Top 50 Best Outdoor Jobs For Outdoorsmen – Careers Outside Of The Office
The confines of the office aren’t for everyone; in fact, most would argue that man wasn’t meant to be indoors all day, bound to a desk, under the harsh glare of fluorescent lighting and constant drone of a supervisor.
For that reason, many seek professions that allow them to retreat outdoors and back into the moving world.
And, surprisingly enough, many of those professions pay extremely well, if not better than the standard office salary.
Working outdoors keeps you fit and in a much healthier, clearer state of mind. The sun on your face and fresh air in your lungs can work miracles on the body and psyche. The question still lingers: what outdoor job is right for you?
Landscaper, construction worker, forest ranger, archaeologist, landscape architect, environmental scientist, regional or urban planner, marine biologist–these are just a handful of potential professions that will keep you largely outdoors and in your true element. These outdoor jobs also contribute to the preservation and protection of the environment, encouraging you to utilize a number of tools and talents to provide a worthwhile service you can go home at the end of the day feeling genuinely good about.
Among the trees or fathoms under the sea, fighting fires or sculpting landscapes, the best outdoor jobs likewise bring out the best in you. They are the jobs in which your skills and assets are not only met with proper gratitude and respect, but produce results that are sure to last beyond the next generation.
There is a growing demand for men who know about growing (try saying that 10 times fast!). Agronomists research crop and seed specifics, finding new ways of growing more food with less resources.
As befitting a job related to plants, there is, of course, room for growth as an agronomist. A few more specialized areas are field sales, technical sales, soil scientist, and research analysis. An agronomist earns an average salary of $50,406 per year.
2. Arborist Climber
Monkeying around can get you into trouble in other occupations, but for the arborist and the climbing instructor, it’s a requirement of the job. Arborists maintain the health of trees, often climbing up into them to make assessments, and the climbing instructor teaches hopeful adventurers to cling to and climb rocks for fun. Arborists and climbing instructors average $35,500 yearly, plus all the bananas they can eat. OK, not really, but it would be nice!
Why should Indiana Jones have all the fun? Duties of an archeologist include extensive researching, surveying of dig sites, site excavation, and the processing and plus analysis of rare, ancient artifacts.
You won’t be running from giant boulders or dodging booby traps, but uncovering the secrets of human history can be extremely mentally stimulating. The average pay for an archeologist is $58,010 a year, and a sense of personal accomplishment in the name of humanity.
4. Race Manager
Sponsorships! Swag galore! Sweat! No, really– lots of sweat! You’re looking at the sweet (and sometimes difficult) life of a marathon racing director. Race directors organize the event, secure sponsorship deals, and make sure the volunteer staff gives the race applicants what they need to succeed.
If the running game is your game, consider the job of a race director. Race directors sometimes pull in $41,768 per year (not counting all that sweat and swag).
5. Backpacking Guide
Leading nature-thirsty backpackers as a hiking guide is a challenging but intellectually and physically stimulating occupation. Sleep out under the stars whenever the will takes you.
Though classes can be helpful, no certification is really required. All you need is love and knowledge of nature, good strong legs, an even stronger back, and a great sense of direction. And the ability to watch for bears. A hiking guide can make a strident $60,263 per year.
When the steady drone and hum of modern life begins to get you down, consider taking an outdoor job as a beekeeper.
You’ll be buzzing with the thrill of anticipation in no time as you cultivate delicious and useful goods like honey and beeswax. Plus, things you learn while caretaking for bees are of scientific interest to the many fields of botanical and zoological science. The successful beekeeper can earn an average of $70,110 annually. Sweet!
These down to earth scientists explore wildlands and research plants, documenting and preserving different species. As a botanist, you’ll study the effects of humanity on the plant life of any given environment. Though some lab time is required, your favorite “office” will essentially be outdoors.
Plant your feet and get ready for this: a botanist can make an average of $79,390 per year for working with flowers and other plants. That’s nothing to sneeze at!
8. Camp Counselor
A hearty love for children and adults is a must in this sometimes athletic creative job. Your duty is to direct and supervise kids, but your duty is also to have fun!
Making camp enjoyable for young people can make your experience at the camp equally rewarding. Waking up every day to games, hiking, crafts, and sometimes even swimming, makes this a dream job for young at heart. A camp counselor earns around $23,870 yearly.
Oh, the places you’ll go as a cartographer! A cartographer is a mapmaker. When collecting and verifying information, it’s not uncommon for a cartographer to travel to far off places for the job. Imagine amazing, overlooked cities and towns out there just waiting to be put on the map. Journey far, and enjoy yourself! Drinks on the beach are optional. We’ve plotted the course and found that a cartographers can draw in $55,530 per year.
10. Commercial Fisherman
Commercial fisherman get to enjoy clean, salty air of the ocean on a regular basis. If things go swimmingly they can pull in hundreds of pounds of fish and other seafood every day.
Being on a boat and battling creatures from the depths for the right to call them dinner can be dangerous, but that’s all part of the thrill and draw of the job. A high-yielding commercial fisherman can reel in about $29,660 annually.
11. Environmental Engineer
Without environmental engineers garbage dumps and pollution might pile up like great grey glaciers… perhaps more like toxic sludge.
These champion supporters of sanitation help keep the air fit to breathe and our water safe to drink. Matters of pollution and waste disposal are like intricate, engaging puzzles to mind of the environmental engineer, and he derives a marvelous satisfaction in cracking the mysteries. Environmental engineers have been known to mop up about $62,716 annually.
This is the perfect outdoor occupation for the man who has a strong commitment to the protection and preservation of the valuable natural resources on our planet!
Also known as sustainability managing, this job requires you carry out environmental audits and assessments, resolve environmental problems and make certain that essential changes are carried out in regards to publicly owned greenspaces. The average yearly salary for an Environmental Manager is $68,910 per year.
Imagine raising food to be enjoyed by everyone! Farmers hold a special place in the hearts of most societies, and for good reason: they provide us with food and nourishment through their labors.
Farmers keep societies alive and running. Though not easy, farming makes for a very valuable and rewarding job. It requires a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn about new and interesting technologies. A farmer’s average salary is about $70,110 per year.
If you’ve got great people skills and love nature, this is the job for you! Foresters manage public wilderness areas such as parks and other natural assets. They assist both local and federal government institutions with efforts to protect the land against erosion. They also work with private landowners such as ranchers and farmers, helping them to implement new methods to prevent environmental damage. The average pay for a conservation scientist can be between $40,000-$60,000.
15. Surfing Instructor
Beautiful, sun-swept beaches are always packed with other enthusiasts eager to enjoy the waves. Morph your passion for surfing into your dream job by becoming a surf instructor.
You’ll need a surf instructor qualification from a surf school. Grab your swim trunks and give your life a 180 degree turn while learning to “turn a 360” on your board. Akaw! (That means “awesome!” in surfer speak.) A surf instructor gets paid around $61,000 per year.
Do you ever wonder what lies at the core of the earth? You might find that being a geoscientist rocks!
A geoscientist’s job is to explore the earth’s past, present, and future by observing the physical components of it. A geoscientist’s objective is to determine just how the earth’s seismic processes, composition, and other attributes interact to make the planet what it is. Geoscienitsts make between $92,000 and $117,300 per year, depending on college degree.
17. Habitat Specialist
Uninspired backgrounds in zoos don’t stand a chance against a habitat specialist on a mission. Combine your love of art, construction, and animals by creating a habitat that will make homesick penguins feel as happy as the day they were born. Make hyenas giddy with joy by putting together natural looking sleep and mating spaces just like mama hyena used to make. Habitat specialists earn an average wage of $64,180 per year plus bragging rights.
18. Hunting Guide
Hunting guides provide a valuable service to beginning hunters. Acquiring a guide’s wealth of knowledge and animal movements can seem daunting at first, but gaining experience in the field through a skilled guide will help build the confidence you’ll need to eventually become a celebrated hunting guide yourself. Researching basic facts of your local plants and animals will whet your appetite for learning more. A hunting guide earns an average yearly salary of around $36,000.
19. Dog Walker
Has your work life gone to the dogs? Well, this one is for the dogs– and the people who love them! Fido and friends can shake up your routine and remind you to enjoy life.
Enjoy the dog days of summer by taking long walks through your town. The yearly pay is only $24,000 but for a chance to spend the day with happy, living balls of fur, it’s nothing to shake a stick at.
20. Landscape Architect / Irrigation / Urban Planner
These three jobs are closely related and even overlap in some areas, as they each require a keen eye and a well-balanced sense of style. There is a fine artistry involved in choosing the right plants and statuary needed to create a relaxing outdoor oasis. The right landscaping makes an otherwise dreary setting visually appealing. The annual salary for a landscape architect is $56,738; an Irrigation Technician’s is $25,030; and an Urban planner’s is $63,929.
One of the joys of summer is the opportunity to go swimming in cool water, and to hang out by the waterfront. What better job for a swimming enthusiast than that of a lifeguard? Besides soaking up sunshine, a lifeguard’s primary mission is to save lives by monitoring the pool area, endorsing safety rules, and rescuing swimmers from things like riptides and the deep end of the pool. A lifeguard’s annual pay averages about $119,000.
A love of heights is a must for this above-ground occupation. For a job with a bright future and the spark excitement, try looking into becoming a lineman.
The task of a lineman is to serve as a trained electrician installing, maintaining, and repairing public power lines. From the customer’s electric meter to the power plant, linemen do it all. They can earn a shocking $74,265 yearly for their finely honed skills and electric personalities.
Long considered one of the most masculine of occupations, the job of lumberjack has a rich legacy dating back to the birth of this nation. It’s a tough job, beginning early in the morning and ending a bit before sundown, but think of all the muscles you’ll gain!
Plus, there are even competitive “loggersports” to show off your skills and learn a bit of the history. Lumberjacks rake in around $37,560 on a yearly basis.
24. Marine Biologist
A marine biologist studies aquatic animals large and small. You have many options in this occupation, but the most fun for an outdoorsman would be out in the field– or in this case, the sea!
One of the perks is that the job often requires travel, so it’s a good way to see the beaches and docks you’ve always dreamed of visiting. The salary of a marine biologist typically ranges between $39,700 and $124,680 annually.
Catalogue the treasures of the earth! Heat up stones to produce new mineral configurations! Impress your loved ones when they learn that you get to touch rubies and diamonds every day (OK, really just on some days). Lifelong rockhounds will get intensive pleasure out of the job of being a mineralogist. It’s lab science, exploration, and treasure hunting all rolled into one. The average annual wage for mineralogists is a stone cold $90,890 per year.
26. Nursery Manager
The complete care and feeding of young plants is the calling of the nursery manager. This is perfect for those with an unstoppable green thumb– better if that green extends to all ten fingers!
A sensitivity to the scheduling of growing times and the use of gardening equipment is a must, but fear not. In this occupation, opportunities to learn grow like apples on trees. A nursery manager nurtures an average income of $45,007 yearly.
27. Outdoor Archery And Shooting Range / Training Instructor
Help new students get a straight shot to better marksmanship as an outdoor archery or shooting range instructor. Owning the place gives plenty of sweet perks as well, such as meeting plenty of new people who share your interest in marksmanship, plus access to the range for free. An outdoor archery instructor can hit $32,122 as an average salary for the year, and a shooting range instructor can bump up to $66,231 or more annually.
Go with the flow when you dive into deep sea expeditions to study marine ecosystems. Explore the underwater geological formations associated with plate tectonics and discover the secret lives of the sea creatures who live there. Oceanographers are also concerned about the effects of pollution on the sea and its inhabitants, so they dedicate their lives to going deep on the subject of ocean conservation. Oceanographers get paid a whale of a salary: $97,700 annually!
29. Park Forest Ranger
The smell of bark, the sound of the wind in the trees, the crunch of dried leaves underfoot, and the rattle of a bush as woodland creatures scurry out of sight… these are some of the best moments in the daily life of the park ranger. The other duties of a ranger include making sure that rules and regulations are followed in the area, correcting fire hazards, and maintaining campgrounds. Average pay is $37,382 annually.
Photographers are skilled and creative technicians who work at taking beautiful and artistic photographs with professional quality camera equipment. They use natural and artificial lighting to create works that tell a good story or preserve a special event. It’s more than just pointing and clicking a camera– you need to have great people skills, too, in order to put live photo subjects at their ease. Professional photographers can earn between $20,270 and $65,510 a year.
31. Writer / Journalist
Extra, extra, write all about it! Now’s the time to finally relax under a tree and give life to that novel you’ve always been saying you’re going to write. Or maybe you’d rather be out on the streets, getting the scoop on the latest news. A bestselling author virtually prints his own money, making $50,837 per year with technical writers earning only slightly more. Journalists and travel magazine owners can earn between $43,640 and $53,500.
32. Railroad Track Maintenance Technician
Got the feeling that your old job is dragging you backwards? Get your caboose on the right track by becoming a railroad track maintenance technician. This technician regulates the performance and safety of the nation’s railways including the bridges and crossing signals. Inspections of tunnels and viaducts to ensure they are up to code and free of debris. A job as a railroad track maintenance technician is your ticket to a year’s earnings averaging $30,544.
The pounding of blood in your ears, the thrill of the chase… these are the wild and woolly moments in the life of an animal wrangler. Animal wranglers are a huge aid to ranchers in that they have experience in rounding up stray livestock. But wrangling isn’t just for ranch work; animal wranglers also transport and oversee animals for film and television studios. Professional animal wranglers can make a swagger-inducing salary of $66,360 each year.
34. Restoration Ecologist
Help to make the world a better place by deciding to become a restoration ecologist. These scientists extensively study the methods and tools needed to repair damaged ecosystems.
Derived from years of research and insight, restoration ecologists determine the right treatments to make habitats and community wildspaces safe and whole again. It’s a job that helps humanity flourish while leaving nature as it was found. A restoration ecologist earns between $56,000 and 484,000 each year.
35. River Rafting Guide
Wouldn’t be great if you could raft full time? The light, frothy spray of water all around you glistening in the clear mountain air… River rafting guides only average about $29,257 per year, but don’t let that stop you.
First, there’s the money you’ll save by not having to pay a guide yourself. Then there’s the pure enjoyment to be had in mastering one of nature’s most difficult elements; it will be remarkably spiritually nourishing.
36. Skiing And Snowboarding Instructor / Patroller
You may have to pass an instructional course or two, but the time spent out in the powdery white wonderland will be worth it! Winters are obvious times for the job, but there are mountains resorts that have snow during other months. If you like, you can follow the snow from season to season, traveling to areas that have snow while others don’t. Ski/Snowboard instructors and snow patrollers receive between $19,040 and $20,890 per year.
37. Skydiving Instructor
Give your life a rush of adrenaline from sunrise to sunset as a skydiving instructor. Besides teaching the basics of skydiving, an instructor makes sure all safety protocols are followed and parachutes are in working order. Drop by the nearest skydiving school or website to learn how to give this dream flight. And the pay isn’t bad, either; many people jump at the chance to earn between $18,000 and $30,000 yearly, getting high on exhilaration.
38. Soil Scientist
Who does a farmer call when his soil is tainted? A soil scientist, of course. Let’s talk dirty about one of the specialized fields under the umbrella of agronomy. Soil scientists know that when it comes to toxins in agricultural production, human health and ecological stability is at stake. It’s not all doom and gloom, though.
These scientists also help determine general plant nutrition. Soil scientists make around $69,052 yearly for being dirt digging superheroes.
39. Sponsored Professional Athlete
Do you like sports? How about moderate sports? How about EXTREME sports? Well, what can be more extreme than getting paid millions for something fun that you do in your spare time anyway? You’ve got to be in top shape, but finding time to work out is easy when you’ve got millions of dollars taking care of expenses. Across the different athletic professions, most sponsored athletes make between $3.2 million and $0.16 million. That’s EXTREME!
40. Sports Coach
Some guys enjoy coaching for adult teams, but some go for the equally worthwhile endeavor of teaching impressionable young minds. What athletic person can deny the thought of spending afternoons and weekends getting plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise? Also, teamwork and good sportsmanship are the hallmarks of good coaching, imparting to players the important social lessons they will carry into adulthood. Most sports coaches can pull in about $40,050 per year on average.
41. Trail Builder
Do you love to travel to gorgeous wild hiking areas around the country? A job as a trail builder may be the escape you’re been seeking. Trail builders are responsible for building and maintaining trails, which means potentially a lot of off-track hiking for the adventurous man.
The Professional Trail Builders Association sometimes lists jobs paying between $250 to $500 a week and often include housing and meals. Yearly pay averages between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.
42. Turf Manager
If your current occupation has got you on the edge of refusing to “play ball”, make a run for it! Start your winning streak with a job as a sports turf manager. Outdoor activity playing fields are often in need of levelheaded and engaging management. Duties of this occupation include administrative tasks, supervising the groundskeeper’s maintenance of the property, and monitoring the general landscaping. Turf managers tend to score an average salary of $89,189 annually.
43. Vineyard Manager
Taste of the grapes from the vine of the good life as a vineyard manager. The manager handles all operations of a vineyard from the growing of the grapes to handing out the paychecks. But don’t let the description fool you– there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had outside in the vineyard itself. Warm sunshine and the earthy scent of growing plants is intoxicating. The average vineyard manager draws a heady and robust $57,400 yearly.
Volcanologists study volcanic activity. This job is a subset of the occupation of geologist only a little more dangerous and a lot like what could be called a seismic detective. You’ll never want for heat in your exhilarating journeys as a volcanologist– at least, not when you’re near the volcano openings! Don’t your blow your top, but working as a volcanologist and making around $90,890 per year makes travel and luxury obtainable for an outdoorsman.
45. Demolition Manager
Have a blast destroying your reservations about finding work you actually enjoy. If that mischievous little boy who loved to make things go boom still lives somewhere inside of you, this is the job he’s been waiting for! There are always derelict buildings that need to come down– and come down they will, in a spectacular burst of rubble and dust. A yearly salary of $71,641 will send shockwaves through the doldrums of your life.
46. Wilderness Instructor
As a wilderness instructor, you would be preserving the legacy of providing emergency services in wilderness areas. This legacy started with organizations like St. John Ambulance, which was all volunteer. You’ll need to take a few courses, but once you’re out in the field– and we do mean actual fields– the satisfaction of helping to save lives has no equal. It’s not unusual for a wilderness instructor to pull in an annual salary of $31,980.
47. Wildland Firefighter
Bored with your desk job? Do you crave a touch of danger in your day-to-day routine? Consider becoming a wildland firefighter. Camaraderie is the name of the game in this smoking hot and exciting job.
There are both seasonal and year-round opportunities in fire prevention and combat, so you need never be away from the rewarding and heroic job unless you choose to be. The median annual pay rate for a wildland firefighter is $48,440.
48. Wind Turbine Technician
Are you mechanically inclined and love the environment? Do you love tinkering with modern machinery and seeing what makes it tick? The main part of the job involves troubleshooting and routine inspections for the turbines which harvest that wonderful natural resource known as wind power. Entering the field of environmentally friendly energy sources is a breeze when you become a wind turbine technician. A median salary starting at $52,260 a year will blow you away.
49. Framer / Mason / Roofer
Activate your craftsman side by becoming a mason, framer, or roofer. Top to bottom, these are the most essential parts of building a new home. Framers provide the solid bones of a house to be built upon by others. Masons handle brick and tile projects inside and out. Roofers work at dizzying heights, but if you’re up for it, the view from above is amazing! Masons average $47,950 per year, framers $31,579, and roofers $37,760.
A surveyor’s job is to determine the boundaries between properties by meticulously taking measurements of land, airspace, and bodies of water. They also measure sites for roadways and areas where a building is to be put in order to establish uniformity of boundaries. The data provided by a surveyor is used for legal documentation of properties. A surveyor can earn an average yearly intake of $52,000 including bonuses and overtime pay, and based on experience.
10 Best Watches For Men Reviewed – 2021 Edition
For those living under a rock, everyone knows that the modern man doesn’t really wear a watch solely to know the time. Instead, it is more about a statement of your class and style. You also probably already know that the good quality watches for men can be found within a variety of price points, so there’s always something for you regardless of your budget.
Gents, since we all know these things, there’s really no point dancing around a preamble. Let’s just cut to the chase and see some of the best watches for men available on the market.
Best Watches for Men
1. Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial
Simple but classy; that’s the easiest way to describe this Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial watch. With only the quarter hour positions marked by diamonds and silver-tone hands, the watch presents a not-too-noisy and straightforward design. Apart from the small brand name, hour, minute, and seconds hand, the only other thing on the face is the calendar – talk about a neat watch!
Rado Centrix is an analog quartz watch, meaning its ticking movement is powered by a battery. This might not be your type of watch if you prefer an automatic or mechanical watch. But its no-frills design coupled with its tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal gives it a certain easy appeal, making it one of the best watches for men who are looking to stand out with something uncomplicated yet trendy.
Rado has automatic watches, though, if that’s your preference. However, they cost a few hundred dollars more than the quartz model.
With only 30 meters of water-resistant rating, the Rado Centrix watch is splash-proof. But a splash-proof watch is not exactly what you’ll wear to the pool.
Getting caught up in occasional rain while wearing your Rado Centrix isn’t going to be a problem; neither will splashes of water have any effect on the watch. But you don’t want to submerge this watch in water. Your investment is better off contacting the smallest amount of water possible.
2. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
This next option is for men with deep pockets. If you intend to splash some serious cash on a timepiece, you might as well take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. It’s not called the “moon watch” for nothing. It has actually been to the moon and back! The Omega Speedmaster is one of the few manual-winding chronograph movement watches that are worn on NASA missions.
The analog watch features a tough sapphire crystal dial window and comes complete with a presentation box that includes a Velcro strap, NATO strap, and strap changing tools.
With a 50-meter water resistance depth, you shouldn’t think of diving with this expensive watch on unless you plan to damage your prized possession!
While you can swim with it, it is best to avoid too much exposure to water and probably take it off. Like other chronograph watches, this one also features a stopwatch function that can be very useful when you need to use a timer. The bottom button at the side of the watch controls the function and can be used to start and stop timing.
Omega watches are not only made famous by NASA astronauts, movie characters like James Bond have also contributed to promoting the brand. If you prefer the version worn by James Bond (after he ditched Rolex in 1995), consider the more popular Omega Seamaster series. This particular Seamaster Planet Ocean is an automatic watch, so you will have to wear it almost daily or move it around for a bit every day. Needless to say, you’ll have to pay top dollar for it.
3. Gucci G -Timeless
Okay, Gucci is renowned as a first-rate fashion label, so it might come as a surprise to see the brand listed among watchmakers. First, buying a watch from a well-established fashion brand means you are paying extra for the designer label. And secondly, you might not get certain features found in other watches within the same price range.
However, Gucci is not just an authority in the clothing world. The company has gone ahead to also make a name for itself in the watch market and is even a leading brand in watchmaking. And the icing on the cake? Gucci watches are made in, you guessed it, Switzerland – giving the watchmaking section of the brand more class.
Most Gucci watch designs are strikingly unconventional as far as traditional watchmaking goes. The result? Gucci produces some of the best watches for men who prefer donning chic styles instead of the more common traditional designs.
So, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, consider a Gucci watch. This G-Timeless model is from the Timeless collection. It comes with a mineral crystal face and quartz movement. Although it is a water-resistant watch, it is best suited for swimming in shallow waters.
The watch is battery operated. That means you might need to replace it, depending on how long it has stayed on the shelf. An automatic movement would have been desirable, but Gucci watches with that feature costs almost as twice as this one.
4. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 5 Automatic Watch
This might not be the most expensive watch on this list, but it certainly is really tricky knowing exactly where to begin to describe this TAG Heuer Watch.
TAG Heuer is a leading name in watchmaking. First, it is a Swiss brand. Secondly, the company has continued to win multiple prestigious awards. And thirdly, you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to own one of their watches, although they don’t come cheap. Is there any wonder why one of their timepieces is included in the list of best watches for men?
This automatic TAG Heuer watch comes with a tough sapphire crystal glass that won’t scratch easily. The glass face houses a striking grey dial that is difficult to miss even in the dark, thanks to the rhodium-plated indexes coated in white Superluminova and the sleek steel hands. And just in case you didn’t catch that, it simply means the hands and markers glow in the dark.
The watch is powered by Caliber 5 mechanical movement with a backup power that can last up to 38 hours. It also comes with a fast date correction feature. As far as water resistance goes, you don’t have to take it off if you want to go for water skiing or any other serious surface water sports. In fact, it is safe for professional marine activities, too. But with only 200 meters water-resistant rating, you definitely shouldn’t be using this watch for scuba diving.
Seems like the Formula 1 collection is a combination of high-quality and bells and whistles, right? Well, it might be difficult to find fault with a watch that is designed with incredible Swiss-made technology. But here’s something to keep in mind, though; 43 mm isn’t exactly small, so the watch might look awkward on you if you have a small hand. You don’t want people thinking you got an oversized birthday present!
But that’s not something to split hairs too much about because you can opt for the 41 mm stainless steel version if you’re bent on owning a watch from the Formula 1 collection of TAG Heuer. It is also an automatic watch, so there’s no need for a battery.
5. Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch is proof that you can get the best watches for men even if you’re not a CEO just yet. A high-quality Swiss watch, an automatic watch, and a synthetic sapphire glass are all wrapped into this very affordable timepiece! Quality and affordability don’t get any better than this Tissot Le Locle watch.
This watch is made from stainless steel and has a silver metal bracelet. The watch has a black dial and comes with a date function. You won’t be changing batteries since it is an automatic watch, but you’ll need to wear it or move it daily. It is a water-resistant watch with a 30-meter rating. Apart from the occasional splash of water from the sink, it is best to avoid getting this watch wet.
6. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM watch is the first watch on this list with a leather strap. Pay no attention to the “bell” in the name; there’s no bell and whistles with this watch, just a straightforward square watch with the traditional hours, minutes, and seconds hands with a date feature.
This watch has its origin in aviation and is perfect for gents who prefer simplicity and a square-shaped watch. But just because it is a simple watch doesn’t mean it is made from low-quality materials. This watch features a hard-wearing leather strap that is as tough as they come. The face is a rugged scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch comes with a screwed-down crown.
All the hands are luminous, so you don’t have to squint to see what time is it, even in the dark. It is a water-resistant watch rated at 100 meters. So, it is perfect for swimming and some other water sports. However, I wouldn’t take it for diving. And the best part? It has an automatic movement. So, while this watch might not have the usual extra attractive trimmings, it sure packs quite a bit of functionality.
7. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Here’s another leather strap watch that qualifies to be on this list of best watches for men. Why? You’ll know just in a bit. But first, let’s start with the one thing that is less appealing about the watch. The Horological Smartwatch from Frederique Constant is a Swiss quartz watch, meaning it is powered by a battery. Most watch nerds would prefer an automatic or mechanical watch, but this quartz watch comes with a battery that can last for more than 2years, so you won’t be changing the battery anytime soon.
Okay, now that we’ve gone past that hitch, let’s see what makes this watch outstanding. This elegant-looking timepiece is not called a smartwatch for nothing. It combines a lot of useful functions that hardly reflect on the price tag. This is the perfect watch if you are interested in getting a timepiece that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
The Smartwatch can track your athletic activities, including the number of daily steps, the total distance covered, and the total calories burned. You can even set the alarm to remind you to move if you haven’t done so for a certain period. And you can wear it to sleep or place it under your pillow to monitor and record your sleep. What are the details it records during sleep? It monitors how much time you spent in light sleep, deep sleep, and how much time you spent awake.
Okay, enough about activity tracking. Let’s get to the real reason this watch is called a smartwatch. It is built to automatically pick up the current time from your Smartphone, so you don’t ever need to set the time and date, even when you travel across time zones. Plus, all your data can be backed up to the cloud, making it easy to restore it in case you ever lose your phone or watch.
It comes with a locked crown, a push button, and a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal face. It has a water-resistant rating of 50 meters, making it safe to use even when you sweat profusely or wash your hand in the sink. Just don’t go swimming with this watch as you might lose your investment.
8. Breitling Navitimer GMT
Did I say the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was for those with deep pockets? Well, you might need to dig really deep into those pockets if you want to buy a Breitling Navitimer GMT. This is the most expensive watch on this list, but its price is not just what makes it one of the best watches for men; it’s its superior and outstanding quality. In fact, you can use the words “quality” and “Breitling” interchangeably as far as watches go (that’s my opinion, anyway!)
Usually, I should save the best for last, but as you’ll have noticed, I didn’t follow any particular order in listing these watches. The Breitling Navitimer GMT watch is an amazing timepiece, whether it appears at the top, bottom, or anywhere on any list.
There’s hardly anything a quality luxury watch should have that is lacking in this powerful timepiece. But that’s not surprising considering it is Swiss made. It has an automatic movement, rugged anti-scratch sapphire crystal glass, chronograph, and a bidirectional bezel function.
You simply can’t go wrong with this watch. It is an excellent investment for those who can afford it. And to set your mind at ease, the product comes with a solid 6-year warranty.
The last two watches on this list are great choices if you’re thinking budget. But just because you are living on a shoestring doesn’t mean you can’t find good quality watches. In fact, you can find some of the best watches for men under $500 here.
9. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Need an affordable hybrid timepiece dubbed “the most accurate watch in the world?” A smart choice would be the Eco-Drive Chronograph from Citizen.
It’s rare to find a quartz watch that combines super accuracy with not needing a battery. Heck, even high-end chronograph watches tend to go out of sync with time.
This Eco-Drive chronometer timepiece is powered by light – just about any light! The watch face has a small solar panel that traps light, so there’s absolutely no need for a battery, ever! The watch also has an “Atomic Timekeeping” feature, making sure it never goes out of sync.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch is made in Japan. And just before you raise an eyebrow because it’s not from the watchmaking capital of the world – Switzerland – rest assured that Japan also manufactures some of the best watches for men and women alike.
The watch has a superb quality build; it doesn’t scratch easily because it has a very tough protective sapphire crystal on the glass window lens (that’s the transparent part of the watch’s face). And with up to 200-meter water resistance rating, swimming and diving with the watch should be safe.
Here’s a clever and interesting feature. The watch saves energy by not moving all the hands when it is covered in a dark place for a while (under your sleeve, in a drawer, etc.) As soon as you bring it to light, you can visibly see how the seconds hand zoom by to catch up with the current time.
This might not be the best watch for you if you are looking for something with less “noise” on the face. Some people might find the face a bit too crowded. If you want a watch sleek design and a less cramped face, perhaps an unconventional watch like those from Gucci might suit you.
It might not be the most expensive quartz in the world, but it certainly is a great watch for its price. With a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from 605 customer reviews on Amazon and a solid 5-year manufacturer warranty, this is not a bad quartz watch at all.
10. Seiko Automatic Watch
This analog Seiko Automatic Watch is the least expensive on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable. In fact, it is style pretty much like a Rolex Submariner, one of the best watches for men when it comes to taking a deep dive.
Like the previous Citizen watch, this one too is manufactured in Japan. Seiko is not new to the watchmaking business and has established itself as a company that produces high-quality and accurate timepieces.
This particular watch is built with a crystal made from mineral. While that is good, it is not quite as durable and robust as sapphire, but hey, if it’s built as high-quality as other luxury watches, it won’t be very affordable, right?
The auto watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters. Meaning, it is great for swimming in a pool, but it might not be okay for diving. You definitely don’t want to be wearing this for your underwater exploration during the weekend.
Anyways, you don’t have to hate deep-diving to own this watch. There are other alternatives if diving is top on your weekend to-do list. The Seiko auto watch is simply not designed for such activities. And by the way, why is it called an automatic watch? Because it works by your movement. Instead of relying on batteries, it only works when you use it. This is perhaps one of the few cheap watches with such a feature.
While an automatic movement is generally a plus, it could also be a problem if you don’t use the watch for a couple of days. You may not lose your investment because you didn’t wear your Seiko 5 model for an entire day, but you may need to restart the watch manually. To do that, you need to turn the crown on the side of the watch a couple of times – about 10 to 15 times clockwise.
In Seiko’s defense, though, this is not peculiar to this watch. All automatic watches are designed that way. So if you can get past the fact that you might need to use this watch almost daily, then it could be the perfect watch for you.
What Makes a Quality Watch?
Big names are good; in fact, they are great. But watches are not just about Omega, Rolex, and TAG. Great watches are not found in Switzerland only. So, what exactly makes a watch great? Here are some important criteria to note.
Watch movement refers to the mechanism a watch uses to work. There are three types of watch movements, namely, quartz, mechanical, and automatic movements.
A watch with a quartz movement often uses a battery and is generally cheaper than a watch with mechanical or automatic movement. Mechanical watches require periodic winding to keep them functional. And automatic watches need to be worn or moved daily.
With quartz watches, you get ticking motion of the seconds-hand while mechanical and automatic watches have a sweeping or smooth seconds-hand motion. You can find good-quality watches with quartz movement, but in most cases, luxury watches have mechanical or automatic movements.
Watch Case Material
It doesn’t matter the mechanism of a watch – whether it ticks or sweeps – if the material used in building the case is poor, no one would be attracted to it in the first place. So, first things first, a watch case should provide aesthetics. But beyond that, it has to be durable to offer any form of protection. Good quality watches should have cases made from titanium, ceramic, or at least stainless steel.
The Glass on the Face
The glass on watch faces are called crystals and are made from different materials. Protecting the watch from dirt, water, and other potentially destructive materials might seem like an easy thing to do, but it is not. For this reason, the best watches for men need to have crystals made from tough and durable materials.
The three major materials are sapphire, acrylic, and mineral. Sapphire crystals are second only to diamonds in toughness, making them a more scratch-resistant and expensive. Acrylic faces or crystals are mostly found on cheaper watches. Personally, I don’t recommend buying any watch with this type of crystal because it scratches easily. Besides, it is mostly found in children’s watches.
Mineral crystals are simply glasses treated with chemicals or heat to improve their shatter and scratch resistance. They are not as durable as sapphire but are great choices if you are on a budget.
The weight of a metal strap will tell you whether it is made from solid material or not. Stainless steel, platinum, and gold are some of the best options for metal watch straps. A low-quality watch will have hollow stainless steel in its straps.
You can also find good quality watches with leather straps. The straps are made from durable leather. For example, this expensive Hublot Rose Gold watch comes with a leather strap.
Whether you choose a metal or leather strap watch is a matter of personal preference. One is not better than the other. Although, some people tend to think that metal strap watches should be worn at work during the day, while leather strap watches should be for more casual outings in the evenings or nights. Of course, that’s just an opinion. You can choose to do whatever suits you best.
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Complications don’t sound like a good thing but trust me; it is all good as far as quality watches go. Complications refer to a watch’s extra features besides telling the time.
A good-quality watch should have at least a date feature, you know, just to keep you up to date. Other useful features include a chronograph (stopwatch for timing yourself), a backlight, and many others.
Keep in mind, though, plenty of complications don’t exactly mean a watch is first-rate. There are many luxury and quality watches with minimal complications.
Which country makes the best watches for men? Or which country makes the best watches of any kind for that matter? The answer to this is highly subjective. However, there seems to be a consensus about three watchmaking countries. These are Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, with Switzerland being the undisputed champions.
Brands such as Omega, Tissot, Rolex, Tag, Breitling, and other luxury brands are made in Switzerland. But you can’t ignore other Japanese watchmaking giants such as Seiko and Citizen. These brands also compete favorably with many Swiss watches. German brands such as the A. Lange & Sohne is not left out too. In fact, they produce some of the most expensive and high-quality watches available.
Water Resistance Rating
Lastly, a quality watch should have a fair water resistance rating or a high rating if it is a diving watch. But here’s the thing, water-resistance ratings are usually confusing, especially if you take them literally. For example, it is easy to assume that a 50-meter water-resistance rating means you can dive down to 50 meters, but that is totally incorrect.
Horologists (that’s a fancy word for watch experts) recommend swimming with a watch only if it has a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters. A rating of 200 meters and upward is okay for diving. However, keep in mind that the water-resistance of a watch degrades over time, so you want to keep older watches out of the water as much as possible.
So, the best watches for men all have high water resistance ratings, right? Wrong! Many high-quality watches are not designed for diving, so they don’t need such high ratings.
There are a plethora of cheap watches with good water-resistance ratings. It depends on what the watch is designed to do. If you want a luxury watch that is built for deep diving, then you should keep an eye on the water-resistance ratings; otherwise, high a rating is not necessarily a sign of a quality watch.
The best watches for men do not necessarily need to have all the criteria listed above. You will notice that some of the watches in our review do not have a few of these features, too, but that doesn’t make them less valuable. It all comes down to what you are looking for in a watch.
Do not let a lean budget stop you from getting a quality timepiece. If you take a few moments to look through this list, you will find good quality watches that don’t cost much. And if you have a few extra bucks to throw around, there are also superb luxury watches to choose from, too.