Tactical or military watches are an essential accessory for any military man or outdoor enthusiast, whether you are a diver, mountaineer, survivalist, hiker or regular camper or fisherman. A military watch could very well save your life in any outdoor situation. A tactical watch with a compass and a sunset/sunrise timer will prove invaluable in a survival situation.
With so many tactical and military watches available on the market today, how do you know which one is best for you? The biggest mistake you can make when looking to buy a military watch is to make a purchase based on looks alone.
Tactical and military watches are packed with features, and yes, while a great looking watch is awesome, it is more important to make sure that the watch you purchase has the functionality that you need. Start by asking yourself these two very important questions:
What do I want to use the watch for?
What functions are a must have to suit your needs and what functions can you do without? While tactical and military watches are feature packed you may find one that only has 98% of the features you need or want. Depending on your type of outdoor activity a lightweight, shock resistant watch may be more suited to you than a bulky and heavy watch.
What is my budget?
Some of these tactical and military watches come with a hefty price tag and cost $250 and more, however, you can easily find a great quality watch for under $100, depending on what features you are willing to sacrifice.
Once you have answered these questions you have narrowed the search down considerably. Once you have found a watch that ticks all your boxes, the final decision should come down to durability, reliability, and accuracy. This is extremely important, especially if you are a serious outdoorsman and purchasing a tactical watch as a necessity for hiking, mountaineering or diving etc.
To assist you in your quest for the ultimate Tactical or military watch, I have compiled an easy to use guide and comparison chart, with reviews on my favorite choices. The upside is that most of them are great looking as well and will definitely boost your cool factor.