11 Best Watches for Male Nurses: 2020 Reviews and Buying Guide

So, what inspired us to research watches for male nurses today?

In our watch review series for professionals, we have touched just about everyone else but these unsung heroes.

Nurses are the ones coordinating most of the hospital and clinic script from behind the scenes to make it work. They are not given as much recognition as they should for all the good work that they are doing.

For all that, telling them ‘thank you’ when they attend to us is not enough. That is why we have decided to thank them in our special way – and we came up with eleven of the best watches for male nurses.


Quick Peek at the Best Watches for Male Nurses

We know that you are busy, so you might not have all the time in the world to read through all of this piece.

So, we split this list into different sections. You can click on the section you would like to see from the table of content showing above this section.

From each of the sections are watches under different categories too.

There, our best smartwatch for nurses remains the Apple Watch Series 5. If you would like to have the oximeter to be on your smartwatch, you can go for the Apple Watch Series 6 instead. For Android device users, you will enjoy the Galaxy Watch 3 much better.

Smartwatches are not all that we have on this list, though. The Casio Pro Trek Quartz Watch is a great piece of rugged, lasting machinery for nurses also. Fans of clip-on watches will find the Dakota Leather Field Clip Watch right in place while the Timex Expedition Rugged Metal Watch doubles as an outdoor watch too.

When you have the time, skip to the section where we discuss the things that we considered while choosing these watches for you. That way, you know we had all of your unique needs in mind when coming up with this list.


Smartwatches for Male Nurses

In one of our previous works, we discussed the benefits of smartwatches for nurses and the top picks in this region for those professionals also.

We have not forgotten how important these watches are for nurses, so we have brought back some of the top picks for you here.


Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

We would have chosen the Watch Series 6, but this one also gets the job done without tacking on the additional costs of the new flagship watch.

With every Apple Watch Series 5, you get top-notch mobile phone connectivity, activity tracking, and a ton of other important sensors.

Out of all the activities that can be tracked, we are more interested in the sleep aspect. Seeing as most nurses do not get enough sleep makes this feature all the more important. This way, you can plan your sleep time better to get more quality sleep so you can always be at your best.

With increased developer activity around the watch, you get to do so much more with the Apple watch every year.


PROS
  • Quality sensors with accurate readings.
  • Heart rate monitoring in real-time.
  • Effective sleep tracking.
  • Built with quality.
  • Easily customizable.
CONS
  • Doesn’t pair well with Android devices.
  • Sells for a premium.

Galaxy Watch 3

Galaxy Watch 3

We might not be suggesting the latest Apple smartwatch, but we are not going the same route with the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

The Watch 3 design follows what we saw on the original Galaxy Watch. The bezels make this watch very functional for everyday use and better interaction. Of course, we could use an improved AI assistant on the watch, but Samsung has done well on all other aspects.

The fact that this watch plays better with iOS units than the Apple watches pair with Android devices is another win.

That said, it also has a ton of useful features (sleep tracking, activity tracking, calorie monitoring, wellness, etc) to makes your life easier.


PROS
  • Pairs with iOS and Android devices just fine
  • Has a great design for everyday use
  • The bezel on watch faces makes it highly functional
  • High-quality build and impressive durability to match
CONS
  • Certain sensors not yet manufacturer-enabled

Galaxy Watch Active 2

Galaxy Watch Active 2

The predecessor to the Galaxy Watch 3 from Samsung above has been a fan favorite for some time too.

If you do not like the bezels on the Galaxy Watch 3, this is probably the best pick for you.

The watch face is also traditional enough that it doesn’t stand out too much against your outfit. Like most smartwatches, you can swap the bands on this watch. Unlike most smartwatches, traditional watch bands will work with it.

Besides the fact that you can transform your Galaxy Watch Active 2 inside and out, it also impresses with amazing sensors and features out of the box. It does not have the oximeter (which is yet to be activated on the Galaxy Watch 3 right now anyway) and its sensors will be slightly less accurate, but it makes for a solid watch still.

Given the ‘Active’ tag in its name, this timepiece is designed for people who are always on the move.


PROS
  • Samsung’s impressive quality of build is evident.
  • A great choice for users who don’t like the bezel.
  • Simple yet elegant design.
  • Packs a ton of wellness and activity tracking sensors.
CONS
  • Lacks an oximeter sensor present on the Watch 3

Casio Watches for Male Nurses

Casio watches are known for their ruggedness, style, and design. The brand has also made a name for itself as one of the quality watchmakers in the market.

Thus, we were glad to see that there are some picks here that will catch the fancy of our male nurses in the house. Check out what we found in our research.


Casio Pro Trek Quartz Watch

Casio Pro Trek Quartz Watch

Casio is known for its digital display watches but we also know that the second count is important to nurses. So, we found one that combined the best of both worlds while still staying stylish.

The Pro Trek series watches are known for their top quality. If we were ever making a list of waterproof watches for nurses – up to the first 100 meters at least – this guy will surely be on it.

On the outside of the watch is a combination of a resin case and directional bezel around a mineral glass that is well insulated against scratches and breakage.

For perks, this watch features four sensors – thermometer, altimeter, barometer, and compass. That makes it well suited to nurses who also spend some time enjoying outdoor events. Rounding off with a legible face and Bluetooth functionality, this is one of the best Casio watches to ever be made.


PROS
  • Features Bluetooth connectivity to mobile devices.
  • Casio’s promise of durability and ruggedness stands.
  • Comes with four sensors – thermometer, altimeter, barometer, and compass.
  • Suitable for outdoor-loving nurses.
  • LED light function for low light visibility.
  • Second-hand count.
  • Automatic magnetic declination correction.
CONS
  • Not for a fan of very big watch faces.
  • The alarm is a little low sounding.
  • Doesn’t pass for a full smartwatch.

Casio Super Illuminator MTD-1079D-1A3VCF

Casio Super Illuminator MTD-1079D-1A3VCF

We present to you a Casio watch that also doubles as a dress watch for when you are not on duty.

More than being a great watch for male nurses, this is also one of the fine watches for nursing students who want a timepiece for multiple purposes.

At this point, we should stop mentioning how durable Casio watches are. Instead, we will focus on the Rolex-like design which gives us a legible watch face with date/ day complication. A sweeping second hand is added for convenience and we know some nurses who would find that useful.

The most impressive thing about this watch is not even the amazing design but the time accuracy which is set to about 20 seconds (give or take) per month. Never worry about losing or gaining time in error anymore.


PROS
  • Design passes for an everyday watch.
  • Great watch for nursing students and registered nurses.
  • Quality material of build.
  • Simple watch face for better readability.
  • Doubles as a budget diver watch.
CONS
  • The contrast on the watch’s hands could be better.
  • The chain looks cheap – but okay for the price.

Speidel Watches for Male Nurses

Speidel does not only sell some of the most inexpensive watches on this list but tailored to nurses too.

Even after picking any of the other watches on this list, we recommend that you have a Speidel watch in your collection too. When the time comes to make that decision, here are some great picks you should be looking at.


Speidel Medical Scrub Glow Watch

Speidel Medical Scrub Glow Watch

The name of this watch already tells you that it has the medical folks at heart.

We believe that when we saw the choice of a silicone band, a visible red second hand for easy pulse readings and luminous hands to allow for use in low light situations. The watch is rated for hand washing, something that we know nurses do a lot of times during the day.

The good run of features continues with the easy-to-read dials having the support of a LED backlight to enable better reading in extremely low light. Speidel does one better with the offer of making your watch available to match your scrub color – pink, black, white, teal, or blue.

There is nothing more we would ask from this brand.


PROS
  • Rated for handwashing at 50 meters of water resistance.
  • Available in different colors to match your scrub.
  • Watch face glows in the dark with the push of a button.
  • The second hand is visible, legible, and easy to read.
  • Watch face comes with markings for easy readings.
  • Easy to clean silicone banks makes the watch a hygienic choice.
CONS
  • Loses time fairly fast
  • The battery seems to run out too fast
  • Second-hand ticks; doesn’t sweep

Speidel Scrub 30 Medical Watch

Speidel Scrub 30 Medical Watch

From afar, this watch looks just like the guy above this line. On closer observation, we see that Speidel has slapped on more features here to make this watch even more functional.

The first thing that stands out is the pulsometer. You can now take pulse reading after 30 beats and get the accurate result from the watch face without having to do the calculation all over again. The only other complication on the watch face tells the date.

Every other thing from here is almost the same as the Speidel watch above.

You get different watch bands to match your scrub color. The watch face is also legible enough to allow you to see the time and other details at a glance. While the markers are luminous, though, this one lacks a dedicated LED light functionality. That will be good for battery life but not so great for visibility in low light.


PROS
  • Pulsometer makes pulse readings easier to take.
  • Silicone bands are easy to clean.
  • Multiple silicone band color options to match scrub.
  • Minimalistic watch that can be kept for work alone.
  • Watch hands glow in the dark.
CONS
  • Lacks dedicated LED light.
  • Some units lose time too fast.

Timex Watches for Male Nurses

For those who don’t know about this brand, Timex also makes great watches. Beyond that, their timepieces last fairly long too so you don’t have to worry about changing your daily driver anytime soon. Best of all is that they don’t try to make a hole in your pocket

Of course, there are the more expensive picks from the same watchmaker. We know that is not what you are looking for, though. That is why we brought you the best Timex pieces to make your rounds with.


Timex Men’s Expedition Scout Chronograph Watch

Timex Men’s Expedition Scout Chronograph Watch

The Expedition series remains one of the finest that Timex came up with.

This simple watch features a traditional round face housing the three markers (hour, minutes, and seconds) a calendar complication.

On the watch face are a series of working chronographs to measure time at 30-minute time intervals. They are as accurate as taking measurements of 1/20th of a second. For a profession where every second counts, you should find a good use for that in no time.

This watch is rated water-resistant, up to the first 100 meters, but we don’t recommend going swimming with it either. Nothing to ruin the fine leather tan strap that holds the fine watch to your wrists.


PROS
  • Simple watch design.
  • Working chronograph system.
  • Available in multiple colors and design options.
  • Indiglo technology for better low light visibility.
CONS
  • Watch markers/ hands are not luminous.
  • Doesn’t do well with abuse.

Timex Expedition Rugged Metal Watch

Timex Expedition Rugged Metal Watch

It seems that we just cannot get enough of the Expedition series from Timex.

This one is another piece of great looking watch that the brand offers in different designs.

The simple face design is accentuated by the stationary bezel which provides an extra bit of protection to the watch face. We would have loved to see chronographs here too, so take note of their absence before you pick up the watch.

If that won’t be an issue – which we don’t expect on this unit anyway – you can go on to appreciate the genuine leather strap and Indiglo technology under the hood.

Rated at 50m depth for water resistance, this is not the watch to take swimming and snorkeling.


PROS
  • Another simple watch from Timex.
  • Genuine leather straps.
  • Available in different design options.
  • Luminous hands paired with Indiglo technology for low-light access.
  • Beautiful design on a budget.
  • Keeps a very good time.
CONS
  • Water-resistance just at 50m
  • Design not sturdy enough for heavy usage

Clip-on Watches for Male Nurses

Maybe you would prefer a watch that you can just attach to your scrubs/ pants? This is where clip-on watches come into play.

They have been out of touch for a while – or maybe we are just bad at spotting them on nurses these days. That is why they would make for a fine addition to your list. Something to stand out from the rest of the nurses at the clinic, don’t you think?


Dakota Leather Field Clip Watch

Dakota is known for making carabiner watches of this kind and they have not disappointed. We like the style and design, marrying a beautiful leather design with a stainless steel watch case for a complete feel. A handy calendar complication is the only thing on the watch face so that it doesn’t get too busy. Adding a seconds-hand gives more comfort to nurses that will use this watch. For a watch like this, there is not much else to say. Once you have one of it in your hands, you will know that the purchase has been worth it.

Dakota is known for making carabiner watches of this kind and they have not disappointed.

We like the style and design, marrying a beautiful leather design with a stainless steel watch case for a complete feel. A handy calendar complication is the only thing on the watch face so that it doesn’t get too busy. Adding a seconds-hand gives more comfort to nurses that will use this watch.

For a watch like this, there is not much else to say. Once you have one of it in your hands, you will know that the purchase has been worth it.


PROS
  • Trusted Japanese quartz movement.
  • Unique design on a clip-on watch.
  • Luminescent hands for better visibility in low light.
CONS
  • Quality replacement batteries could be hard to come by.
  • Not made for heavy use.

Dakota Men’s Mini Clip Microlight

Dakota Men’s Mini Clip Microlight

We reviewed other clip-on watch makers for a pick that could replace this one, but it edged them all out. We would rather repeat the same brand than bring you something of lesser quality just to be diversity, anyways.

So, what’s new with this one?

We already know that it is also a clip-on watch from the same maker as above. Here, Dakota chose to leave out the date function on the watch face but brought in a microlight at the top. This can come in handy when looking for things in the dark or you just simply need a tiny light to probe tight corners.

For a watch that has a light on top of it, we would have expected a backlight too. What we get instead are luminescent hour markers which should get the job done to an extent too.

This one has a 100-meter water resistance rating even though we doubt you’ll be taking it swimming anytime soon. It is, however, good to know that the watch is protected against water damage.


PROS
  • Microlight provides handy emergency lighting.
  • 100 water resistance rating.
  • Carries the Dakota badge of quality.
  • Luminescent hour markers.
CONS
  • Missing LED backlight.
  • Batteries don’t last as long as expected.

Watch Buying Guide for Male Nurses

We did not just come up with this list out of the blues. Like we mentioned at the start of the piece, a series of considerations went into choosing the watches here.

Before picking a watch at all, here are some of the things that male nurses need to look at:


Seconds Hand

Time is very important to a nurse. Not just the hours and minutes but the seconds too. That is why a visible second-hand goes a long way.

All of the watches on this list have been chosen such that they all have second hands. We even included a pick from Speidel that incorporates pulse count measurements directly on the watch face. That takes the second count function to a whole new level.


Readability

You don’t have to stare at your watch for a minute to be able to read it. At a glance, you should already get the important information you need.

To ensure legibility, things we looked at are:

  • Watch face – the watch face should be big enough to allow easy reading. At the same time, it should not be too big for comfort. Some watches here – such as the smartwatches – have options for choosing different watch face sizes.
  • Markings – clearly labeled numerals on the watch face also contribute to legibility. Either the markings come in form of signs or numerals, they are all easy to see even from a distance.
  • Hands – the hands on a watch are often difficult to miss, so that is not what we focused on here. Rather, we looked at how luminescent they are so that they show up well in low light conditions. That way, you don’t need an external source of light to see what’s happening on your watch face.
  • Backlight – we could not guarantee that all of the choices on this list have a LED backlight but we did have that on a considerable number of them.

Water Resistance

With the rate of hand-washing goes on with nurses, it would be unwise to suggest to them a watch that is not water-resistant.

That is why we looked at the water-resistance ratings on these watches first. We can guarantee you that ALL of the watches on this list are rated at for at least 50m depth. That way, they also have splash protection – so you can keep them on while washing your hands multiple times throughout the day.


Cleaning

Hygiene is very important for every nurse. Why then would they sport a watch that makes them go against the hygiene culture?

From leather to steel and silicone, the various watches on this list can easily be cleaned at home. You don’t need any special equipment to clean them either. Get a soft, wet cloth to wipe down the watch bands, face, and back from time to time. No more, no less, and you are good to go.


Durability

No one wants a watch that gives up after the slightest fall, brush against an external surface, or other unplanned collisions. These things will happen at some points, although the frequency of that will differ between users.

While we don’t support putting your wristwatches under abuse and stress, we want to be sure they will hold up well when they come under such conditions. Fortunately, all of the watches on this list pass that test – although to varying degrees.


What Caught Your Fancy?

We have tried to make this list as inclusive as possible.

From smartwatches to household names in everyday watches and clip-on picks, there is almost no stone that we left unturned. Best believe that you will find a nice watch to suit your style and needs here as a male nurse.

That said, we would love to know which of these watches caught your fancy the most. Likewise, what about it stood out to you? We’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments section.