The Navy SEALs are one of the best trained military groups in the world. It’s no surprise that they’d need super durable pieces. We ran through a couple of devices that would make for a great Navy SEAL watch.
They are simply the best of the best. They first came into being on January 1st, 1962, after the Korean War. The US needed highly trained troops that could handle unpredictable situations. The SEALs are trained in the most rigorous ways possible – to be one, it’s often required that you go through the hardest military testing in the world.
What made the world gawk at them was when SEAL Team 6 successfully carried out the mission to eliminate Osama Bin Laden. Until 2015, only men were allowed to be Navy Seals, but women are included today.
As they handle the most extensive tasks, it’s no surprise that they need highly durable timepieces. Let’s look at some that would make the cut.
We summarized our most notable picks in the following table.
We’ve never seen a watch as luminous as this. SEALS works in dim terrain, so the timepiece is great for such conditions. The 3051 1922 has the minutes in an hour marked on its bezel. They’re luminous too.
It is made of plastic. This keeps it durable, especially since the plastic is thick. A Navy SEAL will be exposed to considerable depths at one point or another. We’re glad that the timepiece can withstand 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. As the device is so luminous, reading it underwater won’t be an issue. It’s also very waterproof due to the material it’s made from.
Unless you have large wrists, it may not look the best on you. Its case is 1.73 inches (44 mm). Surprisingly, it isn’t on the heavy side. The SEALs are always busy, so wearing a watch that weighs them down is not good.
The crystal on it is mineral. The glass is not as tough as sapphire. As the Luminox is so shock resistant, its display won’t ever get damaged.
There is a calendar on it that is useful. Although small, it’s bolded well.
If you’re in the military, you’d need a 24-hour clock. The 3051-1922 delivers. It has 2 clock faces, one of which reads the time in a 12-hour format while the other does so in military time. Remember that the company has been providing timepieces to the Navy SEALs for years.
Luminox is a Swiss brand – you’re looking at a timepiece made with a lot of effort. It’ll last for generations since it’s so durable. As it comes with a Swiss quartz movement, it’s very accurate.
What makes it special:
It’s from a notable brand.
The Rangeman is one of the more famous G-shocks around. It’s a classic.
G-shocks are known to be huge. The GW-9400 doesn’t disappoint – its case stretches 2.12 inches (54 mm) across. It’s made from resin, so it’s very shock-resistant. The resin on it is on the softer side, making it comfortable on your wrist.
Being a Navy SEAL watch, you’d want a timepiece that is easy to read in the dark. The Rangeman has a powerful LED backlight.
You need to always be on time, and it offers atomic timekeeping. This is when a device connects to atomic clocks through radio waves.
As it’s made from resin, you’re looking at a superbly waterproof piece of tech. Speaking of water, it can handle 660 feet (200 meters). It’s also a great divers watch under 500 – it’s a Navy SEAL divers watch.
The crystal on it is a regular mineral. It can handle a plenty of scratches but don’t forget that it’s not sapphire. Thankfully, the GW-9400’s shockproof body prevents it from getting damaged.
There is a myriad of features on it. You get the time in multiple time zones, alarms, and timers. One of our favourite things about it is the presence of a thermometer, barometer, and altimeter. If you didn’t know, barometers check the air pressure while altimeters read the altitude. The thermometer on it can take readings between -10 and 60 C.
You’re looking at a solar watch. Being out on the field makes this valuable as you’ll always be charging it. One of the good things about G-shocks is that all kinds of light sources charge them up. Sunlight will be powering its Japanese quartz movement.
What makes it special:
It comes with a thermometer, altimeter, and barometer.
The Most Feature-Packed
The Instinct is ultra-shock resistant. It was made to military standards. It can handle heat up to military’s standards too.
For a Navy SEAL, hardcore training is part of the job. You’ll need to track all sorts of things, including your heart rate. Thankfully, you can do so with the Garmin smartwatch. You can create activity profiles on it, such as detailed logs for you to compare your progress with. The timepiece also records your stress by monitoring your pulse rate.
Considering that Navy SEALs work in the most secluded terrain, having the Instinct by your side is a good move – its GPS is thorough. Garmin is a pro at producing GPS pieces. There is even a detailed 3-axis digital compass.
You’ll have to charge it regularly. However, its battery life is really good – it can last up to 14 days with regular use. With non-stop GPS use, it’ll last around 2 days.
The device is water-resistant. It can handle 100 feet (30 meters). It’s also quite waterproof. The strap on it is silicone. That being said, having silicone on your wrist for a long time is not fun, as you’ll sweat.
The glass on it is not the most durable. You’re looking at regular mineral.
What makes it special:
It is a smartwatch.
The Best Looking
The Ana-Digi is probably the best-looking watch on our list. It’s a vision in cool-grey, that you normally don’t see. It’s matte too, making it look futuristic. We love that its hands are a sharp white – they contrast against its fully dark dial.
There is a chronograph on it. Having a chronograph will let you time yourself accurately. Chronographs are stopwatches.
G-Shocks are known to be very durable. They can handle drops from hundreds of feet, which the Ana-Digi XL lives up to. The resin on it is on the softer side, so it’ll feel great on your wrist.
As its name suggests, it’s meant for larger wrists. Its case is 2.0 inches (51 mm). However, it’s still smaller than the Rangeman. We are huge fans of its atomic timekeeping and are disappointed to say that the GA100 XL doesn’t come with the feature. It can handle as much water as its counterpart, though. But you can’t dive with it. The device is not ISO 6425 certified.
Having a blacked-out dial, reading the time is not easy, especially since there is no LED backlight. That being said, its white watch-hand stands out.
Like its counterpart, this g shock Navy SEAL watch is solar powered. G-shock says that any light source charges it. Sunlight will power its Japanese quartz movement.
What about its window? It is made from mineral. As you know, it can handle a beating, but it’s not as resistant as sapphire.
What makes it special:
Its blacked-out dial
If you’re looking for a luminous watch, the Weekender is right up your alley. It comes with plenty of lume on its markers and hands. Its dial is wide, so its luminous pigment has a considerable canvas to shine on.
The Weekender is a field watch. The watch type was made for the military – it reads accurate time. This is why you see two rings on it. One of them reads the time in a 24-hour format while the other does so in a 12-hour one. The Scout 40 has a quartz movement, so it offers reliable timekeeping. Quartz devices have fewer parts than their automatic counterparts.
It’s made from durable brass. As a Navy Seal, you don’t have to worry about getting rough with it. Its strap is durable too since it’s nylon. That being said, it’s fabric, so it isn’t waterproof. If this wasn’t the case, the timepiece might’ve ranked higher on our list.
If you want a big watch, the Scout 40 is not for you. As its name suggests, its case is only 1.57 inches (40 mm). If you have smaller wrists, it’ll fit snuggly.
There is Mineral on its dial. Considering you’re not getting a resin body, you have to be careful with it.
Remember that we said Nylon isn’t very waterproof? The Weekender can’t handle a lot of water either. It’s only resistant up to 165 feet (50 meters). Timex says that a couple of dunks is all it can withstand.
It is not heavy. It comes in at 2.54 ounces (72 grams). When training, not having your wrist weighed down is great.
What makes it special:
It’s a field watch.
Whether you’re a Navy SEAL or not, it is best to have a durable timepiece. Think of it as an investment, as it would last you a while, especially if it’s a G-shock. A lot of the watches on our list are not only very durable but come with features that would be useful in the field. This includes GPS, thorough water resistance, pulse tracker, atomic timekeeping, and the time in multiple time zones.
We believe Luminox produces the best navy SEAL watch. The brand has been making watches for the outfit for decades. They are also a Swiss brand, which means they produce quality products.