One Size Doesn't Fit All: How to Pick the Right Watch Size for Your Wrist


A man's watch is one of his most prized possessions, wouldn't you agree?

Unless his watch looks awkward and clunky on his wrist, that is. A disproportionate bit of bling immediately catches the eye--for all the wrong reasons.

Don't be that guy who owns a luxury watch that isn't made for his wrist. Before you buy a wristwatch, invest a little bit of time and research to make sure that what your buying will throw itself into view because it's impressive, not because it's gaudy.

Lucky for you, here's a helpful guide to watch sizes, wrist measurements, and everything in between.

The Real Reason for Luxury Watches

In recent years, the luxury watch market has suffered setbacks. In fact, the mechanical watch industry is in a rut not recorded since the '70s. But it's not for lack of demand.

Luxury watches are still a popular option. Now that they are relatively cheaper than they used to be, they are even more in demand, but not simply for the purpose of telling time.

A quality men's leather wristwatch conveys status and elegance, especially if you work in the business sector. Your watch is the accessory that makes an immediate and lasting first impression.

Wrist Size Matters

Do you have a large, muscular wrist? Perhaps you have smaller, leaner wrists. In any case, your goal is to make sure the watch makes your wrist more attractive without being too flashy.

As a general rule, larger watches with larger bands look better on a large wrist. Smaller men's watches with a slim band--perhaps made of leather--tend to be sophisticated without looking feminine.

Measuring Your Wrist

The easiest way to measure your wrist is with a flexible tape measure. If you can find one, use a fabric measuring tape so that it conforms to your wrist as much as possible. A plastic tape measure will do just as well, though.

  • Place the measuring tape exactly where you want your watch to go.
  • Then, place the zero at the top of your wrist facing upward.
  • Wrap the tape measure around your wrist, and take note of the number that's above the zero.
  • That number is your wrist circumference.

The average size of a man's wrist is 7.25 inches (18.42 CM). So if your wrist measures 8 inches, you're in the market for a larger watch. If, however, your wrist is about 6 inches, look for smaller watch measurements.

Another Neat Measuring Hack

Did you know that you can measure your wrist with American money? The length of any paper money in the US is 6 inches.

Knowing this, wrap a dollar bill around your wrist. If the bill's ends meet, your wrist is approximately 6 inches.

If the ends don't meet, grab a ruler and measure the distance between the two ends. Add six inches to that, and you have your wrist measurement.

Measure Up

Now that you've measured your wrist, it's time to round up from that recorded number. While shopping for your ideal luxury watch, add about a half-inch to your measurement.

If you don't round up a bit, your watch will be too snug. Even worse, if your wrist has some meat on it, your expensive-looking watch will look like it's wrapped around a ham. Not a pleasing aesthetic, to say the least.

Watch Sizes Matter

Since the purpose of owning a premium watch is focused on the aesthetics, the size of the watch is one of the most important factors.

It's not just a matter of choosing a properly sized band for your watch. A watch only looks good on your wrist if its case and face are proportionate to the band.

Pay Attention to Your Band 

The length of your watch's band is not your only concern when making your purchase. You have to consider the width and material of the band as well.

If you have a larger wrist, a metal band is your best bet. Metal bands are usually on the thick side (20-24 Mm).

Leather bands are typically slimmer (approximately 18 mm). They work better on wrists that are smaller and leaner.

If opting for a metal band, go for stainless steel or gold. If you're a man with a smaller wrist but you prefer a stainless steel band, you should browse around for one that is between 18-20 mm in width.

How Big Is Your Case?

Though the band is what straps your watch to your wrist, it's not the only thing to consider as far as watch sizes go. The style and size of your case matter greatly as well.

For instance, a large 40 mm watch won't look very flattering on a 6-inch wrist. Conversely, if you have a large wrist, a tiny round watch won't do you any justice.

So the rules for watch case sizing are very simple: Large wrist, larger case; average wrist, smaller case.

How Large Is the Face?

Your watch sizing doesn't stop at the case. Look closely at the watches you're interested in: do their faces look proportionate to their cases and bands?

Every type of luxury watch has a unique face setup. From the size of the numbers to the thickness of the balance wheel and hairspring, a watch's components have to match the size and shape of its case.

If you're a tall man with large wrists, a watch with well-spaced, large numbers will look elegant on you. If you're a man with smaller features, a less flashy face will complement your stature and make just as big an impact.

It's Time for Your New Watch

Now that you're familiar with watch sizes, you're ready to make that all-important purchase. Buy a watch that defines and complements you. Make sure that it's a priceless timepiece that everyone will notice for all the right reasons.

If you still need some help in choosing the write watch, contact us today. We sell high-quality watches for reasonable prices, and we are eager to help you find the one that defines your daily image. Shop for your luxury watch today.


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