Women’s Tactical Watches Buyer’s Guide

For many years, the market for tactical watches was, unfortunately, a man’s world. Recently, though, the best watch companies have begun releasing tactical models for women, which not only work great, but look great too. For those who don’t know, a tactical watch is a timepiece that looks like a normal watch, but is packed to the gills with extremely useful features.

Not only that, though; they’re also extremely resistant to water, pressure, scratching, and anything else that’ll ruin a watch. Tactical watches run the gamut from $20 to the thousands, so there’s naturally going to be some differences in the tactical watches you’ll find.

To help you pick out the best one for you, we’ve created a buyer’s guide that will provide you with all the information you’ll need to make an informed purchase; think of it as a jumping off point into the wide world of women’s tactical watches

There are a few things to look for when buying a tactical watch:

First: scratchability and resistance to shock. You want the watch you wear to at least last through conditions you can handle; a tactical watch can do that and more.

Second: waterproofing. This is one of the most useful things that a watch can have. You never know when you’ll get wet, and it’s important that your watch won’t break when submerged.

Third: Analog faces > Digital faces. Digital watches are often cheaper, and come with features that would be impossible to fit on an analog face, but for real longevity and classic looks, you want to go analog.

We’ve given each watch a list of specs for easy comparison. Here’s a breakdown of what each spec means:

Dial Window Material: The dial window is what covers the face of the watch. How scratchproof and resistant to pressure the watch is depends on this spec.

Display Type: This is how the watch displays time. Be careful: there are plenty of watches with analog faces, but digital movement. A lot of people looking for analog watches look at the face and then buy; be sure to check the movement spec before purchasing. In the lower price ranges, expect to see digital a lot more.

Band material: This is the material the watchband is made of, which will determine comfortability, strength, appearance, and a whole lot more.  

Item weight: Do you want a heavy watch or a light watch? This is a personal preference spec for sure; a lot of people like having a solid-feeling watch, while others prefer to feel like they’re not wearing a watch at all.

Movement: This is how the watch tells time. The expensive, analog watches often have quartz movement, which varies from country to country (Japanese, Swiss, etc.). There’s nothing wrong with buying analog, though; they’re cheaper, and still deliver amazing time telling. Still, there’s something quite cool about wearing a bunch of gears on your wrist.

Water resistant depth: This spec can be extremely misleading. Watches with a water resistant depth of 300 feet are not able to survive deep sea dives; they’d be much better suited to snorkeling. You shouldn’t worry, because all the watches on this list are extremely waterproof, and each review will give you a recommendation for how deep to take your watch.

Budget: (under $100)

Are you new to the world of women’s tactical watches? If so, this is a great range to start in. These watches aren’t the best of the best, but they’ll certainly give you a bang for your buck.

Timex Ladies T5K525 Ironman 10-Lap Watch

Specs: Dial Window Material – Acrylic

Display Type – Digital

Band material – Resin

Item weight – 3 ounces

Movement – Digital

Water resistant depth – 330 Feet

This watch is quite cheap, but don’t let that turn you off. This is a “triathalon” watch, which means it’s specifically designed to go with you when you’re running, biking, or swimming. Water resistant to 330 feet, the watch can definitely survive a long swim, a snorkel session, or even a hot tub bath! Just don’t take it diving, it probably won’t end well for the watch.

This particular model comes in seven different color combinations, giving you freedom of choice, as well as making it easier to find the perfect style for you.

It also comes with an indigo colored backlight, which allows you to see what time it is in any amount of light. The dial window is made of acrylic, which is extremely resistant to pressure, but unfortunately not very scratchproof.

One cool feature that this watch comes with is a lap timer that allows for you to time each lap you take up to ten times! In addition, it comes with a 24 hour countdown timer. Did we mention that this watch is almost indestructible?

You can run it over with a car and it’ll keep on ticking, which is exactly what you want in a tactical watch. If you’re looking for a cheap, great watch, this could be the one for you.

Mid-Range ($100-300)

In this range, expect to begin seeing analog faces and analog movement. Of course, there’ll still be some digitals in here, but they’re the top of their class; it’s very rare to find a digital watch above 300 dollars. Features and looks begin to improve greatly in this range. So much so, in fact, that we bet you’ll find your perfect watch somewhere between 100 and 300 dollars.

Casio Women’s BA-110-7A1CR Baby-G Pink Analog-Digital Watch

Specs: Dial Window Material – Mineral

Display Type – Digital and analog

Band material – Resin

Item weight – 4.8 ounces

Movement – Japanese quartz

Water resistant depth – 330 Feet

This is a fascinating watch. First off, it has a digital/analog combination face, which is very rare in the tactical watch market. But it should be more common, because it looks awesome! The face is outlined in a copper finish, which blends perfectly with the pure white bezel and band, giving the watch an eye-catching glow.

The “G-Baby” is the women’s version of the Casio “G-Force” series, which has come out with some of the best tactical watches ever (check out our tactical watch buyer’s guide to learn more!).

This watch continues that trend with all of the features from the normal “G-force” watches, which are incredibly numerous. First is the incredible shock resistance; it can resist a freefall of over 10 meters! Then there’s the ability to change time zones with extreme accuracy. In fact, this watch does that for you automatically

! It comes with alarms (and a snooze button), a date reader, and stopwatch that’s accurate to 1/100th of a second. It’s also water resistant to 330 feet, meaning you can take it swimming or jump in a creek with it; it’s not a diver’s watch though, so be careful.

The dial window is mineral, which is an awesome mid-range window material; it’s scratchproof and pressure resistant. The watch is battery powered, but it lasts up to 10 years, so there’s no need to fear. Try this one on for size if you want a perfect mix of functionality, price, and looks.

High End (Above $300)

These are the cream of the women’s tactical watch crop, and they don’t mind showing off their illustrious position! Watches in this range tend to be spectacularly eye-catching, stunningly accurate, and all-around amazing pieces of machinery. Of course, you have to shell out more cash for these, but if you want the best of the best, it’s an investment worth making.

Invicta Women’s 0940 Anatomic Subaqua Collection Chronograph Watch

 

Specs: Dial Window Material – Flame-fusion crystal

Display Type – Digital and analog

Band material – Silicone

Item weight – 7 ounces

Movement – Swiss quartz

Water resistant depth – 660 Feet

Speaking of cool looking watches, the “Subaqua” blows the previous watches on this list out of the water (pun intended). With Swiss quartz movement from the renowned watch company Invicta, this watch can tick with the best of them and won’t ever make you late.

The analog face has three other faces built in, which calculate 30-min, 10-second, and 1/10-second intervals. In addition, there’s a very nice date function, so you’ll always have the date on hand (or wrist). The window is made out of “Flame-fusion” crystal, which is specifically designed to be as scratch-resistant as possible.

The bezel and case are made from stainless steel, making this watch look stunning while providing a layer of protection that most cheaper watches just can’t.

The watch is also water resistant to a depth of 660 feet, sticking it firmly in the world of Diver’s watches (with a price to match). The crown is screw-down, allowing for precise time measurement and easy adjustability.

All the important markers in the watch glow in the dark, making it easy to see in any situation! If you want to show off your style, this is the eye-catching watch you’ll want to get.