Our guide on the best men’s field watches lists the top categories in the category. German military officers were the first to wear the original watch, which they used to organize artillery and troop movements. In order to be a true field watch, it must be durable. Most of these watches on this list have stainless steel or titanium cases and will range in size from about 40-44mm.
Because you have to act quickly in the field the watch face must be easily readable. Besides the size you will find high contrast dials and indices. Other possible features include a hacking second hand, glare-proof crystal, and a durable metal or nato strap. First up on our list is the affordable Timex Expedition.
Best Men’s Field Watches
Timex Expedition Men’s Field Watch
When you’re out and about on your latest adventure, consider taking the Timex Expedition Men’s Field Watch ($44) along for the ride. Designed with rugged inspiration and poised to take on any excursion, this classic watch boasts a 40mm stainless steel case that gently curves with the natural shape of your wrist. The dark gray dial has been marked with enlarged numerical indicators for each hour and the traditional 24-hour military time markings used by our armed forces for tracking key exercises. Easy reading is guaranteed with the Indiglo light-up watch dial and clear date window at 3 o’clock while the watch boasts a simple beauty with the leather or durable nylon straps.
Timex Weekender Men’s Field Watch
Seeking out minimal design with field watch apparatus has just become one step easier for the Timex Weekender Men’s Field Watch ($25). This oversized model with its 40mm diameter case takes the classical Timex simplicity and adds in essential tools for field work. Crafted in polished sterling silver, the watch has been finished with a cream with and black numerical hour indicators in both the 12 and 24-hour clock. Water resistant to 30m and suitable for brief immersion in water, the understated beauty of this timepiece lends itself to both work and play. Made entirely in the USA, this Timex Weekender has been fitted with a rich, brown leather strap that can be changed easily to any other same size Timex strap.
Wenger Terragraph Men’s Field Watch
Larger in silhouette and simple in its design, the Wenger Terragraph Men’s Field Watch ($110) is the one stopwatch you’ll need for your next excursion. Created for the ever stylish man, the accurate Swiss quartz movement has been chosen for its ability to record time perfectly, right down to the second. The simple black dial boasts gold numerical hour indicators with the Wenger logo visible at the 12 o’clock marker. A small date dial has been applied at the 6 o’clock mark to ensure accurate timing at every moment and the dark gray leather strap molds to accommodate most wrist sizes with comfort and ease.
Victorinox Infantry Men’s Field Watch
Designed with the modern man in mind, the Victorinox Infantry Men’s Field Watch ($399) has all the functionality of a traditional field watch combined with modern and contemporary style. Boasting a larger 40mm dial for easy viewing, the dark blue dial has been finished with a chronograph function and enlarged numerical hour indicators. Finished in luminous tone for evening viewing, this highly accurate model can record a specified activity to extreme accuracy and with exceptional ease. A small date indicator at the 6 o’clock marker and brand logo at the 12 o’clock marker make for a functional watch for every occasion while the brown leather strap with contrasting stitching creates a timepiece with stylish versatility.
Hamilton Khaki Men’s Field Watch
Taking color inspiration from nature’s most beautiful foliage, the Hamilton Khaki Men’s Field Watch ($254) boasts a comfortable and slimline silhouette. Crafted from stainless steel, the 38mm case houses a mechanical hand-wind movement that eliminates the need for battery replacements. The clear dial has been set with contrasting white numerical hour indicators in both the 12 and 24-hour format while a small date indicator at the 3 o’clock mark delivers a watch with classical styling at its heart. This model has been finished with a khaki canvas band, fixes with buckle closures and has been tested to 50-meter water resistance for short periods of recreational swimming.
Marathon General Purpose Mechanical Men’s Field Watch
Inspired by a military design in horology, the understated beauty of the Marathon General Purpose Mechanical Men’s Field Watch ($280) appeals to gentlemen of all different ages and preferences. A new and improved model, this watch has been designed for use by the infantry while out on the field and is sure to attract those with an interest in our armed purposes. Using a Japanese Dual Winding Movement that can be used to generate power through hand winding or by the movement of your wrist during the day, this timepiece promises to be accurate to within a few seconds and will run for approximately 41 hours at a time. Finally, the dark black dial with clear white indicators works well with the unique gray case and self-illuminating tritium gas tubes that glow internally and eliminate the need for additional light.
Weiss Standard Issue Men’s Field Watch
Presented from a reputable and highly respected brand, the Weiss Standard Issue Men’s Field Watch ($950) has simplistic design at its core. The understated white dial has been set with easy to read black numerical hour indicators and hand outlines while a small second hand at the 9 o’clock mark makes for a unique positioning. Installed with a fully mechanical watch that works to generate power with the movement of your wrist and accurately keeping time with continuous wear. Sapphire crystal has been used throughout for its scratch resistant properties while the clear case back allows the appreciation of the interior workings at any point. Supplied with a durable and waterproof olive green Cordura canvas strap, this limited edition watch will boast it’s own unique number as produces from the brand’s USA workshop.
Tudor Heritage Ranger Men’s Field Watch
When you’re looking to invest in a high-quality product for your watch collection, the Tudor Heritage Ranger Men’s Field Watch ($2150) promises to impress. Presented by the brand as an affordable alternative to Rolex, this exquisitely crafted model is entirely Swiss made and fitted with a self-winding movement for accurate timing. The simple black dial is marked with a luminous bar and number hour markers and hands to ensure high visibility in the darkest of environments while the high-quality brown strap promises a comfortable and secure fit. With a large 41mm case back and finish to ensure water resistance up to 150 meters, this timepiece has enough class for on and off the field.
Rolex Explorer Men’s Field Watch
For the individual seeking the very best of the best, the Rolex Explorer Men’s Field Watch ($5,570) makes for an impressive accessory for the modern, stylish man. Designed to aid those in the field of work, this 100% Swiss made watch boasts a 48-hour reserve from its automatic movement that generates power with the sway of your wrist. The understated black dial has been finished with silver tone hand and hour markers that are each finished luminescent paint for easy visibility during darker evenings. Crafted with luxury in mind, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass accompanies a 39mm case back with the stainless steel bracelet to deliver a watch that blends in well with every occasion.