The Best Watches For Nurses
(Practical, Simple, Affordable)
If you are in the medical or nursing profession and need a good watch for work, then you have come to the right place.
The following are nine of the best watch options for anyone who needs a simple, reliable, and easy to read what they can wear on the job. The main characteristics I looked for in these watches was
- Easy to read (clear, fast to read)
- Easy to clean (water resistant, good materials)
- Affordable (all under $100 or way less)
- Great for taking pulses (counting seconds in general)
The first section is specific medical/nursing watches that are designed for purpose, while the ones further down are also great options. You can jump to each using the Table of Contents below.
1. VAVC Scrub Medical Watch
One of the first watches designed specific for nurses is this Scrub watches from VAVC. Like all good medical watches it is very easy to read with large black hour markers against a white face. There are also 24 hour markers on the inner circle, and the seconds hand is nice and easy to see in red for taking pulses and the like.
VAVC have also made this watch super-practical with 50m water resistance (so it can get wet while washing your hands) a sapphire coated crystal to protect against scratches and an easy to clean leather band.
All in all this watches ticks all the boxes for a nurses watch and it’s super affordable too. The only thing some people may not like is that it is on the large side for a ladies watch at 40mm. There are some smaller options below in the Speidel offerings.
2. Speidel Original Scrub Watch
Speidel are renowned for their medical watches and the Original Scrub has to be one of their most popular models.
Like the VAVC above, it has a super-easy to read face with large hour markers using black on white. The second hand is also red, and there are minute/second markers all around the edge of the face to help count seconds easily.
There are a few key differences with the Speidel over the VAVC though, some good, some bad. First, they use an easy to wash silicone band. But the water resistance of this watch is only 30m, so it can get wet, but it’s not as good as the VAVC.
And this watch is also a tad smaller at 38mm, which is great for ladies or people with smaller wrists. Or someone who just doesn’t want a huge watch on their wrist while working.
The other notable thing is that you can get a variety of band colors, which means you can choose your favorite, rather than just black!
3. Speidel Women’s Scrub Petite
4. Groupcow Silicone Nurses Watch
If you need to check your watch at short notice, or just don’t want to go fumbling around with your sleeves while you work, then this brooch style hanging watch is the perfect solution.
You just pin it to your scrubs and it is ready to go at a moments notice. You just have to slip your hand under it and flip it up to read, then let it go when you are done!
They come in packs of three, in case you lose one. Are super affordable and easy to use. The silicone is easy to clean and the face easy to read with black markers and a long red second hand for taking vitals. The hands also have lume so are easy to read in the dark, another plus for those working night shift.
5. Dakota Nurses Watch
Dakota also have a watch specifically designed for nurses with a unique feature I have not seen on any other. Fifteen second dividers around the border of the watch to help keep close track of the seconds when counting. A handy idea for sure!
The black numbers of white is a standard in the industry as you can see, so the face is also easy to read. Although it does not have the actual numbers for seconds/minutes so you have to work that out yourself, which is a shame.
They have added a 24-hour inner ring of numbers though, which is handy for those using military time at work. And it comes with 50m water resistance, which is great as it protects it well when washing your hands.
Every Day Watches Great For Nurses
6. Timex Women's Weekender
Timex make super-affordable and reliable watches that have been a top seller for decades. So, it’s no surprise they appear in this list of practical watches for nurses with the ever-popular Timex Weekender (which I have reviewed in detail before).
They have been made with a simple design, easy to read face and second hand, and a robust case that will last for years. That is what Timex are renowned for.
Timex produce this watch in a huge range of colors and styles, so if you don’t like this blue one – no worries, just pop over to Amazon and choose another. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.
Oh, and one last thing. Timex give all their watches their signature Indiglo which lights it up like a Christmas tree at the push of a button – so it’s ideal for low light / night shift.
7. Casio Women's Classic
Casio are another brand that has been making highly functional and reliable watches that anyone can afford – for decades. They are renowned for their old-school digital watches and their G Shock range, but this simple model is a great purchase for anyone in the medical profession.
It’s an all plastic affair, with a resin strap. So, easy to clean and great for getting wet – unlike leather straps.
The only thing I would like to see more obvious is the hands, they are perhaps a little thin for counting seconds compared to some of the watches above (with the stand-out red hand).
8. Casio F91W Classic Digital
If you just want to be able to tell the time and count seconds at a glance, or even run a stop watch, then a digital watch might be a far better choice.
Casio have been making the F-91W forever, and it has been seen on all kinds of weird and wonderful wrists around the world, including Obama’s back in college.
Why? Because it is simple, easy to read, cheap and has multiple alarms and a stopwatch. It’s also usually way under twenty bucks, so you can almost afford to throw them out once a year!
9. Timex Women's Ironman Transit
Another option if you are looking for a digital display is Timex’s Ironman series. The transit is a simple women’s model, but they have a huge range to choose from.
I like this model because the display is wide and easy to read, it is 100m water resistance, which most of the watches above can’t claim. And, it has a stop watch that is super easy to use, as well as a built in calendar which is great for checking your schedule.
And, of course, it’s a Timex, so reliable, affordable and it has Indiglo – so is a cinch to read at night.