When you are out to conquer a new hiking trail, overcome your fear of heights by sky diving, or indulge in nature’s beauty while kayaking, you need a timepiece that is your friend when you need it most. Read ahead, and you’ll discover the best Timex watches for men (military style) with remarkable features, unique designs, and robust builds that will confidently accompany you in all your recreational activities.
Timex T499059J Expedition Field Chronograph
If you’re bored of wearing flashy dressy watches and are looking for something subtle yet striking that won’t hurt your wallet, the Timex T499059J Expedition Field ticks all the right boxes.
With its classy retro 1940s look, the T499059J Expedition Field looks super sleek and much more expensive than its price tag. The watch has a solid construction and feels sporty, sturdy, and mature. It has a chronograph function, measures 1/20th of a second, and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Although the face of the analog watch looks quite busy, the color scheme is such that it makes the T499059J Expedition Field look less intimidating. Its matte black case is gorgeous and attached to the genuine leather brown strap with contrasting stitching.
While the external bezel is plain, the internal non-rotating bezel is very interesting as it slopes toward the dial and has ivory markings for minutes and seconds. The unique feature of this watch is that the bezel cuts at the hour markings, which not only adds depth to the flat surface but also allows the indigo night light to reach the cuts, creating a dramatic effect. Timex watches are known to be loud, but this one is reticent.
On the downside, some people find the strap low-quality, and the chronograph hand needs to be slightly off.
Timex Weekender Analog Black Canvas Strap Watch
This watch can be described in 3 words – simple, durable, and practical.
Not everybody wants a watch with half a dozen subdials, a dozen buttons, and a long list of features that will replace all the gadgets in the world. Some people want to look at the time, and that’s it. If you are one of those, the analog Timex Weekender is the watch for you.
First, it’s a unisex watch, making it all the more versatile. The face of the watch is clean – a black dial with easy-to-read 24-hour Arabic numerals. The hour and minute hands are silver, and the second’s hand is red. That’s it – the dial has nothing more to complicate time reading. The bezel is metallic silver and attached to a black nylon strap that sits comfortably on your wrist. Nylon straps tend to be flimsy, but two metal bands on the Weekender strap keep it in place.
The watch has an Indiglo night light for easy reading in the dark, but with the mirror-surfaced watch hands that reflect light pretty well, you might not even need the night light. It is only water-resistant to 30 meters.
In short, the Weekender is a good-looking watch that will go well with a t-shirt or a suit and won’t give you heartache if you lose or damage it.
Timex Expedition Scout Watch
Here’s another straightforward and no-fuss military-styled analog watch that does best what it’s supposed to do – tell the time. You can not expect Swiss craftsmanship from a watch that costs under $50, but if you want an ‘expendable’ timepiece for your occasional adventures, this Expedition Scout will be by your side.
The nylon band is thick, sturdy, and very ‘military’ camouflage green. Contrary to popular belief, the band is stiff and itchy. The minimalistic watch dial is black with 24-hour white Arabic numerals – the contrast makes time reading a breeze. A date window has been seamlessly integrated with the inner ring at the 15-hour position. Timex has been very clever here – it could’ve shoved a white date wheel there, but it didn’t. The choice of the black date wheel with the black dial is brilliant – it’s like if you want to check the date, it’s right there. Otherwise, it goes unnoticed. The yellow second’s hand is also a good addition.
The large coin-edged crown adds significantly to the vintage look. The hour and minute hands are luminous, and there’s also the Indiglo night light. So overall, this is a great steal for a great price, just at the cost of the old-school Timex ticking sound.
Timex T49612 “Expedition Trail Series” (Black and Green)
From someone in the military who claims that the compass on the T49612 Expedition Trail Series is “dead on,” we ought to believe him. While the low price might make you wonder what this digital watch offers, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its specifications.
Designed specially to accompany you in your outdoor activities, the T49612 Expedition Trail Series is tough and sturdy. The large, lightweight green resin case is topped with a gray ring bearing compass headings. The super durable resin straps, overbuilt hinges, and flat buttons make the watch extremely rugged.
It was interesting to discover that this watch packs more features than some of the G-Shock series watches and comes at a competitive price. The round dial has a large digital display that takes only a glance to read the time, day, and date. The digital compass includes bearings based on 16 cardinal points to help keep you on the right track when hiking or spelunking. It also has a 100-hour chronograph, resistance to 200 meters (660 feet), and Indiglo night light which illuminates the surface of the watch dial.
Unsurprisingly, some users complain of the strap being too stiff, but that’s part and parcel of the watch being built for the outdoors.
Timex T499509J “Expedition Shock XL”
You have ‘expedition, ‘shock,’ and ‘XL’ all in one name – this can only mean one thing, the Timex T499509J is a super tough, feature-packed, and good-looking digital watch.
It has many features, but the vibrating alarm feature makes the Expedition Shock XL stand out. You have an option of 3 standard alarms, which can be set for daily, weekly, or weekends, or even an occasion alarm. When it sets off, the alarm combines a vibe and chime that ensures you wake up.
The body is made of sturdy black resin, shock-resistant to ISO standards, and water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. The large digital display is similar to the Expedition Trail Series watch, with the time, day, and date all displayed in one window.
Rectangular setting buttons have replaced the usual round ones. There are 6 ‘fake screws’ on the bezel that augment the sporty look of the watch. The crown is the light button, so it’s easy to find.
The only downside is that the watch is too bulky. But hey! The specs are mentioned everywhere, so you should know what you’re getting into.
For outdoor activities, a watch should be durable, sturdy, accurate, and, most importantly, reasonably priced, as it’s highly likely to damage or lose it when you’re adventurous. So here you have not one or two but five below $100 Timex watches to choose from.