Easy to Read Watches that are Simple to Use

For many 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: Wrist Watches for Seniors

In a hurry? Here are my recommended simple digital watches for the elderly and seniors who need a watch that is simple and easy to read. Check out this list or keep on reading for a buying guide on watches and reviews of these models.

Preview Product Rating
Timex Men's Easy Reader Large Dial Watch Timex Men's Easy Reader Large Dial Watch 415 Reviews
AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial... AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial... 12 Reviews
Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103 Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103 18 Reviews
ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1) ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1) 99 Reviews
eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black) eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black) 53 Reviews

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The Problems With Standard Watches

Most watches made today are designed for a younger generation – and therefore, younger eyes. There is little to no thought given to the visual needs that are necessary for many elderly people. As a result, some seniors have given up on using watches entirely 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, so he was struggling to find his dad a new watch he could 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, it seems like his dad was driving him crazy.

As a result, 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 because their sleek looks and even tinier screens were too hard to read. But, his dad was just too embarrassed about his failing eyesight to say anything. 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 became a simple task because he had a list of what to look for.

Little did he know he was also 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.

elderly man holding a watchWhat to Look for When Choosing Watches for Elderly

Most elderly people prefer to use a wristwatch rather than using a smartphone 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:

  • First of all, 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.
  • Similarly, 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. Therefore, these displays become crowded and may not be easily readable for seniors. Ideally, the time is the only primary display on the screen for comfortable use.
  • Check the number of holes in the watch strap. Elderly people may have thin wrists, so this means that they will need to fasten the strap on their wrists much tighter. More holes on the watch strap will help this.
  • Try and find a watch with big buttons because this feature allows for easy access to other parts of the watch, or correcting the time.
  • For seniors with dementia, only consider digital watch displays. Many dementia patients are unable to read a traditional watch face. (Thanks to reader Veronica for this suggestion.)

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

First up, the Timex Men’s T28071 Easy Reader Watch is an elegant, classy watch with a large black dial and easy to read hands. The elegant look is completed with a polished silver-shaded case and a black genuine leather strap with contrasting stitching. Bold, full-sized numbers on the screen clearly indicate the time, so you may not even need to put on your glasses every time you want to check the time!

This watch is also water-resistant up to 50m for short periods of swimming or water exercise class, for example. The “Indiglo” light up dial makes it easy to tell time even in the dark, so it has plenty of easy-ready features for seniors. Finally, it also isn’t distracting, since the analog movement goes silently around the face without the tick of the second hand.

Timex Men's Easy Reader Large Dial Watch
415 Reviews
Timex Men's Easy Reader Large Dial Watch

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AIBI Women’s Lady’s AB46301-3 Watch

Another great watch for the elderly is 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, and the watch is splash resistant, so it’s suitable for everyday use. It’s not necessarily waterproof, as you can’t wear it while diving or swimming, but if it gets splashed during the day, it will still function just fine. You can also get various colors of watch bands if gray isn’t your color.

AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...
12 Reviews
AIBI Fashion Women's Watch Analog Quartz Simple Easy to Read Grey Leather Band 3ATM Waterproof Dial...

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Unisex Ultima Low Vision Watch

The unisex Ultima Low Vision watch is another great watch for seniors. Most notably, it has a 1 5/8” dial size with big, black numbers that stand out perfectly against the white dial face. Therefore, it’s very easy for people with limited vision to see. The hour and minute hands are also big, bold, and easy to see. Furthermore, the stainless steel back, quartz movement and gold-tone finish give it a classy look. The band of the watch is also very comfortable, as it expands and contracts to give you a snug fit. It works well for office and casual environments due to its style and build.

Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103
18 Reviews
Ultima Low Vision Watch - White Dial-Unisex Model Number 57750/103H0103

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ATOMIC! Men’s Easy to Read Talking Watch

Finally, in terms of simple digital watches for elderly people, this one is perfect for a variety of reasons. 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 – out loud. It is ideal for seniors who may be unable to see clearly. This way, seniors can hear the time rather trying to see it.

But don’t worry, it is a digital watch with large numbers, so it’s also easy to see for those who would like to tell the time the traditional way. The large, over-sized LCD digits are very easy to see, but more notably, they have a backlight that’s perfect for daytime and nighttime viewing. It also features a stylish, comfortable leather strap that fits nice and softly on the wrist. This material is great for elderly skin, which may be more sensitive than others.

ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)
99 Reviews
ATOMIC! Talking watch - Sets Itself SENSES Metal Easy-To-Read Talking Watch (SRTKD1-1)

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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, so it is easy to read in the day and night. The classic black background with a simple LED digital display is a perfect for elderly people because they just want to know the time without any other complicated bells and whistles. This digital watch for seniors has a more casual, athletic styling due to its black details and a rubber band. It’s also available in a pale gold color if that would fit your style better. The watch is also water resistant, capable of handling daily exposure to water while washing hands, walking in the rain, or other light splashes here and there. It will function just like normal.

eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)
53 Reviews
eYotto Unisex Men's Women Simple Design Square Dial Rubber Band Digital LED Wrist Watch(Black)

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BONUS: Folding Desk Magnifying Lamp Battery Power Supply

Finally, as a little bonus for your watch, this handy two-in-one device acts as a portable charger and magnifying glass/light. It is great as a lamp with 9 LED bulbs (5 reading and 4 auxiliary). Furthermore, it’s easy to mount on any surface and adjust to your ideal height and angle for hands-free operation. But more importantly for you, it has a dual power source in the form of a USB cable with 3 AAA batteries. The device can be plugged into a PC or power bank, or the wall with an adapter. It’s also small enough that it can fit right into your pocket for easy access whenever you need to charge your watch batteries.

Lighted Desk Magnifying Glass Lamp with Light on Stand Led Portable Pocket Magnifier Visor Folding...
21 Reviews
Lighted Desk Magnifying Glass Lamp with Light on Stand Led Portable Pocket Magnifier Visor Folding...

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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 simple 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. You can also consider fitness trackers that also look like watches.

Don’t forget about keeping up with the time at home as well. Check out my guide to easy to see clocks for the elderly by clicking here.

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, and of course, questions are always welcome too.

If you found this guide or these suggestions helpful, share with friends and family on your social channels, and also email this post to your loved ones!

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2 thoughts on “Easy to Read Watches that are Simple to Use

  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.

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