A crucial piece of equipment to any outdoorsman is a wristwatch. From hunters keeping track of legal shooting time, to the backwoods adventurer keeping a sense of time in the deep woods, the need for a wristwatch in the wild is essential. Naturally, an ideal wristwatch for the outdoorsman should share similar qualities to much of the equipment already in the outdoorsman’s backpack. The ideal wristwatch must be impervious to the elements, ruggedly constructed, and simple to operate. Five outdoorsman watches are going to be analyzed for this arictle. Ultimately, the best outdoorsman watch of 2020 will be determined.
Luminox Men’s A.8832.MI Recon Analog Display Quartz Black Watch
The first wristwatch being analyzed is the Luminox Men’s A.8832.MI Recon Analog Display Quartz Black Watch. This simple watch is constructed solidly of reinforced polycarbonate and is water resistant up to 200 meters. In addition to this watch providing the wearer with the traditional functions of date and time, the watch also provides a compass. A compass is an invaluable tool to any outdoorsman who strays from the beaten path, and having one strapped to your wrist is certainly a useful asset. Even better, this watch has luminescent Arabic numeral markers that are guaranteed to remain glowing for 25 years. This no frills outdoors watch certainly is a quality buy for the outdoorsman looking for function and simplicity.
Casio G-Shock GA110-1B Military Series Watch
The next watch being compared is the Casio G-Shock GA110-1B Military Series Watch. The watch is available for $109.00 on Amazon. The complex display and dark color scheme gives this watch a more subtle initial impression than the Luminox Men’s A.88332.MI. However, this watch has several features making it a worthy watch for the outdoorsman. Constructed ruggedly, this watch claims to be both shock and water resistant up to 200 meters. Further, this watch uses an LED light and has capabilities such as global time and an alarm clock. The Casio G-Shock GA110-1B is a watch with many technical features available at an affordable price. The Casio name certainly lends merit to this rugged digital watch.
Citizen Men’s Nighthawk Eco-Drive Watch BJ7000-52E
Up next on the list is the Citizen Men’s Nighthawk Eco-Drive Watch BJ7000-52E, Stainless Steel. The watch is available for $296.25 on Amazon. This watch’s case and strap are constructed from brushed stainless steel. This gives the watch both a handsome exterior and rugged function. Enclosed behind its scratch resistant mineral crystal screen is an analog display made of reflective Japanese quartz. The watch is water resistant up to 200 meters. The watch has large luminous hands and gives the wearer both the date and time. What makes this watch unique and functional is that it never needs a battery and is powered by light. However, this watch does not offer as many outdoorsman oriented features as the other watches described above. This watch would be ideal for the casual outdoorsman who also wants a functional watch he can wear to the office.
Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch
Endorsed by the United States’ Navy SEALS, the Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch is available for $209.99 on Amazon. The analog wristwatch has an Arabic numeral display that claims to be 100 times brighter than any other luminescent wristwatch. The watch is water resistant up to 200 meters, and has a background constructed of Swiss Quartz. The watch displays both the date and time in an easily readable format. Overall, this watch is very similiar to the Luminox Men’s A.8832.MI Recon Analog without the compass feature. This watch combines both simplicity and rugged function with an affordable price.
Casio Men’s PRW-2500T-7CR Pro Trek Tough Solar Digital Sport Watch
The final watch being analyzed is the Casio Men’s PRW-2500T-7CR Pro Trek Tough Solar Digital Sport Watch. The watch is available for $254.00 on Amazon. This digital watch is solar powered and has a large amount of features that are sure to be valued by any outdoorsman. This includes the seemingly standard water resistance up to 200 meters paired with date and time functions. In addition, this watch provides the wearer with a complete calendar, stop watch, compass, altimeter, tide tracker, and lunar phase calendar. All these features are ruggedly housed in titanium and will never need a battery thanks to its solar power plant.
Of these five watches, the best outdoorsman can largely be a matter of personal preference, though the Casio Men’s PRW-2500T-7CR Pro Trek Tough Solar Digital Sport Watch may be the best fit for many. Given its competitive price, rugged construction, and array of features, this watch will faithfully serve its function as an outdoorsman’s watch. A close second is the Luminox Men’s A.8832.MI Recon Analog Display Quartz Black Watch. Both watches provide the wearer with features that are useful in the wild. However, the Casio does more and never needs its battery changed. These advantages make it the ultimate outdoorsman watch.