Decades ago, wristwatches were for the most part worn by adults.
These days, and rightly so, there’s no “restriction” on sporting an amazing-looking timepiece.
In fact, some parents look for the first watches for their kids as early as preschool!
But the biggest spike of watch wearers seems to be in the teenage group, and girls have just as huge a collection of timekeepers to pick from as the boys!
We will go as far as saying that there has never been a bigger choice of wristwatches than there is right now.
From minimalistic dress watches to colorful sporty models to jam-packed with useful features smartwatches – the list of options is endless.
The embarrassment of riches often contributes to indecision and confusion.
Whether you’re a parent or a teen girl looking for the perfect timepiece, stick with us.
By reviewing as many as 11 best-selling products, we hope to help you pick the best watch for teenage girls in 2023.
First, we will look at the top 5 models – all picked for contrasting reasons.
If none of these turn out convincing enough, the second part of the article will include as many as 6 alternative choices.
Best Watches for Teenage Girls (Overview)
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Top Watches for Teenage Girls (Best 5 Models)
As you can see from the comparison table above, picking the best watch for teenage girls will depend on:
- the type of wristwatch you want (regular or smartwatch)
- your budget
Now, let’s have a closer look at all the models.
If you’re looking for a watch that will stand the test of time, look no further.
The G-Shock line by Casio is considered to offer some of the toughest watches on the planet.
While for the most part these timepieces are designed for boys and men (a large chunk of them come with oversized cases and masculine design), there’s also something in store for teenage girls!
The pink model you see is far more subtle than a regular G-Shock. It belongs to the G-Shock “S” series which was created strictly with the female audience in mind.
Apart from the feminine color, the watch is also considerably smaller and lighter than most G-Shock releases.
The case measures 46mm while the average diameter of G-Shocks is above 50mm. The watch weighs 10 grams while on average, G-Shocks approach 14 grams.
But don’t let the above metrics fool you – the timepiece is just as robust as its masculine siblings!
Both the case and the band are made from highly durable resin which is also very easy to clean. The digital watch face is protected by scratch-resistant mineral glass.
Naturally for a G-Shock, the watch is shock-resistant. It can also withstand water pressure of up to 200m.
Apart from looking great and being solid as a rock, the watch is also equipped with many useful functions.
For example, it offers the World Time feature which allows you to quickly pick from 29 time zones, guaranteeing excellent accuracy wherever you go. Thanks to the Japanese quartz movement, the watch is unlikely to lose or gain more than 15 seconds monthly.
Other perks that deserve a mention include:
- 5 daily alarms (including 1 snooze alarm)
- Countdown timer
- 1/100 second stopwatch
- Auto LED backlight with afterglow effect
Samsung Galaxy Active 4
Since the launch of the first modern smartwatch just over a decade ago, the industry has been booming.
To say that it’s already overtaking the regular wristwatch would be a bit premature, you can’t deny the growing popularity and need for smartwatches – especially among teenagers.
At present, there are tens of smartwatch brands for Android smartphones competing for the top spot. However, the one that sticks out in terms of the list of useful features and designs is Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Active collection, first launched in 2013, is now competing with the Apple Watch series (which we will discuss below) for the biggest number of premium features.
Apart from now-standard perks such as heart rate monitor, pedometer, calorie counter or sleep quality tracker, the newest Galaxy Active Watch can also:
- take reliable ECG readings
- measure blood oxygen levels
- measure blood pressure
- function as a standalone device (you can leave your phone at home and still be able to call and text as normal)
- process contactless payments (with Samsung Pay)
What’s more, the newest Samsung smartwatch is also an excellent choice for teenagers who are physically active. With the ability to track as many as 90 different exercises, you’re guaranteed great insights into your performance.
The smartwatch design is easily customizable.
First of all, it’s available in four different versions:
- pink gold (listed above)
- dark green
Second of all, you can pick from two case sizes – 40mm and 44mm. For teenage girls, the smaller size is recommended as it will simply look much better.
The watch offers a long list of free watch faces that can suit different outfits and occasions. You can also activate the AOD (Always-On Display) or wake up the screen by moving your wrist
As it’s usually the case with smartwatches that are jam-packed with features, Galaxy Active’s Achilles heel is the battery life. The smartwatch needs charging every 40 hours or so which is still not the worst result, compared for example to the Apple Watch we will move on to now.
Apple Watch 7
Just like Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry with the release of the first iPhone, the California-based brand also turned the smartwatch market on its head with the debut Apple Watch model back in 2015.
The newest release, Apple Watch 7, is by far the most advanced smartwatch for teenagers with an iPhone.
At present, only the above-discussed Galaxy Active 4 model can compete with the latest Apple Series in terms of the endless list of functions and their complexity.
Apple Watch 7 offers everything Samsung Galaxy Active 4 does, bar the ability to measure blood pressure. And that means the following functions are on board:
- ECG monitor
- SpO2 sensor
- support for LTE (can work without phone)
- contactless payments (via Apple Pay)
Naturally, basic apps such as a 24/7 heart rate monitor, sleep quality tracker, pedometer, calorie counter, and GPS are also on board.
Teenagers who like to move a lot will appreciate the fact that the newest Apple Watch offers as many as 18 workout modes.
What distinguishes Apple Watches from other smartwatches in the market is the rectangular case shape which has been the Series’ trademark since the launch of the very first model.
Apple Watch 7 is available in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm. Again, the smaller version is probably a better fit for a teenage girl.
Series 7 by Apple puts to shame Samsung’s Galaxy Active watch in terms of the number of customization options.
First of all, the watch is available in as many as 8 case color finishes.
Secondly, the choice of bands (both in terms of color and material) is also considerably bigger. These include mesh bracelets, nylon straps, and stainless steel bracelets.
There are also plenty of ways to customize the screen. Apple offers a lot of free watch faces that suit different styles and occasions.
Naturally, the Always-On Display mode is available so you don’t have to make any weird wrist movements to check the time.
By some distance, the biggest drawback of Apple Watches is their battery life.
It’s even poorer than in the Galaxy Active 4 model as the smartwatch requires daily charging. On average, it lasts for around 18 hours.
On a positive note, the newest Apple Series requires 32% less time to reach a full charge than the predecessor, Series 6.
Moving on from the complexity of the top smartwatches for teenage girls, we can now have a look at what is in our opinion the most stylish timepiece for fashionable teens.
The American fashion brand, Fossil, is known for offering incredibly elegant timepieces that look way above their moderate price tags.
The Fossil ES5127 model you see above is no exception to the rule.
It boasts a petite 28mm case made of stainless steel with a gold-tone bezel adorned with little, shiny stones. The case is combined with gently sloping lugs that seem to float the bracelet on your wrist.
Adding to the elegant feel of this model is the genuine leather strap equipped with a gold-tone tang buckle closure. If you find the black color too dull, Fossil offers interchangeable bands with most of their watches.
The silver dial includes gold-tone alternating Roman numerals with stick indices and three gold-tone hands. The hour and minute hands are luminescent, allowing for easy time-telling in any environment.
Despite the feminine look, the timepiece’s durability is ensured by the scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass.
Finally, the watch is water-resistant up to 30m which means it’s splashproof.
It’s powered by Japanese quartz complication.
Finally, closing the list of the top 5 watches for teenage girls is this ultra-affordable model from another American brand, Timex.
If the four models we discussed above are currently asking too much of your budget, Timex TW2R62800 is an excellent low-budget alternative.
As far as affordable watchmakers go, there are not many that provide as good value for money as Timex.
The model you see above is by far the cheapest watch for teen girls on the list – yet it puts to shame some more pricey models in terms of looks and reliability.
We picked the girliest version of the watch but the model is available in as many as 9 color variations.
It comes with a tiny 30mm case made from brass in a rose-gold tone which combines nicely with the pink leather strap.
The design of the face makes it super easy to read.
The excellent legibility is ensured by the combination of creamy background, rose-gold hands, and large, black Arab numerals. Furthermore, the timepiece is equipped with Timex’s Indiglo Light-up technology for comfortable reading in the dark.
Crucially, the watch offers good protection against cracks and scratches thanks to the mineral crystal glass. In terms of waterproofing, the timepiece can withstand a pressure of up to 30m.
The watch runs on Japanese quartz movement.
Best Teen Girls’ Watches: Alternatives
There’s no accounting for taste, really!
Just because we loved all the watches for teenage girls discussed in the TOP 5 section, it doesn’t mean you will as well. Hence, below find six additional models that will certainly provide further food for thought.
While the Peugeot name is mostly associated with automobiles, a watchmaker named the same way has been offering stylish timepieces since the 1950s.
The American watch brand has plenty to offer for teenage girls who want to stand out from the crowd as the vast majority of Peugeot timekeepers scream style and elegance.
The brand is known for its collection of watches that resemble the iconic Tank design originally introduced by Cartier, one of the world’s most-known luxury watchmakers. The 7102G model is an excellent representative of the line.
The Tank-shaped case measures just 20mm in diameter and is made from stainless steel. Both the case and the 5-link bracelet are gold-tone. In fact, the casing is 14k gold-plated. It also features a bezel encrusted with hand-set sparkling European crystals.
The dial is another example of Peugeot paying homage to the Cartier Tank Solo timepiece.
It features “a square inside a square” inside which the dark blue, arrow-shaped hands operate. They are pointing to large, black Roman numerals that contribute to the elegant, perhaps a bit vintage style. The tiny watch face is protected by durable mineral crystal glass.
Like most watches for teenage girls discussed in the article, this one is also powered by a Japanese quartz movement, ensuring excellent accuracy.
Last but not least, the model is water-resistant up to 30m.
Anne Klein 1018BKBK
In its collections, you will find mostly elegant timepieces with a classic design approach.
However, there are some models that boast a more modern look which definitely wouldn’t look out of place on a teenager’s wrist.
Anne Kein 1018BKBK is a good example of such a watch.
Like most AK timepieces, it looks way above its moderate price tag.
Perhaps its biggest selling point is the black ceramic link bracelet which includes an extender and a jewelry clasp. The case measures 30mm and is made from stainless steel.
The black dial is extremely minimalistic, with just three gold-tone stick indices indicating 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Pointing to them are gold-tone hands. Just above the Anne Klein logo placed is a genuine diamond. The dial window is made from mineral crystal glass.
The watch runs on Japanese quartz movement.
It’s also splashproof, offering water resistance up to 30m.
Michael Kors MK6174
While Anne Klein watches are the epitome of minimalism, Michael Kors’s are usually quite an opposite.
MK timepieces are often very adventurous in design and filled with many additional perks, just like the MK6174 model you see above.
The watch is one of our favorites in this sense because it combines a stylish all-stainless steel design with the sporty accent delivered by the chronograph function.
The three chronograph sub-dials positioned at three, six, and nine o’clock, track 24 hours, 60 seconds, and 30 minutes, respectively. They are operated by the two pushers located on each side of the crown.
Because of the busily-arranged dial, the case is considerably larger and measures 36mm in diameter. Both the case and the 3-link bracelet are made from stainless steel.
Apart from the chronograph sub-dials, the face also includes a date window positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The three silver-tone hands point to alternating Roman numeral and index hour markers. There are also minute markers around the outer rim.
The dial is really rich in elements and because of that, some find it a bit difficult to read (which we can totally understand). Solid protection against dial damage is ensured by scratch-resistant mineral glass.
Naturally for a chronograph, the watch is powered by a quartz movement. The caliber is Japanese.
On the waterproofing front, Michael Kors MK6174 can withstand a pressure of up to 100m.
How about moving away from the mainstream brands and plunging into the unknown?
Oceanaut watches have been in the market for just a few years but they’ve been scoring a lot of positive reviews online.
The American microbrand is already known for its rich collection of timepieces with vibrant colors and adventurous designs that can be a match made in heaven for a teenage girl.
The watch you see above belongs to Oceanaut’s Aqua One collection that’s available in more than 10 variations – all offering a colorful, head-turning design.
What’s equally inviting, the Aqua One line is one of the most budget-friendly offered by the brand at present.
The OC0457 timepiece we have here is a girl’s model and comes with an all-yellow exterior.
The stainless case is fairly petite, measuring just 30mm in diameter. The band, on the other hand, is made from silicone and includes a buckle closure.
The dial features three silver-tone hands which glow in the dark. They are pointing to alternating Roman numerals and round indices hour markers. The dotted indices are made of small crystals which adds to the feminine design.
Despite the collection’s name, the timepiece comes with a very moderate water resistance rating (3ATM / 30m).
Lastly, it’s powered by a Japanese quartz movement.
Nixon Siren A1311
Nixon is another excellent and budget-friendly provider of timepieces oscillating in the sporty spectrum.
The watch you see above belongs to Nixon’s Siren collection, dedicated exclusively to teenage girls with a love for water sports (particularly surfing). That’s mostly down to the surf-specific feature that helps you track high/low tides.
To help you with measuring the performance in the water, Nixon Siren is additionally equipped with a chronograph and countdown timer.
Nixon Siren is also an excellent option for environment-conscious girls as the 38mm plastic case is recycled from ocean-bound waste. The band is made from silicone and features Nixon’s patented Locking Looper that helps keep the band secure while riding the waves.
The watch dial features a custom negative LCD display with printed dial masking. It’s made from mineral crystal.
Apart from telling time and keeping track of tides, the watch display also shows a calendar (pre-programmed until 2099), chronograph, and countdown timer. For easy use after dusk, the watch offers a backlight.
The timepiece is water-resistant up to 100m.
Finally, closing the list of the best watches for teenage girls is this unique-looking Invicta watch.
Thanks to the so-called skeleton face, the timepiece is arguably the most head-turning model of all discussed in the article.
Skeleton watches stand out because of their transparent dial (whether fully or partially) which allows you to peek at the complex workings of the movement. These types of watches almost exclusively use automatic movements.
The timepiece you see above belongs to the American watchmaker’s Objet D’Art collection which is rich in see-through watches for ladies.
The watch comes with a rose gold-tone stainless steel case with a diameter of 36mm. The caseback of this watch is also transparent, contributing to the unique exterior.
Invicta 22655 model utilizes a white satin band with a tang buckle clasp.
As already mentioned, the watch’s biggest selling point is the dial of which a large part is transparent. The automatic complication can be observed with every peek.
The face features three hands and large Arab numerals alternating with stick indices, both matching the rose gold theme of the case. In quite an unusual position, at nine o’clock sits the Invicta logo.
The dial window is made from Flame Fusion crystal which is Invicta’s proprietary glass type. Durability-wise, it’s closer to sapphire glass (the most durable form of watch crystal) than the mineral glass used in most watches on the list.
The model is powered by Chinese automatic movement and offers protection against water damage up to 50m.
Picking the Perfect Watch for a Teenage Girl: Buying Guide
We have high hopes that out of the 11 best watches for teenage girls discussed in the article, at least one has caught your attention.
However, should you still be on the lookout for that perfect model, please continue reading.
In this section, we will list all the essential metrics you should tick off the list while hunting for the timepiece on your own.
Furthermore, at the bottom of the article, you will find a FAQ section in which we answer all the nagging questions on the subject.
So, what qualities should a good quality watch for a teenage girl possess?
It’s undeniable that you can only make a first impression once – this also relates to watches.
While the timepiece should look good, the durability standards must be on point for it to serve you well for years.
There are a few important things you should make sure of before proceeding with the purchase.
The glass is the watch’s first line of defense against serious damage.
Cracked glass is not only bad for the eyes but can also lead to irreversible movement damage.
To give yourself and your watch the best chance of a long, happy life together, consider timepieces that come with at least a mineral crystal dial. In the perfect world, aim for sapphire crystal models (these are more pricey, however). Try to avoid acrylic/plastic lenses whenever possible!
If you’re after the most durable material, get a watch with either stainless steel or a silicone bracelet.
Not only is the first type super-rugged but also quite stylish. Silicone bands are preferred amongst teenagers who like sporty type of watches.
By some distance, the least enduring bracelets are made from leather (they do look good, though!).
The vast majority of watches in the market utilize stainless steel cases which are absolutely fine! They have strong anti-corrosion properties and are cheap to get.
Another good choice is a resin or silicone case which is equally durable and a breeze to clean.
Whatever material you go with, make sure the case has a screwed-in caseback which improves the watch’s protection against water damage.
And since we’ve touched on the subject of water…
Most newly-released watches for teenage girls offer some sort of water resistance which is great!
The level of WR you should aim for depends largely on your lifestyle and the environment in which you want to use the timepiece.
For everyday use, a splashproof rating (3ATM / 30m) should suffice.
If you’re a girl that’s physically active (particularly if you’re into water sports), consider timepieces with a water resistance rating of at least 50m. Some dive watches can in fact resist the pressure of even up to 1000m!
Let’s not forget that the watch should be something you wear with pride!
It needs to match your own style so it fits well with your everyday outfits.
Also, a girl’s watch should be as light as possible. In fact, you should be able to forget you’re even wearing it!
Finally, don’t forget about picking the right case size. In general, watches with smaller cases look so much better on girls because their wrists are a lot thinner.
Last but not least, we can’t downplay the importance of the watch’s functions.
If you’re looking for a minimalistic dress watch, you don’t really need additional features.
However, the days of watches that could merely tell the time are long gone.
Nowadays, you can pick from different types of timepieces that can make going through your everyday chores that much easier.
Are you a heavy sleeper? Make sure the watch has a vibrating alarm.
Are you into outdoor activities? Consider getting an ABC watch.
Do you like more than just one sport discipline? A proper multisport watch can be a great choice.
We could go on forever!
Best Watch for Teenage Girls: FAQ
Below find the answers to some of the frequently asked questions on the subject of best watches for teen girls.
At what age should a teenage girl start wearing a watch?
There’s no perfect age to start wearing one.
Especially in today’s tech-advanced world, teenage girls want to be up to date with the latest perks and many of these come with owning a smartwatch.
The age at which a teenager owns a smartphone is so much lower than a decade ago. The trend looks exactly the same for teens who feel ready to own a wristwatch (whether regular or smart).
Are there watchmakers that focus strictly on watches for teenage girls?
As far as we’re aware, there are none.
However, there are watch brands that are dedicated to designing timepieces exclusively for women which also include more vibrant and joyful collections for teens. An example of such a brand is Anne Klein.
What watches are most teen girls wearing?
Not only amongst young girls but teens in general, watches with a more laid-back design are the preferred type. Vibrant colors, busily-arranged dials are just two of the main characteristics that contribute to this style.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and young age doesn’t rule out more formal styles. These will certainly help you stand out amongst your peers.
Is a smartwatch a good idea for a teenage girl?
And why not?
The pace at which smartwatches are gaining traction amongst all age groups (especially the young) is really impressive. More and more people opt to move away from the orthodox wristwatch type in favor of a smartwatch that is just so much more useful in most areas of our lives.
If you feel like you could benefit from wearing a smartwatch, go for it.