Anyone who’s ever spent any amount of time outdoors camping or prepping for a weekend or week-long stay off-the-grid has probably considered the hypothetical of surviving the apocalypse. Either that or hoping to remain prepared for the unthinkable is also something currently on the minds of those who look to cover all the bases when it comes to emergency preparedness. And while we’ve already covered essential gear that makes up the ideal bug-out bag, we felt it necessary to dive a bit more in-depth into one such element of essential survival gear – the watch.
Keep in mind though that few, if any, watches out there are self-branded as survival watches. Even if they were, we’d honestly question their brazen self-proclamation as such. Instead, we searched across several of our favorite brands to bring you a handful of options that featured certain characteristics we deemed as “survival worthy.” Features such as extended battery life, solar powered functionality, next-level the water resistance, and access to GPS maps and hiking-friendly features should you lose your way on that extended multi-day hike. These are the watches you’ll want by your side in times of emergency or while traversing the globe in a post-apocalyptic landscape because it never hurts to be prepared for the worst.
Complete with solar-powered functionality, the Casio G-Rescue is one watch that is sure to remain a dependable companion no matter what. Here, we have a larger option with a 50mm resin case with a mineral dial window, along with world time for 48 cities, 12 and 24-hour formats, a tide and moon graph, water resistance up to 200 meters, and a battery that can function fully for up to 23 months without exposure to light depending on use. It’s hard to argue with a watch of this caliber for under $100, especially when considering how important it must be to have time on your side in any sort of survival situation.
Casio’s old school aesthetic simply never get’s old for us. Over the years their one-of-a-kind look imparts notions of durability and dependability over anything else. The Pathfinder is no different, functioning as a solar-powered sport watch with enough features to assist in just about any survival situation. Here, you’ll find a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, low-temperature resistance, and water resistance up to 100 meters. Also, the Pathfinder comes equipped with a full-auto calendar programmed to 2099, power-saving functionality, world time for 48 cities and both 12 and 24-hour time formats.
SureFire 2211 Wristlight
As the most unique looking option on the list, SureFire’s Luminox offers full tactical light output directly from the watch’s case. Here, a high-performance LED emits up to 300 lumens of light needed for these situations. It’s also a Swiss-made timepiece so you know the rest of its functionality is on point as well. The SureFire 2211 is also made from lightweight, aerospace aluminum with Mil-Spec hard anodizing, includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, micro-USB charge port and charging cable, and a self-illuminating dial for lowlight readability.
Designed to stand up to some of the most grueling conditions around, the Rangeman is a member of the Master of G series of G-Shock’s rough and rugged timepieces. Aside from its tactical army look, this timepiece hosts a slew of survival-friendly features. Some of which include a shock resistant triple sensor with an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and compass; metal protected sensor buttons that are impact resistant and provide outstanding operation; sunrise/sunset data, time recording, elapsed time measurement readings and a premier toughness common of the G-Shock line making it ideal for those in the most demanding professions.
If style and functionality is your preference, the Citizen Nighthawk – with its heavily water-resistant features – is your best bet. Here, the Nighthawk is made from stainless steel and hosts a dual time display along with a pilot’s slide rule inner chapter ring. It’s also powered by Japanese Quartz movement, is water resistant up to 200 meters, equipped with luminous hands and markers and – best of all – never needs a battery since it’s powered by both artificial and natural light.
Luminox Recon Point Black
With the help of Lummox’s handy unidirectional rotating bezel along with compass markings and a black dial, you’ll really have to go out of your way to get lost in a post-apocalyptic survival situation. Additionally, with a sleek 45mm black stainless steel case along with an anti-reflective dial window, keeping track of the time won’t be an issue with this stylish option. The Recon is also water resistant to 200 meters, boasts a Quartz movement with analog display, features a self-powered Nigh Vision Tube Illumination, and is guaranteed for 25 years.
Casio Pro-Trek Tough Solar
Thanks to its solar rechargeable battery, owning Casio’s Pro Trek watch could be a lifesaver. And not only does the battery itself feature a long life on its own (23 months without exposure to light) but with the watch’s multi-band atomic timekeeping, 200m water resistance, tide graph, and moon data you’ll remain aware of the surrounding environment as best you can. Additionally, the Pro Trek Tough Solar hosts a countdown timer, power saving function, world time, a full auto calendar programmed until 2099 and travel-friendly functions such as a compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer.
Suunto Traverse Alpha
As one of the premier hiking watch brands around, including Suunto in this list was an easy addition. Their newest offering, the Traverse Alpha, is an even more survival-ready watch thanks in part to the Alpha’s insane durability and outdoor-friendly functionality. For instance, each Traverse Alpha is built with a knurled stainless steel bezel, a water-resistant nylon strap, and comes equipped with shot detection technology, a GPS tracker, location-based moon phase calendar, tested against military standards, night vision compatibility, and vibration alerts instead of noisy alarms. Additionally, with a handful of hunting and fishing features, surviving off the land is made a little bit easier with a bit of know-how.
8 Survival Skills Every Man Should Know
It’s not enough to just own the gear, in times of survival it’s imperative to know how to make the most out of your surroundings. This guide of survival skills breaks down the basics, ensuring you’re never caught with a question mark when the time comes.