Looking to detect the altitude like Bear Grylls? Whether you’re a hiker or just someone who absolutely loves how this technology works, altimeter watches are useful and fascinating once you learn the science behind them. They’re ultra-functional, while still appearing as a simple watch with a bit of a tactical vibe and aesthetic to them. We’ve found the best altimeter watches for men, while simultaneously keeping function and flair in check to ensure it looks good whether you’re on the hiking trail, or just chilling with your friends.
The Best Altimeter Watch For Men
SUUNTO makes some of the best altimeter watches for men that upgrade with the times. This ABC watch (altimeter, barometer, compass) has every function you need for hunting, fishing, cycling and running in woodland trails. On top of that, the altitude cap is intense. You can go up to 29,500 feet above sea level without issue. This SUUNTO Core watch allows temperatures as low as 5° F while remaining operable, and includes storm alarm detection to alert you to incoming inclement weather.
Overall, it’s a sleek design with a rather small watch case, which is a good thing. Link your SUUNTO watch up to your smartphone to get up-to-date notifications. In addition to that, you’ll also have a two-year manufacturer’s warranty protecting you from all defects and major issues. It’s a simple watch that doesn’t cost much and gives you the most bang for your buck.
Designed for altitudes of up to 29,500 feet
Includes a two-year manufacturer’s warranty with the purchase
Includes 400 built-in locations for sunrise and sunset times
Also includes barometer, compass, and weather indicator
Storm sense alarm alerts you to incoming inclement weather
Works in temperatures from 5° F up to 140° F
- Weight1.44 ounces
Black silicone bands are a key sign of two things: dive watches, and tactical watches. Even in bad weather and storms, this will stay nice and tight on your wrist. Speaking of storms, you can wear the Fenix 3 HR without any worries since it has a 330 ft water resistance rating.
Garmin is known for their apps that help you get the most out of your outdoor experience, so you can hook this up to get updates for the watch software, such as changes to regional barometric pressure, and other information that’s critical for storm detection. I can’t stress this enough: the MIP sapphire lens is basically one of the most beautiful additions to any watch that I’ve ever tested. It’s crystal clear and has an insanely high scratch resistance rating to ensure you don’t scuff it up while you’re putting it through its paces.
Durable black silicone wristband
MIP sapphire lens for ultimate clarity
Water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 ft)
Connects wirelessly to Garmin app for enhanced features
Includes heart-rate monitor
High quality digital display doesn’t look pixelated or blocky
- Weight3.2 ounces
Altimeter watches come a dime a dozen—unless you’re Garmin. Even though they make a ton of tactical watches just like Garmin Instinct, they ensure that there are enough different features and aesthetic elements to really make a difference.
Garmin’s GPS is one of the most sophisticated in its class, making it an easy pick for accurate altitude and barometric pressure readings. They’re constantly innovating, and this stainless steel watch with 14-day battery life is just another way they’re raising the bar. Speaking of the bar, you have 10 bars of water resistance (get it?). That’s 330 ft of water resistance, meaning it’s perfect for just about everything that you’re going to be doing in the outdoors. From the map and trail functions to the heart-rate monitor, there’s no shortage of features that you can apply to your daily life.
Extensive 14-day battery life on minimal settings (about 8 on high brightness)
Full GPS function works virtually anywhere
Thermal, shock, and water-resistant (up to 330 ft)
Map and trail function w/ compass
Heart-rate monitor included in primary watch function
Connects to Garmin app to send notifications to your watch
- Weight1.76 ounces
EZON isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of watches, but they actually have a seriously excellent military-style watch with accurate altimeter and barometric pressure detection. This hidden gem of a brand offers a decent water resistance rating of up to 165 feet, and with that, you have a no-slip wrist strap. The tactical holes in your watch strap are designed to allow water to move freely, so you aren’t waterlogging your watch if you end up in a sticky situation.
Above all, EZON hits the mark when it comes to keeping things ultralight and affordable. This inexpensive sports watch weighs 0.14 lbs, so you barely notice its presence on your watch and virtually nothing to acquire when you compare it to the likes of Garmin. EZON Men’s Digital Sports Watch is a solid choice.
Combined altimeter, barometer, and compass all in one
Water-resistant up to 165 ft
Stainless steel case back and cover
No-slip band sticks to your skin even in wet conditions
Includes alarm, thermometer, world time and other functions
Compact design is ultralight at 0.14 lbs
- Weight6.4 ounces
Casio is known for making inexpensive watches, but for this, they outdid themselves. They stick true to their price models that we’re all used to, but they also slap on all the features you need in an altimeter watch. You get 330 ft of water resistance to kick things off.
From there, you’re clear for up to 23,500 ft above sea level, and for an introductory-priced watch like this, that’s truly something to celebrate. The mineral crystal dial window is ultra-tough, so even if you’re using this in tactical situations like hiking or extended camping, you won’t tear it up at all. Adjust your date, time, brightness, modes, calendar functions and more with simple buttons, and optimize Casio SGW Altimeter Watch for your next trip. Some bonus features worthy of an honorable mention would be the thermometer, countdown timer, and five separate alarms. You may also be interested in some of the best waterproof watches from our list, so check them out.
Full calendar display on watch face
Tactical, comfortable wrist strap that stays in place
330 ft of water resistance
Mineral crystal dial window
Altimeter range goes up to 23,800 ft
- Weight3.52 ounces
SUUNTO already won the top spot, and for good reason: they simply make the best altimeter watches for men. While this didn’t take the silver spot it’s still a solid watch that’s best designed for hiking and wilderness exploration. You could even take it hunting.
That’s because SUUNTO Ambit3 Peak GPS Unit has an extended 200 hours of battery life, even on average settings (you don’t have to set the brightness to the bare minimum to get that battery life guarantee). On top of that, their already stellar GPS functionality is embedded right into this hiking watch, giving you paths and distances accurate to 1/10th of a mile. But what really seals the deal is the ability to link to your smartphone to send you notifications, as well as the 330 ft of water resistance. You can be alerted to phone calls or text messages even in the middle of the wilderness so that you’re in your element, but not out of the loop.
Syncs with your smartphone to give notifications right on your wrist
330 ft of water resistance
Full GPS functionality that gives you the ability to track your course
Highly durable polyamide dial window
High quality display doesn’t look pixelated or blocky
Over 200 hours of battery life on average
- Weight4.6 ounces
Casio’s back at it again with another killer watch, but this time, they’re increasing your water resistance rating. It’s still ultra-affordable, it’s just not their usual rock bottom pricing. Even then, you still get more than your money’s worth. Your mineral dial window is durable against scratches and light abrasions, while the resin case keeps things inexpensive but tough.
With 330 ft of water resistance, you get everything you need to wear this outdoors with zero worries. The quartz movement keeps things precise, while the numerous modes from altitude to barometric pressure give you the tools you need to read your environment. I’m a fan of the light-up mode and the bright screen of Casio Pro Trek Gents Watch because even when you light things up, there’s still a long battery life. It’s a solid pick with some features that are slightly outranked by brands like Garmin. For more quality timepieces for active men, check out our selection of the best Triathlon watches.
Dual altimeter and barometer tracker in one
Resin case material for anti-scratch protection
Mineral dial window
Water resistant up to 330 ft
Quartz movement for accuracy within one minute
- Weight4.2 ounces
Never heard of Lad Weather? That’s okay, plenty of people haven’t, but after this, I think you’d be hard-pressed to forget them. With a simple poly watch strap, you’re going to get plenty of durability to toy around with. You can put this watch through its paces without issue. The wide operable temperature range also lets you put this thing through hell and back, whether it’s winter or the middle of summer.
As far as durability goes, the case is completely made of stainless steel, and the dial window is scratch-resistant, so bumps and scrapes shouldn’t leave a mark. Overall, Lad Weather is a simple altimeter watch with good aesthetics, and functional as can be. For all the fans of fishing, we have prepared a list of the best fishing watches on the market, so check them out.
Includes barometer and altimeter function
45mm stainless steel case
Designed for better hiking and camping
Durable poly watch strap doesn’t endure water damage
Operable temperatures from 14° F up to 140° F
- BrandLad Weather
- Weight5.6 ounces
An ABC watch includes an altimeter, barometer, and compass, respectively. This simple watch comes in at even less than the EZON models and Casio watches on our list, but doesn’t skimp on durability. They’re able to charge less because they’ve downgraded the water resistance, which only goes up to 99 ft. However, you’re getting a Japanese quartz movement housed in an ABS plastic watch case that’s fully digital. Most digital watches are blocky with low-res displays, but this one picks up the pace and makes things smooth and clear.
On top of that, you’re going to get plenty of easy buttons conveniently placed around the bezel so that you can intentionally press them, but so that you aren’t likely to just knock your hand off of the counter and accidentally press one. Flip on the backlight, start a stopwatch or change modes to view all of your digital features. It’s all under a layer of Hardlex crystal for the dial window, giving you plenty of protection, and a clear lens to look through even when there’s a glare coming down. Our guide to the best field watches features more impressive timepieces like this, so check them out.
Altimeter, barometer and compass built into one
Extremely inexpensive compared to most altimeter watches
Waterproof up to 99 ft
Japanese quartz movement
Durable Hardlex crystal display window
- Weight5.6 ounces