The Right Size for Your New Watch

You might be a man who has perfect fashion sense and is always well put together. Tom Ford suite? Check! Paul Smith cufflinks? Check! All of that complete with Salvatore Ferragamo Italian shoes? And how about the watch? Don’t you pay the same attention to detail when it comes to your watch? Keep on reading for a few tips to find out what works best for you and why it’s important:

The right size

The fashion of watches has always been changing and evolving, just like everything else. Today most watches are bought online, so it is essential to know your wrist size if you want to buy a watch. This way you will know what to pay attention to and will be able to filter your choices based on wrist size.

6” or less is considered small wrist, 6” to 7” is average, and anything above 7 inches is on a large side. Smaller wrists look better with smaller watches. But there are some other components to pay attention to.

Case size

The diameter of the watch case is one of the most important visual measurements when it comes to your accessory. Most watches usually range between 38mm and 46mm. Back in a day 34-36mm were very common for men, so keep that in mind when looking for vintage treasures. It is still a classic size today.

Modern watches that are less than 38” are typically feminine watches. Above 46” might be a bit too flashy, but there are people who can pull it off with the right fashion choices.


If your wrist is 6”-7”, you should consider anything between 38 and 42mm - anything smaller is kind of small, while larger pieces might look chunky on such wrist. 7.5 to 8 inches wrist looks perfect with 44mm or 46mm. Larger pieces are popular these days, but don’t go overboard based on your size or you’ll run a risk to look a bit ridiculous.

Knowing your wrist size will help you select not just the size of the case, but also well-fitting straps and bracelet.

Some other things to consider:

The wrist to watch diameter comparison is necessary, but it’s not the only important thing. You also have to pay attention to case thickness, the patterns and materials of straps that can add comfort and style.

Case thickness

The thickness of the case directly correlates with the measurements of the diameter. For example, small to medium diameter cases will generally be around 7mm thick, while larger watches might be 9mm. The less simple the watch, the thicker it will be.

Watches with exhibition case back will generally be a bit thicker, but it’s not always a rule. Some modern time pieces might be very thin and have exhibition case.

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Band width

Trendy watches will have a band with that is about ½ the size of its case diameter. So if you have 42mm diameter watch, your band will be about 21mm wide. If this proportion is not followed, the watch will look strange and not fitting.

Band material

Metal watch bands always look bigger, chunkier, and heavier than fabric or leather. They work best for men with larger wrists. A solid link bracelet will add weight and depth to the watch, but there are plenty of hollow link bracelets for smaller watches and wrists.

Leather straps will make you look classier and slimmer, with polished style. Fabric wrist bands are typically used for sporty watches. Fabric strap enables you to be flexible and achieve a few different styles. For example, a NATO style is great for sports, but also adds extra depth because of how it slides in the back of the case.

Watch components

All the smallest components add or take away from the unified look. Every detail matters: numbers, hours, second hands, the pusher and changer all make the total watch and are equally important. Smaller watches will have smaller details, and vice versa. All components have to match and fit together perfectly to create a nice ensemble. You want your watch to be balanced and proportionate.

While there might be many watches that will fit you perfectly, picking one is rewarding and often time-consuming since you have to follow so many rules. Deviating from norms is sometimes acceptable, but don’t deviate too much.