Watches are an integral accessory for many people. Whether you wear one because of the style, to tell time, or just as a fashion statement. The watch is a staple piece in the modern man’s wardrobe. You don’t want to be caught without one, but you also need to choose the right size for your wrist.
For starters, your watch should feel comfortable on your wrist and be tight enough not to slide around but loose enough not to dig into your skin. Then, there are other factors to consider, such as the case size, bandwidth, and design. With all of these options on the market today it can be difficult to find the perfect watch for your wrist size!
It may all sound a bit complicated but actually finding the perfect watch for your wrist size is easier than you’d think. In this article, we will cover how to avoid that problem and make sure you get a great watch that fits comfortably on your wrist.
What is My Wrist Size?
Wrist size is a bit of an oddity. We wear watches on our wrists, but for some reason, we don’t measure them with a ruler. Wrist size is the most important factor when it comes to buying a watch. The best way to measure your wrist size is by taking a measuring tape and wrapping it around the widest part of your wrist, just below the palm of your hand.
If you are wearing a shirt or other clothing that can be removed, then do this before putting on any clothes. Make sure not to wrap it too tight as you want some room for comfort!
How to Measure Your Wrist?
There are many ways to measure the size of your wrist, but what should you use? Well, there is no right answer. The most important thing to remember when measuring your wrist is that it needs to be snug without being tight. Too loose and it will slide around a lot while too tight can cut off circulation and cause irritation. So how do you find the perfect fit? Here are two methods:
- Place one end of a tape measure on the inside crease of your arm about halfway between the elbow and shoulder with the other end resting against the outside of your wrist bone (located along where all watches would sit).
- With a string or ribbon, wrap it around your wrist just above where you want it to rest comfortably. Mark the end of the string or ribbon, then place that mark on a ruler for an exact measurement.
Things to Consider When Looking for the Right Watch
When it comes to finding the right watch, there are a number of things you should consider. There are many types of watches and each type has its own set of benefits. One consideration is if you want a mechanical or quartz movement, which has different advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs.
The size of the case and strap as well as how long they last will also be considerations for those looking for a new watch. Finally, you’ll need to take into account whether or not you want an analog or digital display when deciding what kind of watch to buy!
Quartz Watch vs Mechanical Watch
A question that many people ask themselves is whether quartz watches or mechanical watches are better.
The quartz watch is a battery-operated device that takes advantage of the piezoelectric properties of quartz crystals to control the flow of electric current. Quartz watches are more accurate, cheaper and easier to maintain than mechanical watches because they don’t need to be wound or regulated by human intervention.
Mechanical watches continue to be popular with collectors who value their craftsmanship and artistry, as well as people who want something more traditional. There are many different types of mechanical watch movements including: manual-wind, automatic self-winding, and hand-wound. Mechanical watches also typically last longer than quartz timepieces because they can have parts replaced when needed.
Simply, quartz watches are powered by a battery and do not need winding like mechanical ones, but they require regular battery changes to work properly. Mechanical watch movements use the natural motion of your arm to power them so they don’t have to be wound as often. Both types of watches can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
Watch Case & Watch Band
A watch case and a watch band are two essential parts of a watch. The case protects the delicate inner workings from dust, dirt, or water damage. Watch bands come in all sorts of materials and colors so you can find one that suits your taste!
Watch Case Diameter
The watch case diameter is a critical metric that can make or break your decision. The size of the watch face determines what wrist you need, and most importantly how well it will match up with your outfit. If you have a small wrist, then an oversized watch may look good but not be practical because it could slip off easily while working out or doing other physical activities. Conversely, if you have a large wrist, then an oversized watch might fit too tightly and cause discomfort when worn for long periods of time.
In general, men’s watch diameters range from 38mm to 46mm. Anything outside this range tends to appear too small or large. To find your perfect size within the range, use your wrist measurement. If your wrist is between 14cm – 18cm, select a small or medium watch with a diameter of 38mm, 40mm, or 42mm. If your wrist is 18cm and above, choose a larger case, such as one that is 44-46mm.
Watch Case Thickness
The watch case thickness is another important factor to consider when purchasing a new watch. As you search for the perfect timepiece, the thickness of the case can make or break your decision. The rule of thumb is that thicker cases are more durable and sturdier than thinner ones, but this isn’t always true: some thin watches are made from high-quality materials and will withstand a lot of wear and tear without breaking.
So it’s up to you to decide what kind of durability you want in your watch before deciding on its size! Typically, a watch that is 38mm to 42mm in diameter will feature a 7mm thickness. Those that are 44mm and above will be around 9mm thick or more.
Watch Band Width
If you are wearing a watch on your left wrist, it is important to make sure the width of the band is not too wide for your arm. If it has been a while since you have worn a watch and don’t remember this, just ask someone who knows. It can be embarrassing when people notice that there is no gap between your arm and the side of the watch because it looks like it’s cutting off circulation to your hand.
If you have a small wrist, it’s important to keep in mind that the watch bandwidth is going to be different than someone with a larger wrist. It can seem like there are only two options: either your watch will dangle and look too big on your hand or it’ll be so tight around your wrist that you can’t wear it for more than an hour. However, if you find the perfect fit for your size, you’ll be able to enjoy wearing this accessory every day!
Watch Band Material
There are many different materials for watch bands. Some people prefer leather because it is more durable and has a timeless quality to it. Others like the look of metal or rubber, which can be more resistant to scratches and other damage.
The glass might sound expensive, but there are actually a number of companies that make these types of bands at affordable prices! It’s always important to know what you want before you start shopping around so you don’t end up wasting time looking through things that won’t work out in your favor.
Choosing the Right Watch for Your Wrist Size
A watch is an accessory that many people wear on their wrists. However, it’s important to take into account your wrist size before you buy a watch because the band may be too big or too small for your wrist. If you have a small wrist, then a smaller-sized watch would work better. Larger wrists may need more space and can accommodate larger watches with larger bands.
Very Thin Wrists
If you have a skinny wrist, it’s essential to keep proportions in mind while shopping for a watch. Start by evaluating different timepieces as you try them on and assessing how each one sits on your wrist and appears. Then, try to avoid anything too big and bulky as it will overwhelm your thin wrist and likely look awkward.
Also, keep in mind that anything large will have problems sitting neatly under a slim shirt cuff, so stick to small and slender designs. Typically, a 38mm watch will offer the perfect fit for gents with very thin wrists. Although this diameter may sound small when compared to other men’s watches, it will provide you with a balanced appearance. Just ensure that you pick a suitable design, such as a sophisticated dress watch to compliment your wrist size.
If you have a wrist that’s slender but not small, it’s best to choose a watch that is slim and sophisticated without appearing dainty. To achieve this combination, try selecting a timepiece that boasts a thin case with an average diameter. A design that’s 40mm will be ideal for slender wrists and sitting comfortably. As for the thickness of the case, ensure that you keep it at or below 8mm. Anything larger than 8mm may stick out too far from your wrist and appear bulky and overwhelming.
Also, keep the overall design of the watch in mind when shopping. Slim timepieces, which are ideal for slender wrists, tend to look best with slim bracelets. As such, a leather strap or Milanese bracelet will likely be your best choice. A minimal dial that is free from clutter will also look best on slender wrists due to its uncomplicated appearance.
Gents with medium-sized wrists should consider themselves lucky. As their frame falls in the middle of the spectrum, there are plenty of watches that can suit their structure. That being said, specific designs will naturally look better than others. So, if you have a medium wrist, try avoiding timepieces that are either overly large or quite small. A watch that falls in the middle, such as one with a diameter of 42mm, will suit your wrist best and provide a flattering appearance.
Although the size may somewhat restrict your choice, you should feel free to experiment with different designs. A medium wrist has the potential to pull off a range of bracelet and face styles, so choose those that appeal to you. Whether you like a chunky watch with a metal clasp bracelet or a slimmer style with a leather strap, the choice is yours.
A thick wrist calls for a large watch, but don’t get too carried away. Finding a timepiece that suits your frame doesn’t mean just selecting the chunkiest one on the market. Instead, aim to balance size with style. Start by choosing a timepiece with a 44-46mm case or slightly larger. Doing so will ensure that the watch is proportionate to your wrist and doesn’t appear excessively small or large.
Then, select the style that you like. Sports watches often look good on thick wrists, but don’t rule out other designs. Just make sure that the timepiece you choose is suitably thick and in an appropriate style. In particular, be mindful of the face. A minimal dial can appear sparse and empty when partnered with a large case, but one with more functions and a few sub-dials looks perfect.
How to Choose a Watch for Your Wrist Size
- If you have a thin or slender wrist, pick a watch with a small case and a slim band.
- If you have a thick wrist, select a watch with a large case and broadband.
- Thin bands and bracelets, such as Milanese and leather styles, suit slender wrists best while thicker metal clasp styles look good on larger frames.
- Choose a watch with a minimal design if you have a small wrist or one with a busier face and more functions if your wrist is large.
- Remember, when it comes to case thickness, 6-8mm is ideal for thin wrists, 8-12mm is suitable for medium wrists, and 14-18mm will appear best on thick wrists.
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We hope you found this article helpful in getting started with choosing a watch for your wrist size. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at SenseOrient and we will be happy to help!