The police have their own set of requirements for their equipment, and that includes their watches. But not everyone is aware of what constitutes a police watch, whether they have to be analog or digital, need to be in a certain “tactical” design, or if they need other features apart from telling time.
While there are military watches and general tactical watches, there are plenty of ways a watch can be considered as functional for police officers. It depends on what sort of police officer is wearing the watch and what kinds of police work they’re engaged in. After all, what may work for the military may not necessarily be the same for the police.
These are five of the best watches that the police can wear on duty, according to their design, features, and durability.
If you’re looking for a watch that’s both tactical and functional at the same time, the SUUNTO Core All Black Military Men’s Outdoor Sports Watch is a good choice for police officers. Not only does it tell time accurately, but it also tells you the weather now and tomorrow with its weather trend graph. It also has an altimeter, barometer, and compass for even more information about your surroundings.
The Casio G-Shock GA100-1A2 Ana-Digi Watch is the best of both analog and digital worlds. It has water-resistance of up to 200m and has all the basic features you’d expect from a dependable and durable watch. Get it in blue to fit the rest of your uniform.
The Armitron Sport Men’s 40/8335 Digital Chronograph is a feature-packed watch that’s fit for the action-packed field of police work. It’s a digital watch with water-resistance of up to 100m, encased in resin with an acrylic dial window. You can tell the time and use the stopwatch all in one screen, so you don’t have to fiddle with the buttons too much.
For police officers who just want a basic watch that’s tough and reliable, the Invicta Men’s 14702 Pro Diver Watch is a solid choice. It’s a diver watch with 200m of water resistance, black carbon fiber dial with a blue stripe (which is apt for police uniforms), silver-tone, and white luminous hands. This Swiss quartz watch with mineral crystal is everything you’d ever want in a watch.
The Armitron Sport Men’s 40/8309 Digital Chronograph is a full-on digital watch with a good set of features. It’s a quartz chronograph with 100m of water resistance and a 52mm case diameter, so you can see the time and use the stopwatch, wherever you may be. This thing is perfect for beat cops making rounds in the evening as they’ll know what time it is, even where there are no street lights.
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