I have read a few older posts on this site regarding this topic, but I thought I would get some more POV.
I'm a new male nurse and typically just wear whatever cheap watch I happen to have on my wrist. I like having an alarm on mine, so I often go digital. That said (while looking for a watch with alarms) I came across the FOB style and lapel style watches. They are actually kind of intriguing to me.
If I had one, I wouldn't get a watch band dirty with all of the hand washing, and I would think it would be more sanitary than wearing a wrist watch. You would just sort of look down and see the time and BINGO!
But I don't know how practical they are. Are they easy to use in practice? Do they actually have greater benefits to nurses as compared to a wrist watch? And is there a way to wear one fairly discreetly? All the ones I have seen are (pardon me for saying) pretty feminine. Can they be attached to name badges? Finally, my scrubs don't have any belt loops, so I'm not sure wear/how to attach a FOB carbiner style watch.
This topic certainly isn't Earth-shattering; I just was curious about trying something different out (although I hear that the lapel watches are quite traditional in Europe).