5 Tips for Buying the Right Size Watch for Your Wrist

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5 Tips for Buying the Right Size Watch for Your Wrist

Depending on the culture as well as on personal preference, men choose whether or not to wear jewellery, and they are very meticulous when picking their accessories. Still, one of the universally accepted male accessories is the wristwatch – it’s useful and convenient, and it can (but doesn’t have to) be considered jewellery. With so many different styles and sizes to choose from, it can be a real challenge finding the one that’s perfect for you. Here’s how you can find the watch that’s the right size for your wrist.

Measure your wrist

When you know your wrist size, you will see that finding the right watch is much easier. Measuring your wrist takes a couple of minutes, and it can be done anywhere. All you need is to take a strip of paper or flexible measuring tape and wrap it around your wrist where you wear your watch.


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It’s usually right below the wrist bone, but it can be higher too if you want. Mark the spot on the paper or the flexible tape where the two ends meet and measure it with a ruler. Thin wrists are somewhere between 14 and16cm, slender is between 16 and 17cm, the medium is up to 18cm, and thick wrists are above 18cm.

Choose your movement

Once you start learning about wristwatches, you might be surprised to discover that there are different ‘movements’ you can choose from. Movement refers not only to the way the watch’s hands sweep around its face but the way they do it too. There are different kinds of inner mechanisms, and the watch’s movement is like its “heart” – it shows how it works and keeps time. The three most popular movements are mechanical, automatic, and quartz, and you should do a bit of research to find out which one is the best for you before you make a purchase.

Look at the details

The details of the watch are very important for the way it will look on your wrist too. Plain watches will look inconspicuous even if they’re bigger, while smaller and intricately decorated pieces will stand out no matter what. Hands of the watch, its subdials, markers, and crowns are a whole deal, and you should take all of these into account when looking for the right one. You can find minimalist Maven watches in different styles and sizes and pick the one you like best. On the other hand, you can also look for something with prominent markers and a bigger case, especially if you have thicker wrists in the first place.

Watch the case

Case thickness and diameter should be taken into consideration too, as these are very closely connected. A rule to go by is: the depth and the diameter should be proportional, and if thickness increases, so should the diameter. Watch the caseThis is how you will be able to pick a watch that’s not going to look out of place on your wrist. Most commonly, diameters of men’s watches are between 38mm and 46mm because smaller ones seem way too small, and bigger ones seem almost comical.

Mind your budget

There are many affordable watches, but there are also those that are more expensive than a brand new car. Even though owning a luxury piece might make you look and feel important, you shouldn’t hurt your budget just so that you can say that you own a nice watch. It’s more important that you find a piece that compliments your style and reflects your personality than it is to spend a fortune on a watch that you will wear only on special occasions and keep locked in a safe in the meantime.

When it comes to fashion, very few things are set in stone, and it’s always better to treat trends as guidelines rather than strict rules that you have to abide by. When you start looking for your perfect watch, keep an open mind, and be ready to step out of your comfort zone. Still, it’s always a good idea to play it safe when it comes to your workplace and leave extravagance for nights off with your friends.

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Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine.

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