First published: 27-11-2015

What to consider when buying his or her first watch

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
What to consider when buying his or her first watch

On average, when a child comes to the age of four or so, their parents will sit down with them and show them exactly what the big hand and the little hand on the clock do. As practically all homes and classrooms have a clock, you might feel that they don't need a wristwatch yet, however, it might just be the ideal aid when teaching a child how to tell the time.

We'll help you to decipher all the features a children's watch can have, as well as the most popular trends and colours for particular age brackets. There are also watches out there which are specifically designed to aid in the teaching process, and some are both light and sturdy – the perfect combination for a child's active lifestyle.


Naturally, styles of watch change based on which age bracket they're aimed at, with younger styles often reflecting children's favourite TV characters, and older styles becoming more and more adult-like in their appearance. Colour plays a big part too, with watches for the younger ones tending to be bold and bright, with older kids' timepieces often appearing more classy and elegant.

This Moshi Monsters children's timepiece is a bright buttercup yellow, with a couple of the monsters themselves adorning the watch strap. The numbers on the face are bold and easy to read, making it as easy as possible for the young ones to get used to analogue clocks.

This model from Hello Kitty is a watch that's aimed at a slightly older audience. Its crisp white leather strap and shiny silver face could easily be found on an adult watch, however the additions of a pink bow and Hello Kitty herself add a little flair and creativity, ensuring that it caters for kids' tastes.

Time teaching aids

A great feature for a first watch to have is a time tutoring function. Therefore when parents are teaching their kids all about time, watches and clocks, they can have a really useful visual aid to help out. Whilst these timepieces are very useful for parents, they've still got to look the part in order to be happily worn throughout the day.

Whilst the watches at the very low end of the price scale will be made of plastic and rubber – which are still two sturdy, light and reliable materials - you can still get a metal and leather watch without spending your life savings.This Hello Kitty model features a case made from stainless steel and fastens with a crisp white leather strap.

Coming in a striking red and blue colour scheme, this Sekonda watch is as bold as they come. Its plastic casing and fabric strap means that it's both light and comfortable, whilst the face has clearly labelled minute and hour hands, as well as helping kids to learn lingo such as ‘quarter-past' and ‘twenty-five to'.

There are other colour schemes available for time teacher watches too, such as this Lorus model. Made in two-tone pink with a shiny silver casing, it is decorated with gorgeous flowers on the watch strap. The timepiece also acts as a teaching aid by helping kids learn the difference between ‘past' and ‘to', as well as having an easily readable watch face.

Extra features

Aside from timepieces acting as aids for kids who are just starting out in the world of watches, there are other additional features that they can have. There are alarm and date functions to ensure that they always know when they should be waking up for school, as well as differing levels of water resistance, to fend of the likely puddle splashes and the swimming pool dive-bombs.

This Limit model comes with a handy alarm and date function, as well as being dressed in a sleek black and red colour scheme. It also has a back light, which means you can see when the alarm goes off in the early hours every morning, while the watch also has a digital output. It's important that kids learn how to tell the time on an analogue clock, however digital may be best for day-to-day time checks.

Also coming with a date and alarm functions, this Timex model has a sturdy plastic casing and a comfy fabric strap, in a trendy pink and silver ensemble. It's also splashproof, which means that it can handle your average rainy storm, as well as a bit of splashing about in puddles and hand washing too.

Boys vs. girls

Although all kids' watches are unisex, certain styles and colours do lend themselves to specific genders. When thinking about a first watch, however, you'll find all your children's favourite characters immortalised in watch form, as well as timepieces related to football and cars, and a whole host of both bright and understated colours to choose from.

You know the drill – eat your greens and you'll grow big and strong! Well, having Mr Strong on your kid's wrist will be a good reminder of this. What's more, the orange colour scheme ofthis Mr Men watch, as well as the red and green numbers, make it a really bold piece of wrist-wear – it's sure to stand out on the playground.

For a young girl's first watch, this Frozen watch by Character might just have maximum appeal. With Anna and Elsa on the face, parents can teach their kids how to tell the time while their favourite characters are right there to help out. It also has a quality leather strap and a stainless steel casing, so children can also learn how important it is to look after a truly nice timepiece.

Watch materials

Leading nicely on to watch materials, there are various substances that both the watch case and strap can be made of. A host of children's watches will be made out of plastic and rubber, as they're both cost-effective and sturdy. However, like many adult's watches, kids' watches can also feature leather straps and stainless steel cases.

This Marea children's model is a good example of a suitable first watch that is made out of rubber and plastic. It can handle the general rough and tumble of the playground, whilst still looking bold and bright enough to catch the eye of parents and children alike. What's more, as some of the numbers are replaced with batons, this will aid in the memorising of time telling.

Leather meets stainless steel in this Cannibal children's watch, as both the strap and the casing exude quality and class. Although quite understated for a first bit of wrist wear, its crisp and clear watch face makes for easy reading, so it's perfect for those who aren't yet proficient in the art of time telling.

There are plenty of options out there when looking to pick up a very first watch, surprisingly in both analogue and digital, combining a range of materials for both the strap and the casing. So, no matter what colour or what character your child wants to see on their wrist, there are so many options out there for them to discover their ideal first timepiece.

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