Time To Check Out The Best Rated Survival Watch Reviews

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Anyone who’s serious about outdoor adventuring and survival skills should have a survival watch.

Some activities it’s just stupid to undertake without one with you. You put yourself at unnecessary risk that is easily avoidable by having one of these on your wrist.

But how to choose the best outdoor survival watch?

First, think about what activities you’re going to use it for, then look at what each one can do.

The amount of stuff these can measure these days is incredible. From route mapping and measuring your heart rate to when the sun will set and the current moon phase, they really can do it all.

Survival Watches Comparison

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  1. Timex Men’s T49612 Expedition Ozark Trail Survival Strap Watch
  3. CASIO G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GWG-1000-1A3JF Mens Japan import — Best solar-power
  4. Yuze 6-in-1 Survival Sport Watch — Cheapest/Most Affordable Survival Watch
  5. Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire — Slate Gray with Metal Band
  6. Suunto Traverse Alpha Smartwatch — High-End Survival Watch
  7. Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer Watch with Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and Depth Measurement
  8. Timex Men’s T49612 Expedition Shock Digital Compass Olive/Black Resin Strap Watch — Best Survival Watch for Those with Budget/Best for under 100$
  9. Vectorcom Portable Digital Wrist Watch Walkie Talkie Two-Way Radio 462MHZ, black, 2pcs — Best for kids
  10. Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch
  11. First Tactical Canyon Digital Compass Watch — Our favorite picks

Survival Watch Reviews

1. Timex Men’s T49612 Expedition Ozark Trail Survival Strap Watch

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Timex has been making watches for over 150 years and still, they’re producing some of the best ones money can buy.

A wicked olive and black style with a smooth finish, this guy looks damn swanky.

What I liked about it

  • Just how comfortable it is! The strap is made of nylon and is just a dream to wear.
  • Built with Timex’s patented Indiglo backlight the surface of the watch face lights up and makes it easy to read no matter what the lighting is like.
  • It’s been built for shock absorption and is resistant to I.S.O. Standards.
  • It’s water resistant up to a depth of 200 meters (660 feet), so you don’t have to worry about remembering to take it off when you’re out on the lake.

Who’s it for?

If you’re into water sports or boating this would be a cracking option to go for.

It won’t go deep enough for scuba diving but for fishing, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing or pretty much any other water sport you’ll be good to go.

Oh, and it’s made by Timex so you know it’s going to be reliable.

Some other sweet features

  • With an inbuilt digital compass, you won’t be getting lost.
  • Comes with a light-weighted resin case that’s pretty damn solid too.
  • It’s cheap as hell for a Timex watch, costing around 70 bucks.
  • It weighs just under 6 and a half ounces.


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A solid piece of gear from Casio that makes it easy to get back on track if you ever find yourself not sure about your exact location.

What I liked about it?

  • The triple sensor! This has been built to withstand shock and is incredibly rugged. It keeps track of your altitude, barometric pressure, temperature and direction readings and makes these all easy to view at the touch of a button.
  • With a depth sensor, compass and thermometer you’ll know everything there is to know about where you are.
  • The stopwatch and timer can be quickly activated with just one click.
  • Sunrise and sunset times are accurately shown.

Who’s it for?

Costing just over 200 bucks, if what you need is outstanding reliability from a watch that will never let you down, then the Rangeman is a good one to go for.

I’ve been seriously impressed by the amount of stuff this watch can do.

Some other sweet features

  • You don’t get more durable than this. With G-Shock toughness, this has been built to go through a true battering and come out the other side unscathed.
  • Solar powered it’ll never run out of battery.
  • The calendar auto-updates itself to your current geographical position.
  • Weighs just over 13 ounces.

3. CASIO G-SHOCK MUDMASTER GWG-1000-1A3JF Mens Japan import — Best solar-power

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Casio’s blown what we thought was possible out of the water yet again with this fine technologically-advanced piece of engineering.

Built to last in every way, from the solar panel to the rugged design this won’t let you down.

What I liked about it?

  • The compass on it is super sweet. You click a button and the second hand immediately changes to a compass needle, pointing you in the right direction. Pretty damn cool.
  • The badass chunky black design is super rugged and has obviously been made well. It’s shock resistant, water resistant and vibration proof. This multipurpose watch ain’t breaking on you, that’s for sure.
  • Another handy feature which can up your survival chances is the altitude measurement function which can tell you your sea level from -700 to 10,000 meters.
  • It has its own solar panel so it’s pretty much impossible for it to run out of battery on you. The solar is super tough so shouldn’t break even if you give it a good knocking around.
  • The buttons are super bulky which makes them easy to press at a moments notice.

Who’s it for?

If you’re working in dirty environments or often find yourself out in nature getting down and dirty then this has been designed especially for people like you.

Far from being a small watch, this thing is huge. But with that size, you get a sturdiness and reliability like none other.

It’s around 500 bucks so it isn’t cheap. But if you don’t mind spending a bit extra then you’ll definitely appreciate where that money’s gone.

Some other sweet features

  • The stopwatch on it is accurate down to 1/100th of a second.
  • Radio-controlled it automatically updates to whichever time zone you’re in, so even if you’re off-the-grid for months you’ll still know the time accurately.
  • It has a solid backlight LED which illuminates the watch clearly no matter what lighting you’re in.
  • Has an inbuilt thermometer which can measure the temperature anywhere between -10°C to +60°C.
  • Unlike a lot of other G shock models which are made in China, this is made in Japan to ensure high-quality control.
  • Weighs just 4.16 ounces.

4. Yuze 6-in-1 Survival Sport Watch — Cheapest/Most Affordable Survival Watch

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This watch is crazy.

The price tag it comes with is low as hell and it has loads of extra tools attached to it and cool functions that it can carry out.

What I liked about it?

  • The price! It’s less than 20 dollars, which is crazily cheap considering how much it can do!
  • There are magnesium rods and a scraper inbuilt into the strap which can be used to start a fire, so you’ll always have a light.
  • The strap itself is made from paracord for emergency use in a life-threatening situation.
  • It has a compass integrated into the watch so you’ll never get lost.
  • The high decibel whistle is also really handy. Works great for either getting people’s attention or warning dangerous wildlife, like bears, of your position.

Who’s it for?

If you don’t want to break the bank but still want a watch that can save your life then this is the one for you.

It’s cheap as hell and has all these extra lifesaving tools attached to it, a real steal.

Some other sweet features

  • It has a thermometer that shows the current temperature.
  • The display is waterproof. If it’s raining or it gets splashed with water it’ll be fine but I wouldn’t recommend swimming or diving with it on.
  • Dual analog and digital display mean you can read the time super easily.
  • Comes with a 2 year warranty
  • Weighs 3.2 ounces.

5. Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire — Slate Gray with Metal Band

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This is a Certified Refurbished Survival tactic.

Some people may turn their nose up at this.

But they shouldn’t.

It looks and works as if it was brand new and cost much less than if you bought it straight from a shop.

It’s also got absolutely everything you could want in a watch. With crazy GPS capabilities and loads of downloadable apps, there’s a reason why Garmin is viewed in such high regard.

What I liked about it?

  • The GPS on this is flawless. It has maps of the entire US and can create routable cycling maps at the touch of a button. On top of the GPS, it also has GLONASS capability so even if you’re out of range of normal reception you still won’t get lost.
  • Has a compass, gyroscope and barometric meter so you’ll have every detail of your position right on your wrist.
  • Elevate wrist heart rate technology tracks your heart rate so you know just how hard you’re really working.
  • A performance widget can be added which shows you all of your personal key stats, like your training status, heart rate, performance metrics and overall positive effects your receiving from your workout.

Who’s it for?

Costing just under 700 bucks this isn’t a cheap option.

However if you want the most useful watch out there, one that has everything you could ever want, that can track your exercise levels for you, improve your workout and keep you safe, then this is it.

Some other sweet features

  • Smart notifications mean that you can connect your watch to your phone and get an instant alert if you receive an email or text.
  • You get a free membership to the Garmin Connect online fitness community and can set your watch to automatically upload updates of your workouts to the online forums.
  • Garmin has there own Connect IQ store which is easily connectable to. Through here you can download new watch faces and apps to customize the watch to be just how you want it.
  • Comes with a minimum 90-day warranty which you’ll almost definitely not need. It’s got a super rugged design and is built for any extreme expedition.
  • Weighs 16 ounces.

6. Suunto Traverse Alpha Smartwatch — High-End Survival Watch

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This is packed full of features that make training easier, more effective and more appealing.

If you want to be pushed to your limits, this is a good gadget to help you do that.

What I liked about it

  • What I really love about this is how easy it makes it to find new routes in your area. Through an app on the device, it suggests new hiking trails that you can go out, find and explore.
  • With a compass and GPS and GLONASS navigation, you’ll never get lost using this bad boy.
  • You can plan routes on the device using the Suunto Movescount which has topographic maps and lets you preview the route, altitude, and distance right on your wrist.
  • As well as telling you the times of sunrise and sunset it also has the moon phases and moon rise and set times available to view.
  • It also shows you the trend of the weather with an expected forecast of what’s to come. Equipped with a storm alarm you’ll be made aware of the conditions are about to get ugly.
  • You can view the track you’ve been walking in real time. As well as showing you your route it also tracks your speed, distance, and altitude.

Who’s it for?

If you’re a nature lover and enjoy adventuring outside this an extremely handy bit of kit to take on your adventures with you.

It’s been tested to military standards and has earned itself a reputation for being able to do it all without costing a bomb (its less than $400).

Some other sweet features

  • Through the Suunto app, your steps and calorie intake is recorded and can be viewed on a graph that shows how both have changed over time. This works great for giving you that extra bit of motivation to keep on improving.
  • Water resistant up to depths of 100 meters you can take this diving with you no problem.
  • There are separate modes for hiking, fishing, and hunting optimized for each different experience.
  • The backlight which lights up the display when it’s dark is red. This means you won’t lose your night vision and it’s compatible with Night Vision Google’s.
  • It can be linked to your phone and send you alarms for if you receive a text or email. It also has a silent vibration alarm for if you need to be discreetly reminded of something.
  • It’s very lightweight weighing just over 2.5 ounces.

7. Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer Watch with Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and Depth Measurement

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This is a damn awesome gadget.

It can do it all and it doesn’t even cost that much.

What I liked about it

  • The fact that it can tell you pretty much everything about where you are. It has an altimeter to tell you your change in elevation, a barometer that tells you how the air pressure is changing, so you can predict weather changes, and a compass so you never lose north.
  • It also tracks the weather for you producing a weather trend graph and shows you a forecast for the next few hours which tends to be pretty accurate.
  • It even tells you what time the sun will rise and fall, perfect for if your camping and want to catch some beautiful skies.
  • The storm alarm is a pretty wicked safety feature too. It’s activated if there is suddenly a drop in air pressure over the course of three hours. If this happens your watch will make a beeping sound and start flashing, warning you of the storm that is quickly approaching.
  • Has a backlight function so you can read the time no matter what the lighting is like.

Who’s it for?

If you want a watch that can do literally everything but is still relatively cheap then-then I’d definitely recommend checking this one out.

It’s such an awesome gadget when you consider everything that it can do and it’s less than 200 dollars, a sure fire bargain.

Some other sweet features

  • It’s fully waterproof up to a depth of 30 feet so you can leave it on your wrist when you go out on one of those snorkeling trips. The depth meter even takes readings of the depths you reach so you can constantly be challenging yourself.
  • All of the readings and data it takes are stored and can be analyzed later on a computer or tablet.
  • As Well as having a digital thermometer is also a dual time display, shows you today’s date, has a stopwatch, a timer, and an alarm.
  • It doesn’t matter which color you want this has over 8 different ones to choose from.
  • It’s super lightweight weighing only 2.26 ounces.
  • Amazon gives a 2-year warranty from any manufacturer defects so you can have that extra peace of mind.

8. Timex Men’s T49612 Expedition Shock Digital Compass Olive/Black Resin Strap Watch — Best Survival Watch for Those with Budget/Best for under 100$

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A simple but effective bit of kit.

There’s nothing fancy here, just a damn good watch.

What I liked about it

  • It’s super comfortable to wear and looks good too.
  • With Timex’s famous Indiglo light-up system you can tell the time in any environment.
  • Water resistant up to 200 meters, it’s suitable to use for any water sport or activity.

Who’s it for?

You want a bit of kit that does the job and does it well.

You also don’t want to spend too much money and don’t need anything too fancy.

This is just right. It cost about 70 bucks, does all the basic stuff you need a watch too and comes from a brand that’s well known for looking after its customers.

Some other sweet features

  • It is shock resistant to I.S.O Standards so you don’t have to worry about bashing it around.
  • An inbuilt compass means you’ll always know where north is.
  • Has a bold and clear negative display that’s easy to view.
  • Comes in a durable, strong resin case.
  • Weighs less than 6.5 ounces.

9. Vectorcom Portable Digital Wrist Watch Walkie Talkie Two-Way Radio 462MHZ, black, 2pcs — Best for kids

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Best for explorers, these wrist watch walkie talkies are the future of two-way communications.

Keeping you safe and connected with your team, they’re a damn handy piece of kit.

What I liked about it

  • With 500mW TX power output you get a solid clear signal even if you’re far away from the receiver.
  • Handsfree control means you don’t need to stop what you’re doing to contact your buddy.
  • Auto Squelch control, saves battery and increases the clearness of each call.
  • It has a decent battery life. You can talk for around 3 hours and have it on standby for 24, perfect for any day long travel adventures.

Who’s it for?

If you want to be free to go your own way while still staying safe and connected then this is what you need.

When phone signal disappears and you’re on your own in the woods having the knowledge that you can contact someone just by clicking a button on your wrist is incredibly freeing.

Some other sweet features

  • It’s super compact and lightweight, especially considering it’s its own walkie-talkie it’s crazy to think it weighs just over 11 ounces.
  • The backlit LCD means you can see the time even in the dark.
  • It’s also super cheap costing around 50 bucks.
  • It has a call alert signal button which will make the receiving watch flash and sound an alarm in case of an emergency.

10. Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch

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This watch is used by the US Navy Seals and US Air Force Pilots. That alone lets you know just how good it’s going to be.

What I liked about it

  • The luminous backlight glows 100 times brighter than most other luminous watches, making it perfect for use in low-light or no-light conditions.
  • The swanky style that just oozes class is real nice. With a Swiss quartz movement analog display, this just looks incredible.
  • Water resistant up to 200 meters it can go in the water with you when you do any kind of water sport.

Who’s it for?

If you’re looking for style than you’ve found it here.

For something that only cost around 170 bucks, this looks like it costs thousands.

Some other sweet features

  • Comes with a 44 mm Polyurethane case to keep it safe when it’s not on your wrist.
  • The Polyurethane band is super durable and won’t wear away easily.
  • Weighs less than 13 ounces.

11. First Tactical Canyon Digital Compass Watch — Our favorite picks

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This really does live up to its reputation of being a watch that’s good for every occasion.

It’s packed full of cool extra little features, doesn’t cost too much and the utility strap has been cleverly designed to fit loads of stuff onto it too.

What I liked about it?

  • The wrist strap is made of TPSiV polymer which is super durable and won’t disintegrate over time. The band is super cool. It’s got a ruler etched onto it and even has a guide to Morse Code written on the back.
  • It has a digital second hand. This is super handy for if you’re timing something or need to have exact precision with the time, a sweet extra feature.
  • Has a stealth mode function that can be easily switched to, which silences the watch without stopping any of the other features from working.
  • Costing less than 150 bucks and still having so many extra survival features this is a real steal at that price.

Who’s it for?

With so many extra inbuilt survival features this is perfect for outdoor hikers and campers, or anyone, who wants a solid survival watch to keep them safe in the wilderness.

Some other sweet features

  • The inbuilt compass function can be a real lifesaver. Navigating in the woods is definitely much easier when you can make sure your not walk-in round and round in circles.
  • The tan style is super suave and sophisticated. It’s durable enough to withstand any outdoor adventure but classy enough to be worn in the office too.
  • Comes with a two year warranty against any manufacturer defects.

What Makes a great survival watch?

All that it can do.

Look for what it’s capabilities are.

Does it give you weather reports? Tell you when the sun will set? Let you know the moon cycle?

Can it start a fire? Be used to contact others?

All these features come together to help you prepare for the worst.

Solid construction

Any survival watch worth its salt will be constructed to withstand a real good beating.

Don’t buy a cheap knockoff, look at others reviews, buy from a reputable brand and you’ll get a watch that’ll last you your entire life.

Water resistance

water resistance

Depending on the watch you go for the water resistance will change drastically.

Some malfunction if you even get a bit of rain on them while others are functional even when 200 meters below water.

Shock resistance

Make sure your watch is shock resistant to I.S.O standards. This means no matter the impact that’s put on it, it still should be ok.


The only way to ensure accuracy is from reading others reviews.

I’ve only put watches on my list that are known for being accurate but if you choose to buy one off of this list make sure it’s got a good reputation for its accuracy.

There’s no point buying something that’s always incorrect.

Battery duration

This is where solar power really comes in handy.

You don’t want your watch dying on you. If it’s solar powered it never will.

Mechanical watch

Mechanical Watch

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As opposed to using quartz, mechanical watches use inbuilt mechanisms to measure the movement of time.

Both work great, mechanical watches do look cooler but are more susceptible to malfunctioning.


Getting a band that’s durable and comfortable is a must.

You don’t want one that rubs and you don’t want one that breaks.

Again, read others reviews to make sure you’re getting a comfortable strap.


A vital survival skill is being able to read a compass.

Any survival watch worth its salt will have one of these inbuilt into it.


Knowing your altitude and more importantly, knowing whether you’re really going up or down can save your life.

Make sure you have an altimeter.



Having a GPS on your wrist means you’ll never get lost.

This saves lives.

Going out without a GPS in this day and age is just asking for trouble.


Most of these have thermometers inbuilt into them, handy for keeping records if you’re training or trying to beat a personal best.


Through measuring changes in pressure this can predict whether a storm is coming or not.

This means you’ll have a good extra hour to prepare for what’s coming.

Storm alert

Using the barometer these alert you when a storm is incoming.

Either through vibrations or a sound alarm, they stop you being caught unawares when the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst.


Fire Starter

Watches with fire starters built into them aren’t only super handy they’re also just really cool.

What’s cooler than starting a fire from your watch?

Fishing kit

Have one of these on you and food is always a possibility.

If you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic landscape you’ll need a fishing kit to survive.


A vital piece of kit that’s great for getting the attention of other people and for warning any wildlife of your presence.

Night vision

First of all get a watch with a backlight. When the sun drops is when you need the information on there more than ever.

If you’re in the forces or a serious hunter it’s also worth checking if the backlight is compatible with night vision goggles. This makes a hell of a difference in keeping your vision at its optimum when you need it the most.


There are enough options out there that everyone can find the design that’s just right for them.

Just make sure to get a rugged, durable one.



How to set Ozark trail watch?

Each Ozark watch comes with a manual that clearly explains how to set each individual setting.

Have a look at this and you’ll be good to go.

For setting the normal time, hold L2 down for a couple of seconds and then you should be able to click the up and down buttons to get the time set correctly.

How will survival watch save my life?

If you’re out in the wilderness whether you’re trekking, out on a hunt or rock climbing there’s lots that can go wrong.

Mother Nature isn’t a force to be taken lightly. Weather conditions could suddenly change, you could lose phone signal you might get stuck somewhere for the night.

These can help in all those situations.

With the latest in tracking technology, you’ll never get lost. With weather reports and storm alarms you’ll never be caught off guard by a storm. And with some of them even having fire starters built into them you’ll never go cold.

Where to buy shock triple sensor mud resist watch?

While there are a few different brands to choose from the best place to buy them is undoubtedly Amazon. You can check others reviews and what they thought and it tends to be cheaper than if you buy directly from the manufacturer.

How to upgrade my watch in a case of emergency?


Buy one that you don’t need to upgrade.

It’s easy to not buy one of these and instead wait until a situation where you need a survival watch and wish you had one.

Don’t do that. Be prepared. Get one on your wrist BEFORE you find out you need it.

How to resize survival watch?

Most have a simple clasp that can be undone and done up to adjust to the size that’s right for you. Just like a standard watch.

Scott Moey

Based in Brooklyn, New York, entrepreneur and philanthropist Scott Moey lives a wild life as an adventurer, explorer and traveller. He blogs about his love for the outdoors on LiveOnceLiveWild.com.

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