Today, we use our phones for a lot of different purposes, at times even using them in place of computers for many tasks. But there are a lot of things that even the best phones can’t do.
For example, a smartphone can’t really take the place of a sports watch. Sure, most phones have apps that can record times and other statistics, but they’re also bulky. They’re not aerodynamic, there’s no easy way to store them on a pair of running shorts, and running with your phone in your hands is a terrible idea for more than one reason.
The question to decide, however, is whether to go with an analog sports watch or a digital one. I won’t belabor the point here, as it’s really a matter of preference. Rather, I will focus on the matter at hand: helping you find the best analog sports watches on the market. If you are more interested in digital watches, we also have a guide for the best digital sports watches.
Ready? Get set. Let’s go.
Things to Consider
1. Waterproof Design
All watches have to be able to resist water at least to some degree. A watch that stops working after a little rain isn’t going to be of much use to you. Not all watches are designed to work underwater, however. If you are a swimmer and want a timekeeping device, you’re going to want to check the maximum depth a watch can survive under.
2. Stopwatch and Timer
Several important features in any sports watch are the ability to count down times in various ways. A stopwatch allows you to set a certain goal and keep working till you achieve it. A timer allows you to check how long it took you to accomplish a certain goal, such as running a lap.
One of the great benefits of buying a traditional-style analog watch over its digital counterpart is the superior attractiveness of their design. Its much easier to make a beautiful and stylish analog display than it is on a digital display, and many women (and men) prefer analog watches for this reason.
All analog watches show you the time in the same way, but not all of them are as easy to read as others. This is mainly due, not to unclear numberings (most of us know the difference between ten and two) but because of a poor design of the hands. If it isn’t abundantly clear at a glance which of the arms is the minute or the hour, the watch isn’t going to be your best friend.
Perhaps not surprisingly, analog watches tend to be somewhat more expensive than digital watches. This is large because the clockwork mechanisms that go into the design of the display are more intricate, thus raising the price. Nevertheless, you can easily find a good analog watch for less than $40 or $50.
The Best Analog Sport Watches For Women
There are a lot of perfectly fine watches on this list, and picking the best of the bunch was challenging simply because so many of them are similar to one another. Nevertheless, we found the Tommy Hilfiger 1781271 to be the best combination of value and ability.
Best Analog Sports Watches For Women Under $25
Scheppend Women’s Rome Square Quartz Watch
If you’re looking for a simple, handsome watch that’s always in style, you might enjoy this watch from Scheppend. It’s not the sportiest watch I’ve ever seen, but it’s attractive enough to be a good multi-purpose watch.
Perhaps the nicest thing about this watch is the wristband. In an age when so many wristwatches use silicon or resin for their bands, this watch uses old-fashioned leather that never goes out of style. On the flip side, leather doesn’t always breathe as well as silicone, so that may not be a good fit for everyone.
The display uses Roman numerals with minute markers ticked in between them. There are hands for the hour, minute and second, so you’ll always know exactly what time it is. While this watch is water resistant up to 98 feet, it is not designed for constant submersion and is thus not suitable for swimming.
This watch isn’t going to rock your world. It is minimalist to a fault, lacking everything from timers to an alarm. But if you’re just looking for a no-frills, stylish watch without the bells and whistles, give this one the once-over.
Casio Women’s LRW200H-7BVCF Watch
I’m kind of torn on this one. On the one hand, the numbers inside the dial run the spectrum of cool purples, blues, and greens, which looks really nice. On the other hand, the monotone color of the rest of the watch is very lackluster.
Setting the color scheme aside, this is a functional and well-designed budget wristwatch. It can resist water up to 330 feet, making it acceptable for swimming. The colorful numbers come in handy underwater, as it makes them easier to see.
The watch comes with a one year warranty, and the battery is rated for a minimum of three years. While this may not be a go-to watch for the fashionably conscientious, it’s a good choice for an affordable watch that you can wear while swimming.
Best Analog Sports Watches For Women Under $50
PUMA Women’s PU911201001 Wave
The PUMA PU911201001 is a bit of a headache to look at. Not only does the face have hours and minutes, but it also measures seconds as well. This would all be well and good except its an analog watch, and all those little ticks can be overwhelming. What’s really confusing is that there are more ticks in the dial than seconds in a minute, and I can’t even begin to explain it.
Confusing dial aside, this is a very nice watch. The face shows an image of a puma, and the watch is available in five different colors. It has a monochromatic dial with a 6-hour marker. It is waterproof up to 165 feet (50 meters) and is suitable to wear while snorkeling and swimming. It has a classy, stylish appearance that isn’t offset by the frenetic face.
If you’re looking for a good sports watch, you can’t go wrong here, unless you, like me, just can’t seem to fathom what all those notches are for in the dial.
Casio Women’s LTP1328-1EV Sport Watch
I don’t have any mixed feelings about this watch. This gorgeous time piece couples a bold, striking wristband and bevel with a marvelously designed dial. Miniature displays on the dial showcase the day, date and hour, while two larger dials measure minutes in increments of five and one.
Even the hands are a work of art. Three silver-tones hands provide striking visual differences from the other, offering no room for confusion. This is a fantastic looking sports watch and a very definition of style. Everything from the black resin strap to the aluminum casing screams good taste.
The wrist watch is water resistant up to 165 feet, making it appropriate for swims and snorkeling but not scuba diving. This is a fine watch and definitely recommended.
Best Analog Sports Watches For Women Under $100
Casio Women’s BGA110-7B Shock-Resistant Watch
If you are looking for a durable, lightweight, soft, and comfortable watch, then you might want to consider the Baby-G. The watch catches your eye with a bold, white-and-silver display that exudes charisma. The face is beautiful and intriguing, offering the time in both standard analogs and digital numerals. It even displays the day of the week.
Other features of the Women’s Baby-G Chaton Ring Watch includes 29-time zone settings, a LED light, quartz movement, and a waterproof casing good for up to 325 feet. This elegant wristwatch has a chaton style bezel protector and numeric indicator. In short, this is a fine watch, and I think you’ll be well-pleased with it.
Casio Women’s BGA110-1B2 Sport Watch
The Casio BGA110-1B2 Baby-G is quite a bit different than the Chaton model above in general appearance. It does, however, have a very similar display, offering the time in both standard Arabic indices as well as via digital displays for the hour and day of the week.
There are a number of useful features on this watch, including a 1/100 second stopwatch, a countdown timer, five daily alarms, an ultraviolet backlight and different world time zones. The BGA110-1B2 is also shock resistant and water resistant up to 330 feet.
When you combine a striking visual design with half a dozen useful features, you end up with an attractive, convenient and ultimately useful sports watch.
Casio Women’s BA-111-1ACR Analog-Digital Watch
Our third and final Baby-G from Casio, the BA-111-1ACR is a tough, no-nonsense watch with a striking visual style – black with pink highlights.
This shock-resistant mammoth is outfitted with a LED backlight, 29 time zones, daylight saving on/off switch, stopwatch, an auto programmed calendar valid through 2099, five daily alarms and a city code display.
Like most of the watches on the list, the BA-111-1ACR is appropriate for up to 330 feet in the water. If you’re looking for a tough, heavy-duty watch that can take a beating but is also feminine and girly, you’ll love this watch. The only real problem is that the display is so full of information that it can be hard to read.
Nautica Women’s NCT Stainless Steel Dive Watch
A lot of the watches on this list have very busy faces, and the Nautica Women’s NCT Stainless Steel Dive Watch is no exception. There is so much going on here that it’s almost mesmerizing. This stainless steel watch features chronograph subdials, a colored shine bezel, and a knurl edge crown.
The watch comes with both a stainless steel case and a five-year warranty, both excellent offers. The strap is made of silicone, and the watched can handle depths of up to 330 feet. The bright pink strap of the Nautica is sure to draw compliments from friends and strangers alike.
This isn’t quite a perfect watch, but it is a very good one. Unlike the Baby G watches, it features the day and date in analog form, making it easier to see in sunlight than the small, digital displays of the Baby G.
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s 1781271 Watch
The Tommy Hilfiger 1781271 is a fine, capable watch for most everyday sporting situations. The first thing you’ll notice about this watch is the bold, easy-to-read display, perfect for when you’re on a jog or a bike ride. The bezel is silver-tone and stylish, and the band is made of silicon.
If you are looking for a watch that is waterproof, this isn’t your answer: it’s only water-resistant up to 99 feet. You can’t swim while wearing the wristwatch as it is not suitable for submerging. What is impressive about this watch, however, is it’s warranty. The 1781271 is backed by an incredible ten-year warranty, all but guaranteeing a decade of continuous, reliable use.
Best Analog Sports Watches For Women Under $200
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s 1781523 Watch
We finish off our list with the sophisticated Tommy Hilfiger 1781523. This simple sports watch features an unusual display, displaying the minutes at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 8:00 and 10:00 while smaller dials offer the day and date of the week.
The charming watch features a blue bezel and resin strap contemplated by a gold-colored finish. It’s not actually golden, but that’s the closest color equivalent I can come up with. The watch can only be submerged to 99 feet, which means that it can’t really be used for water sports.
As nice as this watch is, there’s nothing so spectacular about it so as to justify the price. If I were you, I’d wait for the price to go down before jumping on that one.
There is no shortage of analog sports watches on the marketplace, but not all of those are watches you want to be saddled with. If you’re ready to play with the big guns, it is my hope that this list has given you some options to consider and choose from.
Whether you like the clever displays of the Baby-G watches or prefer the simpler things in life, you’re sure to find the right watch soon enough.
*All prices mentioned above are at the time of publishing.