Construction workers genuinely understand the value of reliable equipment. Doing a physically strenuous job is challenging in and of itself, but construction workers also need to deal with the danger of working in an accident-prone environment.
Power tools, safety harnesses, googles – everything you use on the job is super reliable. The watch you wear should be able to stand up to the job, too.
Finding a nice-looking watch doesn’t take long, but finding one that is built to last and will serve you for years doing what you do can be very difficult. There just aren’t that many watches on the market that can look great on your wrist while also withstanding the wear and tear from construction work.
So, we did the legwork for you. We’ve shortlisted six of the best construction watches that you can rely on for years.
The 6 Best Construction Watches Money Can Buy
The following are the top 6 brands that we recommend for our hardworking men who are exposed on the heavy-duty environment of construction sites. These brands rise on top of the list as the best in weathering tough situations and moments that are common in hard labor activities.
One of the best things about the Casio Pro Trek PRW3500 is that it has a clear and bright LCD screen, allowing you to quickly glance at the time even when the sun’s shining right on it.
But that’s only one of the many features that make the PRW3500 so impressive. This new PRW3500 model is called the Triple Sensor Version 3. It comes with three sensors – an altitude sensor, barometric pressure sensor, and a directional compass that are more accurate than any of the company’s previous models.
The watch also boasts a Barometric Pressure Tendency Alarm. It will automatically alert you if there are sudden changes in pressure, giving you a heads up about the upcoming weather changes. The feature can be handy for construction workers.
One of the best things about the watch is that it is water-resistant up to 200 meters and comes with a 56mm resin case with a mineral dial window, making it one of the most rugged watches you can get your hands on.
But perhaps the best thing about it is its reliability as a watch. It boasts multi-band atomic timekeeping, ensuring that it tells the accurate time in 31 world time zones that come pre-fed into the watch.
The low-temperature resistance (–10ºC/14°F) and the fact that the watch is solar-powered make it a watch that you will never need to spend money maintaining over the decades that it will serve you.
- It comes with three sensors
- 56mm resin case with mineral dial window
- Low-temperature resistance
- Solar-powered; no maintenance needed
- Water-resistant up to 200 meters
- The strap is known to pinch wrist hair
If you love a classy-looking watch, you cannot go wrong with the Bertucci Men’s 12122 A-2T. The fit and finish of the watch are practically flawless for what it is – a field watch. The bevel around the edge virtually guarantees that it will survive the knocks and bumps it will withstand over the years.
The hardened, scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal used makes it one of the most durable watches you can get your hands on. Longevity is one thing you don’t have to worry about with this Bertucci.
But what’s more impressive about the watch is the titanium case – you can be sure that the classic styling will draw eyes. You may think it’ll be too heavy to wear on the job, but that’s not the case. It is incredibly lightweight, and you will barely feel it on your wrist.
The attention paid to the wearer’s comfort is also very impressive – the crown is ergonomically offset to 4’o clock.
It is water-resistant up to 100 meters, and the super luminous markings on the Bertucci watch’s hands and hour markers make it very easy to read in the dark.
The watch boasts a U.S. patented two-ply nylon band, which is not just comfortable, but also very durable. The strap is perfectly sized, too – the watch will look great on both small and big wrists.
The all-metal hardware and box stitch construction make it worth every penny you pay for it.
- Classy look
- Easy to read
- Sensitive to light and glow
- Durable body and strap – can take a beating
- Adjusting the date is difficult
If you like a larger, feature-loaded, reliable watch better than a classy watch, the Casio Men’s Pro Trek Quartz Watch is perfect for you.
The sparkling black watch dial gives it an attractive look, which, coupled with the few green accents and the carbon fiber strap, makes it look smart yet sturdy.
Like the Casio Pro Trek PRW3500 we recommended above, the Pro Trek Quartz Watch also uses the new version 3 sensors, making the watch more accurate and less power-hungry than its forerunners.
The 1⅜” watch face makes reading the time easy, and the large strap makes it perfect for those with larger wrists. If you have smaller wrists, though, the watch may not suit you.
The digital display on the watch has a black background, and the digits on it are white. While you may find it unusual at first, the black background makes the watch a lot easier to read.
It’s also worth noting that a white background would make the watch stick out like a sore thumb – the all-black look gives the watch a unique appeal.
The Pro Trek Quartz also comes with luminous markings, but the effect does not last very long, and the markings aren’t as bright as the ones on the Bertucci watch.
But the watch makes up for it by offering an easy-to-use interface, solar charging, and automatic atomic clock syncing.
The one-year warranty can be extended by another year if the watch is registered on Casio’s website – but you likely won’t ever need to worry about getting it fixed. It’s by far one of the most reliable watches on the market.
- Solar-powered; no maintenance needed
- Atomic timekeeping
- Boasts both analog and digital modes
- It comes with a barometer and altimeter and charting features
- Up to two-year warranty
- The watch may be too large for some
You don’t have to go for an analog or digital watch if you’d much rather have a smartwatch. And the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is one of the only smartwatches that boasts a PVD-coated stainless steel bezel and buttons.
All that, coupled with the reinforced housing, makes it a smartwatch that you can rely on for years.
One of the things that make it stand out from other watches on this list is the Quickfit feature. If you like to keep changing your watch’s look, the feature enables you to change the band with ease.
The 5X Sapphire is water-rated to 100 meters, and the 51mm watch comes with an optical heart monitor on the back. Its five-button layout makes the watch easy to interact with.
The watch comes with a pre-configured application for every type of physical activity, and you can pair it with your smartphone to receive notifications when you’re on the move.
What’s more impressive is the watch’s compatibility with the Connect IQ store, through which you can add even more functions to the watch.
The full-color GPS mapping is the one feature that makes it stand out from other smartwatches in the market – and the best part about it is that the watch does not need to be connected to a phone to give you turn-by-turn directions.
- Rugged build
- Easy to use five-button layout
- Loaded with pre-configured applications
- Full-color GPS mapping
- Compatible with the Connect IQ store
The Nixon Mission comes with an all-black body, giving it a sleek and modern look. The watch will look great, regardless of the outfit you wear.
But what makes it apt for use by construction workers is the shock-resistant case of the watch. The Nixon Mission also boasts a roll cage bezel and comes with ultra-tough Corning Gorilla glass – it won’t break as easily as other delicate smartwatches.
Nixon proudly labels the Mission as the world’s first action sports smartwatch. The watch can give you surf and snow shred alerts in real-time, making it perfect for you if you’re athletic and love sports.
But it’s also geared to aid you on a daily basis. A GPS, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, and e-compass come built-in, putting it on par with some of the most expensive smartwatches out there.
The Mission watch features 10 ATM water resistance, and its ambient light sensor will adjust the screen’s brightness depending on how well let your surroundings are.
The multi-touch and wet finger technology make the intuitive interface that much easier to interact with. Its robust build makes it the perfect watch to buy if you shuffle between high-stress work and play environments.
- World’s first action sports smartwatch
- It comes with several sensors
- Modern look
- Wet finger technology
- Surgical grade stainless steel build
- It can be too heavy for some
The Caterpillar brand has been a staple in the wardrobes of those operating heavy machinery for over 80 years. The CAT Motion is the watch to go for if you want a virtually indestructible watch that also looks good.
The 45.5mm dial makes it easy to read, and the classic yellow/black design will draw eyes every day. The strap is yellow, too, and doesn’t stain as easily, which is a testament to its overall robustness.
It is water-resistant up to 330 feet, making it that much more reliable – you never have to worry about it breaking; it can take a good knock and handle exposure to water.
- Robust build
- Decent dial size
- Yellow/black design
- Water-resistant up to 100 meters
- Quartz movement
- Shorter band; not for you if you have larger wrists
Now that you’re acquainted with the best construction watches available, finding the right one should be a breeze. While there is no such thing as the “ultimate” watch for construction workers, the Casio Men’s Pro Trek PRW3500 comes pretty close.
It is feature-rich, boasts a rugged build, and looks great on your wrist, making it the one watch we can unreservedly recommend.