch

Many military watches come with a mix of both digital and analog displays, but if you’re looking to keep things strictly digital, this is the watch for you. Timex is a trusted name in the watchmaker industry, and the Expedition Shock is their toughest product on this list.

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​Timex T49612 Expedition Shock

A top adventurer and watersports enthusiast watch. The in-built compass feature is great for hiking and the Expedition Shock can handle the rough terrain that goes with it.



Who Should Buy

Ideal for marine activities, above water sports like water-skiing, and outdoor adventurers.

Full Timex T49612 Expedition Shock Review:

This is the most durable and shock-resistant watch from Timex on my list. Unlike the Gallatin, this is built to survive rough and tough outdoor conditions--it actually even looks somewhat similar to the classic G-Shock style from Casio. Thick round case, heavy duty band and a simplistic display.

The display is entirely digital, though it retains the traditional hour markings on the outer case. This is not just an aesthetic addition--there is a method to the madness. Timex’s Expedition Shock comes with a built-in compass feature, and so the ‘hour’ markings actually serve as directional markings for orienting yourself.

The main selling point for this model is its tough water resistance, making it suitable for serious marine activity and above water sports. With a solid 200 meter water resistance specification, you don’t need to worry about going underwater with it--although, this model isn’t designed for serious scuba diving or deep water diving.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 48mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Digital

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Inbuilt compass

PROS

  • Durable, resin case
  • Suitable for water sports and marine life
  • Clear, digital display
  • Timex signature Indiglow technology for easy reading in the evenings and nights
  • Shock-resistant

CONS

  • Band issues, complaints of breaking within 24 months of use

Best Casual

Military watches don’t only need to be about functionality. The minimalist, tactical style is something to be worn of its own merits. My Best Casual choice goes to a sleek watch from Seiko which I would be comfortable wearing in almost any environment.

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​Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809

A stylish black face watch from Seiko, the SNK809 runs on automatic movement mechanism--meaning that the more you wear it, the more the power it stores for use.



Who Should Buy

This is more suited to a casually active lifestyle, rather than heavy-duty living. Fine for light hikes, jogs and all other indoor events, but not ideal for rougher terrains.

Full Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809 Review:

Seiko’s military line typically lean on the pricey side, but the SNK809 is a welcome compromise between quality and affordability; still coming in under that all-important $100 mark. Another great simple tactical design, the Seiko stands out from the rest with its simple black face display and (honestly) elegant stainless steel casing. The back of the case is transparent, allowing you to take a look at the inner workings and gears--which is always a fun way to pass the time (and to get an idea of how well the mechanism is tracking).

The SNK809 is an automatic mechanical watch. What’s that? Simply put: no battery, no solar-power. Automatic mechanical designs are powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm. Fine if you’re wearing your Seiko every day, but be wary of storing it on the shelf. Seiko suggests up to 8 hours of daily use will keep your SNK809 ticking accurately (don’t stress too much on this point, there is also about 40 hours of power reserve). 

For all its perks and positives, the SNK809 ultimately lies somewhere between the casual and active range. When compared to Casio’s G-Shock models, it doesn’t quite stand up to the same standards or conditions. This is more suited to active/casual wearer than the rugged outdoors, so just keep that in mind when deciding.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 36mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Analog + Digital

  Water Resistance: 30 meters

  Special Features: Automatic movement mechanism

PROS

  • Tactical, stainless steel design
  • Transparent backing from tracking the mechanisms function
  • Automatic mechanism: no worrying about replacing batteries
  • Clean, crisp analog display

CONS

  • Limited water resistance
  • Not as shock-resistant or suited to strenuous activities as other military style designs.

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​Casio Men’s GW2310FB-1CR G-Shock

I’m pretty confident recommending most G-Shocks. This model has the added advantage of being entirely solar-powered, along with being a little tighter in its design (not so chunky).



Who Should Buy

While some would claim that the smaller display makes it a woman’s watch, they are mistaken. This is a classic tactical style watch, with badass features and reliability.

Full Casio Men’s GW2310FB-1CR G-Shock Review:

Featuring another G-shock from Casio is no surprise. They’re a leader in the industry because they focus on making utilitarian, tactical watches for active people. This solar-powered model is no exception, though a little lighter and slimmer than most other g-shocks you’ll find out there.

Coming with 46.4mm resin case, we’re working with a strictly digital display here. Casio has been working recently with their solar-powered line, along with releasing some Bluetooth-connective watches that automatically update with your phone’s time. All of this is just to say that Casio are always experimenting and fine-tuning their designs, and I love the fact that this model is entirely solar-powered.

The fact that it is strictly digital (and not a particularly bright display) means that visibility can be difficult with glare. When people complain about this, I get it--but at the same time, all it takes is a slight turn of the wrist to relieve the issue: it’s not a deal breaker for me.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 46.4mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Digital

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Solar Powered

PROS

  • Durable, efficient solar-powered design
  • Slimmer and smaller case
  • 4 daily alarms plus snooze alarm and World Time Settings
  • Both 12hr and military 24hr display options

CONS

  • Glare factor
  • No analog display (if you like a traditional watch)

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose a military watch under $100

Ideally, the perfect military watch will be something that scales to any situation: from desert plains to dinner parties. That being said, it’s worth defining our leading priorities:

Practicality;

Reliability/Durability; and

Quality

If you stick to these three principles, you can’t go far wrong. People wear Rolex to catch people’s attentions; to impress. Military watches are functional--in fact, in most cases, the less they stand out the better (see my section on camouflage design).

Practicality Factor:

This is my primary concern when searching a military watch to serve me well. How functional is it? There are hundreds of designs out there which are made to look functional, but the manufacturers simply haven’t taken the time (or spent the money) to make a product that really meets the users needs.

I’m talking about field watches that are thin enough to wear under sleeves--without worrying about it catching on the sleeve whenever you want to check the time. I’m talking about large easy-to-read indices for the day so you can tell the time at a glance, and/or digital options for reading at night. Little things that will make the watch feel as though it were a natural extension of your body--not some awkward appendix to slow you down.

Reliability Factor:

In some ways, this will tie in to my quality factor. However, the focus here is on maintenance, accuracy and durability. You want a military watch that can take some hits, handle force and preferably with a decent water resistance marking. While I would personally wear many of watches from my best military watches reviews to dinner, that doesn’t mean it’s the primary environment. The main environment is full of high stressors, rapid movements and plenty of wear and tear.

You need a military watch that can perform as well on the two-hundredth day as on the first. Degradation of quality and accuracy can be a slow and subtle process in watches. It can be a couple of minutes on the display, or it can be a low-response/lagging timer--these minor inaccuracies can make all the difference, and don’t want to be put in yourself in more trouble than necessary because of faulty equipment. Okay, it doesn’t need to be as dramatic as that, but you get the idea.

Quality Factor: 

Unless you know a thing or two about the internal mechanisms of watches, it can be difficult to know what makes for a quality watch. Resin or hardflex window? Automatic or solar-powered?

The truth is, in the under $100 range you’re really just looking for a watch that will keep time well, survive your daily activities and look good while doing so. The quality of a product will come out in the reviews (which is why I’ve done my research to find the best products out there for your money). When it comes down to components, sticking with well-known brands is your safest bet--since they undergo the necessary quality standard testing and you know what you are getting yourself into.

FAQ

How to change my watch from military time?

This will depend on the exact model, but taking Casio’s G-shock line as an example, there is an adjust button labelled on the outer case. Toggle this button through the options until you reach the military option. Other digital displays will come with instructions on how to shift from 12hr to 24hr format, usually just in a couple of quick steps.

For analog displays, needless to say, it’s not possible to change it to military time.

Where to buy military watches?

When it comes to the best military watches under $100, you definitely still want to stick with trusted brands. Finding a cheap watch on the street or in a side stall is about the easiest thing you could do--but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get a good deal. If the seller is happy about it, they’re probably scamming you. Trusted brands in the watch industry like Timex and Casio, however, are aware of the competition (even from unofficial competitors like side-street vendors and online discount stores). What does this mean? It means they have also adapted a line of less expensive watches which still meet their basic quality standards.

Again, when it comes to where to buy the best military watches under $100, stick with known names.

Are swiss military watches good?

The Swiss are famous watchmakers, and they’re certainly good at what they do. Military watches are no exception--but for the best military watches under $100, you are unlikely to find many made from a Swiss brand. For pricier labels and designers watches, you should definitely consider Swiss military watch brands like Wenger, Hanowa and CX Swiss Military Watch. However, if you’re looking to stay under one hundred bucks, I personally would opt for the lines offered by Casio and Timex.

Can apple watch be set to military time?

Yes. The first thing to note is that even if your phone is showing 24hr time, you’ll need to change your settings on the Apple Watch separately. Just select the My Watch tab, then scroll to the fifth section and choose the Clock app 3. You should see an option for 24-Hour Time listed on the first line, so naturally select that and you should be ready to roll.