Best Watches For Tradies & Contractors

by Team Tradify, November 24, 2022

For any good tradesperson, getting the job done can feel like a race against time. Staying on schedule and meeting deadlines is a constant struggle, especially if you’re in the middle of a rush period. Fortunately, something as simple as a good watch can make life a lot easier. You don’t want to be handling your phone with dirty hands just to check the time.

Having a high-quality wristwatch will not only keep you on time, but you’ll be getting the job done in style. Below, you’ll find some of the best watches for tradies and contractors — whether they’re on the tools or not!

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1. The most resilient watch on a budget - Casio G-Shock GA-100

Casio G Shock GA-100

If you’re worried about wearing a watch to work because you’re scared it might break under the pressure of your day-to-day, then the GA-100 might be the best watch for you. 

This shock-proof, rugged timepiece has been designed with tough environments in mind. That's why it’s so beloved by tradespeople, extreme sports athletes, and adventurers alike.

  • Price point: Budget-friendly
  • Movement: Battery-operated digital & analogue
  • Model No.: GA-100-1A1

Casio GA-100 features

  • Shock resistance
  • 20 Bar (200m) water resistance
  • Magnetic resistance
  • Tough mineral glass face
  • Ultra-durable resin strap and casing
  • Tonnes of modes such as world time, a fully automatic calendar, dual-format timekeeping (analog and digital), and a lot more.

2. The ultimate in technology and toughness - Garmin Instinct Crossover

Garmin instinct crossover

While many people have switched to smartwatches these days, they’re not something you often see on the wrists of tradies and contractors. That’s because, until the release of the Instinct Crossover, there wasn’t a smartwatch that could successfully bridge the gap between having great built-in technology and being tough enough to meet the demands of day-to-day tradie life. 

If you’re interested in health, technology, and fitness tracking, but don’t want to wear something fragile to work, then it’s hard to go past this smartwatch from Garmin. It’s got what it takes to keep up in the trades.

  • Price point: Mid-range
  • Movement: Battery/Solar powered digital & analogue
  • Model No.: 010-02730-03

Garmin Instinct Crossover features:

  • Optional solar charging
  • iPhone & Android connectivity
  • Dual-format timekeeping (analog & digital)
  • Water, thermal, and shock resistance 
  • Dual-layered bezel
  • Dual-format GPS

Looking for more rugged smart tech? Check out our top 5 tough phones for tradespeople!

3. For the big spender - Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional

It’s not hard to see why Tag Heuer is often named one of the best luxury watch brands out there. It’s not just because each of their timepieces is beautifully made, but because their quality and attention to detail are near-perfect. 

The Aquaracer Professional is no exception. In fact, this is one of the brand’s most rugged, durable, and beautiful watches, making it one of the best mechanical timepieces a tradie can buy.

  • Price point: Luxury
  • Movement: Automatic analogue
  • Model No.: WBP5A8A-BF0619

Tag Heuer Aquaracer features:

  • Titanium casing and band
  • Crown protector
  • 1000m water resistance
  • Helium escape valve
  • Super LumiNova technology for better visibility in the dark

4. As rugged as it gets - Citizen Super Titanium Promaster

Citizen Promaster Diver

Made from titanium, a metal 5x harder than steel, this watch from Citizen is tougher than nails. Despite how tough it is, this is a beautiful watch that is sleek and not-too-flashy, but still bold enough to make an impact. 

One of the smartest parts of this watch’s design is the thick, pyramid-studded bezel and smaller sapphire-crystal face, making it extremely unlikely that you’ll ever be able to significantly damage this thing.

  • Price point: High-end
  • Movement: Automatic analogue
  • Model No.: NB6005-05L

Citizen Promaster Diver features:

  • 200m water resistance, ISO compliant for divers
  • Angled tabs on the bezel for easy grip
  • Anti-reflective sapphire-crystal face
  • Sturdy, comfortable polyurethane strap & buckle
  • Strap extender for wearing over garments or gloves
  • One of the most unique cases we've ever seen

5. An old-school favourite - Breitling Endurance Pro

Breitling endurance pro

Since 1884, Breitling timepieces have been known as the watches that can keep up with their owners’ lifestyles, whether that’s in the cockpit of a fighter jet or behind the tools. The Endurance Pro backs up this reputation, being the brand’s most resilient watch yet.

  • Price point: Luxury
  • Movement: Quartz analogue
  • Model No.: X82310A41B1S1

Breitling Endurance Pro features:

  • Non-magnetic design
  • Scratch, traction & corrosion resistance
  • 100m water resistance
  • Glare-proof sapphire crystal face
  • Ultra-lightweight ‘Breitlight’ casing

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