While many claim the wristwatch is a thing of the past, the up-to-date man on the move begs to differ.
Offering superior battery life, durability, and improved smart features, the modern digital watch is fast shaping up to be the accessory of the future, rather than a novelty of a bygone era.
With many models boasting GPS and Bluetooth components, LCD screens and no-push buttons, water and weather resistant shields, as well as newly refined styles, the digital watch of today leaves little to be desired. Indeed, there is a digital watch for every lifestyle and look, from the outdoor enthusiast to the corporate professional, with an equally inclusive budget range.
Dressed up for a business lunch or paired down for a hike in the mountains, the digital watch wears as well as it performs. Resilient in the gym and eye-catching in the club, your digital watch lets the world know that when it comes to your precious time, you don’t play games.
Style trends and personal necessities may come and go with time, but the timepiece itself is an ever-evolving facet of a man’s look and lifestyle. If you eschew relying solely on your phone to tell the time, but are equally hesitant to resurrect your father’s wristwatch, then these top 40 best digital watches for men are a much-welcome alternative. And with nouveau designs that leave the dated nerd gadget in the dust, you can be sure you’ll move in style no matter the hour.
1. Apple Series 3 38mm Digital Watch
With a handsome, black-lit face, clear, bold colors, and a smooth gray sports band, the Apple Watch Series 3 is perfect for the man of action. Waterproof for up to 50 meters of water and designed with a heart rate sensor, altimeter, and built-in GPS, this watch is ready to range from the mountains to the open seas, perfect for the man who is always willing to go where the road may take him.
2. Armitron Adventure Ad1013org Chronograph Digital Watch
For the man who’s always out on the water—or even just for the man who always wishes he was—the Armitron Adventure Men’s Digital Chronograph is water resistant for depths up to 100 meters, built of durable resin with a sturdy quartz movement, and boasts a smooth, utilitarian look for the time, date, and temperature display. The name certainly doesn’t lie—this is a timepiece that is always ready for the next adventure.
3. Braun Bn0106bkbtg Prestige Swiss Quartz Black Digital Watch
A digital watch with a quality movement made of imported Swiss quartz and a band made of brushed stainless steel, the German made Braun BN0106BKBTG Prestige digital watch is programmable with up to five languages, features a 100-year perpetual calendar (day, month, and year) and a countdown clock in addition to the standard chronograph. Treated to stand up against rain and submersion up to 30 meters, this sleek, handsome watch really goes the distance.
4. Braun Bn0159bkbkg Japanese Quartz Black Digital Watch
Another quality Braun timepiece, the BN0159BKBKG Analog-Digital men’s watch mixes modern amenities with a classic sense of style. Made of stainless steel and quartz, like the previous entry, the broad, negative-relief face features both an analog and digital display, as well as a stopwatch and timer function. With this perfect mix of old and new, the modern man can have the look and style of yesterday with all the ease and assurance of today.
5. Breitling Exospace B55 Digital Watch
The Exospace B55 is another timepiece that combines modern technology with old-school looks. Pair it with any smartphone to receive notifications and upload measurements taken with the watch’s sensors—including an electronic tachymeter and chronograph—or set up to seven daily alarms to receive alerts on both the watch and the paired device. Both the case and the face are made of titanium, and the strap is a military or professional grade rubber band.
6. Casio A178wa 1a Illuminator Digital Watch
If timepieces from Casio feature heavily on this list, there’s a reason for it, and the Men’s A178WA-1A Illuminator is a good example of that reason—a quality watch, with a handsome case and display, and a classic triple link bracelet and fold-over clasp. Stainless steel with a mineral dial face, the watch is water resistant, features an auto update date and time, as well as a button-activated luminosity function for late night time-checks.
7. Casio Dw5600ms 1cr G Force Military Digital Watch
Where some of the other watches on this list were inspired by classic timepieces or more stylish modes of timekeeping, the Casio DW5600MS-1CR G-Force digital watch was inspired by its military concept, an inspiration that is clear in its black matte, reverse LCD face and illumination, with a red back light and reliable quartz movement. Also featured are a multi-function alarm, a programmable countdown timer, and a stopwatch accurate to 1/100th of a second.
8. Casio F91w 1 Classic Resin Strap Sport Digital Watch
Perfect for the man who’s always on the go, the Casio F91W-1 Digital Sport Watch is a clean, simple watch that nevertheless boasts enough added features and functions to compete with several larger brands—functions include a stopwatch with split time and first/second place timers, accurate to 1/100th of a second, alarm and chronograph functions, night light, and an auto-updating day and date calendar, accurate down to plus or minus thirty seconds per month.
9. Casio Fe10 1a Classic Digital Watch
For a more minimalist look, the Casio Men’s FE10-1A Classic Digital Watch is the perfect watch for the man who doesn’t need all the trendy trappings of style to display his impeccable taste. The oval face of the watch displays the day, calendar date, and outside temperature, in addition to the digital readout of the time, and the black resin band is simple, clean-cut, and light—the entire watch weighs less than 28 grams.
10. Casio G Shock Dw6900 1v Black Resin Sport Digital Watch
If the Casio’s defining characteristic is simplicity, the G-Shock DW6900-1V’s defining characteristic is durability. Shock resistant and waterproof/water resistant for up to 200 meters, this sturdy black watch also features a daily or hourly alarm, a full auto calendar, and a stopwatch with elapsed time, split time, and first/second place time functions. The DW6900-1V’s case, bezels, and strap are made of treated resin, and movement is made of quartz.
11. Casio G Shock Gd 100 1b Digital Watch
Another strong entry from Casio, the G-Shock GD-100-1B forgoes the simplicity of the F91W-1 for the strength and presence of other G-Shock models. With a full auto calendar that’s preprogrammed until the year 2099 and up to five independent alarms that can be set to ring either once or daily, the G-Shock is tough as nails—ready to hold up to 200 meters of water, shock resistant, and made of quartz and resin, with both digital and analog displays.
12. Casio Wsd F20x Protrek Limited Edition Digital Watch
Another digital watch that can be paired with a smart phone, the Casio Smart Watch WSD-F20X Protrek is a limited edition timepiece that’s compatible with any Android 2.0 product or higher. It features a digital compass, activity tracker, microphone, altimeter, and barometer, the readings from which can all be sent to a paired smart phone or smart device for ease of access, and is waterproof for short bouts of recreational swimming or sudden rainfall.
13. Citizen Eco Drive Proximity Bz1028 04e Digital Watch
The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Proximity Smartwatch BZ1028-04E may look like a classic, old-fashioned wristwatch, but it is much more than what it appears to be. A limited edition Bluetooth-pairing wristwatch (compatible with both iPhone and Android devices), the BZ1028-04E is fully solar powered, and so never needs to be plugged in or charged. In addition to time display, it also features time and date synchronization, phone search/filter capabilities, and visual or vibration alarm/alert systems.
14. Citizen Jy8035 04e Navihawk Stainless Steel Eco Drive Digital Watch
The second Citizen Men’s timepiece on this list, the JY8035 Navihawk Eco-Drive Watch is also fully light-powered—but unlike some other watches, this watch is not just water resistant, but also nearly completely waterproof, perfect for professional marine activity and serious water sports. The handsome, brown and black display also features a 1/100th second chronograph, 2 alarms, a pilot’s rotating slide rule dial ring, and synchronized time adjustment for 43 cities around the world.
15. Diesel Full Guard Dzt2006 Digital Watch
The Diesel Full Guard DZT2006 Men’s Smartwatch features a bright splash of color against the industrial surface of the bold face. Compatible with Android OS 4.3 and iPhone 5/iOS 9 and above, the DZT2006 features a battery life of up to 24 hours and comes with the battery included. The digital display features time, date, temperature, step counter, and daily goal readings, but the distinctive red leather band is what sets this watch apart.
16. Emporio Armani Connected Alberto Amoled Art5003 Digital Watch
The Emporio Armania Smartwatch ART5003 boasts a stainless steel casing and a sleek, classic look from some of the biggest name designers in the industry. Compatible with most current smart devices, the Emporio Armani Smartwatch features a 24 hour digital time listing, daily step counter and activity log, and a phone to wristwatch display function that will automatically receive updates and alerts from any paired smart device and alert the wearer in real time.
17. Fossil Hybrid Q Activist Leather Digital Watch
Like other smartwatch examples on this list, the Fossil Hybrid Smart Watch combines a classic, old-school look with all the amenities that the modern man could need. With a handsome analog display and sharp, bright hands, the Fossil Hybrid Smart Watch will also track steps taken, record sleep, play music, receive notifications, and even take pictures to be sent to and stored on the phone or paired device—all without needing to be charged.
18. Fossil Q Gen 3 Smoke Explorist Digital Watch
The Fossil Q Smoke Explorist Gen 3 Smartwatch is another timepiece that inspires that “get up and go” feeling—in addition to tracking steps taken, it also logs distance traveled and calories burned, and syncs with compatible smart devices to keep track of daily fitness. The watch also plays music and completes tasks with built-in voice control commands, and charges with the included inductive charging magnet, for up to 24 hours of constant motion.
19. Garmin Fenix 3 Hr Gray Digital Watch
Wrist heart rate technology allows the Garmin Fenix to keep track of the wearer’s heart rate without needing a chest strap or any other added accessory—GPS tracking and wireless internet connectivity work together with the heart rate tracker to combine a sturdy, rugged look with high-end training capabilities, so that, whether it be for a marathon or for daily fitness, the Garmin Fenix is the perfect watch for the man with a plan.
20. Garmin Forerunner 935 Running Gps Digital Watch
The Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit is a clean, minimalist watch that offers the same wrist-based heart rate monitoring and evaluates training status to determine the next step in the wearer’s fitness routine. With advanced dynamics for running, cycling, and swimming—including measuring stride length and ground contact time—the Forerunner 935 also features a built in altimeter and electronic compass, so that the man who wears this watch will never be lost.
21. Hugo Boss 1513451 1513451 Digital Watch
Another designer watch that doesn’t sacrifice function for fashion, the Hugo Boss Men’s Smart Watch features an analog display with hour, minute, and second hands, a week day, date, and month calendar, a smooth quartz movement, and a casing made of crystal and polished stainless steel. With a smart, professional look and a sturdy, solid casing, the Hugo Boss timepiece is a sleek, striking watch that is ready to rise to nearly any occasion.
22. Luminox Sxc Xcor Pilot Pro Swiss Quartz Titanium Digital Watch
The Luminox XCOR Pilot Pro Men’s Watch is a titanium and leather aviator watch that features both analog and digital display capabilities, with a solid, heavy-duty build and a broad, calfskin leather wristband. With a day, date, month, and year calendar display in addition to the time display, and a water resistance of up to 30 feet, the Pilot Pro is a sturdy timepiece that can bear up under anything that’s thrown at it.
23. Nixon Mission Action Sports A1167 Digital Watch
Another smartwatch that’s equal parts action and fashion, the Nixon Mission Action Sports Smartwatch A1167 features a water resistant, shock resistant, polycarbonate “Gorilla Glass” case, with stainless steel backing and a custom molded silicone band. Compatible with iPhone and Android devices, the smartwatch allows voice search, synchronizes with any Google Fit account, and boasts weather updates, flight tracking, commute conditions, daily step counter, and personal music control in addition to the classic analog display.
24. “Pulsar Pq2001 Silver Tone Stainless Steel Digital Watch
With a classic metal link band and a modern digital display on the face, the Pulsar PQ2001 Men’s Digital Watch features time, date, day, month, and year display with an automatically updating calendar. With a Japanese quartz movement and a durable crystal dial window on a stainless steel case, the Pulsar PQ2001 is water resistant up to 100 meters, making it suitable for snorkeling and swimming, as well as the wear-and-tear of daily life.
25. Skagen Jorn Connected Hybrid Digital Watch
One of the slimmest watches on this list, the Skagen Jorn Connected Hybrid Watch is a no-charge hybrid smartwatch with built-in activity tracking (including step count, distance measurement, calorie count, and sleep monitoring), notifications, and automatic time and date adjustment on an old-school analog face. With a battery life of up to six months, the Hybrid automatically syncs with compatible smart devices, and boasts dozens of convenient functions on top of its attractive form.
26. Soleus Gps Sole Digital Watch
With more of an active apparel appearance, the Soleus GPS Sole Watch is the watch for the man who doesn’t need a fancy watch for his busy, on-the-move lifestyle. With storage for up to 30 runs at 100 laps each, 6 interval timers, heart rate monitor with accompanying chest strap, calorie counter, and auto lap analyzer, the Soleus Sole has all the information to make sure each workout is stronger than the one before.
27. Suunto Core All Black Digital Watch
The Suunto Core All Black Military digital watch is one of the watches on this list that is pretty much exactly what it claims to be. With a built-in compass, automatic weather updates, a 24-hour clock, and weather trend analyzer with preset sunrise and sunset times for over 400 individual locations, the Suunto Core shows its military origins in the stark digital display, and in the strong, hard lines of its case and band.
28. Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist Hr Digital Watch
Another Suunto timepiece that veers towards more of the active-wear design, the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR features a strong, simplistic design, steel bezels on a mineral crystal glass case, and an outdoor-grade touch screen that boasts several sport-specific training modes with a striking, colorful graphics display. More than 80 sports are supported, including swimming, racing, interval training, and more, and a built-in heart rate monitor measures each workout to be analyzed upon completion.
29. Suunto Traverse Alpha Digital Watch
The Suunto Traverse Alpha is another watch that can be equally at home on a hiking trail or out on the lake as it can at the office. With a rugged, stainless steel casing and an automatic GPS tracker, the Traverse Alpha also features a moon phase calendar as a neat bonus feature, so that, whether hunting and fishing or something else entirely, each weekend adventure will always come at just the right time.
30. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Digital Watch
Compatible with Android 4.4 and iOS 9 and above, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Men’s Watch boasts a wealth of features, including a microphone for voice commands or recordings, gyroscope with tilt detection, chronograph, alarm, timer, and GPS features. The black and gold case features matte black ceramic bezels, capped with rose gold accents along the side and housings. The band is durable rubber, and the face is a smooth, black, digital touch-screen display.
31. Timex Expedition Shock Resistant Xl Digital Watch
The Expedition Shock Resistant XL Watch is another quality watch that delivers exactly what it promises to deliver—a water resistant, shock resistant, green resin case with vibrating alarm and night-light capabilities, and a solid quartz movement with a clear digital display that can hold up to even the toughest of inclement weather. Perfect for hitting the trails or just around the house, the Expedition is ready to handle anything life throws its way.
32. Timex Full Size Ironman Rugged 30 Digital Watch
Another excellent watch that can handle just as much as the modern man does every day, the Timex Ironman Rugged 30 watch is a sports watch, at its core, with a 30-lap memory stopwatch, a countdown timer and alarm, a sturdy quartz movement, and a bold, black water-resistant case for up to 100 meters. The 30-lap memory function allows the wearer to call up lap or split times even after a workout is complete.
33. Tissot T Touch Expert Digital Watch
With its dark, checkered face and smooth leather band, the Tissot Men’s T Touch Expert watch features an analog time display, with several digital display features that can be customized at the wearer’s discretion—date, day, and month are automatically updated from the perpetual calendar, light-powered technology eliminates any need for charging or winding of the timepiece, and the titanium case is fully water resistant for dives of up to 100 meters in depth.
34. Vector Luna Digital Watch
The Vector Luna Smartwatch is a simple, futuristic watch with a battery life of up to 30 days, a full suite of customizable faces, and a choice between dozens of streams—including weather, time zone, social media alert, music and camera control, news alerts, or even app alerts (Uber and Evernote, among others). The Vector Luna also tracks activity, calories, distance and sleep logged, integrating with a smart device to keep track of fitness.