Best Sports Watches for Women in 2018 - with Style, Function, and Reliability

Here, find ladies athletic watches made for women's wrists and equipped with the essential features and functions for the active lady. Stylish and capable companions for your fitness quests.

Whether you need a GPS digital sports watch for running, a swimming watch with lap counter, a `waterproof' dive watch, a fitness activity tracker with pedometer, heart rate monitor, calorie counter and sleep tracker, an ABC watch for hiking or a sporty chic fashion watch to accessorize outfits.

Here are the top selling and highly rated sports watches and fitness activity trackers for women, and the best brands for women's athletic watches. Find the best accessory for you based on your needs and the goals you are working to accomplish among these top sports watches for women in 2017.  

Top Women's Athletic Watches for 2018

Top Brands for Sport Watches for Ladies

Nike, Garmin, Polar, Timex, TomTom, Casio, G Shock, Soleus, Suunto, Armitron, adidas, Puma, Reebok, Invicta, Citizen, Guess, TAG Heuer, among others.

Ladies Sports Watches Buying Guide - What is A Good Sports Watch? 

Sports watches are are optimized for sports and fitness activities with features such as alarm, stop watch, lap counter, and countdown timers for monitoring health and workout stats. 

Sports watches track time, distance, speed, cadence, route elevation, weather conditions, calories burned, heart rate and other information depending on the type of watch and the type of training. This is valuable information for tracking and improving performance.

A sports watch or fitness tracker is an essential accessory and the best companion when working out. Small and light, it won't hinder your performance. A good sports watch has the following features. These are the features to consider when buying women's athletic watches:

Easy to Read- Large, clear and easy to read display so you can read information easily while training especially in low light conditions. You may opt for a backlit/luminous/glow in the dark dial.

User Friendly- Easy to access and operate controls without having to pause your workout, some types of smartwatches have touchscreens for even easier control.

Durability- Tough materials- plastic/resin, titanium-, rugged design, waterproof and shockproof to withstand exposure to different conditions when training. Swim watches should be water resistant to the point of being submerged to certain depths without damage. They should also have ventilation holes for efficient air circulation.

Comfort- Comfortable to wear and should not hinder your performance. Lightweight, low profile, and with comfortable straps.

Functional - The fitness tracker should provide you with the stats you need in an accurate way. Choose one with the features you need and want such as swimming lap counter, Heart Rate Monitor, calorie counters, water resistance, pedometer, calorie counter, sleep tracker, GPS and other useful features, you can do as much or as little as you want with them. 

Reliable: They are tough and accurate so you can rely on them to record everything as you work hard to achieve your goals.  It should have a long battery life.

Multisport vs. Sport Specific- Choose a multi sport watch for versatility and best value for money or a watch optimized for a specific sport eg swimming or running to make the most out of your training with sport specific features

Technological Capability (optional)- ability to sync your workout stats wirelessly to your smartphone or computer so you can track and analyze your progress easily.

Budget- Most sports watches are affordable. You will get great ones starting from Under $25. Nice quality ones with amazing features under or over $100. You can also spend over $1000 to get premium mechanical sports watches by Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer. 

Appearance: A sports watch is an accessory to your workout attire. Choose from large to petite to slim wrist bands, rugged digital athletic timepieces or smartwatches. From neutral to bold and fun colors- black, white, blue, pink and purple.  

Sport Watches Then and Now

Timing is a major component of any sporting event. As long as there has been sporting events, the need for devices to time them has been there. 

Timepieces developed to meet the needs of sportspeople have played a very important role for modern timekeeping to get to where it is.

The chronograph was as a result of King Louis XVIII of France's request for a device to accurately time horse races. The modern diving watch was designed to fulfill the need for scuba divers to pursue their sport safely by having a way to monitor their remaining air supply.

Today, active lifestyle enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and athletees such as runners, cyclists, sailors, and mountaineers all depend on sports watches.

To meet today’s needs, modern sports watches come equipped with a wide range of features and functions such as heart rate monitors, altimeters, barometers, compasses, pedometers and GPS tracking.

Modern sports chronometers have lap-timing capabilities and some aviation watches can account for wind speed. No matter what needs to be measured in sports, there is a sport watch capable of measuring it. 

Sports watches are so popular that they are now fashion accessories, setting new trends. They are mainly responsible for the oversized watch trend. Sports, pilots and military watches have always had a large dial for readability. Now watch designers have adopted their style and large watches have become fashion statements.

Today, a sports watch does not mean a sports watch literally. You don't have to be a pro-diver or avid runner or be in training to enjoy the benefits of a sports watch. Modern sports watches are acessories to today’s casual lifestyle and sporty fashion. You can wear a sport watch to work and wear the same to a workout, to the beach, to run errands or to a business meeting.

Sports watches are versatile and attractive timepieces that not only tell the time, they communicate your priorities, your style, and your lifestyle. In today’s fast-paced and increasingly casual world, the sports watch has become an essential accessory for many people. 

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As the Chinese Proverb goes: ''An inch of time is an inch of gold but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold''. Well, you can buy a great timepiece to help you manage the precious gift that is time while expressing your style!