Best Easy to Read Watches for Seniors (Large Face Watches for the Elderly)

By: Scott Grant, Certified Senior Advisor®, ATP, CRTS®

Are you looking for the perfect watch for yourself or a senior loved one? Choose one that is easy to read and use with large faces that have big numbers? Below you will find a list of the best easy to read watches for seniors.

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In recent years, watches have turned into fashion accessories, with most people now opting to use their mobile phones to tell time; however, these traditional time telling devices are still quite useful to some. Seniors are accustomed to using traditional watches to tell time.

Furthermore, some seniors are not used to checking the time on their phones. With that in mind, the watch can help your elderly loved one keep up with their daily schedule by telling time in an accurate and convenient manner.

The best watches should not only be easy to read, but also come with a few additional features that are useful to seniors. With that in mind, the available options include analog, digital and talking watches.

Here’s a comprehensive review of the best easy to read watches for seniors, complete with some recommended products and some of the main factors to keep in mind when shopping around.

Video Guide: Easy to Read Watches for Seniors and the Elderly

Here is a video I created that covers all the key points of this guide. Or, keep scrolling to read the details!

Best Analog Watches For Seniors

Here are my recommended watches for older adults who prefer the old standby analog, mechanical watch. The next section will highlight digital options.

1. Casio Men’s ‘Easy To Read’ Quartz Casual Watch

Casio is known for their accurate, reliable and durable time pieces; and, this Men’s Easy to Read watch is no different from their legendary offering of years past. This timeless watch comes in the classic three hand (hour, minute and second) analog style. The bezel and case are made using a lightweight and durable resin material.

Furthermore, the watch comes with a long lasting battery that will serve users for no less than 3 years. Other features of the watch include an accurate quartz movement and water resistance up to 50m.

There are a number of reasons why this Casio watch is a great fit for seniors, the main one being the easy to read display. The watch comes with a large face, covered by large Arabic numerals. And highly visible hands that are easy to make out. This, combined with the high contrast between the numbers and the background make it possible for users, including those with diminished eyesight, to tell the time with a quick glance.

If you are looking for a simple watch that is designed to accurately tell the time, while being easy to read, then be sure to consider this option.


2. Ultima Low Vision Watch

Specifically designed for use by people with low vision, this Ultima watch is a great option for seniors. In addition to having a large face, this stylish and water resistant watch has a gold tone finish and stainless steel back and quartz movement. To round up the watch’s classic look, the Ultima comes with a leather band.

As a low vision watch, the Ultima comes with a large face dotted by large Arabic numerals and thick hour and minute hands. Simply put, against the contrasting background, the numbers and hands are easily seen. Your elderly loved one will definitely have an easy time telling the time from this watch even with reduced vision.

It is also worth noting that the Ultima’s design and appearance is quite appealing. The gold finish goes very well with the quality-looking black leather straps. This means that you can expect your loved one to enjoy wearing this watch for its elegance as well as its functionality!


3. Five Senses Atomic! Talking Watch

If you are looking for an easy to operate watch that always tells the most accurate time right down to the second, then this Atomic Talking Watch is definitely worth considering. To make it as easy as possible for users with an eyesight deficiency to tell the time, the watch comes with a talking feature on top of the large Arabic numbers and hour, minute and second hands.

This watch has a variety of selling points, as far as seniors are concerned. For starters, since it automatically sets itself by connecting to the Atomic clock, it frees the user from having to regularly set it. However, since it is powered by a battery, you will need to get a new battery after every six months or so.

Secondly, upon the press of a button, the watch talks, and tells the time, date, alarm status and signal strength in a clear and audible English voice.

The watch comes with a stainless steel case and band. For an easy and comfortably snug fit, the band is designed in the form of a flex expandable bracelet. This means that it can comfortably fit most wrists, both large and small, without any issues.

Even with the above selling points, this watch does have a few drawbacks. To begin with, you need to manually set the watch to the right time zone, for it to automatically update the time. This process can be lengthy and confusing for some seniors. Furthermore, the watch comes with small buttons that seniors with arthritic or shaky hands might struggle with.

All in all, if you can live with the downsides, this watch will definitely make you or your elderly loved one’s life easier.


4. Timex Easy Reader Watch

A popular option for the last 40 years, it’s hard to argue against the classic appeal of the Timex Easy Reader Watch. Each and every detail of the watch is specifically meant to make it simple and sensible to users. In a nutshell, the watch comes with a gold tone brass case, cream dial and adjustable genuine leather straps.

For easy reading of time, the watch has large Arabic numerals, hour, minute and second hands, as well as a date window at the 3 o’clock mark. The clean dial layout, and contrast between the large numbers and hands against the cream background makes for an easily readable watch. To make things even better, the watch comes with indiglo back-light technology that makes it easier for users to read the time in the dark.

The watch also comes with scratch resistant glass and a long lasting battery that is said to last for up to 10 years.

However, even though the watch is water resistant for up to 30 meters, users are discouraged from swimming or even bathing while wearing it.


5. Anne Klein Women’s Easy to Read Leather Strap Watch

If you are looking for the perfect easy to read watch for your elderly mom or aunt, consider this elegant women’s watch by Anne Klein. This round faced time piece comes with a navy blue dial under a mineral glass window and rose gold hands and numbers designed for easy reading. Underneath all this, the watch features a Japanese quartz movement. To top things off the watch features navy blue leather band with a buckle closure system.

To ensure that the user can read the time clearly, there is a lot of contrast between the navy blue face and large rose gold tone hands and numbers. The alpha style hands also make for easy reading as they do not interfere with the numbers in any way.

It is important to note that while the watch is said to be water resistant up to 30m, it should not be worn during swimming as it can only survive light splashes of water.


Best Digital Watches For Seniors

Here are my recommended digital watches for older adults who prefer to tell the time at a quick glance or could become confused by the hands of a manual watch.

1. Five Senses English Talking Digital Atomic Watch

Another awesome talking watch by Five Senses, this variant switches things up with a crystal clear digital display. If your elderly loved one would be better served by having a watch that sounds out the time, date and alarm status as well as signal reception status, or by simply reading all this information from a digital display, then this option is a great fit.

Once the watch is set to the right time zone, it automatically updates the time, in line with the Atomic clock, on a daily basis. The watch even accounts for daylight savings on its own. Simply put, with this watch, your elderly loved one does have to keep fiddling with the settings to make sure that it always tells time accurately.

To simplify things, a large top button is used to activate the audio time telling feature. Once it is pressed, a clear and audible English voice speaks out all the information described above.

The watch also has a backlit display feature that makes it easier for the user to clearly see the large digital display in the dark or limited light conditions.


2. Armitron Sport Unisex Watch

For those that would be better served by a more feminine looking watch, packing a few extra features, this Armitron Sport Unisex watch is worth considering. This product comes with a resin case and silicone band – both of which come with powder blue and rose gold tone color details. The large LCD screen displays the time, with seconds and day included as well. Lastly, the watch is based n a quartz movement.

In addition to the large LCD screen, which shows large easy to read numbers and characters, this watch also comes with a highly useful backlight feature that makes it easier for users to read the time in poorly lit or dark conditions.

As a feature rich digital watch, the Armitron Sport also comes with military time, chronograph, alarm and even lap time functions. The watch is also water resistant up to 330ft or 100m – and can therefore be worn during swimming and snorkeling; however, it is not suitable for diving.

All in all, this is a great option for highly active seniors, who enjoy engaging in a variety of fun fitness activities.


3. SoundPEATS Smart Watch With Fitness Tracker

Talking of feature rich easy to read watches for seniors, this SoundPEATS Smart Watch takes things a notch higher by adding a few more interesting features to the mix. To make sure that the user gets to easily read the time, the watch face can be set to display large characters that include the time, date and day, and battery status, in contrasting colors to the background.

Other useful features found on this high-tech smart watch include fitness, heart rate, and sleep tracking capabilities. The watch comes with 12 sports modes to ensure that users can track just about any activity they can think of. This device also comes with useful smart features including showing call and text notifications – which can even be conveniently read on the watch.

It is also worth mentioning the fact that this watch can be worn for days, thanks to its water and swimming resistance as well as the long lasting battery, which can go for up to 8 days in between charging.

Another great advantage of this watch is that moving through the settings is easy and effortless, thanks to the touchscreen controls.

RELATED: Best Fitness Trackers for Seniors


4. Beeasy Digital Watch

For those who would rather prefer a super thin digital watch with a sporty look, the Beeasy Digital watch should be seriously considered. The watch comes with a large display that clearly shows the time, including hours, minutes and seconds, day and date. For easier viewing in the dark poor poorly lit conditions, the watch also has a backlight feature.

In addition to telling time, this watch also comes with a few extra features that make it more useful to the wearer without overcomplicating its design or operation. These features include an alarm clock as well as a stopwatch, multiple alarms, dual time zone and 12 and 24 hour formats. One of the greatest things about these extra features is that they can be ignored, with ease, by users who don’t find them useful.


5. CakCity Mens Digital Sports Watch

Another highly affordable and easy to read digital watch, the CakCity Men’s Digital Sports Watch rounds off this list. A great option for elderly men who still enjoy a few physically engaging activities, this watch comes with a few unique features.

For starters, for easy viewing, this watch comes with a big digital display that shows the time, day and date in large clear numbers. If you find yourself in limited light conditions, you can use the LED backlight feature to light up the screen and get a clearer view.

Designed for active users, the watch is shock resistant making it great for indoor and outdoor activities including climbing, hiking and swimming – it is water resistant up to 50m.

However, it is worth noting that while this watch is a great fit for some seniors, its complicated settings make it quite complicated for some.

A Note For Seniors With Dementia

When shopping for the right watch, it is recommended that you only consider digital watches as analog displays can be quite confusing to people with dementia. Furthermore, a watch that automatically updates itself and simply tells time, with no added features or even settings is best as it minimizes any likelihood of confusion when reading the time.

What To Look For When Choosing Watches For The Elderly

When shopping for watches for seniors and the elderly, here are some important features to look for:

Precision/Accuracy

The right watch should be able to always tell the right time.. period! Some watches, especially those that automatically synchronize with the atomic clock, will always tell the most accurate time. Others on the other hand simply cannot keep up, and will end up losing their accuracy with time.

Be sure to look for the most accurate watches, if you do not want your loved one to go through the agony of having to set it over and over again, or worse yet, always having the wrong time.

Large Watch Face

Simply put, the larger the watch face, the large the characters displayed on it. As such, any easy to read watch that claims to be any good should come with a large face that makes it easier for the user to read the time.

Large Readable Numbers

The right watch should have large and readable numbers displayed on the screen. This is especially important when choosing a digital watch. You want something that has a clean display in which the time telling numbers take up most of the space. Remember that a congested display can be quite confusing even if it has large numbers/characters.

For analog watches, look for something with Arabic numerals instead of weird symbols in place of the numbers.

Contrast And Lighting

Contrast between the hands, numbers and dial background (or numbers and background for digital watches) is essential if you are going to easily make out every element of the watch display/face. For easier reading of the time in the dark or limited light conditions, a backlight feature or glowing hands and numbers are an added advantage.

Big Buttons

If you go for a watch with a variety of additional features, be sure to look for a watch with big buttons. This way, you or your elderly loved one will be able to press the buttons with ease, even if you have arthritic hands.

Water Resistance

Seniors tend to be forgetful. As such, they may end up taking a bath, swim or simply spill water or other liquids over the watch. With that in mind, a water resistance watch can be invaluable.

Comfortable And Easy To Use Straps

The best watches for seniors should be easy to strap on and remove. While watches with adjustment holes and a buckle may appear to be the obvious choice, those featuring Velcro or expandable bands are much easier to use.

Conclusion

Having an easy to read watch can help seniors better adhere to their daily schedule. When shopping for the right watch for seniors and the elderly, it is important to remember that most seniors only want a watch that can accurately tell the time. In fact, this is one of the few situations where more features are less of a requirement.

With the above information in mind, you can be able to find a watch that accurately tells time in a simple and easy to read manner – something that will be highly appreciated by your elderly loved one.

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13 thoughts on “Best Easy to Read Watches for Seniors (Large Face Watches for the Elderly)”

  1. I appreciate the solid information including having only the time on the face. One other thing I hope you add — people with Alzheimers can no longer correctly read traditional dial clock faces, it’s in fact one of the ways doctors diagnose Alzheimers. If your loved one has this disease, get a digital face.

    • Hello – Veronica. Thanks for sharing this important detail. I’ve seen the drawings of clock faces by dementia patients so this makes perfect sense. I have added the information to the article. Thanks again for your contribution.

  2. I am looking for an easy to read watch for my dad that has the day of week, month, date, and ideally year to help him orient himself during the day. You m having a hard time finding one that offers all of this in an easy to read display. Any ideas?

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks for your question about an easy to read watch for your father. I’ve done a bit of research and found a good possibility on Amazon. You can view it by clicking here (affiliate link). I looked at several but chose this one because it has a large display, has a backlight function that makes it easier to see, uses the 3 letter initial for the day of the week (some only use the 2 day which I find confusing). I also like that the dates are on the screen at all times – no need to press a button to see them. But, it does not show the year – I couldn’t find one that did. And, there are some extra buttons for operating a stop watch that your dad may or may not find confusing. I sincerely hope this helps! –Scott

  3. Thank you for your informative article. It’s more difficult than one may think getting a large faced digital watch with simple buttons and a light that is easy to access. My Dad is early dementia sufferer and he has had me return 2 watches already – so after reading this info – hopefully, 3rd time’s the charm!

  4. My dad needs a digital watch that has time, day and date , and shows AM or PM…he often confuses morning with evening.

  5. Hi, am looking for a wristwatch for my MIL where the time, day and month are on the clock face but the month spelled out, as in Jan 10, as opposed to 1-10, as she can’t read those anymore. The ones you’ve listed only show month if you push a button, which is already too complicated for her.

    Thanks.

    • Hello! This is a difficult request because of the size of the watch faces. There is just limited room. Most of the ones I found that do this have really small print. Have you tried one of the talking watches for seniors above. They say out loud the current date. Hope this helps –Scott

  6. I don’t see any here that are also easy to put on or take off – either a stretch band, bracelet style or Velcro closure. That’s another problem to contend with.

    • Hi Shari – thanks for bringing this up. The Ultima watch does have the expandable band that allows it to be slipped on and off easily. I’ve updated the article to reflect this need and highlight this information. THANKS AGAIN

  7. We have found many watches that my father can read, but cannot find one that keeps accurate time. Most these days are self winding, but dad isn’t as active as he used to be, so they just don’t work for him. One we tried was powered by light, but now that it’s cooler out, his long sleeves prevent the exposure needed to power the watch.We have tried everything from a basic Timex to very expensive options and just gave up on watch number 7. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Lisa – Have you tried any of the “Atomic” watches. These watches set themselves automatically based on the atomic clock and even adjust for daylight savings time automatically. They are also battery powered so there is no winding needed but you’ll have to replace the battery about every 6 months. I have a digital model in the guide and am going to add an analog model (see it at Amazon) to the guide now. Thanks for identifying the need!

  8. Looking for a watch for my 84 yo mother-in-law, with some dementia. The problem with digital watches is I expect she will touch a button and put it in a different mode and not know how to get it back. I would love to find a digital watch that had NO other functions. She doesn’t need them and will not remember how to get back to basic time. A digital watch with time, day and date all large enough to easily read and no other functions would be perfect. Without that option I think the “Ultima Low Vision Watch” you show will be the best choice.

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