Tips For Choosing The Right Wrist Watch Size For Men


A wristwatch is a portable time piece designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet, including metal bands, leather straps or any other kind of bracelet.

When it comes to choosing a watch, it is important to note that one size does not fit all. Hence you need to know how to select a watch that’s right for your wrist.

For men, there are varieties of brands, designs and qualities with various specifications.
This article explains the steps and the tips needed to be considered when buying a wristwatch.

1 Choosing the right size

The first step in choosing the right watch is to choose the right size. In this case the issue of proportion comes in because you have to choose the size proportionate to your look.

Generally, the case diameter for most watches is in the range of 35mm to 50mm.

For men, the watch diameters ranges from 38mm to 46mm as anything above 46mm tends to be extra big and fir a specific purpose. For women, the case diameter goes below 38mm for more feminine appearance.

To know your perfect size, you can measure your wrist with a measuring tape. For a wrist within 14cm – 18cm, a small or medium watch within a diameter of 38mm to 42mm is perfect. For a wrist of 18cm and above, a larger case within the range of 44-46mm will do.

2 Consider the thickness of the case

The higher the diameter of the watch case, the more the thickness of the watch.

For a 38mm to 42mm diameter you will see around 7 mm in thickness while for a 44mm and beyond the thickness increases to around 9mm.

Case thickness

3 Watch Band Width

As a general rule, the band width of a wrist watch is usually half of the case diameter.

For example, if you wear a 46mm watch, the width should be approximately 23mm in width.

Likewise, your style preference may come to play here as you may prefer a wider band width.

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4 Watch Band Material

There are various materials that can be used for the band of a wrist watch. They include metals (silver, gold, platinum), leather, canvas, rubber and exotic skins.

Leather bands gives your watch a slimmer look. A metal band, even if it is the same size as a leather band, it will always appear larger and heavier. This is because of the nature of metal.

So, if you have a small wrist or you want to have the appearance of a larger watch, you can go for a metal material.

5 The watch details and its complications

For the average minimal person, it is best to choose a classy and simple design for watches as this kind of watch offers versatility. They can be worn in different kinds of occasions and can complement any outfit you will wear.

The purpose of wearing a watch is to look for the time. However, some watches come with a feature of showing the date and even have a compass. These extra that put on watches are called complications.

An extra feature called chronograph is also a complication attribute found on some watches. It is a separated system that serves as a stopwatch. On the side of the watches, you usually find two buttons start and stop the chronograph.

Some watches not only have chronographs but also paired with tachymeter. With paired function, it can calculate things like speed, fuel consumption, and distance travel which is not part of the clock system.

Although some people preferred watches that have additional features, it is better to choose a watch that is simple but elegant.

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Complicated wrist watch

6 Put your budget into consideration

Your budget comes to play especially if you can’t afford the pricey and expensive watches.
There are watches that the brands are affordable and still suits your personality.
Also, if you have the money you can go for the luxurious ones and feel good wearing them.

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