Your Recommended Watch

  1. Dear Members,

    I am still waiting on that acceptance letter, but I'm starting to think about buying a new watch.

    I usually tend to spend a nice amount of money because I want something that I can rely on.

    Any recommendations as far as a good solid watch for a nurse?

    Right now I have a Citizen Eco-Drive.
    Last edit by agent on Mar 3, '05
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   agent
    ^bump

    Cmon no one has a decent suggestion?
  4. by   KRVRN
    Reconsider going expensive...

    I always go cheap with work watches, like $9.97 at Wal-mart cheap. Then when it gets dirty and nasty from gathering funk and such at work I don't mind throwing it away. They usually last at least a year before I thow them out. I buy the watches with the plastic bands because I feel like I can wash them with soap or wipe them with antibacterial wipes. All you really need the watch to do is tell time and count seconds. I save the nice watches for outside work.
  5. by   elkpark
    I'm with KRVRN -- my only requirements are 1) second hand, 2) waterproof, and 3) CHEEEEEEEP!

    No one at clinical is going to be impressed with an expensive watch anyway, and every day that you wear it to work (clinical) you're taking a chance that it will get destroyed at some point during the day. (One of the best things I ever got told in nursing school (back in the dark ages) was, "Never wear anything to work that you would get upset about if it got ruined ...") Now, if you end up later in an office-type job in a controlled environment, and want to wear a nice watch to work then, go for it. And you can certainly wear as nice a watch as you can afford to class and on your own time ... But for clinicals as a nursing student, the closer to "disposable," the better. And there will be plenty of extra, unexpected expenses during nursing school -- you're better off saving your pennies for when you really need them.

    Best wishes on getting your letter --
  6. by   LPN_mn
    My watch is a timex. It is waterproof, has a second hand and lights up q15 seconds when you push the button. Is great for taking pulse in the dark. I work in LTC and sometimes need to take pulse when resident sleeping. Don't have to wake resident by turning on the lights. You can order it from most nursing uniform magazines. I actually bought mine at wal-mart.
  7. by   stidget99
    Quote from agent
    Dear Members,

    I am still waiting on that acceptance letter, but I'm starting to think about buying a new watch.

    I usually tend to spend a nice amount of money because I want something that I can rely on.

    Any recommendations as far as a good solid watch for a nurse?

    Right now I have a Citizen Eco-Drive.
    WalMart cheapos are the way to go. They are disposable if you need them to be. Now the features that I look for: #1 cheap; #2 flat crystal; #3 second hand; #4 glow in the dark and/or lighted (i work noc shift)
  8. by   rjflyn
    I'll third the cheap unless you have some kind of allergy issue as far as metal on the watch itself goes. Also your watch tends to get bumped and banged around alot. I dont know how many I have physically broken. Course most of those happened when I still worked as a paramedic several years ago.

    I have though see some nice watches being worn. Most the nurses that do though say they wash them in the kitchen sink- ie they are waterresistant to some extent.

    Rj
  9. by   elFNP
    I like the Tag Heuer 2000 series watches as well as the Oakley D1 watches.

    Quote from agent
    Dear Members,

    I am still waiting on that acceptance letter, but I'm starting to think about buying a new watch.

    I usually tend to spend a nice amount of money because I want something that I can rely on.

    Any recommendations as far as a good solid watch for a nurse?

    Right now I have a Citizen Eco-Drive.
  10. by   Fiona59
    I like the pin on your chest type watch. Don't buy an expensive one. I pick mine up at those watch stalls in malls ($10 and you get a spare battery). The only one that ever let me down was the one I forgot to take off (didn't make it through the washing machine).

    A friend got an expensive nurses watch from her parents as a gift. Broke the crystal the first time she wore it to clinicals (hit it on a bedrail). She also swears by cheapies!

    Away from work its Seiko.
  11. by   V. Nightingale
    My husband bought me a G-Shock watch for Christmas 2 years ago and I love it. It's solar powered, hooked into the atomic clock in Colorado so the time is always right, and it's practically indestructible. Instead of metal or fabric it has a resin band, so it doesn't hold onto yucky stuff I pick up at work.
  12. by   redwinggirlie
    Yay! I'm not the only one wearing the cheap watches. I buy them in pairs, leave one in the locker, the other on my wrist to be destroyed by washing my hands a ZILLION times! I've killed two lovely timepieces in two years. My cheapie? Still going after a year and a half. Walmart special at 5.99
  13. by   agent
    Tag hauer sounds nice, but the g-shock sounds more reasonable.

    Thanks to everyone who posted.
  14. by   explorer
    Quote from agent
    ^bump

    Cmon no one has a decent suggestion?
    Timex

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