Medical watches

Recently on a course I realised my watch, a Daniel Wellington, lacks a second hand. Obviously a flaw for taking pulses, not that I clinically have to do much of it. It got me thinking of whether specifically medically-focused watches exist. The thought being father to the web search, I quickly discovered this piece by Zach Weiss at Worn and Wound from 8 years ago. While much of the focus is on vintage watches, it turns out that some are being made still – for instance by St Gallen Horology. Here is the opening of Weiss’ article:

I was recently asked by a friend of mine if I could make any recommendations for an affordable medical watch.  “I’d love to”, I thought, without realizing that I had no idea what a medical watch was.  After doing some research, I’ve found that I was really missing out on an interesting genre of watches.  For those of you similarly out of the loop, medical watches are offer a quick and easy way for a physician or nurse to take an accurate reading of a patient’s pulse.  The face of a medical watch features a pulse scale, either on the inside or outside of the second scale (sometimes on the outer bezel).  On most models, when the second hand reaches the 12 hour marker, you begin counting heart beats.  When you reach 30, see where the second has reached on the pulse scale, and you’ll find the number of heart beats per minute.  Pretty simple technology, but also kind of genius.  I’ve found a few really beautiful examples of these watches which I don’t think you need to be a physician to appreciate, or wear for that matter.

The link is worth following  to see the watches in their glory…