Watch lovers and casual wearers have a thing for watches with big numbers, and with good reason.
Numbers are one of the most prominent features on any wristwatch. They are one of the parts that both you as well as any passersby are going to notice first, making them a huge opportunity from a style perspective.
What’s more, if you are older or have weak eyes, larger numbers can be easier to see.
What constitutes large watch numerals is partly in the eye of the beholder, but they are typically at least a few millimetres tall.
The thing that really distinguishes a “watch with big numbers” is that the numerals should be easily visible at a glance.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at six great collectable watches with big numbers for men and women.
Who are these watches aimed at?
- Men and women who just want a watch that is easy to read at a glance.
- Visually impaired people
- The elderly (who may have some visual impairements)
When considering men’s watches with big
numbers, keep in mind that you’re likely looking at several different styles,
from classic brands to new ones, analogues to digital watches.
Big numbers are a big thing today, and as this short list shows, there’s something for everyone.
1) Timex Men's Weekender XL 43mm Watch
This watch is large –full stop.
The circumference is 8 inches round, covering even the largest wrist.
The black watch face contrasts well with those large white Arabic numerals.
It also has a useful 24 hour clock markers.
And at around 51 dollars it is reasonably priced.
Timex Men’s Easy Reader Date Expansion Band Watch
2) Timex Men's Easy Reader Date Expansion Band Watch
This is another Timex watch that has very easy-to-read time and date dials.
The watch face is white, and the large numerals are black, offering good contrast.
It is stainless steel throughout, and is affordable.
3) White Sunray/Brown The Porter Leather Watch by Nixon
If you are looking for something a little more high end, while still being easy to read, this Nixon ticks all the boxes.
The watch face and dials are nice and clear, with a black against a white background theme.
The numerals aren’t classically numbered, but I don’t think this is an issue personally.
The design is elegant and minimalist. The strap is made from genuine leather.
It is a watch that is practical, but it is also a watch that will turn heads!
4). Diesel Men’s DZ4343 Mega Chief Gunmetal
This is a great option for those looking for big watch numbers set against a solid gunmetal background.
The watch itself is water-resistant up to 100 meters, making it a great choice for divers. The watch face measures 54 mm in diameter, with the numerals several millimeters tall.
It costs around $120, so it isn’t an expensive option for those looking for a starter large-numbered wristwatch.
5). Casio Men’s Pro Trek PRW-3500T-7CR
This is a large numeral watch that is digital in nature, which can make it easy to read for those with vision problems. It is solar-powered in nature, so you won’t have to spring for watch batteries.
It also features a large case, measuring 55 mm and featuring bold resin.
It is water-resistant at up to 200 meters, making it another great choice for swimmers and divers. It is also a great multifunction sports watch, boasting a compass, altimeter, alarm, and barometer.
For all of that, its $224 price tag may be seen as a fair bargain.
6) Fossil Nate
A modern black palette watch with a military flair, this offering from Fossil Nate features oversized lugs and numerals. In fact, given its 50 mm case, this watch has one of the biggest numeral-to-case-size ratio of any watch on this list.
For just under $84, you get a watch that boasts quartz movement, an analog display with three hands, and a 24 mm calfskin band.
7) KYBOE! Power Stainless Steel Quartz Watch
Finally, we have a modern watch for the modern man. KYOBE! is one of the newest names on our list.
Its red, bright orange, and stainless steel scheme is certainly eye-catching, as are its large numerals.
Its LED background makes it an especially good choice for those with vision issues as well as those looking for a night-friendly wristwatch. It is waterproof up to 100 meters, and runs around $171.
Women’s Watches with Big Numbers
As with everything else in society, watches have long been subject to gender roles and stereotypes.
Long associated with productivity and business, which were considered male-dominated fields, there are more men’s collectible wristwatches than women’s.
That said, women aren’t without options when vintage wristwatch hunting.
Modern watches for women began at the highest levels of society, with Patek making one for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in the mid-1800s, and Cartier soon followed suit making luxury wristwatches for ladies.
These are, thus, brands you’ll want to focus on when hunting for lovely historic ladies’ wristwatches.
Meanwhile, for watches with big numbers, these two selections truly stand apart.
1) Reizen Talking Atomic Watch - White Face-Black Numbers-Expansion Band
This Reizen women’s watch has enormous clear numerals, and a classic design that should have widespread appeal.
It also has a neat talking feature that announces the date and time.
Another useful feature is that it adjusts itself for daylight savings.
This watch is ideal for ladies with average to larger wrists.
2) OLEVS Women’s Large Easy Reader Watches
Olevs makes lines of large-numbered watches for both men and women.
On the ladies’ side, this elegant large numbered watch features a large watch face and numerals to match.
You can choose from a wide range of silver and gold watch faces with a classic white background and black numerals, imbuing it with a look that’s both classy yet business casual-friendly, all for just around $33.
3) Anne Klein Women's AK/3272 Swarovski Crystal Accented Leather Strap Watch
One of the premiere names in ladies’ luxury watches, Anne Klein doesn’t disappoint with this bold beautiful black-and-gold-accented women’s wristwatch.
As the name would imply, it features a stunning mineral crystal lens set against 12 incredible Swarovski crystals for numerals.
These are huge, making the watch easy to read.
Add to that a Mother of Pearl dark plum dial and rose gold-tone hands, and you’ll want to check the time with regularity just to catch another glimpse of this absolutely gorgeous wristwatch.
Those looking for watches with big numbers can score big with this list’s top timepieces.