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Top 10 Men's Athletic Watches

These Are The Top-Rated Men's Watches For Every Level Of Athlete

These Are The Top-Rated Men's Watches For Every Level Of Athlete

When it comes to watches, everyone is looking for something different. Some value the look and feel over the features, while others are in it for the bells and whistles—and, of course, for some, every aspect of the watch is a priority. This is even more true for athletic watches. Well this list covers it all. Runners need GPS tracking and a virtual pacer to get the most out of their workout. Surfers, on the other hand, will need a waterproof and rugged watch to keep them on track, no matter how many waves they catch. Even the casual athlete will find features on these watches to help maximize a workout or just get them to a meeting on time. Click through our list of the Top 10 best men's athletic watches to buy now and find your perfect match. Opening image: @fitbit

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September 27, 2018

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The Rankings


Polar M430 GPS Running Watch

Our Score

BEST FOR: The serious runner will love this watch's heart rate monitor and integrated GPS 

LOVED FOR: This watch has a long battery life (up to 30 hours in medium GPS accuracy mode) when compared to most GPS watches that average around 10-15 hours per charge. 


Timex Men's Expedition Classic Digital Chrono Alarm Timer Full-Size Watch

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A clear, easy to use display screen that's even easier to program

BEST FOR: Water resistant for up to 330 feet, this watch can be used while swimming and snorkeling.


Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR Running GPS Unit

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A beast of an accessory designed with the serious runner in mind. This watch has all the bells and whistles.

HELPFUL TIP: You can customize a lot of this watch's features, but only on the mobile app.


Timex Full-Size Ironman Classic 30 Watch

Our Score

USERS SAID: "A wonderful watch. The user experience is great. The face is easy to read, quick access to the chronometer and the watch is not bulky. At a very affordable price, this watch is a jewel." 

HELPFUL TIP: This watch is water resistant to 100m (330ft), thus suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not diving.


Casio Men's Classic W800H-1AV Sport Watch with Black Resin Band

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A classic, multi-function watch at an unbeatable price of less than $15

USERS SAID: "To start off, this watch looks great. The digits are very easy to read, and using the timer/alarm/stopwatch is very easy as well. The rubber strap is comfortable and does not feel strange around your wrist. The two buttons on each side of the watch are also very easy to press. Overall, for $15, you cannot get a better watch."


Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A streamlined fitness accessory that also provides call and text notifications so you can stay in the know while working out

BEST FOR: Lowkey fitness junkies and those who need a little more fun in their workouts


CakCity Men's Digital Sports Watch

Our Score

BEST FOR: Those with vision problems who really just need something easily readable—no unnecessary frills

LOVED FOR: A digital screen with all the basics: time, date, alarm, and stopwatch


Casio Men's G-SHOCK - The GA 100-1A1 Military Series Watch

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Military precision and quality. I am an ex-serviceman and wish I had a watch like this while I was deployed. Time sets automatically to different time zones. Has a rugged and stealthy look. I receive compliments all the time. Truly high quality."

HELPFUL TIP: This watch is shock resistant and water resistant up to 200m.


Garmin Forerunner 35

Our Score

BEST FOR: Runners who believe that style and substance are not mutually exclusive

LOVED FOR: A virtual pacer, interval trainer, GPS smart notifications from your phone, and more


Fitbit 'Alta' Wireless Fitness Tracker

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This Fitbit tracks sleep, steps, calories, distance, and date/time/day—and helps the user achieve their fitness goals.

HELPFUL TIP: To ensure the Fitbit tracks all your steps, make sure you're not stepping too softly or keeping your wrist rigid.

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