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Choosing the correct watch size for your wrist: a 2-step guide

Buying watches online might be a tough challenge if you don’t know exactly what you should be looking for.

Imagine seeing a beautiful Hugo Boss Chronograph 1513087 or a fun Diesel Mr Daddy DZ7395 and thinking “this is the one”. So, you buy it, it arrives at your home, you put it on, and then… disappointment. The watch doesn’t suit your wrist well and you feel uncomfortable.

Not a very fun scenario, right? But it does happen.

So, to make sure it never happens to you, we’ve prepared an easy, 2-step guide with useful tips to help you choose the best watch size to perfectly fit your wrist, making your online (and offline) shopping much easier and more satisfactory.

The 2-Step guide to choosing the perfect watch for your wrist

#1: Know your wrist type

Since that’s where you’ll be wearing it, knowing your wrist size is the most important thing you need when choosing the most appropriate watch.

The process is simple: you just need to grab a measuring tape and measure your wrist in circumference. Place the tape where your watch’s wrist band will sit, which is usually slightly below the wrist bone, and measure the wrist all the way around.

The typical wrist sizes are as follows:

Wrist typeCircumference measure
Thin14 to 16 cm (5.5 to 6.3 in)
Slender16 to 17 cm (6.3 to 6.7 in)
Medium17 to 18 cm (6.7 to 7.1 in)
ThickAbove 18 cm (7.1 in)

Once you know which wrist type yours is, you can then move on to the next step.

#2: Choose the correct case size

The second most important step is knowing which case size is appropriate for your wrist type. When it comes to fitting a wristwatch, the case is the most important part of it.

If you have access to the watch, measure its case size. You just need a ruler or a measuring tape; place it over the case and carefully measure its diameter.

If you’re shopping online, look for the information on the manufacturer’s or retailer’s website.

With that information, you can now see which case size will best suit your wrist type.

For each type of wrist size, there’s a recommended case size for your watches:

Wrist sizeCase diameter
Thin38 (1.5 in) or 40 mm (1.57 in)
Slender40 (1.57 in) or 42 mm (1.65 in)
Medium42 mm (1.65 in)
Thick44 (1.73 in) or 46 (1.81 in)

Overall, this is what you should focus on:

  • For thin or slender wrists, choose watches with small cases and wrist bands;
  • Thicker wrists require larger cases and wrist bands.

Other useful tips

  • When looking at the watch wrist band, choose one with a width size that is approximately half of the case diameter;
  • Larger wrists are usually better suited with metal watch bands since these appear to be larger than fabric or leather ones;
  • Watches with simple designs are perfect for thin and slender wrists, while more complex watches with a busier face will suit thicker wrists.

Know that you know the basics, go and choose your perfect watch!

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