An EMT watch’s job is no joke. That’s why you need a watch that will make your job easier. We did you a favour, finding the best EMT watch out there.
Table of Contents
Before we get going, the below table is a must-read. It runs through some of the most noteworthy watches on our list. Getting acquainted with the best of the best is a good move, so keep reading.
I don’t know about you but I love stainless steel watches. They exude luxury and as an EMT, you work hard so you deserve to look your best. We have to say, stainless steel is a great material too. It doesn’t corrode and is easy to clean, so it’s great for medical workers. Let’s not forget that it’s lightweight as well, so you’ll never have it get in your way.
With one look at the Marathon watch, you’ll notice that its bracelet is noticeably small. This makes it less distractive as its links won’t be clunking around.
If you want a superb luminous watch, the Marathon WW194027 is the one for you. It comes with Tritium gas tubes which is arguably one of the best forms of luminescence out there. What’s more, it glows for up to 25 years, so worrying about regularly changing it won’t be an issue.
Being a military watch, the timepiece lets you handle a number of difficult patients. It comes with a 0.11 inch (3 mm) thick sapphire window. As a result, nothing will ever dent it. Nothing will ever scratch it either.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving:
The Marathon WW194027 is one hell of a dive watch. It can last 1000 feet (300 m) underwater.
With one look at it, you wouldn’t expect it to be so small. However, the WW194027 is the smallest watch on our list. Its case is 1.41 inches (36 mm) across. When buying an EMT watch, the smaller it is, the easier you will be able to get on with your work.
Japanese Quartz are made from machines while Swiss Quartz are made from higher quality materials. As an EMT, you’re always on the go so you don’t want your watch breaking down on you. That’s why the Marathon timepiece is so great as it’s a Swiss quartz, which means its quality parts will never let you down.
Whether you’re a paramedic or not, you’ll love its end of life indicator. It makes life easier for everyone.
What makes it special:
It’s very durable.
The Most Durable
Although not as great as our Marathon timepiece, the G Shock EMT watch is also quite water resistant. You never have to worry about wrecking its insides as it can withstand up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater. When you’re not saving lives, you may want to wear it elsewhere. Casio says that you can snorkel and surf with the watch but never dive with it on.
No need to worry about ever denting your watch up. The Casio timepiece is shock resistant. That being said, it has a regular mineral window. This isn’t too bad, however, as mineral can handle a number of hits, just not as many as sapphire can.
The G-Shock is made out of resin. As a result, it’s easy to clean. Resin has quite the bounce to it, making it a great material to have on a watch’s case. There’s a lot of resin on the G-Shock’s case, which is why it is so shock resistant.
Being a digital watch, the Casio is easy to read. Having to read a 24-hour clock can take a second or two, which you may not be able to spare while on the job.
We have to say though, the watch is kind of big. Its case is 1.77 inches (45 mm) across and we don’t know how to feel about it. The silver lining is that its large watch face makes reading it even easier.
A paramedic needs a very luminous watch. Look no further as the G-Shock is just the watch for you. It has a powerful electroluminescent dial, basically making it a torch.
It is a digital watch, after all. So, you get a number of features, including a stop watch, multi-function alarm, and timer.
What makes it special:
It’s very shock resistant.
The Best Nurse’s Watch
As an EMT, you have no idea how life saving silicone straps can be. They’re soft so they’re a delight to have on, plus they’re incredibly easy to clean. Unlike resin, they make you sweat, however. The Speidel comes with a silicone strap. This isn’t much of a surprise as the best EMT watches are made out of the material.
You’ll be saving lives while doing it in style. The Speidel comes in 12 different design choices, so you’ll always find something that you’ll like.
The watch is small. This is what you want, for reasons already discussed. As you’re wondering, the Speidel timepiece stretches 1.49 inches (38 mm) across. Even though it isn’t too big, its watch face is easy to read. This is due to the large, Arabic markers that come in a bolded font.
You don’t just get a 24-hour clock. You also get military time which is important as EMTs have to track their shifts this way.
A major part of your job is checking and recording pulses. How could you do this without counting the number of seconds passed? To help you, the Speidel comes with a sharp, red seconds hand.
EMTs have to get down and dirty. That’s why you need a watch that’s water resistant. The timepiece doesn’t hold a torch to the Marathon WW194027 or G-Shock but it can certainly hold its own. It’s resistant up to 100 feet (30 m) underwater.
Being on time is a must. As a result, Japanese quartz are your best bets. They’re known to be the most reliable. Mainly due to them being automated, not hand made. Remember how we said that Swiss Quartz are made from higher quality materials? That’s still true. The Speidel comes with a Japanese Quartz movement, so what do you think?
What makes it special:
It comes in many design choices.
Its strap looks funky. It’s silicone but emulates the chains of a steel bracelet. Of course, it’s colourful too, so it’s certainly in your face. The strap is made from silicone, which makes it very soft. As mentioned above, the material is also very easy to take care of. Hence, the ‘Easy To Clean’.
It comes in multiple colour choices. However, the selection is not as extensive as the Speidel’s. You can only choose between 6 variants, if you’re wondering.
Similar to the Speidel, the Dakota is 1.49 inches (38 mm). Although on the smaller side, its dial is easy to read. You get large, Arabic numerals.
The watch comes with quite a bit of luminous paint but it’s only on the watch’s hands. The lume makes it easy to read even when it’s dark out, which is important for an EMT. If you were bummed that its markers didn’t come with any luminous paint, don’t worry. Its dial lights up with a click of a button.
The Dakota timepiece out beats the Speidel in terms of water resistance. It’s resistant up to 165 feet (50 m) underwater. You’re probably going to be washing your hands quite a bit and like any good paramedic’s watch, the Dakota will be able to handle it.
Out and about, you’ll be met with a range of situations. The Dakota 53854 comes with a hardened mineral display, so you have nothing to worry about.
Once again, you get a sharp red seconds hand. As its dial is so blue, the red pops. This makes taking patients’ pulses easier than ever.
What makes it special:
Its hardened mineral display.
We said that EMT watches need to be small but this isn’t a rule set in stone. The Timex’s case stretches 1.73 inches (44 mm) across.
We love digital watches which is why we had to give another one a spot on our list. As a result, it comes with a multitude of features. The timepiece has a stop watch, a calendar, multiple alarm modes and a military time mode. Of course, it comes with some killer electroluminescence as well.
It’s made from resin so you know it’s a great EMT watch. The material is seen on its case as well as its strap. The same was seen in the G-Shock, making it shock resistant. If you’re expecting the same from the Timex device, think again. Its resin case isn’t thick enough.
It can handle up to 330 feet (100 m) underwater. We all know how important it is for EMTs to stay clean, so you can have your watch on when washing your hands, without worrying about wrecking its insides.
There’s something we have to say about its dial:
There’s an acrylic display. For all of you that don’t know, acrylic can handle a number of drops but is a scruff magnet. So, what do you think?
At the end of the day, the watch looks great. We dig its all black body as it makes the Ironman look pretty chic.
On a different note, its display can look murky. It has a smoked acrylic window, which makes it hard to read. This is pretty subjective though.
What makes it special:
It looks very chic.
You can probably guess from its name, that the Luminox packs a serious luminous punch. After all, it has neon white Arabic numbers plastered on. There is some serious lume in them. As an EMT, you’re going to be in a number of dim settings, so you want this. Unfortunately, though, it’s no match for the Marathon watch’s Tritium gas tubes.
You see a 24-hour clock along with one that reads the military time. This is handy as you can track your shifts easily. What’s more, a sharp, white seconds’ hand is present. So, monitoring pulses will be a breeze.
It wouldn’t be a great EMT watch without an easy to clean body. You don’t get resin or silicone, however. We decided to change things up, adding a polyurethane watch to our list. The material makes up the case as well as its strap. What makes polyurethane so great is that it’s very durable. So, don’t be afraid to bang your Luminox up.
It’s pretty water resistant too. It gives the Marathon and G-Shock watches a run for their money as it is resistant up to 660 feet (200 m) underwater. Like many of the watches we ran through, you may be tempted to dive with it on, but don’t. When you’re not saving lives, you’re only advised to snorkel or swim with it on.
Did we say mention that it’s kind of big? The watch is 1.73 inches (44 mm) across. It’s one of the largest watches on our list.
You don’t have to be a paramedic to find a calendar feature useful. The Luminox comes with a calendar on the 3-o’clock position. Calendars with the day and the date are the most useful but unfortunately for you, the Luminox only comes with the day’s date.
You probably want to know what type of mechanism the watch has. It’s a Swiss quartz device.
What makes it special:
It’s a polyurethane watch.
The Casio AQS810W-1AVCF is the largest watch on our list. Its case is 1.81 inches (46 mm) across. Although you might not have a problem with it, we think that it can get in the way of your work. But as it’s so big, its watch face is very easy to read.
Compared to the rest, the Casio timepiece stands out. No, not appearance-wise but due to the way it operates. The watch is solar powered so worrying about changing its battery will never be a concern. As you’re so busy, such a thing is appreciated.
According to the brand, any light source can charge it up. When it’s fully charged, it can last for up to 10 months. This sounds like a good deal, right? And if you want it to last longer, it can. The Casio AQS810W-1AVCF comes with a power saving mode.
It has quite the lume on it. However, you might not even use it as the watch has a powerful backlight. Touching on its luminosity, it’s all over the hands and markers. So, you’re good to go.
Like all the watches on our list, the Casio timepiece is pretty water resistant. It can last up to 330 feet (100 m) underwater. Like the many we ran through, you’re not supposed to dive with it on either.
Let’s talk about how functional it is:
The watch has a calendar feature that can be read in 6 different languages. It also has 5 different alarm types. Of course, that’s not all. You get a timer, stop watch and a 24-hour clock, as well as one that reads the military time.
It’s completely made from resin which you know we love. And as you’re dying to know, it’s a Japanese Quartz.
Before we move onto the next section, we think that the watch would’ve been easier to read if it had a fully 24-hour clock, instead of having rhomboid markers in between Arabic numerals. Of course, this isn’t the end of the world.
What makes it special:
It’s a huge watch.
Our selection not only makes you look great while you save lives but helps you do a better job at it. To top our review off, go through the below section. We’ve run through some hot questions you may have about EMT watches.
EMT watches are not just for paramedics. Having described everything that makes up a good EMT watch, you might’ve noticed that they’d make great fits for anyone working in the medical field. You’re right as some of these watches are included on our best nurse watch review.
You don’t have to work in the medical field to enjoy them. They’re handy and are especially great for firefighters as well.
They’re easy to read, clean and don’t get in the way. This is something anyone would want.
We’ve touched on this throughout our review but let’s dive into it in depth below:
If you don’t have a pulsometer on you, you need a watch that has a seconds hand. You need to count the number of heart beats per second, for 15 seconds to check someone’s pulse. This is important to an EMT, as you’ll see in a minute.
Let’s face it, you’ll be dealing with a lot of bodily fluids. From vomit, to blood to even excrement, having a watch made out of a material that’s not easy to clean is not a good idea. To combat this, get something made of resin, silicone, plastic or even stainless steel.
The best watch for paramedics would be small as otherwise, it’ll get in the way. The best EMT watches are small but unfortunately, being small isn’t a hard or fast rule. That’s why the watches on the top of our list are smaller.
If your watch isn’t luminous, it isn’t a great EMT watch. Paramedics face a range of situations, so they’re going to find themselves in dim lit settings.
Not only should it be luminous, it should be easy to read. Thus, a 24-hour clock with large, Arabic numerals should be by your side.
Similar to being small, being durable isn’t a rule set in stone. However, the best EMT watches can take the most beatings. To do this, they have a sapphire or hardened display, or are even shock resistant.
You need a watch that is water resistant. As a paramedic, your hands need to be clean all the time. So, you’ll be washing them quite a bit. By having a watch that isn’t the most water resistant, you’ll be slowly wrecking its insides.
Of course, you don’t need a watch that’s ISO 6425 certified. All it needs is a resistance of a couple of feet.
Since you’ll be the first to respond to a medical emergency, a paramedic needs to gather a number of details. These will be of use to the hospital the patient is being transported to. These include things like pulse rate and how slow/fast their respiration is. As you can imagine, this can only be done with a timer or a watch with a clear, seconds hand.
EMTs are emergency responders so tracking the time they arrived and left, and how the patient was doing at point A, B and C is important. This is why the best EMT watches are easy to read.
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We think the Marathon WW194027 is the best choice for an EMT. This isn’t hard to see as it’s extremely water-resistant. So, you never have to worry about wrecking its insides. What’s more, it’s very luminous so you can monitor your patients’ pulses even in the darkest settings. Moreover, it’s extremely durable and of course, looks good so you’ll be saving lives in style.
The truth is, all the watches we ran through our great. It was clear that the Marathon WW194027 packed the most punch but its competitors were neck to neck. At the end of the day, the best EMT watches are also the best EMS watches.