The best sports watches for every situation


If you’re looking to buy a watch in the 21st century, chances are you have a sports watch in mind. And why not? Sports watches are ideal for everyday wear in our increasingly casual culture, promise durability and tend to communicate a ‘doer of action’ – whether or not you indulge in the activities for which they were designed.

What exactly is a sports watch?

Just about any watch that isn’t a dress watch is some kind of “sports watch”. At least that is how the term is widely used. Sports watches come primarily from a specific activity, with functionality and durability driving the design – good qualities for any watch. And that often makes them not only interesting but also cool, fun to wear and even useful in all sorts of everyday applications.

You can use the rotating bezel of a diver’s watch to time your pasta. Although a Breitling Navitimer was originally designed to help mid-century pilots perform important calculations, you can use its chronograph to time how fast your child can clean up their room. You could wear a field watch, originally designed for soldiers, simply because it’s sturdy, tells time, and is fun to wear on your wrist.

While dress watches are a fairly well-defined category, sports watches include many genres, from diver’s watches and field watches to pilot’s watches, racing chronographs and more. Many luxury watches such as the Rolex Submariner or the Omega Speedmaster are also sports watches, although they are probably not used for their intended purpose. Watches like Audmars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus are considered “sports watches” solely because of their design rather than any practical purpose behind them.

If you want a watch for doing physical activities like hiking or biking, there are watches made specifically for those sports as well. Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and watches with features like GPS will come in very handy. Whatever your needs, here are some great sports watch options to consider.

For the beach

Great watches for swimming, lounging, strutting or surfing.

Breitling Superocean

Water resistant to 300m, you can also take the Breitling Superocean to dive under the waves. But it’ll serve you just as well for splashing around on the surface as it does on dry land, and it’s a great example of why dive watches are so versatile. One of the colored variants is all the more suitable for sun and sand.

Diameter: 42mm (also available in 36mm, 44mm and 46mm)

Movement: ETA 2824 automatic, COSC certified

Water resistance: 300m

    Nixon Base Tide Pro

    Rugged, water resistant and available in fun colors, the Nixon Base Tide Pro has real credibility with real surfers. One of the main reasons for this is its large, easy-to-read display which also features tide chart data for 550 beaches around the world. This is the sports watch you need when doing beach-related sports.

    Diameter: 42mm


    Water resistance: 100m

      For the hinterland

      Rugged watches designed for the outdoors.

      Victorinox INOX Mechanical

      Victorinox INOX Mechanical

      If you just want a sturdy watch to tell the time when you’re out in the woods, field watches are for that. Many are smaller and with a retro military aesthetic, but the Victorinox INOX looks like a modern instrument genuinely built for camping – and it’s tested for extreme endurance. A watch from the brand that makes the famous Swiss Army knives will also feel appropriate.

      Diameter: 43mm

      Movement: Sellita SW200 automatic

      Water resistance: 200m

        Garmin Instinct 2S Solar

        If your sport is something like camping, hiking, kayaking, or biking, a Garmin watch can serve a lot more purpose than just telling the time. A company founded on GPS technology, it puts an incredible amount of important maps and other information right on your wrist. Garmin watches like the Instinct 2S Solar are what many outdoor enthusiasts and adventure athletes rely on.

        Diameter: 40mm, 45mm

        Movement: Smart watch

        Water resistance: 100m

          For the gym

          Want to track your heart rate? These smartwatches can do that and more.

          apple watch

          The Apple Watch remains pretty much the ultimate fitness tool for your wrist. If you didn’t already know, it’s equipped with a huge range of sensors and features, all integrated to provide a smooth and intuitive user experience. No matter what kind of sport or activity you do, in the gym or elsewhere, the Apple Watch is one of the best choices – and that makes the smartwatch a true sports watch.

          Length: 41mm, 45mm

          Movement: AppleiOS

          Water resistance: 50m

            TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4

            TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4

            Maybe you’re not an Apple adopter. And maybe you don’t want to bother with a lot of plastic-coated smartwatches and Android-powered gadgets. In this case, TAG Heuer, a historic Swiss watchmaker, offers an elevated experience. With the same type of case that houses the mechanical movements of the brand’s Carrera collection, TAG Heuer’s smartwatch offers a luxury experience and specific applications for a range of activities.

            Diameter: 42mm

            Movement: Caliber E4

            Water resistance: 50m

              For the racetrack or the cockpit?

              Even if you are not an F1 driver or a pilot, you can enjoy a racing chronograph or a pilot’s watch.

              TAG Heuer Monaco

              Many chronograph watches have been designed to time motorsports, but one of the most famous is the Monaco. His quirky, sporty character led to an on-screen legacy, appearing on the wrist of Steve McQueen as he played race car drivers as well as fictional anti-hero Walter White on the show. breaking Bad.

              Diameter: 39mm

              Movement: Sellita SW300-1 automatic (modified) with Dubois-Depraz chronograph module

              Water resistance: 100m

                Fortis Flieger F-39 Automatic

                Fortis Flieger F-39 Automatic



                The Fortis version of the classic style of the Flieger pilot’s watch has a decidedly modern look. Designed for readability and sometimes even calculation, pilot’s watches are sports watches by nature, but the steel 12-hour bezel and orange highlights make the F-39 even sportier. It comes in a few different variants and sizesbut we like the simple automatic version in a handheld 39mm.

                Diameter: 39mm

                Movement: Sellita SW-200 automatic

                Water resistance: 200m

                  For the office

                  Yes, sports watches also belong here.

                  Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight

                  black bay fifty eight

                  You sleep


                  Diving watches like the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight have a lot of merit for sports and diving, but you know what? They’re also handsome as hell and perfectly suited for business situations, unless anything really formal. Call it a “desk diver” if you will, but it’s a sporty watch that will hold its own in almost any situation – and you’ll want to keep wearing it on weekends.

                  Diameter: 39mm

                  Movement: Tudor MT5402 automatic, COSC certified

                  Water resistance: 200m

                    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Flat

                    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak



                    While the sports watches above are designed for a specific activity like diving or flying, the Royal Oak is unusual in that it is simply a “sports watch”. That’s because its design is “sporty” rather than having a specific purpose or 50m+ water resistance. If you want a sports watch for the office, this is a serious flex.

                    Diameter: 39mm


                    Water resistance: 50m

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