When it comes to finding the best waterproof watches for men, you need to look past its purely aesthetic qualities: from battery life and glass resistance to the straps, every aspect of the watch needs to be considered. Waterproof watches come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and finding the right one for you boils down to both personal taste and necessity.
But waterproof watches aren’t just for snorkelers or divers; it’s also for the man who wants to add a stylish but practical accessory to their wardrobe. Here are our top picks for some of the best looking waterproof watches for men available in the market today.
Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph
The Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph’s traditional aviator-style is based on the watches pilots wore in the mid-20th century. Despite being built for airplane pilots, the Aviator Chronograph is designed to be water resistant to 100 meters. It comes encased in 42mm 316L stainless steel, with the black or tan Italian leather strap giving the watch an overall feel of sophistication and luxury.
The navy dial features Swiss Super-Luminova® markings to ensure complete legibility, Japanese quartz movement, and a 3-eye chronograph to provide users with all they need to tell different modes of time.
Garmin fēnix HR
The fēnix 3 HR multisport training GPS watch is one of the more advanced waterproof watches for men in the market today. Although built to be a smart watch, it’s designed to withstand even the most active lifestyle. Rugged, tough, and designed to monitor your body functions, the fēnix 3 HR comes with various digital features to augment your fitness training, including access to the Connect IQTM platform, Garmin’s online store that lets you customize the watch’s digital face as well as other apps and widgets. The fēnix 3 HR is water-rated to 100 meters, with a 40-hour batter life thanks to its UltraTrac™ battery saver mode. The watch can also be set to various modes, such as GPS and smartwatch, both of which offer anywhere between 16 hours to 2 weeks worth of use before recharging is necessary. It has a protective PVD-stainless steel bezel and buttons which give the watch incredible durability.
Casio G-Shock Frogman
Over the years, the Casio G-shock brand has built itself a solid reputation for durability. Their timepieces are known far and wide as being top-of-the-line in terms of toughness, and the G-shock Frogman is no exception: its shock and crack resistant glass helps it be water resistant for up to 200 meters, while its 53mm stainless steel case and bezel protects it from the elements. It’s the first model in the Masters of G line of G-shock, a series of watches that’s designed specifically for divers. Despite this, the Frogman is still stylish enough for everyday use by both divers and non-divers alike. The Frogman comes with atomic timekeeping and is solar powered. Meanwhile, its dive timer ensures that you don’t stay underwater for too long. It has a black resin strap that’s perfect for anyone looking for a subdued style.
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Watch
Another contender for the toughest waterproof watches for men, the Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X is designed to be tough, durable, and reliable. Victorinox designed the I.N.O.X to be ridiculously durable, testing it for a variety of shocks from a simple ten-meter drop and being left in a washing machine with 90 degree water, to being driven over by an armored tank. But despite being built to withstand any kind of adventure, the I.N.O.X is still sleek and stylish, perfect for everyday use. It features an analog quartz movement, a glass face made of scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal which is triple-coated as well, and luminescent hands, all encased in 43mm of stainless steel.
When a watch is designed specifically for use by Navy SEALs, you know it’s going to be tough as. Introduced for military use in 1994, the Evo Navy SEAL Blackout is single-handedly responsible for cementing Luminox’ position as a leading supplier of high-end, durable waterproof watches for men. The ANU (Authorized for Navy Use) watch is able to withstand the rigors of military tasks, so imagine how well it can survive everyday wear-and-tear from civilians! Because it was designed for SEAL divers operating at night, the Luminox Evo is constantly visible: each watch comes with borosilicate glass capsules that are always lit, making the watch readable and legible under any conditions. It requires no external power source to light it up and is guaranteed to retain its luminosity for up to 25 years. If that’s not enough, the watch also comes with a unidirectional bezel, Swiss quartz movement, and a 44mm carbon-reinforced black polyester case that’s water resistant for up to 200 meters. It is perhaps one of the manliest watches you can ever wear.