I have an admission to make. I almost didn’t write this article. After all, it’s been over three decades since I’ve worn a traditionally and purely digital watch. So what business could I possibly have scouring the Internet to find some of the most beautiful and downright awesome digital watches for men? This is the point at which we delve into a bit of a conundrum as to what defines a digital watch these days.
In addition to my other cadre of analog watches, which I’ve chosen to slap on my wrist for fancy occasions laden with elegant dresses and spit-shined shoes, I’ve almost exclusively worn an Apple Watch for the past four years. And while some may consider that device as a digital watch, after all, it is a digital device with a watch “app,” most horologists think of the Apple device more of as a wrist computer than a traditional timepiece. And of course, there are the hybrids. Part analog, part digital watch. Should these also be included on a list like this?
Finding so many great digital watches for men during my research, I decided not to be too much of a purist. With the exception of the Apple Watch, which is an incredible device of its own, I chose to include some watches that may not be considered purely and only digital.
1. Nixon - Dork Too Watch
Retro-futuristic nerds can utterly rejoice that Nixon decided to make a follow-up to their original Dork watch, the Dork Too! Let’s first talk about the insanely cool looks of this watch. The design and finish, along with the materials chosen for the construction of this digital men’s watch, would place it right at home in any dystopian movie. Perhaps it would be right at home on the wrist of some future astronaut exploring the outer reaches of the solar system.
But in addition to the fact that it comes in four amazing finishes, including the silver version depicted above, there is one unique feature of this watch that stands out as a conversation piece. Whenever you press the button on the front of the watch, the Dork Too will yell the time at you, amongst other things. What sort of things? Well, perhaps you’ll have to buy it to find out.
Rechargable with micro USB port.
Edge-to-edge Crystal display
Functions include time, date, alarm and EL backlight.
Stainless Steel case
Model: Dork Too Watch
Case size: 34 mm
2. Braun - Men's BN0106SLBKG Prestige Digital Watch
Sure, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that the brand known for its gorgeously designed electric shavers, trimmers and stylers is also in the digital watch business. But the brand most closely associated with world-famous industrial designer, Dieter Rams has had a line of clocks and watches for nearly six decades. This modern, and yet decidedly retro-looking digital watch from Braun features a modern LCD screen embedded in a thick stainless steel case with a massive digital crown. With a Swiss quartz digital movement, and a stunning 42mm Bauhaus design case, you can’t go wrong with this Braun watch for men.
Digital men’s watch with chronograph and countdown.
Water resistant to 30 meters.
Rubber band with tang buckle
Model: Men’s BN016SLBKG Prestige Digital Watch
Case Size: 42 mm
3. Casio - Men's Digital Watch - G-Shock White Resin
So prominent and synonymous has the Casio brand become with digital watches over the past few decades that it would be difficult to compile any great list of Men’s digital watches without including at least a few of their models on it. This G-Shock line watch has been around for about nine years now and is manufactured out of a patently survivable white resin case. The face features a gorgeous digital readout set against a black dial with a mirror finish. With plenty of digital features, if you’re looking for an incredibly sturdy, durable and relatively stylish Men’s digital watch in white, this Casio should be a good fit.
Stop-Watch, Auto-Calendar features
Resistant to 200m
Model: DW6900NB-7 G-Shock White
Case size: 50 mm
4. Void - V01 MKII-GO / MG Men's Digital Watch
This stunning digital watch from Void is an absolutely gorgeous piece. I’ve previously featured its decidedly more black sibling in our list of 70 Best Minimalist Watches, but I feel like it once again deserves mention here amongst these other men’s digital watches. The minimalist approach, coupled with the gold metal bracelet strap, makes for a unique look. Sleek, beautiful, and super high quality, the easy to read hour and date display is easily seen at any time of day, and like many of the Void watches has a backlight to help you know the time at night.
Sapphire Crystal glass
LCD display with backlight
Quick release strap
316 Stainless Steel in a Matte Gold finish
5 ATM Water resistance
Model: V01 MKII-GO / MG
Case Size: 36 x 42mm
5. Suunto - Core Men's Outdoor Sports Watch With Altimeter
To veer away for a moment from the more fashion style type of digital watches we’ve featured so far, this time-keeper from Suunto falls more into the outdoor sports category. In fact, if you’re seriously into tackling the outdoors by way of climbing or serious hiking, the Suunto might become your best friend. With a built-in altimeter to track your vertical movement, a compass to point the way, and a barometer to measure air pressure, the Suunto has been designed for your most ambitious of outdoor adventures. Stylish, rugged and informative, it’s one of the outdoor warrior’s best choices for a digital men’s watch.
Compass and Sunrise and Sunset features along with weather alarms
6. SINOBI - Digital Watch for Men S9368G
If you’re particularly rough on your watches and don’t mind something a bit more flashy, you might consider this extremely affordable digital watch from Sinobi. Available in four different colour combinations, the Sinobi provides outstanding value. With good looks and plenty of functionality embedded within such as an LED backlight, stopwatch/chronograph, shock resistance, and a soft silicone rubber band that is practically wear-resistant, you’re getting a lot for your dollar with this watch. Did I mention it’s a hybrid as well? That is, it’s got both analog (the hands) and digital readouts? Bet you didn’t notice that at first.
Chime on every hour (optional)
Dual timezone calendar
Analog – digital dual display can display different times, which is handy for those travelling regularly between two time-zones
3 ATM water-resistant
Model: Digital Watch for Men
Case size: 47 mm
7. Nixon - Unit Stainless Steel Watch
What makes this digital watch from Nixon so different is that it does something with its dial that most watches dare not do. It physically separates it into various components designed to show only one piece of information. Available in three different colour options, including this Silver / Red option, as shown above, the Nixon is described, somewhat oddly, as a “digital freak of nature.” Made of hardened 316 L stainless steel, nearly the entire watch, including the band, is made of the same material. The Unit can show the time, day, date, alarm, chronograph and air temperature in its various subdivided compartments, and it does all that while looking damn good.
316L Stainless steel case
Negative LCD display
3-Link bracelet with double locking clasp
10 ATM Water Resistance
Model: Unit Stainless Steel Watch
Case Size: 44.5mm
8. POLAR - Vantage M - Multisport Digital Watch
I often feel bad for companies like POLAR. Here is a company with a rich heritage of producing some of the most excellent fitness trackers and heart-rate tracking devices for decades. And then comes a scrappy little company from Cupertino and runs over entire industries and puts more than one company out of business by way of introducing the Apple Watch.
That said, many professional athletes still feel that the Apple Watch does not provide the same level of precision when it comes to heart-tracking and overall workout tracking as compared to the watches available from POLAR. The Polar Vantage M, available in many different finishes, is one such watch. An all-in-one GPS multi-sport watch, the Polar Vantage M is an advanced fitness watch packed with a ton of features and good looks to boot!
30-Hour battery life
Running index & running program
Guided breathing exercise function
Always on display
Model: Men’s Fleece Pants Jogger Pant
9. Casio - Vintage Men's A168WG-9EF Gold Stainless Steel Digital Watch
This waterproof digital watch from Casio is a vintage digital watch lover’s dream. The gold-toned finish of this stainless steel watch is reminiscent of what one would wear in the eighties; in fact, that kind of watch was the height of technology back then. What’s great about it also is that for vintage and stylish looks, you’re not paying much. And without any overtly masculine or feminine features, this is a genuinely unisex watch, and could even be considered a great kid’s digital watch also. Filled with more features than you would think, this retro Casio piece is just the type of throwback style you may need to bust out with an equally retro outfit.
Digital dial displays hours, minutes, seconds, am/pm, and day of week and date.
Daily alarm function, digital stopwatch, hourly time signal and calendar.
Digital quartz movement.
Model: Vintage Retro Gold Digital Dial Watch – 168WG9UR
Case sizes: 39 mm
Case thickness: 10 mm
10. Movado - 40mm Connect 2.0 Digital Men's Watch
Powered by Google’s smartwatch operating system, dubbed as Wear OS, this Smartwatch from Movado has got all the things you’re probably looking for in a smartwatch. Available in three stylish finishes and colour combinations, the Movado Connect 2.0 is a 40mm stainless steel case with a ceramic case back and round digital touchscreen. With the Google Assistant on your wrist, heart rate sensor, and tons of other amazing capabilities, this is probably THE digital smartwatch you want on your wrist if you have an Android-based phone and don’t like the look of the square-shaped Apple Watch.
1 ATM Water resistant
All the capabilities of Google’s Wear OS operating system
Gorilla Glass crystal face
24 hours of battery life
Accelerometer, altimeter, heart-rate sensor, microphone, NFC, untethered GPS, ambient light sensor, gyroscope.
Also compatible with iPhones
Model: Connect 2.0
Case size: 40mm
11. Nixon - Re-Run Digital Watch
One of the great things about Nixon watches is that each model almost always comes in a sizeable array of colour and finish variants. The Re-Run digital watch from the aforementioned watchmaker is no exception. As of this writing, the Re-Run comes in seven different finishes, including this all-white option, which I found particularly charming. There’s always been something so remarkable about the look of a white bracelet watch set against the background of someone’s skin that draws immediate attention to it. This watch from Nixon is a definite throwback to the time when only a digital display was the height of watch technology.
Digital calendar, dual time, alarm, backlight, countdown timer.
Stainless steel locking clasp
Model: Re-Run Watch
Case size: 38.5 mm
3 ATM Water Resistant
12. Garmin - Fenix 5X Sapphire
Garmin is another one of those brands that you don’t usually think of when it comes to watch-making, but in recent years, they’ve made a name for themselves in this category of consumer products. The Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire is not a small watch. This model comes in at a whopping 51 mm case size, but that’s because it tries to maximize the real-estate on the dial to show a lot of useful information at once. The watch has also been designed with ruggedness in mind, hence the thick shock-proof stainless steel bezel. And despite all of its ruggedness, this multi-sport digital watch comes with plenty of elegant style.
Stainless steel bezel
GPS with built-in maps
3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter
Training widget and performance stats
LED backlit screen
Model: Fenix 5X Sapphire
Case size: 51 mm
13. Casio - Men's Silver Tone 25 Calculator Watch
You would be readily forgiven for thinking that Casio is the original of the calculator watch. But those of you who were around in the mid-1970s will remember that it was Pulsar (then a brand of the Hamilton Watch Company) that originated the first calculator watches. But of course, it was indeed Casio that popularized the calculator watch and would go on to produce its most famous version of the calculator watch, the Databank watch. The Databank was not only able to perform like a scientific calculator but was also able to store appointments, names, addresses and even phone numbers. Now, believe me, in the early and mid-1980s, that was a huge deal.
Nowadays, Casio is still producing these watches, but not for the same reasons. Now it is entirely for the retro-nostalgia cool factor of the thing. Often worn ironically or to 1980’s themed parties, this rugged stainless steel watch and band with quartz movement is just the right accessory to up your retro game.
Quartz time movement
3 ATM Water Resistant
Model: Men’s Silver Tone 25 Memory Calculator Databank Watch
Case size: 33 mm
14. Hamilton Pulsar Digital Watch
Speaking of Hamiton Watches, here is a remake of the original Hamilton Pulsar watch, which debuted in 1970. This updated men’s digital watch features an astonishing array of aesthetic beauty that you won’t find in many digital watches. The original was worn by style icons such as Jack Nicholson, Joe Frazier, Elton John and Keith Richards. That unmistakable style has been brought back with this Hamilton PSR watch to make a statement. Using a hybrid LCD & OLED display for its primary digital read out, this stainless steel silver watch uses a digital quartz movement and is built like a tank.
Sapphire crystal face
10 ATM Water resistant
Model: American Classic PSR Digital Quartz
Case size: 40.8 x 34.7 mm
15. Bulova - Men's Computron Digital Watch
As you’ve probably noticed, I have a bit of a penchant for digital watches that have a retro look. And while Bulova watches are more known for their sophisticated up-scale designs, this digital watch is a combination of nostalgia and modern elements, which results in the LED Computron watch. While the one pictured above is of the sleek silver-tone stainless steel variety, the watch is also available in a gold-tone finish as well as black stainless steel. But no matter which version of this retro-inspired digital watch you choose, you won’t go wrong. Each version has been thougtfully crafted to exude a particular and distinct retro essence.
3 ATM Water Resistance
Case size: 38mm
16. Fossil - Gen 5 Smartwatch Garrett HR Black Stainless Steel Watch
I have to give Fossil a lot of credit. This Texas-based fashion behemoth saw more quickly what was coming at them as far as the steamroller known as the Apple Watch than most of their competitors. That’s probably why they were one of the first manufacturers to warmly embrace Google’s idea of what a smartwatch operating system should be. The result has been a deep integration between Fossil’s design chops and Google’s software capabilities, ending with products like this Gen 5 Smartwatch. If you’re looking for a relatively cheaper yet still capable alternative to the Apple Watch, this smartwatch from Fossil might be a good choice.
All the features of the Google Wear OS software platform
Activity tracker, heart-rate tracking, interchangeable watch bands.
Model: Gen 5 Smartwatch Garrett HR Black Stainless Steel Watch
Case size: 46 mm
17. Nixon - Newton Digital Watch
Simple. Plastic. Classic. That’s probably the three words that best describe this watch from Nixon. Featuring a custom-injected moulded uni-body with a locking looper and polycarbonate buckle, the positive or negative LCD is much more striking in person. I’ve seen this watch a few times out in the wild, and there’s no question that photos do not do it any justice. With a case size of only 37.5 mm, this is a watch designed to be relatively discrete but will still catch the eyes you want on your wrist.
Positive of negative LCD display
3 ATM Water Resistance
Model: Newton Digital Watch
Case size: 37.5 mm
18. Suunto - Spartan Trainer Digital Wrist Watch
Suunto is a Finnish company that has been specializing in the development of sports watches and instruments for over 80 years. The word “Suunto” in Finnish means ‘direction’. And with this watch, you’ll have plenty of it. Used by adventurers all over the world, the Suunto Spartan Trainer watch is perfect for the athlete and outdoor junkie in you. Whether you swim, cycle, hit the gym, run trails or go hiking on a regular basis under the most grueling conditions, the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR has been designed to track your activity. Available in six different colour combinations, including a stainless steel version, this watch comes with over eighty sport modes installed and provides precise training data and graphs right on your wrist. It also has built-in GPS navigation and, as with any respectable training watch, accurately measures your heart rate.
Battery life up to 10 hours in training mode
GPS tracking with speed, pace and distance
Over 80 sport modes
Model: Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
19. Adidas - Archive_M1 - Men's Digital Watch
This men’s digital watch from German sports apparel and accessory maker Adidas harkens back to 70’s watch design through its retro looks. Available in five different colour combinations, including this gunmetal black combo is an excellent antidote to today’s digital information overload culture. This square-faced watch is made of stainless steel with a very nice looking stainless steel five-link bracelet as the strap. It features a digital display with easy to read digits and backlight for additional readability in dark settings. Simple and clean looking, this watch will surely get lots of compliments sitting on your manly wrist!
Dual-time, stopwatch, calendar functions.
Stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal
Manufactured in 2019
Case size: 36 mm
20. Void - PXR5-PO / RE Digital Men's Wristwatch
The PXR5-PO from Void is a men’s digital watch that has stood the test of time. Considering that a lot of modern watch manufacturer’s simply don’t have watches that remain in their permanent collection, it’s a note of quality and design prowess that this watch was designed back in 2005. Part of the reasoning behind the design of this particular timekeeper is that British designer Michael Young wanted to create a “watch that tells time” but also one that “I want to wear with different clothes.” That’s probably why the simple, yet elegant velcro woven nylon strap is available in ten different colours, including the red pictured above.
What I like most about the PXR5-PO is that the watch case is super unique amongst most digital watch designs and more resembles a cool looking belt buckle.
Time, Date and Backlight functions
316 Stainless steel case
3 ATM water resistance
Brand: VOID Watvhes
Case size: 36 x 45.6 mm
21. Nixon - Base Tide Pro Watch
While this digital men’s watch was designed with precisely one demographic in mind (surfers), don’t let that fool you into thinking this watch can’t be a permanent and stylish fixture on your wrist. The Base Tide Pro Watch from Nixon is pre-programmed with info from over 550 beaches across the globe that are known to be surfing hotspots. But what I love about this polycarbonate-cased digital timepiece is that it comes in a vast variety of colourful case options.
10 ATM Water Resistant
High/low tide time and height as well as sunrise and sunset info
Chronograph timer, three alarms, and backlight.
Display can toggle between tide graph and date.
Model: Base Tide Pro Watch
Case size: 42mm
22. Skagen - Smartwatch HR - Falster
Skagen is one of my favourite watchmakers in the world, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me that they would also jump on the Smartwatch bandwagon to offer at least some viable alternative to the juggernaut of the Apple Watch. The Falster 3 Smartwatch is a beautiful example of what you can do when you marry technology and design in a form that respects traditional watchmaking aesthetics.
Features the lastest version of Google’s Wear OS smartwatch software platform
Stainless Steel case
Full-colour circular display
8GB of onboard storage
3 ATM Water resistant
Model: Smartwatch HR – Flaster 3 X
Case size: 42 mm
23. Timex - Men's Ironman Triathlon 100-Lap Fullsize
For years, for what now seems like a lifetime ago, I wore a Timex Ironman Triathlon watch. It was my constant running companion, and Timex has continued its rich tradition of providing affordable and rugged training watches with battery life (4-5 years) that is hard to beat. I could have chosen almost any of the Ironman Triathlon watches from Timex to feature here. Still, the beautiful combination of colours and features caught my eye on this particular model.
100-hour Chronograph with lap / split
9 Interval Timers
Chronograph training log stores workouts
Model: Men’s Ironman Triathlon 100-Lap
Case size: 40 mm
24. ZUKN - Led Digital Display Men's Wooden Watch
Unique is too bland of a word to describe this fascinating Men’s digital watch. The case is crafted from natural, hand-polished wood, while the Japanese Quartz movement helps tell accurate time. Being made of wood, this isn’t exactly a water-resistant watch, so if you’re into wooden watches that house a digital display, try and keep this one nice and dry while you brandish it about sitting on your wrist.
Hand-made wooden watch
Japanese Quartz movement
NOT water resistant
Model: Fashion Men’s Wooden Watch
Case size: 42.5 mm
25. ZIIRO Watch - Eclipse
Another watch that truly takes the idea of minimalism and out-of-this-world design to another level. The Eclipse watch is manufactured with a combination of a stainless steel case and a silicon rubber case. Its unique dial contains only two notches, one denoting the hour of the day and the other the minute of the hour.
Stainless steel case
Japanese Miyota 2025 movement
3 ATM water resistant
Case size: 43 mm