They say time is money, but when you’re out on the trail or burning through rounds at the range time is all you have. Let’s face it, you spend enough time on your phone already. Taking it out out every couple of minutes just to check what time it is gets annoying. So how about we keep things a bit more old school and recommend you lace your wrist with some good watches? More specifically, tactical watches.

As you go through our list you’ll notice that telling time is just the very basic feature of these timepieces. Most come fully equipped with barometers, GPS, mobile app synchronizing, and even speed, altitude, and distance tracking make these tactical watches way more than just an accessory.

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With the holiday season fully underway, we’ve decided to go ahead and spread some holiday cheer with a list of five tactical watches for anyone’s Christmas list. Trust us, they’ll appreciate all of the bells and whistles that come standard on them. Fair warning, all of these tactical watches are well worth their hefty price tag.

Scroll the gallery above for a better look and read the description below to see why they’re so great.

5.11 Tactical Sentinel

Who says a good tactical watch can’t be work appropriate? With its anti-reflective coating, phosphorescent hour and minute hands, and Swiss movement engineering, the Sentinel can stand up to the harshest of environments … including a jam-packed day of client meetings.

  • Swiss three hand movement
  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • Unidirectional ratcheting dive bezel
  • 12/24 hour dial
  • 24mm silicon strap with heavy duty buckle
  • MSRP: $200

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Armitron AD/1010BLK Digital Watch with Black Resin Band – 49MM

You have an app that counts your steps. You have another that tracks your calories. And four more apps to track everything else. What if you could track everything all from the comfort of your wrist? Armitron wants you to focus on getting out into the world and enjoying it. With the sleek all black AD/1010BLK, Armitron help you track everything you need on a daily basis and look really cool while doing it.

  • Pedometer
  • Recording of activity data
  • Five alarms
  • Distance/speed of travel
  • Countdown timer
  • MSRP: $75

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Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch Q Commuter

Fossil understands that staying connected has become a lifestyle. The Hybrid Smartwatch allows you to track your sleep duration and quality, control your music player, keep track of where your phone is, and most importantly does not require you to constantly worry about charging its battery. Still not convinced? It comes in eight different colors. You’re welcome.

  • Activity tracker
  • Interchangeable watch band
  • Text, Email, Social Media notification alerts
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android, iPhone smartphone app compatibility
  • MSRP: $175

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Suunto Traverse Alpha

Getting lost in the wild is not fun. It can be exciting for a few minutes until reality sets in and you remember this was just supposed to be a fun weekend activity. The Traverse Alpha is your one step solution to always finding your way back home. With the automatic breadcrumb feature you will be able to re-trace your steps when needed even if your name isn’t Hansel or Gretel.

  • 100 m/330 ft water resistance
  • Sunrise-sunset times and alerts
  • Hiking, Fishing and Hunting modes
  • Moon phases and moon rise/set times
  • Night vision goggle compatible
  • MSRP: $350

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Casio WSD-F20

For the avid outdoorsman in your family, you’ll want to gift them a watch that really speaks to the seriousness of their interest. The WSD-F20 speaks to that enthusiasm with its 1.32-inch dual layer display, 50-meter water resistance and MIL-STD compliant frame. Even if you yourself don’t really get why this watch is so special, just stare at the photo above. It’ll make sense after a few seconds.

  • GPS + full-color map display
  • Waterproof microphone
  • Air and altitude pressure sensors
  • Built in compass
  • Android, iPhone smartphone app compatibility
  • MSRP: $500

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