Everyone has a “dress watch.” That’s the one you wear for important business meetings, first dates and various special occasions. What do you use the rest of the time? True, you can use your smartphone for lots of things, but a sports watch can do everything from upping your golf game and becoming your running coach, to keeping you abreast of the latest social media posts.
A men’s sport watch is a men’s watch that can be immersed in water, has a stopwatch feature and an alarm. But, some definitions state that a sports watch should be used only when boating, participating in special ops, or mountaineering. Another definition is that the best sports watch is merely a casually styled men’s watch in bright colors. The one thing that the best sport watches have in common is that the face should be highly legible. If you’re climbing a mountain or riding a wave, you need to see the important stuff.
Types of sport watches
Smartwatches are often classified as men’s sport watches as they can track steps, workouts and can do everything from showing tide tables, navigating golf courses and helping you watch calories. Smartwatches are the best sport watches for guys who feel that the gym is their church.
Chronographs are men’s sport watches that have a stopwatch function or feature. Chronograph watches Can have up to three buttons, one for start, stop and reset.
Chronometers should not be mixed up with chronographs. Chronometers are designed to keep accurate time no matter the outside influences (barometric pressure, temperature, weather, etc.,). True chronometers are certified from the CSOC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse de Chronomètres), and they go through rigorous testing. A chronometer will have the certification printed on the dial.
Polo Watches were created so that the polo players could wear the dial reversed while playing. Doing so prevents damage to the crystal. Polo watches are the only men’s sport watch that can also be worn as a men’s dress watch.
Dive Watches are made for underwater submersion up to 100mm. The face must be visible and easy to read in the total darkness. They must be resistant to chemical, magnetic and shock. True dive watches are certified via the guidelines of the International Organization for Standardization. Luminox is the divers watch of choice for the NAVY SEALS.
The best sport watches for men are the sport watches that fit your lifestyle and style. Scroll on through to find the perfect sports watch or watches for your next adventure.
1. Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire
Rugged enough to take to the mountains skiing or trail running, and stylish enough to wear with your business attire. Activity junkies will appreciate the advanced fitness metrics such as Vo2 max, Pulse o2 as well as sleep monitoring. It can also store music for those who like to listen to their jams while they train. But the stainless steel bezels and large, bright watch-face give it a premium look that works as the finishing touches to your attire.
2. Apple Watch Series 6
BEST APPLE WATCH
This has become the sports watch of choice from everyone from CEOs to triathletes. It’s as stylish and elegant as it is insightful when it comes to overall wellness and fitness. You can pretty much leave your smartphone behind since you can do just about everything it can from your watch. Plus, with built-in EKG and other wellness and activity tracking features, you can see why it’s the jack-of-all-trades watch and so popular along a wide spectrum of consumers.
3. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
CLASS AND ACTIVITY
A beautiful symbiotic relationship between classic stylings and activity fitness tracker. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 automatically tracks seven different activities, even if you forget to activate it. There are even some advanced metrics such as Vo2 Max and SPo2 levels for those who like to get geeky with their fitness. When it comes to style, there are literally thousands of watch faces to choose from and you can swap out leather bands to fit your wardrobe.
4. Polar Grit X
Rugged enough for the military, and stylish enough for date night, the Polar Grit X is hardcore, yet fashionable. For activity, it tracks ascents and descents making it a great watch for hiking, biking and pretty much any mountain or hill related activity. But it is also waterproof and suitable to track your laps in the pool. It’s available in four different colors including a military green band with a silver face that really makes a statement.
5. Suunto 9 GPS Sports Watch
HIGH LEVEL TRAINING
This sports watch takes activity tracking to a new level. It has over 80 programmed activities as well as GPS tracking, navigation and a barometer to help you track the weather on long runs, bikes and swims. Speaking of, it’s waterproof to 100 meters so you don’t have to worry about water ruining your sports watch. If training is your bag, this needs to be on your wrist.
6. Fossil Men’s 42MM Collider Hybrid Smart Watch
This watch might not look like it belongs on your wrist in the gym, but it has the ability to track your heart rate and your steps to help you hit your fitness goals. As for style, this sports watch has a whole lot of that, too. You can swap out the leather wrist bands to match your daily attire. And tech lovers with enjoy the ability to get all of your notifications on the watch. Who said you can’t look great while working out?
7. Garmin Instinct Solar
IMPRESSIVE BATTERY LIFE
This isn’t the dinky Casio solar-powered watch that you had when you were 10-years-old. This watch can last up to two months in smartwatch mode, and 38 hours using GPS. And in watch-only mode, thanks to the power of the sun, the battery life is seemingly endless. It has a plethora of fitness tracking tools and is waterproof to 100m. It’s not the most stylish watch, especially considering the rather colorless display, but the functionality and battery-life are a fair trade.
8. Garmin Approach S62
GARMIN FOR GOLFERS
Nothing gets you ready for a post-workday Friday afternoon round quite like the Garmin Approach S62 sports watch. It’s stylish enough to wear in the office, but once the workday is done, no need to change, you can go straight from the office to the tee box. It has 41,000 preprogrammed courses as well as a virtual caddy to help you with your approach. And the PinPointer tool can help with blind shots or with elevated greens. Anyone else ready to hit the links yet?
9. Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch
RUGGED SPORTS WATCH
The Amazfit T-Rex is military tested and looks like it, too. For only $140, this watch comes packed with fitness tracking, smartwatch capabilities (messaging, social media and notifications), as well as GPS. The 20-hour battery life is as equally impressive as its rugged and durable build. It’s a little army-ish for the office, but this watch does make it look like you aren’t messing around when it comes to your fitness.
10. Ironman Transit 40mm Full-Size FAST WRAP Watch
Timex makes solid, durable watches. Need a watch that will keep track of your times and wake you up in the morning? The reasonably priced Ironman Transit will suit your needs. It’s a digital chronograph that’s 40mm, and it’s can function in water up to 100 meters. It has a light-up dial, countdown timer, alarm, stopwatch with a 10 lap memory. The nylon band has a hook and loop fastening AKA the fast wrap.
11. Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Land Series – 3782
BEST FOR LIVING OFF THE LAND
Based in California, Luminox watches are as tough as Bear Grylls, probably one of the reasons the two collaborated for the Bear Grylls limited Survival Collection, limited edition watches for the sea, land and master. The land series 3782 is a 45mm chronograph, Swiss made, and its constant glow lasts for 25 years. Water-resistant up to 200 meters, it has a rubber bracelet band with a compass loop (which can be detached from the watch) so you’ll never get lost. Made from carbonox and steel, the back of the watch is emblazoned with the phrase, “Never Give Up.” Luminox is donating 10% of every watch sale to Direct Relief.
12. Nixon Base Tide Pro Watch
BEST FOR SURFERS
Pre-programmed tide info for 550 beaches means that you’ll always know when and where you can catch waves. The Nixon Base Tide Pro with its fiber-enforced polycarbonate case also lets you know sunrise and sunsets across the globe and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Super water-resistant, this digital chronograph or minicomputer has three alarms, backlight and patented Locking Looper. That enables you to switch from a digital watch face to tide graphs. This watch comes in eight other colors.
13. Casio Men’s G-Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap
In 1983 the G-Shock watch debuted in Japan. Billed as a watch that never breaks, it has gone from iteration to iteration, never losing its toughness or reputation. This very affordable digital chronometer is resistant to everything and can be submerged to 200 meters. Can’t wake up? Use all five alarms and ignore the snooze button. It has a full auto-calendar and an hourly time signal. The case diameter is 50.7mm.
14. PUMA Men’s Quartz Watch with Plastic Strap
BEST FOR SUN AND FUN
Go ahead and take a dip with this Puma watch, it can take a lap or two as it’s water-resistant to 50m. The 43mm case has a three-hand analog display. Looking for a weekend watch that looks good? The Puma men’s watch has a polycarbonate case with a polyurethane band, so it’s pretty strong too.
15. Garmin Forerunner 45 Black Silicone Strap Smart Watch 42mm
BEST FOR WORKOUTS AND WELLBEING
Watch or tiny laptop? You decide. The Garmin Forerunner has a 42mm case and is compatible with Android and iOS. This scary smart watch can keep track of your heart rate, steps, wellbeing and even play music from Spotify! Wait there’s more. Get smart notifications, and monitor your runs. It also has GPS tracking and is lightweight.
16. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (44mm), (Golf Edition)
BEST FOR GOLFERS
Could the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 be the best sports watch for men? If you’re a golfer, it might be. Well, it’s a smartwatch that has over 40,000 (!) courses downloaded inside its 44m size case for one. The Real-Time Caddie app (that you download into your phone) has all those courses, satellite views and real-time data too. It’s also a coach that can help you play through. Oh, and it tracks your workouts, can monitor heart health, stress and sleep. The lightweight watch has a multicolor display, GPS and of course is Bluetooth enabled as well as iOS and Android compatible.
17. Citizen Promaster Aqualand
BEST FOR DEEP WATER
The first Citizen Promaster Aqualand was created back in 1985. For over 30 years, divers have relied on Citizen’s Aqualand watches for their undersea adventures. This timepiece is ISO compliant, has maximum depth memory, a rapid ascent alarm, auto-dive mode and is powered by the brand’s famous eco-light technology. You’ll also never need a battery as this watch is solar-powered. The case is 46mm, and is suitable for scuba diving, as it can go to 200 meters. And it’s really snazzy looking, too.
18. Nixon Sentry Chrono Watch
BEST FOR CITY AND COUNTRY
This sexy looking chronograph also comes in six different colorways. Nixon started out back in 1997 Cali, and the watches were an immediate hit with boarders (skate, surf, and snow). Their brand is luxurious-looking watches that are dependable and well-priced, which is why they’re on the list twice. Their chronograph has a date and 24-hour display, seconds track on a 42mm steel case. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters.
19. iTouch Men’s Air Special Edition Smartwatch
This smartwatch does (almost) everything. Compatible with Android and iOS, this smartwatch has a heartrate monitor, blood oxygen level monitor, step tracker, calorie counter, sleep monitor and can track your workouts that range from walking and badminton to climbing and five other sports. Oh, and you can receive calls, texts and get the latest social media posts. It has a scratch-resistant LED screen, and you can even check the weather. It also comes in six colorways. Seriously, it has so many things you can do with it, you may toss your tablet away.