Stainless Steel Fob Watch for Nurses

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  • 1 year manufacturing guarantee
  • Stainless steel
  • Pin on

Product description

Our classic metal fob watch is a great addition to any uniform. The simple pin-on clasp means this timepiece is easy to affix to your top or utility belt for use as a belt watch. The watch’s bright, large face with bolded numbers offers quick ready reading while its stainless steel body keeps it durable for use shift after shift.

What is a nurses fob watch?

A nurse watch is a wristwatch developed for use in areas where hygiene and sanitation are of utmost importance. They are distinguished by a watch case hanging on a single strap and affixed to a person's clothing. Many are now light up fob watches for ease of reading.

How do you wear a fob watch?

The nursing fob is usually suspended at 6 o'clock so that the wearer can read the time when looking down. They are fastened to clothing rather than worn on the wrist to avoid interfering with the person's ability to function with their hands in a sterile environment.

Why do nurses wear fob watches?

Where there is a heavy emphasis on sanitation, fob watches are worn against the body to reduce the likelihood of bacteria and viruses spreading to other areas. A nurse's busy schedule necessitates that they keep time and have a clock that they may easily refer to throughout the day.

Why are they called fob watches?

Fob watches were made popular in Germany. The name is derived from the German word fuppe, which means "little pocket." The watch was wound and set by opening the back and inserting a key into a square keyhole, then twisting it. Gradually the word was adopted in England and morphed into ‘fob’.

How much does a nurse watch cost?

Alexandra offers a range of cheap fob watches, including our standard metal fob watch, which starts from around £8. The most expensive nurse watch is our gel glow in the dark nurses watch, which starts from around £9. 

When did nurses start wearing fob watches?

While wearing personalised nursing watches is primarily a British practice, some of the oldest references to them may be found in the United States. 

In 1917, the American Navy Nurse Corps issued General Uniform Instructions that said, "No decorations or jewellery other than a plain watch fob should be worn while on duty."

The establishment of the NHS in 1948 was a watershed moment in the history of the nurse watch. The sort of permissible timepiece was documented as the uniform was standardised: "Wristwatches shall not be worn but securely attached to the uniform to prevent any harm to patients."

This suggestion remained a part of nursing clothing for the rest of the twentieth century, and the nurse fob watch was regarded as an essential item.

Personalised nursing watches have remained popular among nurses since establishing the National Health Service. They frequently have sentimental value as well, with a personalised nursing watch being commonly given as a graduation present.

Furthermore, the usage of nurse fob watches has spread to other professions. Nurse watches are widely worn by beauticians, veterinary nurses, and make-up artists. The lack of a strap around the wrist provides a cleaner solution for telling time.

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