Sailing Watches (Solar vs. Battery Powered)


Here’s the truth: a lot of sailing enthusiasts insist on using analogue watches that do nothing more than tell the time when there’s a market booming with the latest and greatest sailing-oriented watches just waiting to make life that much easier. Technology has come a long way and the rewards we reap portray themselves in the form of watches that are capable of displaying accurate radio-controlled time, tidal data, biometric pressure, temperature, compass points, and depth and are even compatible with Bluetooth.

We’re real people and understand that not everyone wants a next level watch, which is why we’ve rounded up the best sailing watches out there, and we’ve got a healthy mix here; catering to a wide variety of tastes but ultimately were built for purpose. Check out our top picks for this year’s best nautical watches…

Buying Guide: Sailing Watch Reviews

The Basic Pick:

Casio G-Shock GW M850

Casio is well known for being a top contender in the outdoor gear department, specializing in all things from trekking watches to fancy sports models, their golden performer being the ever popular G-Shock. The M850 is tough as nails and was designed with active boaters in mind. We love that it’s powered by solar energy, but heaven forbid you land up in the arctic during the 30-day night. The G-Shock’s data is kept up to date with the ‘Wave-Ceptor Technology’ so your time will never be out and never will battery power be an issue. Heading into a low-light area? No problem, the M850’s easy-read light will sense it and kick in. The watch is waterproof up to 200 meters and comes with all the timers, bells and whistles you would expect.

The Pros:

· It’s a simple to use watch that’s gimmick free

· You don’t have to rely on batteries to keep it running

· It’s very rich in useful features

· It’s super durable

The Cons:

· It doesn’t have any extra fancy features

The Solid Pick:

Luminox 3051 EVO Navy Seal Colormark

We’ve already told you how great the name is with our Luminox Watch Review and the 3051 EVO Navy Seal is no exception to the rule. If you need a reliable watch that’ll withstand weather and wind over the years, look no further. The design is based around Lumonix’s military theme and with the quartz crystal technology; it keeps time accurately down to the T. The battery is guaranteed to last up to 5 years, so that’s one less thing to worry about. The great Always Visible illumination technology ensures you’ll always be able to read the dial even in low light conditions. With Luminox watches there are no grey areas, you’re either going to love or loathe it.

The Pros:

· It’s made with high quality carbon reinforced plastic

· It’s very durable and rugged

· Sports a tachymeter

· It’s shock resistant and will withstand water up to 660 meters

The Cons:

· It’s a big and bulky watch, so if you have a thin frame, keep on looking for something else

The Budget Pick:

Freestyle Men’s Mariner

Looking at the ridiculously cheap price tag kind of makes you want to look for its shortfalls, but the Freestyle Men’s Mariner really is an amazing watch! For a laughable price you get a watch that was designed by surfers for the rugged watery environment, a water resistance of up to 100 meters, a durable and pliable silicone strap, night vision display, luminous hands, lap memory, tide data, a compass and an altimeter.

The Pros:

· It’s extremely affordable

· It has some amazing features for its price

· It’s made with durable materials

The Cons:

· With the low price tag comes the issue of an overall lifespan not being as long as you need it to be.

The Top-End Pick:

Rolex Deep Sea

If you’ve got the cash to splash, then the Rolex Deep Sea is the best value that money can buy. The watch has uncompromising performance abilities and boasts a 44mm case made from steel and titanium alloy. The watch sports a helium escape valve to make it waterproof up to a whopping 3,900 meters. If that didn’t hook you, we don’t know what will. Sure it’s expensive, but the name comes with a guarantee of a timepiece that can handle a lifetime of use and the ability to retain its great looks. THIS is the piece that you would want to pass on as an heirloom to your grandkids one day!

The Pros:

· It’s an extremely reliable name so you know it’s the best quality

· The Deep Sea has a mind-blowing 3,900 meter waterproof rating

· It’s durable

· It’s a timeless watch that’ll always look the part

The Cons:

· You’re going to have to save up before this baby steps into your field of play

The Best Value Pick:

Suunto Core Alu Deep Black

You may or may not have heard about the Suunto Core watch, which is a great marine watch, but the Suunto Core Alu takes things up a notch with some added style and loads of exclusivity. The features are impressive and include a barometer, tidal data, a compass with semi-automatic calibration and digital bearing, storm alarm and weather trend info. It comes standard with the features found on the previous version like a depth meter, dual time display, a countdown timer, sun rise and setting times for over 400 locations and a digital thermometer. All those features masterfully crammed into a savvy and smart looking sailing watch. There’s not much you won’t love about the Suunto Core Alu Deep Black watch.

The Pros:

· It’s very versatile

· It’s super functional

· It’s easy to use and read

The Cons:

· The water resistance that’s only rated up to 30 meters is a bit disappointing, but then again, this isn’t a diving watch, it’s a sailing watch.


We’ve shown you 5 of the best sailing watches on the market today, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant. Hopefully by now you’re aimed towards purchasing a great marine watch that’ll support you out at sea.

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