While looking for watches, I came in contact with the concept of a "nurse watch". This seems to be a whole "thing". A certain kind of watch appears to be called a "nurse watch", presumably because it is mostly used by nurses.

But why? Why do nurses need a special kind of watch? Why not just a wristwatch or indeed any kind of time-keeping unit that they put in their pocket? Why a special "category" dedicated specifically for this profession?

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    – Ian Campbell
    Commented May 16, 2022 at 22:23
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    My mother was a nurse and had a pendant watch that pinned to her blouse. She could tip it up to see the face. Wrist watches are likely a problem with rubber gloves and hand washing. Commented May 17, 2022 at 1:08
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    I’ve never heard of a nurses watch, nor have I heard of a doctor’s watch. Any watch with a second hand should suffice. Everything else is bells and whistles. Commented May 17, 2022 at 1:27
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    I think the watch industry's marketing plans have succeeded. ;-)
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented May 17, 2022 at 4:04


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