There’s a lot of things that medical professionals need to navigate through their work. Yes, there is the obvious medical equipment such as stethoscopes and charts. But there are also less-obvious things that actually affect their work. These could be getting a pair of comfortable shoes since they’re often on their feet a lot. Or maybe a nice pen they can carry around when they’re writing things down. And, of course, a trusty nurse watch to help them get through the long hours. For this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best nurse watches that won’t put a dent on your budget.
Apple Watch Series 5
We’re starting off this list with a giant. Everyone knows that Apple products are not just here to deliver, but also to impress. The Apple Watch Series 5 is equipped with a ton of cool features. This watch comes with a GPS and a built-in compass. It also has electrical and optical heart sensors that come with a cool ECG app. With its Always-On Retina Display, this watch basically never sleeps. The watch also has a pretty neat noise app that alerts you when things are getting too loud. If you’re on the move constantly, the watch helps you track your progress. You can also use this watch to make calls, text, and even listen to music.
Timex Expedition Field Mini Watch
Next up, we have this Timex Women’s Expedition Metal Field Mini Watch. This is a small watch, measuring 26mm in diameter. But despite its small size, the watch is quite easy to read. It has large Arabic numerals in black, which makes a good contrast against the cream dial. Smaller Arabic numerals are also displayed around the circumference of the dial, which shows a 24-hour format. To add to its readability, the watch also has Indiglo light-up technology for its backlight and also has luminous hands. Speaking of the hands, the hour and minute hands are in white with a black outline to ensure visibility while the second hand is in a vibrant red. The watch’s band is a nylon strap with brown leather trimming and can fit on wrists that are up to 7.5 inches in circumference. Lastly, the watch has a decent 50m water-resistance to withstand short periods of recreational swimming.
Timex Women’s Weekender Slip-Thru
If you’re looking for something less traditional and more eye-catching, we have here the Timex Women’s Weekender 31mm Watch. This watch has a beautiful floral pattern slip-thru nylon strap in blue that is also adjustable. The watch has a standard white dial with large, black Arabic numerals, making it a breeze to read. It also has smaller 24-hour military time numerals encircling the center of the dial. The watch hands are also in black, except for the second hand which is in a bright yellow. This watch also features Indiglo backlight and a 30m water-resistance.
Swatch Women’s GS124 Rainbow Dial
Want to bring some color into your regular scrubs setup? Well, consider this Swatch Women’s Quartz Rainbow Dial Plastic Watch. Both the strap and the dial incorporate a vibrant horizontal rainbow pattern that really catches the eye. To really place to focus on the rainbow design, the watch case is in a clear plastic that looks pretty cool. The band is also made of plastic and has a buckle closure. To create contrast for readability, the hour markers are in large, white Arabic numerals with a cool font. The circle-tipped baton hands are also in white to match the white numerals. Lastly, this watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters.
Timex Unisex Weekender
A third Timex watch makes it to our list is the Timex Unisex Weekender 38mm Watch. The watch has a classic cream dial with large, black Arabic numerals for the usual 12-hour markers and smaller ones for the 24-hour military time. Its watch hands are also in black, except for the second hand which is in red. To ensure optimal readability, the watch also features Indiglo light-up technology for when you need to read the time in the dark. The watch’s strap is made of nylon and is in a cool olive green color. It is adjustable and can fit wrists up to 8 inches in circumference. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters and is perfectly fine when exposed to splashes and brief submersion.
Casio Women’s LRW200H-7BVCF Sports Watch
Up next, we have this cool Casio Women’s Sports Watch. The watch is in a pristine all-white, with the exception of its markers which need to be in a different color to create contrast. Its strap is made out of resin and has a buckle closure. The watch also features a bi-directional bezel with black markers. Despite being all-white, the watch makes up for the lack of color by adding a splash of pastel to the 12-hour indexes. The colors featured on the large Arabic numerals include pink, purple, blue, and green. The 24-hour indexes, on the other hand, are in a standard black and are smaller in print. This watch also features a small date window at the 3 o’clock position. Lastly, this watch has pretty good water-resistance of 100 meters, which means you’ll have no problem taking it on a swim.
Timex Women’s Easy Reader Date
For our next entry in our list of nurse watches, we have the Timex Women’s Easy Reader Date Expansion Band Watch, a simple and traditional stainless steel watch. The watch has a sleek, expandable stainless steel band which fits wrists up to 7.5 inches in circumference. Its dial design is very clean and minimalistic, removing frivolous features that might get in the way. It has large Arabic numerals in black and also features a tiny date window at the 3 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are in black while the second hand is white. This watch is also equipped with Indiglo light-up and a 30m water-resistance.
Casio- Analog Sport Watch
If you’re searching for something with a tougher look, consider the Casio- Analog Sport Watch. It has a cool black resin band with a matching black resin case. The watch also features a rotating bezel and a mineral dial window. Its dial is in a grainy black with large white Arabic numerals to create a good amount of contrast for optimum readability. The watch also features 24-hour military time in a much smaller font and three white watch hands. It comes with a day of the week and date window at the 3 o’clock position and has 100m water resistance.
Casio Women’s MQ24-7B3LL Classic
Up next, we have the Casio Women’s Classic Black Resin Band Watch, a no-nonsense watch perfect for nurses. This watch has a sleek, black resin strap with buckle closure. It features a two-tone dial, with the outer dial being a classic white and the inner one being a silver-tone sunray. Matching the inner dial, the three watch hands are also in a nice silver hue. The black hour markers are in large Arabic numerals, making it quite easy to read the time.
Casio Women’s BA-111-1ACR Baby-G
If you’re unsure about getting analog or digital, then the Casio Women’s Baby-G Analog-Digital Display Quartz Black Watch splits it both ways. The watch has a sturdy resin band with buckle closure and hefty 100m water resistance. It is mostly in black with a touch of pink for an accent color. It is shock-resistant and comes with a lot of cool features like stopwatch, world time, calendar, and alarms — functions that come in handy in the medical field. As mentioned, the watch has both analog and digital display, and you can easily see both with the watch’s LED backlight feature.
Casio Unisex MRW200H-2BV Neo-Display Sports Watch
For the fourth Casio watch in a row, we have the Casio Unisex Neo-Display Black Watch. This watch combines a mostly black color scheme with a splash of cerulean. It has a sturdy resin case and band and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The bright blue Arabic numerals against the black dial create a good contrast that makes the watch easy to read. Plus, it also has neo-display. As mentioned, the 12-hour markers are in a large blue font, while the 24-hour military time is in a much smaller font. The hour and minute hands are white with a blue outline, while the second hand is blue with a white arrowhead tip enclosed in a blue outline. This practical watch is perfect for nurses on the go!
Dakota Watch Company Mini Clip Microlight Watch
Taking a short break from wristwatches, we have the Dakota Watch Company Mini Clip Microlight Watch. This watch can be easily clip on to you. It has a carabiner closure and runs with a Miyota movement. You won’t have any trouble reading the time on this watch at night since it has an ultra-bright LED microlight and luminescent hands and markers. The watch is also water-resistant up to 30 meters.
VAVC Nurse Watch
Looking for something sleek and easy to read? Well, consider the VAVC Nurse Watch. This watch is in a clean and beautiful white. It has a stainless steel case and a soft white leather strap. This watch has a big white dial that features 12-hour, 24-hour, and minute markers. The 12-hour markers are in large, black Arabic numerals while the other two markers are in smaller red ones. Its hour and minute hands are in a sleek silver hue, while its second hand is in a bright red, matching the 24-hour and minute markers. And, of course, the watch keeps accurate time with its high-quality Japanese movement.
WIOR Nurse Lapel Pin Watch
Now, here’s a watch specifically made for the medical professionals. The WIOR Nurse Lapel Pin Watch is a medical lapel pin watch that you can pin on your clothes or scrubs for easy access. It’s made of alloy and is water-resistant enough to survive splashes. It has a clean dial with large, black Arabic numerals for its 12-hour display, and much smaller red numerals for the 24-hour military time. The hour and minutes hands are white with a black outline, while the second hand is red with a red-outlined white arrowhead tip.
Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
For the second smartwatch on our list or nurse watches, we have the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch. This watch is not only incredibly functional but also quite handsome. It has an elegant design with premium finishes. The battery performance is great and it comes with a lot of cool features. It has a rotating bezel that you can use for navigation purposes. The watch also gives you access to your notifications such as texts, alerts, alarms, and updates. And for an added plus, this watch also helps you track your progress in terms of your health and fitness goals.
Swatch Unisex GN718 Originals
Next up, we have this beautiful Swatch Unisex Originals Navy Blue Watch. The watch is in a handsome navy blue and has a textured silicon band. Its white Arabic numeral indexes create a nice contrast against the navy blue dial, making it quite easy to read. This watch also makes use of some bright green accents which you can see on the markers and on the watch hands. The watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters and also features a day and a date window at the 3 o’clock position.
Speidel Medical Scrub Glow Watch
For our next entry on this list of nurse watches, we have this handsome Medical Scrub watch from Speidel. The watch has a beautiful navy silicon band that goes perfectly well with the stainless steel case and white dial. It is very easy to read the time on this watch with the big Arabic numerals for the 12-hour markers. The watch also features 24-hour and minute markers in a smaller red font. What’s more, its hands are luminous and the red second hand is very visible, making this watch very easy to read. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters and also features a backlight for night reading.
Armitron 45/7012 Digital Women’s Sports Watch
Next, we have this cool digital sports watch from Amitron. The white and gold color combination on this watch makes it quite a handsome timepiece to have for nurses. It has a white resin band with buckle closure and a gold stainless steel case. The watch has a digital dial that shows the time in a big font and also features a day and date display, backlight, and dual time. Lastly, this watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
Bestgrew Unisex Nurses Luminous Lapel Pocket Watches
Now, this entry is not one, not two, but three watches. Yes, this Bestgrew Nurse Watches come in a set of three. These are brooch watches with silicone covers that you can easily pin to the lapel of your scrub suit. They have a bright dial with black Arabic numerals and glow-in-the-dark hands for easy readability. For a set of three, they are extremely affordable and give accurate time.
Swatch Classic Casual Watch
Last, but not the least of our list of nurse watches, we have this beautiful Swatch Classic Casual Watch. This all-white watch looks pristine with touches of gold. This goes perfectly well with your your scrub suit. It has a nice white silicone strap and is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The dial design is quite clean, with a classic white dial and large, Arabic numerals in gold print. Matching the numerals, the watch hands are also in gold.
What to Look for in a Nurse Watches
There are a few things that you need to consider when it comes to purchasing nurse watches. It’s not an any-watch-will-do situation. There are certain things that medical professionals particularly look for in a watch. So, in this section, we’ll be taking a look at the things you need to keep in mind when looking for nurse watches.
Readability is important when it comes to nurse watches. For doctors and nurses, every second counts. Often, they’re in a rush and have no business being stalled by pausing and squinting their eyes just to read the time. So here are a couple of factors that affect the readability of a watch.
- Clean Dial Design. The dial design is important. Minimalist looks are preferred over cluttered dials. Often, when there’s too much going on on the dial, it can be quite distracting. Clean and minimalistic designs make it easier and quicker to read the time.
- Luminescence. It is also quite important to read the time at any portion of the day. This includes the night. And it’s not only being able to read the time at night, but also in situations where lighting is not that good. Having luminescent hands and markers can really give the wearer an improved experience when it comes to readability. An added plus is if the watch also has a glow in the dark dial or backlight.
- Second Hand. Sometimes, watches would only have an hour and minute hand available. You should look for a watch that has a second hand. Why is this important? Well, there are certain aspects in a medical professional’s work that requires taking note of the time down to the second, such as measuring heart rates.
2. Watch Material
When choosing nurse watches, you should know what materials you’d prefer the watch to be made out of. In particular, it’s important to note the strap material. There are different kinds such as stainless steel, silicon, resin, rubber, etc. What’s important is choosing a watch that is made of materials that are easy to clean. Working in the medical field can often get messy, thus, it is essential to have a watch that you can easily clean and sterilize, not only for aesthetic but for safety reasons as well.
3. Other Features
Here are some other features you should consider when purchasing a nurse watch.
- Lightweight. Bulky watches will only get in the way. It’s best to have a nice lightweight watch to make things easier.
- Water-Resistance. You get exposed to a lot of liquids. And as mentioned, you’ll often have to clean your watch. So it’s important to have a nurse watch that is at least water-resistant up to 30 meters so it’ll withstand splashes.
- Affordability. Of course, you have to consider the price. You might have narrowed down your pick for a nurse watch, but it may also be out of your budget. Consider getting an affordable watch that meets the bare necessities of a nurse watch. You don’t have to go grand. What’s important is that it helps you get the job done.
The medical field is one that is hard to navigate. Serving the people and getting them back to prime health is, indeed, a noble job. And the little things you can do to help make a medical professional’s job a bit easier and lighter can go a long way. So you may not be a doctor or a nurse yourself. But don’t immediately disregard this list. Think about your loved one in the medical field, and consider getting them a nice nurse watch to help them out in your own little way. The little things could go a long way.