Tips On How To Find The Right Size Watch

Once you’ve found the style of watch you want, you need to consider size. The size of watch you wear depends on the size of your wrist. Small wrists and oversized watches is generally not a good look, particularly if you want to make a good first impression. Proportion is key in choosing the watch size you need.

Case Diameter

The first thing anyone is going to notice about your watch is the size of the case. Unless you’re purposely going for an oversized look, the case needs to be in proportion to the size of your wrist. You’ll need to measure your wrist and get the circumference. If your wrist is 6 to 7 inches then you should look for cases that are between 38mm and 42mm. If your wrist is over 7 inches, then you want a case between 42mm and 46mm.

Case Thickness

The thickness of the case is usually related to the diameter. The bigger the diameter, the thicker the case will be. As long as you have the right diameter, then the case thickness shouldn’t be a problem. As a general rule, cases with a diameter of 38mm to 42mm have a thickness of 7mm, while cases over 44mm are around 9mm in thickness.

Face Details

The details on the face of the watch can also affect how proportionate the watch looks. If you have smaller wrists, then you’ll want to avoid large numbering, and hands. The reverse is also true. If you have large wrists, avoid faces with small numbers. You should look at the lug size, the size of the pusher and the changer as well. The bigger they are, the bigger they make the watch look.


There are two things about the band that affect the proportion of your watch - the width of the band and the band material. The band is usually half the size of the case. However the same rules apply. If you have a smaller wrist, go for a smaller band. If you have a larger wrist, you should choose a larger wrist. The material does make a bit of a difference to how proportionate the watch looks. Leather bands look slimmer, so you might need to make allowances for this. Metal bands will always look wider and heavier than they are, but you can still find an amazing looking metal band watch for slimmer wrists.

These are just guidelines, and some watches don’t follow the proportion rules at all. They look amazing simply because they are amazing. Of course, there are other considerations in looking for a watch, such as style, and the movement, and your budget. You can find a wide range of affordable luxury watches here.

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