Fishing is a nice relaxing way to spend a Sunday, but it´s even better when you get a catch. Now, you could spend hours tracking tidal cycles and wind conditions, then calculating how they relate to different directions and locations. Or, you could let your watch do the work for you. We like to relax on the weekend, so we know which option we´d choose!
This time you´re extra lucky, because we´ve rounded up double the number of great options. Yes, 10 options. But before you get started, we´ve also drawn up a few functions to think of when picking your next fishing watch:
- Water resistance
- Vibrate alarm
- Analogue or digital dial
- Lunar (& tidal) information
- Sunrise and sunset information
- Band material (if we haven´t mentioned it, then it´s resin or plastic.)
- Ease of reading
|Watch||Size||Water Resistance||Band||Price Point|
|38mm||300 Feet||Leather pig skin||$|
|Smith & Wesson SWW-GRH-1|
|43mm||330 Feet||Genuine leather||$$|
|Suunto Core SS014279010|
|Armitron Sport 40/8188|
1 Casio Men’s AMW700B-1AV Forester Fishing Watch
Beginning with the most complex watch on the list, the Casio AMW700B-1AV is actually a fishing watch, as it will calculate the best times to fish (or hunt) based upon the lunar movement, latitude and longitude. There is no barometer, so you need to be careful to check the wind conditions yourself if it´s likely to be stormy, but it´s a good choice if you live somewhere where the fishing depends heavily on the tides and would like your watch to do the work.
Aside from this, the watch has the cardinal directions marked on the dial, so it can be used with the sun to calculate your direction. It also has three vibrating alarms and a countdown timer and a stop watch: perfect for working in silence. The LED screen with afterglow works okay at night, and the 100m water resistance is useful if you regularly get submerged or wet. It also has a window with the day, date and time.
If you live somewhere with tides or fish migration then this watch may prove best, as it does the maths for you and lets you easily track factors like lunar movement. The battery reportedly lasts 10 years, but we suspect that the leather band would be far less durable.
2 Smith & Wesson SWW-GRH-1 Mumbai Lamplighter Watch
From a brand that´s most famous for iconic guns, this watch is simple, but masculine, with a black minimalist design. It´s easy to read in the dark due to its bright red hands, good illumination (Swiss Tritium) and a large dial that dominates the 42mm aluminum case. Although it doesn´t have a screw-down crown (which you might expect at this price) it claims to offer water resistance to 100 meters, so it should be splash proof, if not suitable for regular, prolonged swimming. There are no additional dials, so this watch cannot be used to set alarms, or to measure additional environmental factors that may affect fishing- so it´s best for fishers who are willing to do their own research.
Overall, it´s a good choice for traditionalists who want a watch that can go fishing, but that isn´t clogged up with dials and can also look good with normal clothing. The steel presentation case is a nice addition.
3 G-Shock GA110-1B Military Series Watch
Moving on, and the G-Shock GA110-1B looks incredibly busy in comparison.
The watch comes with two time zones, a stop watch, 4 alarms and a calendar. Even better, the 4 alarms can be set to vibrate mode, so you can keep track of the time without scaring off the fish.
Whilst it´s great to have a lot of features, the digital display has ended up being very small (despite the massive 51mm case) and combined with a weak LED this makes the watch trickier to read at night. Also, the second hand has been relegated to one of the digital display options, so it´s harder to use the main dial as a timer. The resin band is comfortable though.
This watch is best for those who find the busy dial attractive, but mainly for those who want an analogue dial with digital features added in. If you rarely use the various timer functions, and find an analogue dial easier to read, then this watch is a fair compromise. It´s pretty reliable and durable too, which helps.
4 Timex T499579J Unisex Expedition Classic Watch
If you´re buying for a child and like to keep things simple, then something basic but functional like the Timex Expedition T499579J may be more of interest.
The illumination is okay, and whilst the 100-meter water resistance is a bit optimistic, it´s splash resistant and can take getting wet. The watch comes with a timer, stop watch and 3 alarms too. Whilst the timer cannot store splits, that´s fine for fishing.
Best for young fishers, who don´t need any complicated options. This won´t break the bank, and your child can play without having to worry about protecting a valuable watch. Other models (i.e. TW4B024009J) come with Velcro, rather than a buckle, making it easy to adjust for growing wrists too.
5 Suunto Core SS014279010 All Black
If you base your decision to go fishing on nice weather conditions, then the Suunto Core SS014279010 may be your choice. The barometer keeps an eye on the air pressure, so it can hint at bad weather or approaching storms – and it will give you an alert if there´s one brewing near you. Meanwhile, the vibrating alarms help you keep track of time without chasing away the shoals. It also has a compass, so you can navigate better if you´re heading to fish somewhere adventurous, sunrise and sunset timings if you want to plan your session around daylight hours, as well as a thermometer, altimeter (includes depth meter,) 2 time-zone settings, stopwatch and timer.
The 30m water resistance is not perfect, it is splash resistant. Likewise, the band quality isn´t great but replacements and metal bands can be purchased. The backlighting is good enough for nighttime conditions, although if looks are less important than usability at night, then the lava-red model (SS016788000) might be better.
Best for those who work outside, or those who do other outdoor jobs, as the case is very large (49mm), and most of this is filled with the dial, so this watch isn´t going to be easy to pull off as a regular daywear piece. Similarly, the barometer and altimeter are most useful for those who are regularly outdoors, not just occasional fishers.
6 Casio Men’s SGW100-1V Twin Sensor Digital Watch
With a slightly more basic design, we have the Casio Men’s SGW100-1V.
This watch has some features that might be useful to the outdoorsman or fisher, such as a built-in compass and thermometer, as well as 200-meter water resistance. The stopwatch may also be useful. However, the alarms are flawed because there is no vibrate option- so your fish will be miles away by the time you´ve stopped the alarm. The backlighting with afterglow is still good though.
The main benefit of this watch is the large-print display (thanks to the massive 51.5mm case,) and the separate windows for different information that leave it easier to read than some competitors. The absence of a vibrate alarm may be a massive weakness for some fishing-enthusiasts though, in spite of the compass and thermometer.
7 Aposon Mens 8413463501 Digital Sports Watch
And more simplistic again, we have the Aposon 8413463501.
Like most digital watches, this comes with stopwatch and alarm facilities. It also has 50 m water resistance, making it splash proof, if not suitable for regular, extended swimming sessions. Worse, there is no vibrate alarm option. However, the design is somewhat unusual, as is the over-sized case, and so this watch is worth considering if you´re looking for an outdoors watch that could be taken fishing, but still look appealing to a teenager.
Best if you´re buying for a son or grandson who would like an over-sized watch to use outdoors, but who doesn´t need to set the alarms as there is no vibrate option.
8 Armitron Sport Men’s 40/8188 Digital Chronograph Watch
Whether you love or hate the Armitron 40/8188 is also a matter of taste: the gray and orange color scheme is as unusual as it is divisive, and the dial is incredibly busy too.
It has 100-meter water resistance as well as all the usual features of a digital watch: 1 alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer. It does scratch easily, but that doesn´t make the dial unreadable. The split-sectioned display makes it easier to set, and easier to find the information you want (although some screens are small.)
However, all the buttons beep when pressed, except for the light, so this isn´t ideal if you plan on setting any alarms or timers when fishing.
Best for those who do other sports rather than only fishing, and who like the appearance (including the large 48.7mm case), easy-to-read time window, and having the day of the week listed.
9 Seiko Men’s SNE331 Sport Solar Watch
In comparison, the Seiko SNE331 looks clean and elegant. The 43mm case is large, but not ridiculous, and the analogue dial is easy to read. The only additional feature is the 100-meter water resistance that allows it to get submerged, although the design is not constructed for frequent, extended exposure. The nylon band is comfortable, although the beige color in this model may stain easily if you expose it to dirt. Despite the large dial, it is a bit difficult to read at night, though hands are luminous
Overall, best for older readers or those who want a simple watch to take fishing that is easy to read in the day time, and can get wet without a problem. While it has less bells and whistles than some options, this also makes it less likely to malfunction or break: simplicity can be a good thing!
10 Seiko Men’s SSC233 Sport Solar Watch
With a nylon band, 100m water resistance and 45mm case, this watch is a slightly improved version of our previous offering (and yes, it´s from Seiko too.) The main additions are the three chronograph sub-dials, which allow you to time seconds, minutes and hours. The color scheme is also different too, in a distinctive orange and black, that you´ll either love or hate. (It made us think of Halloween, but we´re not sure if that´s good or bad!)
If you like the SNE331 but would like chronograph dials, then this watch is a good choice. The black nylon band is also a welcome improvement, as it is less likely to stain easily.
Now that you´ve seen 10 of our top picks, it´s time for you to make your choice! As we´ve highlighted, each of our choices has its own appeal and there should be something for everyone, whatever your age or budget. Make sure to check out if we recommend a watch for children or not – if so, then that means that the band is generally a bit smaller so it might not fit a grown man even if it´s labelled as “unisex.”
The Casio Men’s AMW700B-1AV is the only “fishing watch” to make our list, but we know that most of you already have a regular timepiece and want a watch that can go fishing, not a super computer. The choice between digital and analogue is personal, so we can´t really make any suggestions: traditionalists will love the easy-to-read Seiko SNE331 or Smith & Wesson SWW-GRH-1, whereas tech-lovers will have fun with the Suunto Core SS014279010.
Whoever, you are though, we have one big reminder before you fall in love with your new watch: do look carefully at the illumination options and the existence of a vibrate alarm. Not all of these watches have either or both, and if you want an alarm to use when fishing then it´s pointless if it can´t be set to vibrate!
Now, we´re off to spend a chilled afternoon with a rod and line…