Last Updated:  November 15th, 2020

Best Durable Watches for Construction Workers

Time is money in the construction business. Schedules have to be followed and every hour accounted for towards completion dates. At the same time, construction workers must put safety first. They face occupational hazards every day from operating dangerous equipment to falling debris and climbing heights. Therefore, on construction sites, a dressy, expensive-looking watch won’t be practical. Construction workers need a timepiece that is as tough as the job.

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Durability is the first requirement for the best watches for construction workers, right? It must be able to take bumps, scratches, and scrapes and survive abrupt drops. Due to the nature of the job, it must be shockproof and water-resistant. Functions must have ease of use and readability at a glance to eliminate costly distractions on the job. But tough and rugged doesn’t have to take a back seat to style and features for after-work occasions. Take a look at our collection of durable watches for construction workers to find one that meets all your needs.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Timex Men's T5K195 Ironman Endure 30 Shock Full-Size Black/Yellow Resin Strap Watch
Best Digital Watch
Timex Ironman Endure 30 Shock Watch
  • digital display
  • chronograph and timers
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Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure Solar Watch
  • solar powered
  • luminous analog display
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Timex Men's T49990 Expedition Rugged Metal Brown/Natural Leather Strap Watch
Best Analog Watch
Timex Expedition Rugged Metal Watch
  • analog display
  • mineral crystal
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German Military Titanium Watch. GPW Day Date. Black Field Rubber Strap. Sapphire Crystal. 200M W/R.
German Military Watch by GPW
  • military-grade durability
  • titanium case
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Casio Men's GG-1000-1A3CR Mudmaster G-SHOCK Quartz Casual Watch, Green
Casio Men's Mudmaster G-SHOCK Watch
  • dirt and sludge resistant
  • resin case
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Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR Monitor Running GPS Unit, Black
Best Smartwatch
SUUNTO Ambit3 Peak Smartwatch
  • durable Polymide case
  • Elastomer band
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Timex Command Digital Sand 1 One Size
Timex Command Digital Watch
  • slim profile
  • bold colors and patterns
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Citizen Men's 'Eco-Drive' Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch, Color:Black (Model: CA0649-14E)
Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Watch
  • solar-powered
  • Japanese quartz movement
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Bertucci Men's 12122 A-2T Original Classics Durable Titanium Field Watch
Bertucci Men's 12122A-2T Men's Watch
  • titanium case
  • nylon band
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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E
Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
  • stainless steel case
  • stationary bezel
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Best Digital Watch

Timex Ironman Endure 30 Shock Watch

Timex Men's T5K195 Ironman Endure 30 Shock Full-Size Black/Yellow Resin Strap Watch

You won’t miss a beat on the construction site with the Ironman Endure Shock Watch by Timex. The large, easy-to-read digital display is easy to read and 5 buttons give you quick access to helpful features like a 100-hour chronograph with 30-lap memory, Indiglo backlight, and 24-hour countdown timer. It also provides 24-hour military time and the time in 2 time zones.

A Timex classic, the Ironman is as durable as its name with a gray durable resin 42-mm case, gray dial face with an acrylic lens, and matching resin band. With dependable quartz movement, it displays the time, day, date, and month. Daily and weekend alarms get you on the job and off to play on time.

The Ironman is shock resistant to I.S.O. standards and water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). Go for a dip in the pool after work on hot days with no worries. And at 1.92 ounces, it’s lightweight and comfortable to wear. Depending on how much you use the alarms and backlight, the battery life is up to 4 years.

Specifications

  • digital display
  • chronograph and timers
  • calendar
  • day and weekend alarms
  • resin case and band
  • acrylic lens
  • I.S.O. shockproof
  • long-lasting battery
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
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Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure Solar Watch

Seiko Men's SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch

Do away with battery worries on the job with the Seiko Men’s Adventure Watch. The busy, visually pleasing black dial has luminous hands, indices, and analog display with Arabic numerals at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. A date display window is positioned at 3 o’clock. Two chronograph subdials help keep you, time and task-oriented. Seiko’s Japanese quartz movement keeps the Adventure accurate.

The Adventure’s 42 mm case is durable stainless steel and only sapphire crystal is tougher than the Hardex dial cover. The genuine leather band is both handsome and durable. The stainless steel compass bezel is stationary and the dual crowns are also stainless steel.

The Seiko Adventure is water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet) so you can safely swim or snorkel (no diving) while wearing it.

Specifications

  • solar powered
  • luminous analog display
  • 2 chronograph subdials
  • date display at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case
  • stationary bezel
  • dual crowns
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 42 mm
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Best Analog Watch

Timex Expedition Rugged Metal Watch

Timex Men's T49990 Expedition Rugged Metal Brown/Natural Leather Strap Watch

Construction workers don’t have to give up stylish good looks with the Timex Expedition Metal Watch. The cream-colored dial has an easy-to-read analog display with Arabic numerals larger at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock and a date display window at 3 o’clock. Luminous hands and an Indiglo backlight makes checking the time easy after the sun goes down. It has orange-colored indices and an orange sweeping needle-style hand tics off the seconds. The dial lens is mineral crystal.

The Expedition’s brass case has a diameter of 45 mm and is encircled by a stationary brass compass bezel. The look of this durable watch is complemented by a stitched leather band with a tang buckle.

Powered by analog quartz movement, the Expedition features Timex’s legendary durability. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). It has an exceptional battery life of up to 10 years.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • mineral crystal
  • date display at 3 o'clock
  • Indiglo backlight
  • brass case
  • stationary brass bezel
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 45 mm
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German Military Watch by GPW

German Military Titanium Watch. GPW Day Date. Black Field Rubber Strap. Sapphire Crystal. 200M W/R.

What’s durable enough for the military works for the construction worker. GPW’s German Military Watch is based on those made for the infantry of the German KRK Crisis Reaction Forces. The 42.3-mm case is made of titanium and super lightweight. The black round dial’s analog display is of a German utilitarian (minimalist) design with luminescent shape indices and hour/minute hands and a red sweeping seconds hand. A date display is at the 3 o’clock position.

The GPW military watch features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial cover, second only to a diamond in hardness. It’s topped by a screw-in locked crown and encircled by a titanium 120-click unidirectional bezel with markings that allow you to display the time in other time zones.

Powered by dependable Swiss quartz movement, the GPW watch is waterproof to 200 meters (660 feet) and is shockproof. It comes with a durable rubber wrist band and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Since large quantities are produced for government and civilian use and sold directly, the price is much lower than a comparable watch.

Specifications

  • military-grade durability
  • titanium case
  • unidirectional titanium bezel
  • sapphire crystal
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • water-resistant to 200 meters
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Casio Men's Mudmaster G-SHOCK Watch

Casio Men's GG-1000-1A3CR Mudmaster G-SHOCK Quartz Casual Watch, Green

As a construction worker, you can avoid damage from dirt, sand, and dust on construction sites by using a super durable watch like the Mudmaster G-SHOCK. Pioneers in durable watches that are vibration and shock resistant, the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster is constructed with multiple gaskets on the pipes that guide shafts and buttons to keep out dirt and sludge. The construction also enhances button operation.

The Mudmaster has a 48-mm resin case and a round black dial with a hard mineral lens It features an analog display with indices and Arabic numerals at the quarter hours. The hour and minute hands are luminescent but the dial has no backlight. A seconds hand marks the seconds.

Functions for the Casio G-Shock Mudmaster include Japanese quartz movement, a compass, world time, timer, and stopwatch. It’s water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet) and is shockproof. The olive drab band is interchangeable.

However, if you still like the look of the Mudmaster but want some other choice, check out these G-Shock alternatives.

Specifications

  • dirt and sludge resistant
  • resin case
  • mineral crystal
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • multiple functions
  • stainless steel bezel
  • 200 meters water resistance
  • analog display
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Best Smartwatch

SUUNTO Ambit3 Peak Smartwatch

Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR Monitor Running GPS Unit, Black

Construction workers that like to stay connected on the job with a highly durable smartwatch will appreciate the SUUNTO Ambit3 Peak. Connect to your smartphone to sync activities. Customize it on the go to get call and message notifications. You can even add photos of work in progress (or after-work adventures) to create a SUUNTO movie.

The 51-mm black case is made of Polymide and the band is black Elastomer. The black dial has a simplistic digital display, a mineral crystal, and is encircled by a steel bezel. Other features include an altimeter, barometer, and compass. It’s GPS connected to get altitude, weather, and navigation information.

The GPS-driven Ambit3 Peak connects to become the ultimate sports and adventure watch on weekends and well-deserved vacations. Download apps to track activity and monitor speed, pace, distance, and heart rate. Use the Movescount app to record, relive, and share adventures.

The Ambit3 Peak by SUUNTO is a great choice as a smartwatch for the construction worker/sportsman. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet).

Specifications

  • durable Polymide case
  • Elastomer band
  • GPS connected
  • syncs to smartphones
  • activity tracking
  • mineral crystal
  • steel bezel
  • 100 meters water resistance
  • case size: 51 mm
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Timex Command Digital Watch

Timex Command Digital Sand 1 One Size

The Timex Command combines functionality and style with durability. It has a slim profile that won’t get in the way of the construction worker’s tough tasks. Choose from bold colors and patterns like camouflage to suit your personality and fashion taste. An Indiglo backlight lights up to digitally display the time, day, and date on a black dial.

The Command’s stainless steel case is 5.4 centimeters in diameter. The ergonomic band is silicone with a buckle clasp. Functions include a chronograph timer, hydration alert, and vibrating alarm. It’s shockproof and water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet). You can participate in surface water sports while wearing the Timex Command.

Specifications

  • slim profile
  • bold colors and patterns
  • stainless steel case
  • silicone band
  • chronograph timer
  • shockproof
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 5.4 cm
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Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Watch

Citizen Men's 'Eco-Drive' Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch, Color:Black (Model: CA0649-14E)

Keep the Citizen Eco-Drive stays constantly charged while working outside in the sun or with any artificial light. It has a sporty look with a black analog display dial with bright white indices and Arabic numerals and 3 subdials. Two of the subdials have red accents. Hour, minute, and seconds hand are luminous. The dial cover is hard, tough mineral crystal for extreme scratch resistance.

The Eco-Drive’s solid stainless steel case is definitely one of the better durable watches. It also has a diameter of 44 mm, which is in the mid-range for wrist sizes. The dial is surrounded by a black aluminum-plated tachymeter bezel. Other features include a 1/5-second chronograph that measures up to 60 minutes, add and split functions, and 12/24 hour date and time, and Japanese quartz movement.

The Eco-Drive is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). It comes with a black leather band with a tang buckle. Stylish yet rugged, it has the durability you would expect from a traditional Timex.

Specifications

  • solar-powered
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • analog display
  • 3 subdials
  • mineral crystal
  • stainless steel case
  • tachymeter bezel
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size:44 mm
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Bertucci Men's 12122A-2T Men's Watch

Bertucci Men's 12122 A-2T Original Classics Durable Titanium Field Watch

Go from the job site to an after-work affair with the Bertucci Men’s Watch. Despite its almost dressy look, the 44-mm solid titanium case is super-tough yet lightweight. It’s constructed using all metal hardware and grommets with box stitch construction. The green 2-ply nylon band is unmatched for comfort and durability.

The Bertucci’s analog display with white Arabic numerals on a black dial is simple and straightforward. The hour and minute are luminous and a red needle hand ticks off the seconds. It has a unique screw-down off-skew crown and date display at 4’oclock. The dial lens is hardened mineral crystal for superior scratch resistance.

With Japanese quartz movement, the Bertucci’s functions include a timer and chronograph. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet).

Specifications

  • titanium case
  • nylon band
  • off-skew crown
  • luminous hands
  • mineral crystal
  • chronograph
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 44 mm
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Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch with Date, AT0200-05E

The military-inspired Citizen Eco-Drive with chronograph functionality can take all the rigors of outdoor work while looking smart and stylish. It can survive extreme temperatures (from 14 degrees F to 140 degrees F). The stainless steel dial has a diameter of 39 mm and is encircled by a stationary stainless steel bezel.

The round black dial features 3 subdials and analog display with Arabic numerals, white luminous hour and minute hands and a red seconds hand. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant mineral crystal.

The Eco-Drive’s Japanese quartz movement is solar powered and charges in any light, natural or artificial. No worries ever about batteries. The green canvas band is sturdy and comfortable. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and is suitable for swimming but not diving.

Specifications

  • stainless steel case
  • stationary bezel
  • extreme temperature-resistant
  • solar powered
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • canvas band
  • chronograph
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
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