Accurate, reliable, multifunctional, easily readable and with their own strikingly distinctive charm, digital watches work wonders. They’re much easier to read than analog watches and because most digital watches use quartz movements they tend to be more accurate than mechanical watches. Plus, digital watches are usually equipped with a plethora of handy features, such as multiple alarms, a calendar, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, GMT, fitness trackers all packed in a stylish presentation.
Thanks to Hamilton, the watch company that invented the very first digital watch- the Pulsar P1 in 1972 – and the continuous innovation by watch companies, digital watches continue to be a popular choice for men. Consumers now have such a wide range of options, Casio for example, with their G-shock line offers everything from very affordable tactical watches to very high-end options tough enough for a Navy Seal. Below you’ll find our top picks, we’ve included options starting from the most affordable working our way at the end to some luxury brands so there’s a watch for every man’s budget.
Best Digital Watches For Men
Timex Ironman Classic 30 Digital Watch
The Timex Ironman Classic 30 Oversized Stainless Steel And Nylon Watch is a sporty, chic timepiece that comes at a very affordable price. It has an iconic high-performance design, which makes it durable and suitable for athletic people.
Making up this solid timepiece is stainless steel and nylon.
Its sporty features include 30-lap memory recall, a 100-hour chronograph with a 99-lap counter, recall of laps and a total time of latest workout in Chrono, a 24-hour countdown timer with repeat up to 99 times, and 100-meter water resistance suitable for swimming and snorkeling.
Moreover, it comes with two time zones as well as features for keeping your schedule like its calendar; 15-occasion reminders; and three customizable alarms with daily, weekday, weekend, and weekly options with a five-minute back-up.
Topping it off is Timex’s proprietary electroluminescent technology, Indiglo light-up watch dial. This feature helps to read the watch’s digital display in the dark.
Casio Vintage Illuminator Gold-Tone Digital Watch
Voguish in the 80s, the iconic vintage style came back in trend and remains popular to date. And the Illuminator Gold-Tone Resin And Stainless Steel Watch from Casio’s Vintage series can keep you fashion-forward while equipping you with multiple features.
This watch is gold, literally in the color of its octagon-shaped resin case and stainless steel bracelet and figuratively with the bang for your buck that it can provide, as it’s multifunctional and durable.
It comes with a daily alarm, an hourly time signal, an auto calendar, and a 1/100-second stopwatch. It can tell the time in either a 12 or 24-hour format. And it’s LED light illuminates its dial.
It’s sure to be serviceable for a long time with its seven-year battery life along with this tough exterior reinforced with 50-meter water resistance.
Casio World Time Illuminator Stainless Steel Digital Watch
The Casio World Time Illuminator Silver-Tone Resin And Stainless Steel Watch is a sleek timepiece perfect for the fashion-forward traveler.
It has some similarities with the aforementioned watch from Casio but has some other additional features.
The highlights of this watch that set it apart from the Vintage Illuminator are its multi-time and world time features.
Its multi-time feature can provide the time for four different cities.
In its world time feature, a world map is included, and it can identify 31 time zones including 48 cities + coordinated universal time (UTC). This feature also allows daylight saving on and off as well as home city and world time city swapping.
Moreover, other features included in this watch are five daily alarms; an hourly time signal; a full auto calendar till 2099; a 1/100-second stopwatch; and a countdown timer. It’s capable of displaying time in either a 12 or 24-hour format. For illumination, it has an LED light with selectable illumination duration and Afterglow.
With its rugged construction composed of an octagon-shaped resin case; resin glass; and stainless steel bracelet along with its 100-meter water resistance and 10-year battery life, this is a watch that’ll last.
Rip Curl Rifles Waterproof Polyurethane Tide Watch
If you’re a beachgoer looking for a watch that’ll allow you to fully enjoy the water activities you love to do, then the Rip Curl Rifles Waterproof Polyurethane Tide Watch might just be the watch for you.
Its water resistant to 100 meters and can provide information on tides with its features, such as its 500 programmed tide locations; versatile tide display with two views: quick view tide graph and detailed tide view; and future tide.
It also comes handy with an alarm, a countdown timer, a stopwatch, and light.
Its case is made of injected molded polycarbonate ABS with a screw-down stainless steel case back, and its strap is made of polyurethane, so it’s durable and lightweight.
Casio G-Shock Blackout Basic Resin Watch
With a rugged yet sleek all-black design, the Casio G-Shock Blackout Basic Resin Watch is a timepiece perfect for those who like to keep it simply chic and opt for something that’s really durable as well as multifunctional.
It has a rugged construction of resin and scratch-resistant mineral crystal. And of course, a G-Shock is never complete without its trademark shock resistance. Also, it’s water resistant to 200 meters, so it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling.
The handy features that come in this watch are a multifunction alarm, an hourly time signal, flash alert for alarms and hourly time signals, a full auto calendar till 2099, a 1/100-second stopwatch, and a countdown timer.
This watch can display time in either a 12 or 24-hour format.
To help read the contents of its digital display in the dark is its EL backlight with Afterglow.
Guess Black Stainless Steel Digital Watch
Stylish good looks are standard the fashion watches from Guess. If you’re a fashion-conscious guy, the Guess Black Stainless Steel And Stain-Resistant Silicone Watch, with its elegant charm, might suit your taste.
It has a trendy blackout design. It features a rectangular stainless steel case; black, stain-resistant silicone strap, negative digital dial, and scratch-resistant mineral crystal dial window. It’s reinforced with 10-meter water resistance.
Functions of this watch include are an alarm, stopwatch, timer and dual time.
Nixon Regulus Water & Shock-Resistant Watch
Simple-looking yet extraordinary, the Nixon Regulus Water And Shock-Resistant Watch is a timepiece designed in collaboration with US Special Operations agents. It’s a heavy-duty timepiece that’s sure to last and can aid during military operations. Nevertheless, it would also be perfect for the civilian who opts for something simple and can withstand extreme conditions.
It has a 100-meter water-resistant custom injection molded TR90 case with a stainless steel bezel and stainless steel, screw on case back. Its polycarbonate pushers located at six and nine o’clock are just as water resistant. It’s also reinforced with shock resistance.
For its dial window, it has a scratch-resistant hardened mineral crystal. The strap of this watch is a tapered custom injection molded free-swing TPU 80. It has a water flow texture on the bottom side and Nixon’s patented locking looper.
Functions of this watch include an alarm, a dual chronograph, silent mode, and adjustable brightness for its black digital display. Its battery life can last up to five years.
Pulsar World Time Chronograph Digital Watch
Sporty and sophisticated, the Pulsar World Time Chronograph Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel And Polyurethane Watch is perfect for active persons who wish to have a touch of class to their look. From its strap all the way to its digital display, it features an all-black design that doesn’t go out of style. It’s a chic timepiece that can match any outfit.
Its sporty features include a 99-hour chronograph accurate to 1/100 second with memory recall, split time, a countdown timer, and 100-meter water resistance suitable for swimming and snorkeling.
It also provides a calendar, a five-channel regular alarm, and world time for 39 cities.
Supplying light to its digital display for easy readability is its LED panel.
It has a tough exterior that can keep up with the active person’s activities, and at the same time, it makes for comfortable wear, as it’s made of a black ion-plated stainless steel case with a screw-down case back, scratch-resistant mineral crystal dial window and polyurethane strap.
Casio G-Shock Rangeman Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch
G-Shock is known for its digital watches and is synonymous to toughness. So, there’s no surprise that a G-Shock watch has made it on our list. Featuring the Rangeman Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch, an excellent timepiece that exemplifies the durability and reliability of a typical G-Shock. But even better, as it comes with an added convenience of the unparalleled precision of Casio’s proprietary Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping, and it’s also powered by light.
Making up this tough watch is resin and scratch-resistant mineral crystal. As usual, a G-Shock watch comes reinforced with shock resistance. And it’s water resistant to 200 meters, making it suitable for recreational scuba diving.
This is a timepiece ready for adventure, as it’s equipped with a digital compass, altimeter,barometer, thermometer, and sunrise and sunset time display.
Other features it has in store are five daily alarms with one snooze alarm, an hourly time signal, a full auto calendar till 2099, a 1/100-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, and world time, which provides 31 time zones including 48 cities + coordinated universal time (UTC) and allows daylight saving on and off.
Moreover, in this watch, you can choose between a 12 or 24-hour format for the display of the time.
It has a full auto LED light system, Super Illuminator with selectable illumination duration and afterglow, which allows readability in the dark.
This watch is powered by Casio’s patented Tough Solar technology. Its stored power is shown by a battery level indicator. It’s capable of power saving.
Timex Expedition WS4 Digital
The Timex Expedition WS4 is the ultimate timepiece for those who love the great outdoors. It has features that would come handy for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and etc.
This is an ABC watch. The acronym ABC stands for altimeter, barometer, and compass, which are the features its equipped with for enjoying your outdoor experience to the fullest.
The capabilities of this excellent timepiece specifically for outdoor activities worth highlighting are the temperature measurements with its thermometer, at a glance outdoor information with its multifunction dashboard, aiding in reaching one’s altitude goals with its target altitude setting, warning of exceeded limits with its altitude alarm, one-touch, accurate in-route calibration with its four altitude reference settings, and identifying lows, highs, and adventure averages of your activities with its activity review mode.
Moreover, it also has a stopwatch and light.
It’s a lightweight, comfortable timepiece made of plastic and polyurethane. For protection from scratches, its dial is covered with a scratch-resistant mineral crystal.
For a basic option without the ABC features, if you don’t need them, the Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch would be good for you and cost less.
Casio Pro Trek Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch
From the series of Casio tailored for outdoor activities, climbing, hiking, cycling, and marine sports, Pro Trek, this Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch is an enduring timepiece equipped with features that can help make a pleasurable outdoor experience. This watch won’t disappoint when it comes to accuracy either with its Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping. Moreover, it’s powered by Casio’s patented Tough Solar technology.
It’s designed with a rugged construction composing of resin for its case and strap, stainless steel for its bezel, and scratch-resistant mineral crystal for its dial window.
Outdoor-specific features of this watch include a direction bezel, an altimeter, a barometer, a digital compass, a thermometer, sunrise and sunset data, sunrise time and sunset time for a specific date and daylight pointers, low-temperature resistance, and 200-meter water resistance.
This watch also provides five daily alarms with one snooze alarm, an hourly time signal, a 1/10-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a full auto calendar till 2099, and world time including 31 time zones with 48 cities + coordinated universal time (UTC), city name display, and daylight saving on/off.
With this watch, you can have the time displayed in either a 12 or 24-hour format.
It’s full auto LED Super Illuminator backlight with Afterglow allows you to read its digital display even in the dark.
Together with its solar-powered feature, it comes with a battery level indicator and power saving function.
Braun Prestige Stainless Steel Digital Watch
For a winning look and efficacious time management, the award-winning; classy; and multifunctional Braun Prestige Stainless Steel And Polyurethane Watch sure can deliver. The excellent design of this superb timepiece had been recognized by the iF International Forum Design and Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and was awarded the iF award and the Red dot award in 2012. You’re sure to catch attention with this elegant timepiece as well.
Made with a rectangular stainless steel case; scratch-resistant K1 hardened mineral crystal dial window, polyurethane strap, and reinforcement of 30-meter water resistance, this watch is quite durable.
In addition to the time, this watch is capable of providing a chronograph; countdown timer; and
100-year perpetual calendar in five languages.
It has an easy to read digital display, especially with its LED backlight.
Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire
The Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is a must-have for sporty persons and fitness buffs. If you want to get your training on or get fit, then you have to get this excellent multisport watch that can help you reach your goals. It has a plethora of features for all kinds of sports and workouts as well as for fitness. Plus, it comes with a sleek, sturdy design.
This ruggedly handsome timepiece in slate gray is built with a PVD-coated stainless steel bezel and buttons, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window, reinforced housing, and silicone strap. It’s water resistant to 100 meters.
It has built-in activity profiles for running, swimming, skiing, golfing, and paddle sports, including stand-up paddleboarding and rowing
It also allows you to monitor your heart rate without a chest strap with Garmin’s patented Elevate wrist heart rate technology.
For navigation in your activities, it provides a full-color TOPO US mapping, routable cycling maps; and more with the help of its GPS, GLONASS, altimeter, barometer, compass,and gyroscope.
When paired with a compatible device, with this watch, you can receive emails; texts; and alerts.
This watch is Wifi enabled, so it allows automatic uploads to the Garmin Connect online fitness community, live tracking and social media sharing to the Garmin Connect and Garmin Connect™ Mobile applications; and downloading of watch faces, data fields, apps, and widgets for the personalization of your watch through Connect IQ store.
With its bright, high-resolution, full-color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlighting and transflective technology, the display has optimal visibility whether in harsh daylight or dim lighting.
Casio G-Shock Master Of G Frogman Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch
The Casio G-Shock Master Of G Frogman Tough Solar Multi-Band 6 Resin Watch is one of the high-end models of G-Shock’s Master Of G subseries, that according to their website is “adapted and evolved to respond successfully to conditions in the sky; on the land; and out at sea”. It’s a ruggedly handsome, multifunctional timepiece that may come at a higher price point but is definitely worth every penny if you’re looking for a timepiece with diving functionality and the unparalleled precision of atomic timekeeping. What’s more, is that it comes with plenty of other handy features.
With its rugged design, this tough watch can endure the toughest environments including marine rescue.
It has a case made of resin and stainless steel. Its strap is a carbon fiber insert. For its dial window is an anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Of course, it’s backed up with G-Shock’s trademark shock resistance. Its water resistance is ISO 200M, perfect for diving.
Its diving functions include a depth meter; log data capable of 20 records of dive start date and time, dive time, maximum depth, and minimum water temperature; compass bearing; water temperature measurement; time stamp function capable of 20 records of date and time, water depth measurement, water temperature, orientation measurement, and temperature measurement; moon age data; and six-stage display tide graph.
Additional features of this timepiece include world time including 31 time zones with 48 cities + coordinated universal time (UTC) and daylight saving setting, a 1/100-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, five daily alarms with one snooze alarm, and a full auto calendar.
For the display of time, you can use either a 12 or 24-hour format, as you prefer.
Its full auto LED backlight, Super Illuminator with afterglow helps to read the digital display in the dark.
This watch is powered by Casio’s patented Tough Solar technology and comes with a battery indicator. And with is Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping proprietary to Casio, this watch provides time with unparalleled precision.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Flight Timer Analog-Digital Stainless Steel Watch
We’ve also included a few watches on our list with an analog-digital display in case you like the look of a traditional watch with the added convenience of a second digital display.
This first one is the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Flight Timer Analog-Digital Stainless Steel Watch is an excellent timepiece perfect for the stylish pilot or one who wants to look fly in his travels.
This handsome classic in silver tone and black featuring a bidirectional-rotating bezel has a durable composition of stainless steel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that’s reinforced with 100-meter water resistance.
Its features convenient for travelers and pilots are the two time zones and UTC timer. To aid a pilot in his flights are the flight time recorder and ISA temperature display. Other useful features of this watch include an alarm, a perpetual calendar, a digital chronograph, and a countdown timer
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Analog-Digital Titanium Watch
As the pioneer in the tactile watch domain, Tissot offers an impressive timepiece that combines with its sophisticated design, multifunctionality that can be accessed with a touch on its screen, the T-Touch Expert Solar Analog-Digital Titanium Watch. Moreover, this watch is also solar powered, which is also a technology they spearheaded for tactile watches.
This handsome timepiece in gray and black with a textured analog-digital dial provides a meter, an altimeter, an altitude difference meter, a compass, a regatta, a countdown timer, a Chrono split and lap, two alarms, a second-time-zone, and a perpetual calendar with day and week indicator.
To help see the digital display in the dark, it comes with a backlight.
For an idea of this solar-powered watch’s power, it has the accumulator charge indicator and end of life (EOL) indicator.
Built with an anti-magnetic PVD titanium case; a PVD titanium bracelet; and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window that’s anti-reflective and reinforced with 100-meter water resistance, this watch is extremely durable.
Breitling Exospace B55 Analog-Digital Titanium And Rubber Watch
The Breitling Exospace B55 Analog-Digital Titanium And Rubber Watch is a timepiece that can heighten your style and provide features useful for aviation. Moreover, it’s highly precise, as it’s a COSC chronometer certified quartz watch. It’s perfect for pilots or those who wish for a chic timepiece that has unparalleled timekeeping precision with a touch of luxury.
Encased in this ruggedly handsome timepiece is a volcano black; analog-digital dial, which complements its solid; 100-meter water-resistant; black titanium case. Mounted on its case is its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window for scratch resistance. Attached to its case is a sturdy, blue rubber strap that gives it a pop.
A pilot would love its aviation-specific features, such as its bi-directional turning bezel with a compass scale; UTC world time; chronograph with lap and flight times; electronic tachymeter; flyback; mission elapsed time (MET) including countdown to mission start, count-up for elapsed time, and optional alarm; and time log for take-off, landing, and flight.
To add to that, it also comes with a perpetual calendar; seven daily alarms; and a countdown timer.
It’s also capable of smartphone pairing via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which enables data transfer; adjustment of remote settings like time, date, and UTC time correction; and phone call notifications.
It’s capable of displaying time in either a 12 or 24-hour format.
Backing up its digital display with illumination is a high-intensity LCD backlight that has an automatic switch-on option when the watch is tilted at a 35° angle.
This watch is rechargeable and comes with an end of life (EOL) indicator as well as a charging cord.
Digital Watches: History and Continued Popularity
Casio Digital Watch | Photo Credit: Reg NatarajanA little interesting tidbit in the history of the digital watch: although it was Hamilton who brought the first digital quartz watch to the table, the first digital watch was actually mechanical and debuted in the 1920s. Through a mechanical process, it displayed time with wheels, which were painted with numbers that appeared through an aperture to show the time. It was the Cortebert Digital Wristwatch that is believed to the first digital watch to be ever sold.
Watch companies are designing digital watches to suit consumers’ particular needs. So there are a variety of digital watches in the market that provide various features; come in different shapes, sizes, and styles; and there are also some that have an analog-digital display for those who want the best of both worlds. Check out our list of digital watches, and you might find the perfect watch for you.
Digital watches can convenience us in so many ways other than telling time. Despite the developments of much more advanced technologies, such as mobile phones and smartwatches that could also provide the benefits of a digital watch, digital watches are still loved by most. Why?
Apart from their practicality, digital watches also make stylish, distinctive accessories. They allow us to have a quick glance of information at our wrist, which is less conspicuous when in the middle of a meeting and less hassle when we got our hands full. Most of all, we can enjoy all their benefits even just at an affordable price.
That being said, a digital watch makes a great addition to anyone’s collection.