Extreme Sport Watches are a subset of wristwatches that hold a special place in the hearts of active men and women who need the most durable, shock-resistant, water-resistant, and tough timepieces available. As an extreme sports watch, many look for more than just a tough watch that tells time–many of these watch models have extra features in them that take its usefulness to the next level.
When one thinks of the best running watches, we immediately think of Casio’s incredibly famous G-Shock watches. Created by Casio over 30 years ago, the G-Shock series have become one of the favorite choices for extreme sports enthusiasts the world over.
There are tough watches besides the G-Shock, and if you know the conditions in which they will perform optimally in, then they may be well suited to you. For example, extreme sport models may need a highly durable specialty watch for skydiving, scuba diving, military use, mountain climbing, extreme running sports, or impact sports. This means that choosing the right watch for you will mean recognizing the features that you will need.
For the sake of being well-rounded, let us take a look at one of Casio’s best G-Shock watches: The DW6900MS-1V. This G-Shock is made by Casio and Victorinox Swiss Army company. This G-Shock features a matte black resin strap that is waterproof, comfortable, and durable to nearly any condition. See Best Digital Watches for Men – 2016 Digital Watch Reviews | Watchamania.
The case is made of a highly durable and impact-resistant plastic, which makes it shock-resistant, water resistant, and suitable for environments from the desert to the ocean to the mountains.
The round dial is 44mm in diameter and is 16mm thick. The durable fixed black resin bezel is stationary and helps minimize impact against the dial. The Quartz movement is highly reliable and precise and works extremely well in a host of environments and temperatures. The water resistance of this G-Shock is 200 meters (which is around 660 feet or 20 BAR). This is double the typical water resistance and is only less water resistant than deep sea diving watches made especially for divers.
With a calendar showing the date, day, and the month, as well as a digital output, this Casio is a favorite because of its nearly perfect durability, toughness, and shock resistance, as well as its impervious nature to water and the elements. The digital output means that dial hands will not break off with impacts against rocks, and it also ensures an incredible long life for the Quartz movement, as it does not take up much battery usage.
Best of all, this popular model costs only $100 retail, which means you do not have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an all-around extreme sports watch. These types of multipurpose sports watches are sufficient for most people, however, if you are into a specific type of extreme sport, you will have to find a durable and tough watch that will withstand the abuse you will throw at it.
Here are a variety of extreme sport watch models that are best suited to these extreme sports:
- Diving: Glycine Lagunare L1000
- Sky Diving: Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch
- Surfing: Nixon Supertide
- Rock Climbing: Casio Pathfinder (PAG24-1); Suunto Core; or the Suunto Vector
- Parkour or Tough Mudder Runs: Casio G-Shock Navy-Themed Frogman Collection
- Mountain Climbing: Highgear XT7
- Woods Hiking: Columbia Switchback
- Military: Luminox Colormark Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch
- Aviation: Casio Men’s GWA1000-1A G-Aviation G-Shock (most affordable option)