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Best Watches for Mechanical Engineers: 2023 Reviews and Buying Guides

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Watches for Mechanical Engineers: 2020 Reviews and Buying Guides

There are plenty of watches for mechanical engineers to choose from. The only question is, are they all great watches for mechanical engineers?

As a mechanical engineer, or if you are buying for one, different reasons could inform wanting to get a wristwatch.

From gifting them something memorable to needing a watch that just tells the time, we explore the various options with the picks that are on this list.

If you are ever in the market for one, here are the best watches for mechanical engineers – and why.

The Best Watches for Mechanical Engineers 2022

We have come across a lot of watch types and kinds over the years of using them – and we have not even seen them all. When looking for the best watches that a mechanical engineer would love, we reviewed a lot of great picks too.

Instead of just throwing them all in your face without any basis, though, we dug deeper to find the similarities. After all, we – and other mechanical engineers that loved such wristwatches – did not just pick them randomly.

That decision informed coming up with different headings to help you select better.

Here goes something.

1. Smartwatches for Mechanical Engineers

Slowly, smartwatches are becoming the new status symbols in the world of tech. They are gaining more acceptance and spreading fast. That only is not why you should get one for yourself, though.

As a mechanical engineer, smartwatches provide you with the following

  • A way to make fast calculations in the field. You can just call up the Siri on Apple Watch, for example, and ask the AI to run certain conversions or calculations for you.
  • Getting information faster than before. Need to remember some units, standards, or whatnot? Just ask the assistant on your watch.
  • Picking calls in the field becomes much faster. You just check your watch to see who’s calling and take the call from there too.
  • Manage notifications faster in real-time.
  • Keep an eye on your health (blood oxygen level, heart rate, steps, calorie counter, water intake level, sleep levels, etc.)
  • And more.

Now that you know why you need one, here are some interesting picks to check out.

a) Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm) - Blue Aluminum Case with Deep Navy Sport Band
  • GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts from your wrist
  • Measure your blood oxygen with an all-new sensor and app
  • Check your heart rhythm with the ECG app
  • The Always-On Retina display is 2.5x brighter outdoors when your...
  • S6 SiP is up to 20% faster than Series 5

Apple has always bossed the smartwatch market and they have done so again with the Series 6 watch.

For those that are used to the company’s line of smartwatches, this one comes with the usual.

That means a combination of notifications, activity, GPS/ Cellular mode (on select units), and advanced connectivity options that you get from syncing with your device.

On this new one, we also get a blood oxygen sensor in combination with the ECG app for heart rhythm monitoring. The watch is also designed to notify emergency services when it notices that the wearer has suffered a fall and stopped moving.

Of course, the Watch Series 5/ Series 4 are still great picks too. If you can afford the extra bucks, though, this is the no-brainer from the bunch.

  • PROS
  • ECG sensor for heart rate monitoring.
  • All-new blood oxygen monitor.
  • Sports and health tracking modes.
  • Mobile connectivity for advanced device experience.
  • Fits in with the everyday dressing.
  • CONS
  • Not suitable with non-iOS devices
  • Apple watches are sold at a premium

b) Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE (Gen 1) [GPS 40mm] Smart Watch w/ Gold Aluminium Case with Starlight Sport Band....
  • WHY APPLE WATCH SE — It has essential features to keep you...
  • EASILY CUSTOMIZABLE — Available in a range of sizes and colors,...
  • SIMPLY COMPATIBLE — It works seamlessly with your Apple devices...
  • GREAT DURABILITY — Swimproof and built to be tough. Take it on...
  • ULTIMATE FITNESS PARTNER — Apple Watch helps you stay active....

Apple started the SE line some years back to bring its units at more competitive price ranges. This time around, they have applied the same treatment to their smartwatches.

If you want all the features of the Watch Series 6 without all the bells and whistles, this is the place to go.

You already know that it is modeled after the more expensive Series 6. Since it is a tad inexpensive, you would have to sacrifice on color options (blue and red), design-build picks (steel and titanium), and a lack of an Always-On display.

Likewise, the Watch SE has a slightly less powerful chipset in it, but you should not notice that. What could be a dealbreaker is the lack of an oximeter which measures your blood oxygen levels. Without that, you might as well be getting an upgraded version of the Watch Series 5.

Otherwise, there is nothing else to separate both watches.

  • PROS
  • Brings new-gen watch design and tech at a competitive price
  • Allows you to enjoy the watch 6 features at a lesser price
  • Holds up well on most specs with the watch 6
  • CONS
  • Missing the oximeter sensor

c) Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm, GPS, Bluetooth) Smart Watch with Advanced Health Monitoring, Fitness...
  • STYLE YOU CAN COUNT ON: Galaxy Watch3 combines style—two sizes,...
  • LEAVE YOUR PHONE BEHND: Galaxy Watch3 gives you the freedom to...
  • You can share the PDF report of your ECG recording with your...
  • BATTERY BUILT FOR ENDURANCE: The Galaxy Watch3’s long-lasting...
  • STRONGER INSIGHTS. NEXT-LEVEL FITNESS: Spend your time moving...

It would almost be a sin to talk about the amazing smartwatches out there and not make mention of what Samsung is doing too.

Choosing the Galaxy Watch 3 was a no-brainer for us. Otherwise, we would have chosen the original Galaxy Watch. That is not because the Galaxy Watch Active/ Watch Active 2 is not impressive, but they might not hold up to the rigors of your fieldwork.

On this one, Samsung brings back the bezel that we loved on the original Galaxy Watch. Unlike Apple, Samsung takes a more traditional watch design approach which makes your timepiece blend in fine with your outfit.

Samsung isn’t doing badly on health either, slapping on sensors for different activities, heart rate, oxygen levels, and other wellness features too. The battery is supposed to be better on this one, but always manage what functions you have running to get the best battery life still.

With the promise of Samsung’s trusted engineering behind this watch, you know that you are not getting a fluke.

  • PROS
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android devices
  • Traditional watch design suitable for everyday usage
  • Packs a ton of important health and wellness sensors too
  • Style is at the heart of this design
  • The battery on this unit is better than predecessors.
  • CONS
  • Certain sensors have not been manufacturer-enabled yet
  • The battery isn't on the Huawei Watch or new Fitbit levels

2. Omega Watches for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers do not spend all of their lives in the field.

Sometimes, they go for dinners and fundraisers too. Sometimes, they choose to stay back in the office to handle the bureaucratic side of things so that field duties can keep going well. In such cases, they need proper dress watches.

What better way to go than with a brand that has established its impeccable quality over time like Omega?

There is a small list of Omega watch types. From those, you will love these.

a) . Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

Omega Men's 3570.50.00 Speedmaster Professional Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Stainless steel watch with black bezel and dial featuring...
  • 42 millimeters stainless steel case with hesalite dial window
  • Mechanical hand-wind movement with analog display
  • Stainless steel band with fold-over-push-button-clasp-with-safety...
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M): suitable for swimming and...

How would you like to have a piece of the first watch worn on the moon? Cos that is what this unit brings to the table for you.

NASA already certifies the Moonwatch as flight-qualified. This goes on to show how durable it can get against some of the most challenging situations. You are not just getting a luxury watch, but one that won’t give up on you either.

Omega spared no expense in making this watch as tough as it can get without compromising on style. The quest for durability starts with a polished stainless-steel case that encloses a scratch-resistant hesalite crystal glass surface. Add that to the strong black leather strap with a crocodile pattern, and we have a winner here.

Omega goes with the manual winding movement here too, slapping on a power reserve up to 48 hours. Finished off with a complication of useful chronographs, this watch makes a statement without being too loud about it.

  • PROS
  • Another masterpiece from Omega
  • Built to last with durable materials
  • Manual winding motion cuts back on battery costs
  • Comes with a guarantee of authenticity
  • CONS
  • We would be lying if we said we found anything wrong with this watch

3. Rolex watches for Mechanical Engineers

How can we possibly talk about luxury watches for mechanical engineers and not bring Rolex to the list?

Omega is doing well in its field, but the Rolex watches are worth a shot too. Left to us, the main difference between both watch brands will come down to personal preferences.

If Rolexes are where your allegiances lie, don’t think we don’t have some suggestions for you here either.

a) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II

We know you would like to hear that this is the watch that first made the climb to the summit of Mount Everest. We are sorry to burst your bubble, but that is not the case.

However, that takes nothing away from the history and standing of this watch.

The first thing that stands out on this watch is the GMT hand. That allows you to keep track of time in a different time zone. The only complication on this watch face remains the date indicator, and we could not be happier with that simplistic approach.

In terms of quality, Rolex is no slouch.

Opting to go with a brushed steel case and oyster bracelet, all holding a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass face in the middle was well thought out. This watch will even hold its own well up to 100 meters in water. Not that we advise you to go snorkeling with such a luxury timepiece anyway.

  • PROS
  • Luxury watch to go well with corporate events
  • Built to last
  • Rolex has a reputation for quality timepieces
  • Supports GMT functionality
  • Self-winding automatic movement
  • CONS
  • Can Rolex do any wrong? Not the Explorer, anyways.

b) Rolex New Datejust II

We would have gone with the original Datejust but this one just looks too good to be passed up.

Okay, that’s biased. But can you look at this watch and not just love it too? We didn’t think so either.

Besides the looks, this automatic watch continues with Rolex’s usual simplistic approach to its timepieces. Like the above, the only complication here is a date indicator.

Unlike the Explorer series that are more conservative with watch face markings, such brandings are almost everywhere on this Datejust II. Make sure you are comfortable with that before picking it.

Finally, the company deploys its usual combination of stainless-steel case/ oyster bracelet around a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

  • PROS
  • Automatic movement on this watch as well
  • Built from high-quality materials100 meters of water resistance
  • Date feature on the watch face
  • Guarantee of authenticity and quality from Rolex
  • CONS
  • Lacks a GMT hand.

4. Casio Watches for Mechanical Engineers

The Casio name has come to be synonymous with military-grade toughness and durability in the consumer market.

They are suitable for everyday fieldwork and will hold up well against a lot of the abuse that you throw at them. Better still, Casio has started engineering additional features/ complications onto its watches to make them even more useful to the wearer.

These watches won’t give you the luxury of the Omegas and Rolexes. They won’t give you the range that comes with smartwatches either. What they will offer, instead, is the unique experience of owning a Casio.

So, which ones are there for the picking?

a) Casio G-Shock S-Steel Series 6

CASIO G-Shock MTG-B1000TJ-1AJR Men's Watch (Japan Domestic Genuine Products)
  • TRIPLE G RESIST (Shock resistant, Centrifugal force resistant,...
  • Bluetooth smartphone link
  • Limited Model
  • Solar Powered
  • Japan Domestic Market Model / U.S Warranty is not included /If...

Forget all that you know about Casio watches.

We can assure you that seeing this for the first time will invalidate what you might have come to associate Casio watches with. Of course, this brand makes beautiful watches but this one is in a class of its own.

The stainless-steel watch strap extends into a clasp deployment on one end and a durable screen material on the other side. On the watch face are multiple complications for the day, date, and month. The watch is water resistant up to 200m, making it classify as a diver’s watch too.

There are different modes on the watch, from alarm to the stopwatch and even more.

Resting on the wrist beautifully too, this is almost a swiss knife of wristwatches already.

  • PROS
  • Have you seen the beauty of this watch?
  • Casio watches are always of high-quality build
  • Water-resistant up to 200 meters
  • Could pass as a dress watch too
  • Durable watch design and build
  • Functional watch complications
  • CONS
  • Watch is slightly heavy, but nothing to cause serious concern

b) Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000TJ-1AJR

CASIO G-Shock MTG-B1000TJ-1AJR Men's Watch (Japan Domestic Genuine Products)
  • TRIPLE G RESIST (Shock resistant, Centrifugal force resistant,...
  • Bluetooth smartphone link
  • Limited Model
  • Solar Powered
  • Japan Domestic Market Model / U.S Warranty is not included /If...

Again, another G-Shock that will challenge all that you think you know about Casio itself or its line of G-Shock watches.

This limited-edition watch is powered by a solar battery so it is always active as long as it gets UV rays from the sun. Since you will be wearing this watch to the field, that won’t be a problem. Even if you would be at a desk, the occasional errands you run around the office should get it enough exposure for a charge.

Designed with a focus on shock resistance, centrifugal force resistance, and vibration resistance, mechanical engineers will see more reason to add this one to their collection.

Finished off with style and aesthetics, there is almost nothing you are looking for in a watch that won’t be found here.

Have we mentioned that it connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth functionality also? Well, cos it does.

  • PROS
  • Built against impact from vibration, shock, and centrifugal forces
  • Powered by a solar panel
  • Limited model edition, making this watch even more special
  • Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.
  • CONS
  • Smaller sizes for smaller wrists too would have been great


CASIO Men's Watches EDIFICE World six stations Solar radio EQW-T630D-1AJF
  • Radio reception function: the world's six stations corresponding...

Casio spawned the Edifice sub-brand of watches to cater to their audience in yet another way. These watches are more technology focused that most other watches which Casio carries.

Casio unmistakably targets a luxury market with the Edifice also.

That results in a stainless-steel watch design with one of the greatest looking bracelets on the market. In this Edifice watch, there is a smartphone link mechanism that works with Bluetooth functionality.

Casio rates this solar watch as being connected to six different world stations to get accurate time across diverse time zones.

What intrigues us the most about the watch design is the choice of colors, and arrangement of the watch face complications to complement the overall beauty.

  • PROS
  • Doubles as a dress and everyday watch
  • The stainless steel casing and bracelet is high quality
  • Working chronograph system
  • Exquisite style and design
  • Radio reception function
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Solar-powered watch
  • Business watch with a rugged design
  • CONS
  • Watch face is fairly busy

5. Timex Watches for Mechanical Engineers

Timex has grown into a wristwatch company that now has its hands in many design pies. This is more of the reason why they are suitable for this list too.

On the other hand, we also chose them for how affordable their watches are.

They might not get heads turning as a Rolex or Omega would. They would not feel cheap on your wrists either.

Since there are a lot of Timex watches out there, we decided to comb through for the ones that catch our fancy. We think you would love these two also.

a. Timex Men’s Quartz Watch T2N614AU

Style and technology wanted to have a meeting, and they chose this wristwatch as the destination to make that happen.

The busy watch face features a world time telling feature that allows you to track time in different locations at the same time. Etchings of different country names/ time zones can help you track the time in those locations even better.

Indiglo technology promises better watch visibility in low light. Add that to the compass on the lower right side of the watch, and you get more out of this watch than you bargained for.

All that, and we have not mentioned how well the stainless-steel bracelet is well blended into the tarnish-resistant stainless-steel case. This, in turn, gives way to a mineral crystal lens.

  • PROS
  • The style and design of this watch is impeccable
  • Feature-rich wristwatch
  • Affordable unit
  • Designed by a reputable brand
  • GMT features
  • CONS
  • Backlight could be brighter

b) Timex Intelligent Quartz Watch T2N720

Timex Men's T2N720 Intelligent Quartz Tide Temp Compass Black Silicone Strap Watch
  • Adjustable black 16mm silicone strap fits up to 8-inch wrist...
  • Black dial with date window at 6 o'clock; compass markings
  • Tide tracker counts down to high or low tide; thermometer...
  • Black 45mm stainless steel case with mineral glass crystal;...
  • Water-resistant to 100m (330 ft): In general, suitable for...

Timex opts for a band rather than a steel bracelet on this one. If that is not a dealbreaker for you, you should enjoy all of the other features that the watch packs on it.

Of these, we have a compass built into the watch face with bezel markings to determine direction and location.

Timex does mechanical engineers an extra one, bringing a combination of barometer and altimeter to the watch also. If hiking is your thing or you spend a lot of time outdoors too, this watch is a no-brainer.

We don’t need to mention that it is equally affordable, being that this is one of the things Timex has come to be known for.

A nice touch to round up the feature sheet is a 100m water resistance rating and an easy-to-use approach to get the most out of your watch.

Special Tip: You would have to configure/ calibrate the sensors when you get this watch. Else, your readings might be very off.

  • PROS
  • Possesses the entire ABC (altimeter, barometer, and compass) sensors
  • Another quality build from Timex
  • Passes as an everyday and outdoor watch100m water resistance rating
  • Affordable unit
  • CONS
  • Watch face is very busy
  • Problem with buyers getting defective pieces
  • Sensors are not automatically calibrated

Which Is Your Favorite?

We have tried, to the best of our abilities, to segment these watches so that your choice becomes easier.

Of all the sections, which one catches your fancy the most? Let us know which pick you would be getting for/ as a mechanical engineer. If you don’t mind, we would appreciate knowing why you made the choice too.

Till next time, stay on time.

O. Christopher

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