Choosing the Right Watch for your Wrist
Proportion is key when choosing the right watch, and striking just the right balance can be a challenge even for the seasoned watch enthusiast. A bigger watch that makes a statement on one guy may appear overly flashy on another, while a smaller watch that has the Goldilocks effect for a certain man may look comically dainty on someone with a different build. These tips will guide you to that perfect fit that checks all your boxes on style without setting your look off balance.
Measuring Your Wrist
- Find a flexible measuring tape, string, or strip of paper
- Position it where your watch band typically hits on your wrist (if you're using something other than a measuring tape, mark the point where the ends meet and measure that laying flat)
- Understand your measurement:
- 5.5 - 6.3 in (14-16 cm): Extra Small
- 6.3 - 6.7 in (16-17 cm): Small
- 6.7 - 7.1 in (17-18 cm): Medium
- 7.1 - 7.5 in (18-19 cm): Large
- Above 7.5 in (19 cm): Extra Large
A Study in Case Size
Case size is typically the primary element you'll want to consider in choosing the right watch, making it the easiest focus for beginners in selecting a watch size. Men's watches tend have an average diameter of between 38mm and 46mm, with under 38mm representing the small end of the spectrum and over 46mm representing a large statement timepiece.
Many of the watches we carry sit proudly on the larger end of the case size spectrum, and we firmly believe that confidence is a better corollary than wrist size in carrying off a bold watch. That said, we also understand that those newer to the watch game may seek some additional guidance on proper fit. Remember that these are rules of thumb only and that even those with smaller wrists can rock a larger timepiece with the right attitude.
While we're zeroing in on case diameter, don't forget to check the case thickness as well. 6-8mm tend to flatter a very slender wrist, 8-12 for medium-sized, and 14-18 for larger wrists.
For those seeking smaller wristwear, any case diameter under 34mm fits the bill. This is more common in vintage timepieces and tends to veer into sizes closer to women's watch norms.
Standard watches typically fit best on a small-to-medium-sized wrist, and conventional wisdom dictates that a diameter of around 40mm is comfortable for a more slender wrist. The 40mm Monarch watch is a solid choice for those seeking a watch in this range.
Recommended for larger wrists or those who are looking to express themselves more boldly with their watch, oversized watches make a strong statement and lend themselves to conversation pieces. At 44mm in case diameter, the Gearhead II fits the bill for an oversize timepiece sure to make a splash.
We proudly carry a range of XL watches and stand by the notion that men should embrace standing out instead of blending in. XL styles are for those men who truly embrace being noticed for their style, and often works well with a larger wrist size. The Dark Magic, tipping the scales at a statement-making 52mm, doesn't shy away from the spotlight.
When it comes to fashion, don't forget that rules are made to be broken. For watch noobs, it can make sense to play it safe for your first few purchases to learn more about your personal style and discovering what you like and fits your lifestyle. Experienced collectors should feel free to select the timepiece that suits their mood and personality. Rules are a great starting point, but ultimately the best fitting watch is the one that makes you look and feel your best.