Best Atomic Watch Reviews

Updated July 12, 2020

If you want a watch that you’ll never doubt, you need an atomic watch, the most accurate timepiece you can find.

An atomar watch or atomic watch is a radio-controlled timepiece that automatically adjusts its time based on signals from a central unit for atomic clock watches. You don’t need to worry about your atomic timekeeping watch being a few minutes off, and you won’t ever need to reset it.

Atomic clock watches are reliable, and some of the top watch-making companies produce atomic watches for men and women, making them even more desirable.

So let’s look at our top choices for atomic clock watches, including atomic watches for men and those ideal for women.

Best Men's Atomic Watches

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1 Seiko - Men's Prospex Radio Sync Solar Watch Seiko Prospex Men's Atomic Watch
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2 Junghans - Max Bill Mega Radio-Controlled Analog Watch
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Junghans Max Bill Men's Atomic Watch
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3 Citizen - Eco-Drive Men's JY8037-50E Navihawk A-T Watch
Best Overall
Citizen Navihawk Men's Atomic Watch
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4 Casio - Men's WV58A-1AV
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Casio WV58A-1AV Men's Atomic Watch
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1. Seiko Prospex Men's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • Analog style watch.
  • 3 chronograph displays.
  • Black dial with white hands and a busy watch face.
  • Powered by Seiko’s solar technology.

This stylish watch comes with the Seiko name, known for watchmaking excellence. Its black watch face has 3 chronograph displays, along with hour, minute and second hands.

World city times are displayed around the bezel. It’s also got excellent water resistance for an atomic watch. Seiko’s solar technology rivals the Eco-Drive technology of Citizen.

Featuring a stainless steel case and a leather band, this is a quality watch that will provide you with accurate time for many years, combining the solar power with its radio sync technology.

Specifications

Material:
Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Case
Size:
1.77 inches in Diameter x 0.51 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Solar Powered

Pros

  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 meters).
  • Features a scratch resistant hardlex crystal.
  • Has a durable ion-plated stainless steel case.
  • Uses solar technology to stay powered.

Cons

  • Very busy watchface.
  • Water resistant watch but has a leather band.

2. Junghans Max Bill Men's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • Attractive looking, with a white dial enhanced by silver-tone hands.
  • Date window at 3 o’clock.
  • Hour, minute and second hands.
  • Water resistant to 100 feet (30 meters).
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Junghans - Max Bill Mega Radio-Controlled Analog Watch

One of the higher end watches among radio-controlled or atomic timepieces, this watch combines excellence in keeping time with a stylish, classic look.

Made by the German watch-making company that has displayed excellence in design and engineering since 1861, this atomic watch also bears the name of the architect and designer Max Bill.

The scratch resistant mineral crystal makes it durable for a dressy watch, and its minimalist design will appeal to those who like a clean, sleek look.

Specifications

Material:
Silver-tone Stainless Steel Case With a Black Leather Band
Size:
1.5 inches in Diameter X .37 inches Thick
Battery Life:
Comes With The Required CR2 Battery

Pros

  • Somewhat water resistant.
  • Made by German watch-making company founded in 1861.
  • A world map and reception display are shown on the back of the watch.
  • Linked by radio to the most accurate timepieces in the world.

Cons

  • Higher price than some other options.
  • Very basic display and functions.

3. Citizen Navihawk Men's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • Analog watch with a mini digital display.
  • Features four chronograph subdials
  • Has Citizen’s Eco-drive technology, so it never needs a battery.
  • Water resistant to 660 feet (200 meters), making it good for water sports but not scuba diving.
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Citizen - Eco-Drive Men's JY8037-50E Navihawk A-T Watch

Citizen’s claim to fame is the Eco-Drive technology, which powers its watches by light rather than batteries. That combines with atomic radio signals in  North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and China to make this Universal Time Coordinated watch an attractive one. 

Several chronographs make the watch face quite busy, but for those who demand accuracy, this watch is for them. The anti-reflective mineral crystal makes it easy to read and durable. 

Other features include 43 world city times, a perpetual calendar chronograph, 2 alarms, a 1/100-second chronograph, and a 99-minute countdown timer.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case
Size:
1.89 inches in Diameter X .57 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Powered by Citizen Eco-Drive, Which Uses Light Instead of a Battery

Pros

  • The Citizen Eco-drive technology means this watch is fueled by light and never needs a battery.
  • Good water resistance for an atomic watch.
  • Perfect for travelers with signals in several countries and continents.
  • Bonus features like 2 alarms and a timer.

Cons

  • Extremely busy display.
  • Mesh-type stainless plated band isn’t for everyone.

4. Casio WV58A-1AV Men's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • Digital display.
  • Has a 1/100 second stopwatch, countdown timer, hourly time signal and daily alarm.
  • Has auto EL backlight with afterglow
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters), which makes it good for short periods of time in the water but not for sports like diving or snorkeling.
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Casio - Men's WV58A-1AV

Casio expanded from its calculator expertise into the world of digital watches in the 1970s, and this is its non-stop solar powered atomic watch.

It receives a signal several times a day from the official U.S. government time via a time calibration signal from the atomic transmitter in Ft. Collins, CO. That means you can be sure you’re always on time, and you never have to change your watch for Daylight Savings Time.

It also features a perpetual calendar, so you don’t need to worry about month-to-month inconsistencies or Leap Year changes, and it displays 48-city world time. It’s shock-resistant and has some bonus features in a stopwatch, timer, time signal and alarm.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case
Size:
1.73 inches in Diameter x .47 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Non-stop Solar Power

Pros

  • Decent water resistance.
  • Bonus features like a stopwatch, timer and alarm.
  • Features a perpetual calendar.
  • Shock resistant.

Cons

  • Some prefer analog to digital display on an atomic watch.
  • Chunky, busy watch face design.

Best Women's Atomic Watches

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1 Timex - Women's Ironman Transit 33mm Watch Timex Ironman Transit Women's Atomic Watch
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2 Timechant - Atomic English Talking Watch Timechant Atomic Women's Atomic Watch
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1. Timex Ironman Transit Women's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • Digital watch.
  • Has common Ironman features including: 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory; 24-hour countdown timer; customizable alarm; 24-hour military time mode; 2 time zones; day, date and month calendar.
  • Features the Timex Indiglo light-up display.
  • Water-resistant to 330 feet (100 meters), which makes it good for swimming and perhaps snorkeling, but not diving.

Designed to follow the Timex Ironman style, this watch has a smaller size making it ideal for women. It has all the Ironman features, such as a timer, chronograph with 10-lap memory, an alarm and more.

It also has the iconic Indiglo backlight feature, a highlight of Timex watches. You can choose from among several different color options for the case and resin strap.

Its sporty look, water resistance and multiple timing features make it ideal for the active woman, or a man who likes a smaller sized watch.

Specifications

Material:
Chrome Case
Size:
1.3 inches in Diameter x .43 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Includes a Lithium Metal Battery, up to 10 Year Life

Pros

  • The Timex Ironman is known as a quality watch line in particular for triathletes, runners and other fitness enthusiasts.
  • Decent water resistance.
  • Smaller size is ideal for women.
  • The Indiglo backlight is renowned for its utility.

Cons

  • A sporty design, so not ideal for those looking for a dressy option.
  • Basically designed for athletes, in particular triathletes.

2. Timechant Atomic Women's Atomic Watch

Highlights
  • This watch can be worn by women or men, and was designed for seniors but can be worn by any age.
  • It tells you the time in a clear, loud male voice.
  • It also features oversized LCD digits that make the digital display very easy to read.
  • Receives a radio atomic clock signal to set the time and calendar, and automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings Time.

This unique watch will announce the time for you, making it ideal for seniors, for the visually impaired, for those who work or play in low light conditions, or for anyone who wants a distinct timepiece.

In fact, it will announce the date, day, month, year and alarm status. It features the always-accurate atomic timekeeping, and will even announce the atomic signal reception status.

When you do read the watch, the oversized LCD digits make it easy to see.

Specifications

Material:
Metal Case and Scratch Resistant Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
Size:
1.77 inches in Diameters X .71 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Battery Included

Pros

  • Large, easy to read digital display.
  • Announces the time and other updates in a clear, loud voice.
  • Designed for seniors but suitable for any age.
  • Also ideal for the visually impaired, or for use in low-light conditions.

Cons

  • Large, chunky style that may not be favored by everyone.
  • Timechant brand is not as well-known as some other watch manufacturers.

Atomic Watch Buying Guide

What is an Atomic Watch? 

An atomic watch or atomar watch is a timepiece that is always accurate and doesn’t need to be adjusted. That’s because it connects via a radio frequency to keep it up to date. Sometimes called a radio watch or radio clock, an atomic watch receives a signal from the official U.S. government time via a time calibration signal from the atomic transmitter in Ft. Collins, Colorado. 

The signal will travel over 1800 miles, making atomic watches that connect in the United States somewhat limited in areas such as Alaska or Hawaii. Once outside of the signal area, the watch still functions but can’t be updated until back in the signal area, and may not be able to account for changing time zones, for instance. However, some watches have the capacity to connect to atomic signals in Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan and more.

Atomic watches never need to be adjusted for factors such as Daylight Savings Time, Leap Years, or discrepancies between months. That makes atomic timekeeping watches a desirable addition to the wardrobe of those who prefer – or demand – accuracy.

Most atomic timekeeping watches will automatically update at night. Many atomic watches also have the option for the user to check when it last synchronized, the status of the signal reception strength, or have the ability to manually synchronize.  

Type

When searching for an atomic clock watch, the type of watch is a personal preference. You can choose from an analog or digital style, and you can find watches that run on solar power or battery power.

Atomic Analog Watch

Those who want a dressy look to their watch will often choose an analog watch, although analog watches can also have a sporty look. Analog watches sometimes have extra features like chronograph displays, and some have a small digital display as well as the main analog display.

Atomic Digital Watch

An atomic digital watch will often have more features, or “bells and whistles” than an analog watch. Some are made for fitness enthusiasts, with lap display, timers and alarms. Some have world clocks from various cities. The features you want on your atomic digital watch will dictate your final choice.

Solar Atomic Watch

Atomic watches can be either battery-powered or solar powered. If you have a battery-powered watch, and you have to change the battery, the watch won’t be able to set the time until it receives the atomic signal. That usually happens at night, when radio interference is lowest. 

Atomic watches can also have special power functions, such as the Citizen Eco-drive technology. The Eco-Drive watch is fueled by any kind of light and never needs a battery.

Design

Choosing the design of an atomic watch is a personal one. They can range from sporty, digital, watches to sleek, dressy analog watches. They can feature different types of displays, from a busy watch face to a minimalist design. Watch bands also vary, from resin to leather to stainless steel or stainless steel plated. The design of atomic clock watches is as varied as any other type of watch.

Durability

How you’ll use your atomic watch will dictate the durability of the construction that you need. Sports watches tend to be a bit more durable, so that you can use them cycling, running or hiking. Dress watches are better used in an office setting.

Our Verdict

Atomic clock watches are made by several reputable watch companies, and the style, design and features are as varied as the companies themselves. If you’re looking for a watch that will always provide you with an accurate time, and never has to be updated for Daylight Savings Time, Leap Years and more, you want an atomic watch. These are the most accurate timepieces you can find.

The atomar watch keeps such accurate time because it connects via a signal from a central unit. Its radio-controlled synchronizing means you never have to worry about your atomic timekeeping watch being a few minutes off. You’ll never have to reset it. And if you choose the right one, you can travel with it and pick up various signals.

The final choice among our top picks is among an analog vs. digital style, the type of power for the watch, and for some the look of the watch itself. Women tend to like a smaller timepiece, and athletes may want more features on their watch.

Whatever your final pick, you can’t go wrong with one of our atomic watch selections.