There are a variety of watches that fit the “everyday carry” (EDC) profile, and they range from luxury watches to tactical ones. But, with so many choices available, how can you find the best one? Which is best suited for you? Can you find it at an affordable rate? To help answer these questions, let’s look at some of the most popular tactical watches for EDC.

Timex Expedition Field Chronograph

The Timex Expedition is an effective timepiece designed with three chronographs that can measure time down to the twentieth of a second. You’ll always be on time whenever you carry this baby with you. But, it’s not just there to help you keep your appointments. It is really there to help you tackle the outdoors with a solid leather strap and diving depth resistance of up to a hundred meters. It’s fairly sizable at 43 mm, but it’s also durable. It comes with a working tachometer and features Timex’s INDIGLO night light.

Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch

Featuring a beautiful blue dial that comes with a day and date window, the Seiko 5 is a fancy piece of tech for the professional businessman. The indices around its face are luminescent, and it’s 37 mm stainless steel case ensures its size is never an issue. Furthermore, it’s rated for diving depths up to 100 ft. So, if you feel like taking a dip in the ocean or at the pool with your fancy watch after a particularly rough meeting, you can do so with no worry.

Luminox Recon Point Man 8820

Designed for the military personnel’s everyday use, the Luminox Recon Point Man is built to withstand even the toughest of battlefields. Featuring all the bells and whistles to help you out in the field, this little baby is scratch proof, has a contrasting color dial, and a graduated turning bezel. It is the perfect tool for the jungles of the city or a battle theater.

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

All the functionality and aesthetic of the Weiss brand is packed neatly into the design of this magnificent watch. While they are manufactured in the United States, these watches are made with parts straight from Switzerland, and the end result is nothing short of remarkable. The hand-polished stainless steel is durable and gives it a tough-looking aesthetic for anyone looking to wear something with rugged appeal. Certainly, the Weiss Standard Issue watch is worthy of being worn on any occasion.

Suunto Core

If you’re looking for versatility and practicality, then the Suunto Core is the EDC timepiece you are looking for. This beauty features an altimeter, barometer, and your local weather conditions in case you need to find shelter. The Suunto Core is a must-buy for those looking to stay up-to-date with the weather and time while helping maintain a minimalist aesthetic that fits in well with any possible scenario.

Zelos Mako Bronze 500m Diver Watch

If you’re into diving, or enjoy participating in water sports, then take a gander at the Zelos Mako Bronze 500m Diver Watch! Built to last in extreme diving conditions, this watch is the perfect accessory for when you want to tackle your day-to-day life, or simply want to go hit the depths of the ocean. But, what exactly makes the Zelos Mako Bronze special? Well, for starters, the bronze alloy it’s made from is extremely strong. It comes in a 40 mm case that has three different options for its bezel to provide additional resistance. It also has a sapphire crystal that protects it from scratches, a 38-hour battery reserve, and even a bit of space to display the date!

Szanto Military Field Watch

If you want a watch that can literally go with anything from casual to formal attire, then try out the Szanto Military Field Watch. It is built with an aesthetic design that pays tribute to both classic and contemporary timepieces. As expected of any watch that is made for the field, its durability and utility make it an effective companion to almost anyone, starting from those in the military to those who live peaceful civilian lives. Additionally, it comes with a 100-meter depth resistance for those who want to take a dip in the pool after a long day!

Casio G-Shock GBA800

Featuring a step tracker and plenty of other features that are popular with fans of the Casio brand, the G-Shock GBA800 is the perfect companion to those going about their daily lives. The GBA800 comes with all the reliability, durability, and shock-resistance of its brethren, and can withstand a water depth of up to 200 meters. The 3-axis accelerometer will help you track movement and speeds. Pair it with the G-Shock app on your phone, and you can keep track of your fitness routine. Basically, if you’re looking for one of the best EDC watches on the market from a well-established brand, look no further than the GBA8000.

Nixon Ranger 45

Rugged, tough, and envied by all who see it, the Nixon Ranger 45 is one of the best timepieces you can wear during your day-to-day travels. Inspired by military field instruments, the Ranger 45 features stainless steel construction, 4 o’clock crown placement for superior comfort, and Japanese movement.

Casio G-Shock 6900

Saving one of the best for last, the G-Shock 6900 is built to withstand severe impacts, so it’s ideal for active duty members in the field. Don’t let its minimalistic design fool you, though. It’s water resistant up to 200m, has a multi-function alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, and a battery that will last for two years.
These are the most popular tactical watches out there. Is yours on the list? If not, share your favorite daily-wear watch with our readers.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Emmanuel "Dash the Bomber" Barbosa

Emmanuel Barbosa, AKA Dash The Bomber, is currently serving in the 7th fleet, and has over 8 years of experience in the military. A writer with a penchant for the humorous and informative, he loves to share his stories with those who would be willing to listen. Having served in deployments that have taken him around the world, Dash has seen and heard about many things that would be hard to believe. A loving father and a faithful husband, he is dedicated to protecting his family and country. For fun he enjoys cosplaying, videogames, and writing for online magazines.

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1 thought on “Best Watches for EDC

  1. You have excellent taste: other than the digital watches, pretty much all of those are versatile timepieces that are durable enough to use in the field and still classy enough to wear with formal clothing.

    However, I noticed that all of the analogy watches rely on regular glow-in-the-dark paint for illumination. No love for tritium illumination? I personally wear a watch with tritium illumination (a KHS Commander Mk II) and I find it’s convenient to have the hands and numbers glow automatically without needing to “charge” them with a light source.

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