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There’s something we can appreciate about a well-curated watch collection, including one with at least one of the best digital watches on the market. The watch industry is filled with timepieces to suit every style and need, be it a new smartwatch, a crisply designed automatic watch or a more rugged, action-ready field watch. So why add a digital watch to your collection? Sometimes, simple and functional style is the way to go, and digital watches provide that in spades.
They’re easy to use, they’re smartly designed and they serve their purpose admirably, telling time and getting you where you need to go without any hassle. You’ll also find the streamlined design especially useful if you engage in sporty pursuits because digital watches can often take quite the beating. And the best digital watches also tend to be more affordable than a classic timepiece, another bonus if you’re looking to build out your collection. And at the end of the day, they just get the job done reliably, every single time (pun intended). These are our picks for the best digital watches for men to buy right now. Get one on your wrist ASAP.
1. G-SHOCK GBA900SM-1A3
G-SHOCK has a knack for making ultra-rugged, dependable-as-can-be digital watches of all sorts, with an entire line of highly reliable and super-rugged offerings. This limited-edition update to the G-SHOCK Move line is made to take on anything you throw at it, with a pop of color added into the equation for good measure. Plus, it’s both reliably priced and highly functional, making it a downright steal in the watch category.
2. Nixon Staple Watch
BEST SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL WATCH
Finding the right watch to suit your personal style is tricky enough, but finding one that’s sustainably made, to boot? That’s even more difficult, but Nixon offers the perfect solution to your watch-focused search. The Staple Watch is made with recycled ocean plastics in partnership with #tide, delivering one-of-a-kind eco-conscious style and functionality. It’s also designed with a thin case, all the better to sit nicely on your wrist as you dress in minimal style.
3. Timex Ironman 10 Essential Watch
BEST DIGITAL WATCH FOR SPORTS
With a name like Ironman, it’s no wonder that Timex delivers the good with impeccable quality and durable design in mind. This watch is built for grueling pursuits, made to withstand mostly anything while providing legible timekeeping on a black resin strap. It also features a 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory, 24-hour military time mode and a light-up watch dial. It’s got all the bells and whistles you need, and none that you don’t. How’s that for one of the best digital watches, right?
4. Casio Classic Digital Bracelet Watch
BEST CLASSIC DIGITAL WATCH
It’s hard to go wrong with a watch as timeless (not literally, but figuratively) as this Casio digital bracelet watch. It’s one of the more stylish digital watches we’ve found, complete with throwback looks and the type of minimal style to pair with business casual or throwback weekend loungewear looks with ease. It’s an undersized watch with a case diameter of 35mm, driving home its retro looks even further. When you want an affordable, no-nonsense digital watch, you want this one from Casio.
5. Hamilton PSR Digital Watch
BEST LUXURY DIGITAL WATCH
When can a digital watch turn into a luxury item? When it’s made with care and purpose by Hamilton, and when it reinvents and revamps an iconic style in the brand’s history (in this case, a 1970s Hamilton digital watch that changed the industry forever). It’s a limited-edition offering with serious style points and refined, retro design top of mind. It’s also the exception to the commonly held thought that digital watches aren’t always the most stylish (we beg to differ with our picks, though). This sharp timepiece is worth the investment and worth wearing as much as you can — yes, you can even wear this watch with a finely tailored suit. To Hamilton, we say this: Very well-done, indeed.
6. Armitron Sport Digital Chronograph Watch
BEST AFFORDABLE DIGITAL WATCH
If you’re looking to knock out your watch shopping on a budget, then this crisply designed digital sport watch is your best bet. It’s available from a trusted retailer and designed with a clean, easy-to-read and bold face, and it’s also water-resistant to 165 feet. It’s well-suited for sporty pursuits as well as day-to-day wear, and the textured silicone strap will provide long-lasting wearability. Beyond that, you’re getting the proper bells and whistles you need in a digital watch, like an alarm, chronograph functionality and plenty of utility, no matter how often you wear this straightforward, subtly stylish digital watch.