What kind of watch did Macgyver wear

Last Updated: July 17, 2016
Written by Elise Tigner

Macgyver was most commonly seen wearing the Timex Military Field Watch

If you were a kid in the seventies, eighties, and early 90s, you probably loved Macgyver. The guy was known for being able to build anything he needed out of whatever was available to aid him in whatever situation he got trapped in.

This ability of his has spawned all manner of ridiculous memes across the internet and even its own popular phrase: To “Macgyver” something together. Angus Macgyver was a secret government agent and scientist who solved problems with his swiss army knife, scientific resourcefulness, and a limitless supply of moxie.

What kind of watch did Macgyver wear

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

The watch that was featured on his wrist most frequently was then called the Timex Military Field watch. Timex has since produced various military styled watches and we think the closest watch available today is the Timex Expedition Scout

The Timex Expedition Scout is a simple, 40mm plastic case watch with a green nylon strap. The watch features quartz movement and an analog display powered by a single battery.

The face features an easy to read black dial with white numbers and markers, complete with 24 hour Arabic numerals. 

Night viewing is assisted by the luminous hands and indiglo backlight that allows the full face to light up. 

Water resistant to 50m, this Timex will hold up well under rain and the elements, but I wouldn't be taking it diving. 

This is an affordable watch for those looking to dress up as Macgyver, want a no-frills watch to take hiking or even wear around the office. 


  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Brass
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Band material: Nylon
  • Water resistance: 50mm (165ft)


  • Indiglo backlight operates by pressing the crown
  • 24 hour Arabic numerals
  • Durable brass case


  • Comfortable to wear
  • Variety of colors to choose from
  • Very affordable


  • Loud ticking sound from second hand

One comment on “What kind of watch did Macgyver wear”

  1. That watch is pretty close to the one MacGyver wore. The actual one he had was a little bit different color and and I think a bit larger. I also don't think his had the blue wave if I'm not mistaken. I bought that camper last year for a beater watch. I wouldn't go swimming with it but I did reach my hand in water several times since I work at a pool and it was fine. Personally I found it a bit too small and hard to read with regular and military time crammed into a 34 mm case. I upgraded to a slightly larger Timex field watch that also has a date.
    PS the strap on that watch is much greener than it looks in the Amazon picture.

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