Finding the Perfect Fit: How to Tell if Your Watch is the Right Size for Your Wrist
, by Benjamin Davis, 5 min reading time
, by Benjamin Davis, 5 min reading time
Have you ever noticed how an ill fitting watch can draw your attention away from the true beauty of the timepiece itself?
Although some people prefer larger watches, the majority of watch enthusiasts would agree that an overly large watch case looks tacky and unprofessional.
As a general rule of thumb, the border of your watch case or watch lugs should not extend beyond the edge of your wrist.
Even if the actual casing is well inside your wrist, if the lugs are sticking out then your watch is too big. When the edge of the watch is wider than the wrist it doesn’t appear uniform and consistent with the straight line that your wrist naturally makes. Having even a few millimetres of watch hanging out over the edge can ruin the sharpness of your look.
Ideally your watch would be slightly smaller than the width of your wrist.
The position of the watch crown, which is the small knob used to set the time, can also indicate if a watch is too big. If the crown digs into the back of your hand or feels uncomfortable when you bend your wrist, it may be a sign that the watch is too large for you.
On the other side, you wouldn’t want it to be too small either.
There are several common signs that indicate a watch is too small for your wrist. The first sign is when the watchband feels tight and uncomfortable. If the band is too tight, it can cause discomfort and restrict blood circulation. You may also notice that the watch leaves imprints on your skin after wearing it for a short period of time. This is a clear indication that the watch is too small and is putting too much pressure on your wrist.
To determine if your watch is too small, you’ll once again want to look at the lugs. Here, you have slightly more wiggle room than when deciding if your watch was too big. The difference between a perfectly fitting watch and a watch that is too small is very minimal.
Your watch is too small if there is 2mm or more of distance between the edge of your wrist and the edge of the watch lugs.
The easiest way to determine if your new watch is a good fit is with a simple test. The fit test is a surefire way to check whether the watch strap is too loose, too tight, or just right.
Try the watch on and use your opposite hand's index finger and slide it in between the watch and your wrist. If you can slide your index finger around but not move it around the band is correctly sized for your wrist. If you can easily move your index finger around then the band is too loose.
Traditionally, a watch that is a perfect fit doesn't slide around on your wrist. The right watch should remain in place with the watch face on top of your wrist without sliding up and down your forearm. If you have a loose watch that slides up and down your wrist, consider a new watch bracelet that is the proper fit for your wrist size. The bottom line is you should also think about comfort.
When sizing a watch for your wrist, there are several factors to consider. The first and most important factor is the diameter of the watch case. The diameter refers to the width of the watch from one side to the other. A watch that is too large in diameter will look disproportionate on a smaller wrist, while a watch that is too small may get lost on a larger wrist. It is important to find a balance between the size of the watch case and the size of your wrist to ensure a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing fit.
The second factor to consider is the thickness of the watch. A watch that is too thick can feel bulky and uncomfortable on the wrist, while a watch that is too thin may appear delicate and out of place on a larger wrist. The thickness of the watch should be proportional to the size of your wrist, ensuring a comfortable and balanced fit.
Another important factor to consider is the lug-to-lug distance. The lug-to-lug distance is the measurement from one end of the watch case to the other, including the lugs that hold the strap or bracelet. If the lug-to-lug distance is too wide, the watch may overhang on the sides of your wrist, making it look too big. On the other hand, if the lug-to-lug distance is too narrow, the watch may not cover enough of your wrist, making it look too small. It is crucial to find a watch with a lug-to-lug distance that matches the width of your wrist.
The strap or bracelet of the watch is another factor to consider when sizing a watch for your wrist. The length and width of the strap or bracelet should be appropriate for your wrist size. If the strap or bracelet is too long, it may need to be adjusted to prevent the watch from sliding around on your wrist. If the strap or bracelet is too wide, it may overpower a smaller wrist, while a narrow strap or bracelet may look out of place on a larger wrist. It is important to choose a strap or bracelet that complements the size and shape of your wrist.
Lastly, personal preference and style should also be taken into account when sizing a watch for your wrist. While there are general guidelines to follow, ultimately, it is up to you to decide what looks and feels best on your wrist. Some individuals prefer a larger, more statement-making watch, while others prefer a smaller, more understated timepiece. Experimenting with different sizes and styles can help you determine what suits your wrist and personal style the best.