Ultimate Watch-Buying Guide for Nurses

10 Best Watches for Nurses w%2F Bonus Buying Guide - Blog (1)As a nurse, a watch can come in handy quite often. A watch can help you document important times on patient charts, help you take heart rate and respiratory rate and help make sure you stay on schedule. Because you will use your watch daily, it’s important you choose the right one.

To help make this process a little easier, we’ve put together a watch buying guide for nurses, along with a few watch recommendations of our own.

Types of watches available

There are many different types of watches out there, so it’s important you have an idea of what you like before you start shopping. The two main types of watches are digital and analog.

Nurse Buff says, “when choosing between the two, consider your comfort and work efficiency. Although most nurses and nursing schools recommend analog watches, if you are used to digital ones then you can work more efficiently with it.”1

From there, you must decide between a wristwatch or a lapel. Each style has their pros and cons. While some nurses like the ease of a wristwatch, it also creates a new surface to harbor germs and get potentially damaged from hand washing.

Other things to keep in mind when deciding on watch types include backlighting and cost.

What to look for in a watch

According to Nurse Buff, there are ten things to consider when looking for a watch to use in clinical work:

  1. Easy to clean
  2. Lightweight
  3. Medium to large base plate
  4. Affordable
  5. Easy battery replacement
  6. Replaceable band
  7. Has corresponding military time format
  8. Has second hand
  9. Equipped with back light or glow-in-the-dark feature
  10. Water resistant1

Keeping these watch characteristics in mind will help prevent you from buying a watch that may cause you issues down the road.

Stethoscope Reviews suggests “[preparing] a list of things that you require in your medical watch. Ensure that they are important points but not unnecessary wants.”2

Our watch recommendations for nurses

By doing our own search on the Internet, keeping the above considerations in mind, we found a few watches that might match your list of needs for a medical watch. Use theses recommendations to pick your own medical watch, or use them as a starting point for your own watch shopping.

Think Medical Unisex Stethoscope Watch | PRICE: $16.98

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This watch is great because it clips right onto your stethoscope! It includes three hands and a military time dial. It is water resistant and has a two year battery life.

Men’s or Women’s Silicone Pin-On Nurses Watch | PRICE: $7.99

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The great thing about this watch is that it can be pinned onto your scrubs upside down so it can be read quickly in a downward glance. It’s silicone body also means that it is easy to clean.

Timex Weekender Watch | PRICE: $27.00

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This watch features three hands and an Indiglo backlight. It also has a 12-hour and 24-hour time track – which is extremely handy. (Did we mention the numbers are bright, fun colors?)

Casio Classic Digital Chronograph Watch | PRICE: $24.46

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For those looking for a digital watch, this watch features 12 and 24 hour time formats as well as a chronograph and stopwatch. It also has a calendar and built-in alarm system.

What type of watch do you have? Share with us in the comments below!


  1. http://www.nursebuff.com/2015/09/best-watches-for-nurses/
  2. http://mystethoscopereviews.com/best-watches-for-nurses/