Rugged Watches

A watch is an accessory many people like to wear day-in, day-out, but if you’re someone who has an active lifestyle or a physical job, it can be tricky to protect a watch from damage.

Far more convenient than taking your watch on and off every time it may get knocked, is choosing a rugged watch that can cope with tough conditions.

The best tough watches will be able to withstand rough use, whilst still functioning exactly as they should.

Strong watches don’t have to compromise on design, either – sturdy watches can be found in a variety of styles.

We’ve rounded up some of the best options, whether you’re looking for the best tough watches for work, or rugged outdoor watches for your adventurous activities.

Read on for our reviews, and top tips on features to look out for.

Best Golf GPS Watches

Timex Men's Expedition Acadia Watch

Casio Men's G Shock Black Watch 26.8

Citizen Promaster Tough Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army Men's I.N.O.X. Watch

GPW German Military Titanium Watch

Garmin Instinct Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

Timex Men's Expedition Acadia Watch


  • Durable resin case
  • Indigo backlight technology, activated by pressing the crown
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • Lightweight

This Timex watch has a simple design with an almost military feel.

The case is resin, so it can take knocks and bumps, and we like the way that the crown is set into the bezel so it won’t snag or catch.

The face is black, with clear and bold hour markers and both 12- and 24-hour indices, as well as a date display.

If you’re trying to read the time after dark, you can activate the helpful indigo backlight feature by pressing the crown. The hour and minute hands are also luminous.

The fabric strap is durable and has some attractive leather accents.

The lens is acrylic and resistant to scratches. Overall, we found this to be a robust timepiece at a great price.


Size: Case thickness: 11.5 mm
Case Diameter:40 mm
Watch Strap:20mm, Fabric



  • 12- and 24-hour displays
  • Fabric strap with leather details
  • Water resistant to 50m
  • Easy to set date display


  • Well-priced for this reliable brand
  • Ticking is loud

Best Rugged Watch Buying Guide

Durable Watch Brands

There are some watch brands which are known for producing watches designed to be tough and rugged, and others which have specific collections or ranges that answer this requirement. Timepieces designed for use during sports or outdoor activities can often withstand a variety of conditions, so you might consider brands such as Garmin, or the GShock range from Casio which are often top contenders in the sports watch category. Then there are the brands which have carved a niche making military inspired watches, such as GPW. These have taken the tough standards of military use and applied them to ‘civilian’ timepieces.

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