Good wrist-watch w/ second hand?


Hi all,

First clinical day coming up next Sunday (ahhhh), and I need to have a wrist-watch with a second hand.

Anyone have any good recommendations? I'd want it to be a little loose to accommodate hand-washing and I have a decent sized wrists for a guy, I'd say...

Thanks in advance!



836 Posts

The cheapest plastic thing you can find. No cloth or leather or any material that can't handle being wiped down with disinfectant.


14,633 Posts

Cheapest thing you can find that is waterproof and has a second hand. Something that can be cleaned, with bleach if necessary. Something that won't bother you if it gets ruined in clinical -- something you can consider basically disposable. Save the "nice" watches for outside of the hospital.

I got v. good results from a $7 (I think that's how much it was -- selected from their cheapest assortment of watches) watch from Walmart -- silver metal with a metal expansion band.


marie.rn2419, RN

Specializes in ICU. 71 Posts

I wore a cheap one from Walmart through nursing school. For my graduation, my husband bought me a really nice baby-G (chick version of G-shock). My watch has lasted me years, and I plan to buy the same watch when this one goes.

As for mens watches, my husband works an active job, as well, and wears a men's G-shock that he loves. I think his was around 160$, and worth the investment. But, in school, just get something to get you by for now. Who cares what it looks like.

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sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU. 2,395 Posts

I wear Rolex,

but casio and Timex.....just as functional

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

You can also go with a pin-on fob watch... HERE is an example. At first, it's a tad awkward to look down rather than at your wrist, but the added convenience for hand washing is a real plus.


Flatline, BSN, RN

375 Posts

I personally really like and have seen a lot of other nurses wear an Apple watch. When your hands are full, let's say holding pressure or restraining a combative patient, it is nice to be able to sent a text by speaking to your watch or be able to see messages without pulling out your phone.

Definitely not for everyone though.