Best G Shock Watches For Military

Updated June 13, 2020

In the military, the watch is not a fashion accessory but a tactical tool that comes with useful features. Usually, these watches are large and bold and are designed to resist water, mud, dust, and shocks (among others).

Of course, these watches are not just for military personnel. They can also be used by outdoor adventurers, hikers, and people who usually activate in demanding environments. So, to satisfy this niche, Casio created the G-Shock series (starting with 1983).

These watches are indeed designed to withstand anything and everything. They keep going without a scratch where normal watches get ripped to pieces and many have amazing features that can be used in the field.

Their durability and reliability got so popular that today we have specifically designed Casio G Shock military watches for both men and women in combat.

Best G Shock Military Watches

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G-Shock – Rangeman GW-9400 Military Watch

2 G-Shock – Quartz with Resin Strap Military Watch

3 G-Shock – WR Shock Resistant Military Watch

4 G-Shock – Classic Analog-Digital Military Watch

5 G-Shock – Men’s GD120MB Black Military Watch

6 G-Shock – Quartz Black Military Watch

7 G-Shock – G9300 Mudman Military Watch

1. G-Shock – Rangeman GW-9400 Military Watch

Highlights
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The Rangeman is one of the larger G-Shock models on the market and, if you add the classic case protection, it’s also one of the bulkiest. However, the large face accommodates a series of extremely useful features and has an integrated solar cell that keeps the watch going with regular exposure to everyday light. In fact, there is a battery status indicator right in the middle of the watch’s face (the L-M-H / Low-Medium-High bar). 

In addition, once you set the timezone, you don’t have to worry about setting the exact time. The watch communicates with the closest Worldwide Atomic Time transmitters in order to keep extremely accurate time. The GW-9400  is designed to communicate with six such transmitters all over the world. 

The watch features 11 modes, among which you have the regular timekeeping mode (with 12h and 24h formats), world time mode (timekeeping in a different time zone), stopwatch (it can go on for 1,000 hours), 24h countdown timer, alarm (5 of them), and more. 

Lastly, the watch comes with triple sensor technology with a built-in compass, thermometer, and barometer. It can also save some of the information so you can check it at a later date and it can be influenced by outside elements. The controls are easy to understand (each button on the side of the case has multiple functions), but it’s best to play with them until you learn how to make all the settings.

Specifications

Material:
Mineral Crystal Lens, Resin Band and Case
Size:
5.4cm
Weight:
5.93oz
Waterproof:
200m/20bar/660ft

Pros

  • Extremely durable build
  • Lots of features and modes
  • Solar-powered mechanism
  • Extremely accurate when it communicates with one of the pre-set transmitters
  • Large face that accommodates a series of information

Cons

  • It has a bit of a learning curve
  • It is rather bulky
  • The illumination could stay on longer

Why We Chose This

This is a true G Shock military watch that’s durable, easy to conceal in nature, and lightweight. It also has a ton of useful features for military applications, it’s highly accurate (as long as it can communicate with one of the six towers), and the information is not crowded. Overall, it does a fantastic job and can be used by a wide range of people whose job or hobby takes them in the outdoors.

2. G-Shock – Quartz with Resin Strap Military Watch

Highlights

Large and in charge, this G-Shock watch is perfect for anyone who wants a reliable timekeeper with lots of extra functions and features. Powered by a three-hands Quartz movement, the timepiece is resistant to less-than-ideal conditions (mud and water-resistant) and has a large face that’s easy to read. 

The dial looks like a regular analog mechanism, but underneath the three hands and large Arabic numerals that mark the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, you can observe several layers of systems. As such, on the top half of the screen, you can read the date in digital format. On the left quarter is the day of the week (also digital format), while the right quarter features a complication with six different functions.  

Overall, the watch features a stopwatch, a thermometer, a countdown timer, a digital compass, full auto-calendar, 5 alarms, 12 & 24h formats, and more. Each feature can be accessed using the lateral buttons. 

Also, there is an LED backlight for improved visibility during low-light conditions.

Specifications

Material:
Resin Strap and Case, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
5.2cm
Weight:
3.2oz
Waterproof:
200m/20bar/660ft

Pros

  • Large face with LED backlight
  • Durable materials and resistance to water and mud
  • Lots of features and functions
  • The dial features a combination of analog and digital
  • Long-lasting battery

Cons

  • There is a learning curve when it comes to setting it up
  • The negative display can be difficult to read depending on the light
  • It is a bit on the bulky side

Why We Chose This

This is a nice G Shock army watch that can be used in a wide array of scenarios. While it is bigger than your usual timekeeper, it’s also well-equipped, highly-accurate, and more durable. So, if you’re looking for a sophisticated watch that makes you look like a badass, this is a design to keep in mind!

3. G-Shock – WR Shock Resistant Military Watch

Highlights

If the full-black rugged design doesn’t impress you, then the features on the G-Shock WR certainly will! 

Behind the classic G-Shock resin case and band, this timepiece features a two-hands quartz movement. Underneath it, the face of the watch is divided in several segments, each delivering information in digital format. As such, users have access to time in 31 different time zones, 5 alarms (1 snooze alarm), 60 minutes countdown timer, and more. 

The watch is also equipped with Super Illuminator LED light with afterglow (you can select the duration) for improved visibility in low-light conditions. In addition, the build quality is solid and the watch is lightweight and comfortable to wear for a long period of time.  

Just like other G-Shock models, you will find buttons on each side of the case. These can be used separately or together to access the multitude of features, but it may take a while if this is your first time with this type of watch.

Specifications

Material:
Resin Band and Case, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
5.3cm
Weight:
4.54g
Waterproof:
200m/20bar/660ft

Pros

  • It makes a powerful impression on viewers
  • It is durable and lightweight
  • There are lots of cool features
  • LED backlight that stays on for a few seconds
  • Good resistance to water

Cons

  • It is beefy, but not overbearing
  • The face can be difficult to read at times

Why We Chose This

While it has the same design as most G Shock military watches, this specific model also has a more pleasant visual impact than other models. This is due to the all-black design with grey markings that somehow highlight the ruggedness of the design. So, if you’re looking for a timepiece that’s good-looking, solid, and durable, you should take this one into consideration.

4. G-Shock – Classic Analog-Digital Military Watch

Highlights

The classic version from G-Shock features the same ruggedness and durability that most users are familiar with, but it is a bit thin on features. It has the same analog and digital combination but it won’t let you tell the time in several time zones (only one) and doesn’t have some of the fancier features people seem to enjoy. 

Still, if you’re not looking for anything too fancy and you want durability and reliability, this is the watch to consider. At first glance, you can see the analog two-hands quartz movement (the hour hand is lined with red while the minute hand is a light grey), the negative dial, and the hour markers. The watch features three Arabic numerals (for the 12, 3, and 9 o’clock positions) and markers for the rest. 

Underneath the analog hands, on the bottom half of the face, there is a small screen that displays information in digital format. Here, you can see the date and day of the week and play with some of the other features (stopwatch, alarms, dual time zone, and others).

To change the modes and set the time, date and other settings you’ll have to use the lateral buttons, which are a bit stiff. Also, if the light is low, there is a light on the watch, but it will only stay on for a few seconds (there is no auto EL like with more advanced G-Shock versions).

Specifications

Material:
Mineral Crystal Lens, Resin Case and Band
Size:
47.8mm
Weight:
59g
Waterproof:
200m/20bar/660ft

Pros

  • Durable design with a solid build
  • It is lightweight and comfortable to wear
  • Long battery life (up to 3 years)
  • Several basic features
  • Accurate and reliable

Cons

  • Setting the time and date is a bit of a pain
  • The negative display can be difficult to see
  • A bit thin on features

Why We Chose This

While it may not have the same amount of features as other designs, this is still a true G Shock army watch. It is solid, durable, and highly accurate. It’s also comfortable to wear for long periods of time and it has the basic features that matter in the field (timekeeping, stopwatch, alarms, and dual time zones). Overall, it’s a simple and affordable G-Shock design.

5. G-Shock – Men’s GD120MB Black Military Watch

Highlights

This G-Shock watch features a fully digital dial (no analog hands to tell the time) in an all-black design (negative display, black case, and black band). As such, this is not a flashy watch, but it is solid and durable while the mechanism is built on a Japanese quartz movement which is reliable and fairly accurate. 

The mineral crystal lens has an anti-reflective coating so the face doesn’t reflect the light too much. This feature may come in handy when you’re outside, in full sunlight, but it also reduces visibility in normal lighting conditions. To fix this, the watch has a button that activates the illumination screen function, which is quite nice. The default duration of the illumination is 1.5s but you can change it to 3s if you want to.

It is a known fact that G-Shock designs come with a series of advanced features, and the GD120MB doesn’t disappoint. The watch supports automatic calendar, world time, countdown timer, stopwatch with split function, 5 alarms, notifications (that can be turned off/muted), and more. In addition, the battery life expectancy is quite impressive (around 7 years).

Specifications

Material:
Resin Band and Case, Stainless Steel Back, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
47mm
Weight:
13.61g
Waterproof:
200m/20bar/660ft

Pros

  • Subdued design that’s durable and reliable
  • Good battery life
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Lots of useful features and functions
  • Good visibility and illumination

Cons

  • Screen visibility is not that good
  • The case is big and bulky

Why We Chose This

The special ops, rugged, blacked-out design makes this one of the best military watches in the G Shock series. It is not flashy so it doesn’t draw attention and delivers accurate and reliable information in digital format. It’s also durable, like all watches in this series, and comes with advanced features that can be useful on the field or in the outdoors.

6. G-Shock – Quartz Black Military Watch

Highlights

Equipped with Tough Solar and Multi-band 6 Atomic Timekeeping technology, this classic G-Shock slim design with an octagonal case is quite impressive. 

Users never have to worry about changing the battery due to a small built-in solar panel that recharges the battery (which can run around 10 months on a full charge). Also, the watch communicates with 6 Worldwide Atomic Time transmitters to display extremely accurate timekeeping, according to your current timezone.

The watch can display the time in 29 time zones and 48 cities from all over the world, supports 5 alarms, a stopwatch, countdown timer, auto-calendar, and has a power-saving function. There’s also EL backlighting and a battery indicator that lets you know if the battery is running low. 

Due to the resin band and case, this G-Shock watch is just as durable as bulkier models. In addition, the side buttons are easier to operate due to the shape of the case.

Specifications

Material:
Resin Strap & Case, Mineral Crystal Lens, Stainless Steel Back
Size:
46.7mm
Weight:
2.08oz
Waterproof:
200m/20/bar/660ft

Pros

  • Durable and solid build
  • An impressive set of features
  • Highly-accurate and reliable
  • Great battery lifespan
  • The illumination module is very useful

Cons

  • The stock band is a bit stiff and not very comfortable

Why We Chose This

While most Casio military watches from the G-Shock series are bulky and can be observed from a distance, this design is quite the opposite. The profile is slim, the case is octagonal, and the dial is digital. As such, you have the same durability and features but in a more good looking profile that fits a wider range of scenarios.

7. G-Shock – G9300 Mudman Military Watch

Highlights

If the Mudman name doesn’t spell it for you, then the markings on the resin strap should. This is a mud-resistant design with sealed buttons and a tough mineral crystal lens that protects the Japanese quartz mechanism from dirt, dust, and yes, mud!

If you keep reading the strap, you learn this is a solar-powered model (Tough Solar) that has a digital compass, can measure the ambient temperature, and even has a moon graph. In addition, there are the usual features you can find on most advanced G-Shock designs such as 31 time zones (48 cities + UTC), daylight saving option, 5 alarms, stopwatch with elapsed time and split time, countdown timer, auto-calendar, 12h & 24h formats.

Lastly the buttons require a bit of force to press but the interface is user-friendly (even though it has a learning curve). It also comes with full auto EL backlight with afterglow, which improves visibility in low-lighting conditions.

Specifications

Material:
Resin Strap & Case, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
53mm
Weight:
7.83oz
Waterproof:
200m/20/bar/660ft

Pros

  • Extremely durable design with mud and water-resistance
  • Lots of cool and interesting features
  • Auto EL backlight
  • Solar-powered Japanese quartz movement
  • High-quality strap and case

Cons

  • It is one of the bulkier models
  • The buttons need to be pressed a bit harder

Why We Chose This

Out of all the military watches G Shock offers, the Mudman G9300 is a true bad boy. The bulky design talks about amazing durability in the face of adversity and the large face leaves plenty of room for a user-friendly interface. It’s also amazing in the wilderness when you need a compass for orientation and don’t want to carry additional equipment.

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