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What Time is It? It’s Time for Easy to Read Watches for Seniors!

For any people, checking the time and date is as easy as a quick look at your cell phone. Some may even still use a flick of the wrist. Especially if they are wearing an expensive smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Many elderly people, however, feel that most watches fail them. Most watches do not address the few basic needs that they have. So, something as “easy” as telling the time actually becomes hard to do. This greatly affects the daily life of seniors - especially the ones who have maintained the same schedule all their life. Easy to read watches are an important help for seniors with failing eyesight. 

Comparison Chart: Easy to Read Watches for Seniors

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Timex Men's T28071 Easy Reader Black Leather Strap Watch
AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...
Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103
TOP PICK!
ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)
eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)
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Timex Men's T28071 Easy Reader Black Leather Strap Watch
AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...
Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103
ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)
eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)
Mini-Review
A truly easy to read watch with big bold numbers and a contrasting background.
Simple, classic ladies watch that is easy to read with contrasting numbers and background.
Unsix watch with exapandable band, bold numbers, and easy to see minute and hour hands.
Easy to see digital watch that sets itself every day and says the time out loud at the touch of a button.
Inexpensive, basic, and simple digital watch for seniors that is easy to read and simple to operate.
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Timex Men's T28071 Easy Reader Black Leather Strap Watch
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Timex Men's T28071 Easy Reader Black Leather Strap Watch
Mini-Review
A truly easy to read watch with big bold numbers and a contrasting background.
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AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...
Product
AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...
Mini-Review
Simple, classic ladies watch that is easy to read with contrasting numbers and background.
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Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103
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Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103
Mini-Review
Unsix watch with exapandable band, bold numbers, and easy to see minute and hour hands.
TOP PICK!
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ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)
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ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)
Mini-Review
Easy to see digital watch that sets itself every day and says the time out loud at the touch of a button.
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eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)
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eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)
Mini-Review
Inexpensive, basic, and simple digital watch for seniors that is easy to read and simple to operate.

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watch with large numbers and bright face

The Problems With Standard Watches

Most watches made today though are designed for a younger generation - and younger eyes. There is little or no thought given to the visual needs that are necessary for many elderly people. Some have given up on using watches and just use a clock instead. But, it doesn't have to be that way!

A Personal Example

I didn’t realize how much of an issue this was until a good friend brought it to my attention. He told me his father had dropped and broken his old watch. And he was struggling to find his dad a new watch he would use. Every watch that my friend would buy, his father would only wear for a week or so. Then, he would manage to find an excuse to stop wearing it. He tried 3 or 4 different popular brands, but his father was not impressed. Quite frankly, his dad was driving him crazy.

Finally, he sat his father down and asked him about it. Then, his father came out with the truth. He just couldn’t see the time on the modern digital watches anymore. Their sleek looks and even tinier screens were hard to read. But, his dad was just too embarrassed about his failing eyesight. He didn't want to tell him that he just couldn’t see the tiny numbers as well as he could in the past. Even with his glasses on.

My friend knew I have experience working with seniors. So, he told me this story to get some advice about this. I thought for a minute and gave him a list of important features a senior needs in  a watch. Finding the right watch was simple once he had a list of what to look for.

Little did he know he was helping me write an article! First, the list of features that senior citizens may find useful follows below. Next, I've included a list of watches that we considered that meet most of the criteria.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Watch for Seniors

Most elders prefer to use a wrist watch rather than using a smart phone to check the time of the day. So, keeping in mind the different needs of elderly people, it is very important that the watch be easy to read. 

Here is the list of what to look for when choosing a watch for seniors and the elderly:

  • Make sure that the face of the watch is large. The minute and hours hands should be a contrasting color so that they stand out from the background. This allows people with failing vision to read the time without straining their eyes.
  • Check the number of holes in the watch strap. Elderly people may have thin wrists. This means that they will need to fasten the strap on their wrists much tighter. More holes on the watch strap will help this.
  • For digital watches, choose a model in which the numbers take up the entire screen of the watch. Standard digital watches usually have tiny numbers for the time, date, and other features. This makes these displays crowded and may not be easily readable for seniors. Ideally, the time is the only primary display on the screen for comfortable use.
  • Try and find a watch with big buttons. This allows easy access to other features of the watch or correcting the time.

My Recommended Watches

Using the criteria above simplifies shopping for a watch for seniors. So, here are a few watches I recommend that meet all or most of the requirements above. 

Timex Men's T28071 Easy Reader Watch

The Timex Men’s T28071 Easy Reader Watch is an elegant, classy watch. It has a large black dial with easy to read hands. Bold, full sized numbers on the screen clearly indicate the time. The elegant look is completed with a polished silver-shaded case and a black genuine leather strap with contrasting stitching.

  • Genuine leather strap to give it a timeless, classic look that should be ok for all tastes
  • Water-resistant up to 50 m for short periods of casual swimming or water exercise class
  • Extremely silent analog movement for perfect time-keeping
  • Indiglo Light-up Watch Dial for easily telling the time in the dark
  • Perfect for seniors with vision deficits. Easy enough to see for most people without having to put glasses on each time

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AIBI Women's Lady's AB46301-3 Watch

This classic casual watch has an easy to read white dial with contrasting black Arabic numerals for easy recognition. The soft grey leather strap provides a smooth and comfortable wearing experience. The watch is splash resistant and is suitable for everyday use.

  • Simple and clear Arabic numerals for easy time viewing even at a quick glance
  • Classic looking watch that is suitable for dress or casual attire 
  • Other band colors are available

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Unisex Ultima Low Vision Watch

The unisex Ultima Low Vision watch has a 1 5/8” dial size with big, black numbers that stand out perfectly against the white dial face. The hour and minute hands are also big, bold, and easy to see. The stainless steel back, quartz movement and gold-tone finish give it a classy look.

  • The sharp color contrast - black on white - makes it very easy to tell the time. Even those suffering from low vision
  • Comfortable expansion band for a snug fit around most sized wrists
  • Extremely affordable price
  • Works well in office and casual settings

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ATOMIC! Men’s Easy to Read Talking Watch

The Atomic Senses Men’s Easy to Read Talking Watch sets itself every day with the atomic clock. It also talks! At the press of a button, it says the time, day, date, month, and year - outloud. It is ideal for seniors who may unable to see clearly. This way seniors can hear the time rather trying to see it. But it is also easy to see for those who would like to tell the time the traditional way. The large, over-sized LCD digits with backlight are perfect for day time and night time viewing.

  • Sets time on its own by atomic clock signal, with adjustments for the Daylight Savings Time
  • Verbally indicates the time and signal reception status
  • Easy-to-read oversize LCD digits
  • Leather strap which fits softly on the wrist, without chafing the skin

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eYotto Unisex Simple Square Dial Rubber Band Watch

The eYotto Unisex Simple Square Design Rubber Band Digital Wrist Watch has a precise LED Digital time display and is easy to read in the day and night. The classic black background with a simple LED digital display is a perfect for elders who just want to know the time. This digital watch for seniors has a more casual, athletic styling with black details and a rubber band.

  • Classic black background with simple, large, easy to see LED digital display
  • Soft and durable rubber band which offers a comfortable wearing experience
  • Water-proof enough to handle daily exposure to water while washing hands & face, walking in the rain, etc.
  • Available in black and a pale gold tint

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Summary and Recommendations

The best watch for seniors and the elderly is one that is easy to read, fits well, and simple to operate. There are many easy to read watches for seniors and the elderly that meet these criteria and are also stylish.

With this range of watches available for the elderly, keeping track of the time and even the date is not as difficult as you might think. Especially for people suffering from dementia or loss of vision. Another option to consider are fitness trackers that also look like watches

I hope you find the perfect watch for yourself or your loved one soon. Let me know what watch you choose and why in the comments below. Of course, questions are always welcome too!

About the Author Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

I work daily with seniors and the elderly in my position as a wheelchair specialist at a home medical company. I see the struggle they have maintaining their independence and living their daily lives. Most are completely unaware of the options and products out there that can improve their independence, mobility, and safety in their home. I created this site to help seniors, elders, and their caregivers make smart buying decisions about the many independent living aids on the market.

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