How to Choose the Right Size Watch

Finding the right watch to suit your unique style and wrist size may feel like it involves an element of guesswork, unless you know which factors to look out for. To find the perfect size for yourself, use the following five criteria:

  • The watch case diameter
  • The watch case thickness
  • The watch weight
  • The width and material of the band
  • The details of the watch face

13th September 2023

The Diameter of the Watch Case

The size of the watch case (which is the watch face plus the physical shell) is the most noticeable watch component, and therefore one of the most important to get right. Matching the diameter of the watch case to the size of your wrist can be done by simply measuring your wrist circumference.

Using a tape measure, measure the circumference of your wrist, ensuring that the tape measure isn’t too tight or loose. If your wrist circumference measures:

  • Between 6 and 7 inches, choose a watch case with a diameter of 38mm, 40mm, or 42mm.
  • Between 7 and 8 inches, choose a watch case with a diameter of 42mm, 44mm, or 46mm.

The Thickness of the Watch Case

The watch case thickness refers to how high the case sits off the wrist. It is often proportional to the case diameter and, as such, should feel comfortable if the diameter is the right fit. However, some basic knowledge of case thickness is always helpful to know when selecting a watch.

  • 6mm to 8mm is regarded as a thin case.
  • 8mm to 12mm is right around the average thickness.
  • 14mm and upwards is thick, and usually only found on watches with a large case diameter.

The Weight of the Watch

Watch weight is dependent on a couple of factors, such as whether the watch is quartz or automatic. Watch size plays a part in the weight too, though it is not always the case that a bigger watch weighs more.

In general, a heavier watch (200g - 250g) is indicative of higher quality. Heavier watches also tend to be more durable. Lighter watches (around 100g) can be more comfortable to wear over extended periods, but may not be as durable or have the same level of quality as their heavier counterparts.

The Watch Band Width and Material

When it comes to your watch band, a good rule of thumb is to opt for one with a width that is half the size of the diameter. If your watch case is 40mm, look for a watch band with a width of 20mm. While personal taste can override this, it’s a handy guide to follow if you’re purchasing a watch band separate to the watch case.

In terms of the materials, watch bands are usually made of metal, leather or fabric. Leather and fabric bands provide a slimmer look, while a band of the same size but made from metal will always look heavier and wider.

The Watch Details

The last consideration is the watch details: the hands, the numbers, the watch lug (where the case connects to the band), and the pusher. The bigger these details are, the more this will give the illusion of a larger watch. Unless you have a personal preference, choose a watch where the size of these elements are in proportion to the watch case and band.

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