How to Get the Perfect Watch for Your Wrist Size

by Jamie

Knowing your wrist size is important when it comes to investing your money on watches. Just like a frumpy jacket, an oversized rubber wrist-piece will detract from the smart finish of a cleaner outfit. Wondering what’ll suit you best? Check out our complete guide on men’s watches and how to find the perfect fit for your wrist.

What Watch Will Fit My Wrist?

Besides suiting your outfit, a key characteristic to any watch is that it should fit comfortably. It should be loose enough around your wrist so that it does not leave any kind of mark on your skin after it’s been taken off, while also maintaining a tight enough grip so that it’s not sliding around.

Alongside this, it’s important to look at the size of the watch comparatively to your wrist. Naturally enough, if you’ve got a larger wrist it’s better to go with a larger band and face to fit proportionately, likewise, those with a smaller wrist should opt for smaller bands and faces. Check out some of our best options for each below.

Best Men’s Watches for Small Wrists

When it comes to looking for the best watches for a thin wrist, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Small men’s watches are your best choice to avoid things looking disproportionate. Check out some good choices below.

Best Men’s Watches for Large Wrists

I’m thinking you’ve caught on by this stage, opt for a larger faced watch with a broader band to keep things balanced. While recent years have seen watches become exponentially streamlined and minimal, a larger watch is still the best bet for a bigger framed man.

How to Style a Watch

Buying a watch is useless if you do not know what clothes to style it with. The key to a good watch is to know what you’re going to be wearing it for. There are many of watches out in the market, making it important to know what to pair your watch with for different situations and events.

From dressing for an interview, a day in the pub with the lads or a sporty and active occasion, you can find an outfit that will go hand in hand with your watch. Here is a breakdown of three outfit, that goes perfectly with a watch in different occasions.


If you’re heading to work or a formal occasion that requires you to don a suit, it’s best to pull out the big guns with alluring metallics and leather straps. As below, you can opt for a statement watch that’ll immediately stand out in a relatively muted grey or black suit. Alternatively, you can maintain the clean and streamlined nature of the suit with a minimal watch choice that fits in the colour palette of the suit.


With such a wide array of styles that could be considered ‘casual’, it’s a little tricky to nail this one down. Generally speaking, however, you can afford to be a little bolder with your watch choice when it comes to casual wear. Whether you’re going for a statement watch or something that’ll integrate with your outfit, it’s important to consider the colours of said timepiece and how they’ll look with the rest of your ensemble.


The most important thing when selecting a watch for sporting use is the materials. Leather or canvas are generally advised against due to their absorbent qualities – not good if you’ll be sweating. Synthetic materials and rubber make for good strap choices thanks to their hygienic nature. Many watches these days are specifically tailored to athletic use with features built in for tracking progress, distance, etc so shop around!

Things to Consider When Looking For the Right Watch

Wrist Size

It’s important to consider your wrist size when looking for your ideal watch purchase. Obviously, if you’ve got a bigger wrist it’s important to increase the size of your watch so it doesn’t look minuscule by comparison. In the same way, if you’ve got small wrists a massive timepiece will look out of proportion.

How to Measure Your Wrist:

  1. Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurement or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone where you would normally wear the band.
  2. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length.
  3. To find your band size, just add your wrist size with the appropriate measurements below.

Watch Size

When shopping for watches, especially when online, it is easy to get overwhelmed and unsure of which size watch to buy. There is a range of different styles, sizes and brands to pick from; ranging from large and chunky faces to the more petite end of the spectrum; all of which are measured from the watch case diameter.

Keep in mind that sizing can differ from style to style and from one manufacturer to another; with some designing very petite models and others one the chunkier side.

Tips for Choosing the Right Watch Size

  • If you have larger wrists you should lean towards wider banded watches to avoid a stark contrast.
  • Likewise, if you have a smaller wrist then go for small bands to avoid it looking overly bulky.
  • Think about the band materials suitability to use. Stainless steel and precious metal bands are heavier than their silicone and leather counterparts.
  • For the men who prefers button-downs, an oversized watch can be difficult to wear with moderately sized cuffs. Many men find a smaller watch size preferable for this look.
  • When evaluating case thickness, the industry defines 6-8 mm as thin, 8-12 mm as average, and 14-18 mm as thick.

How to Find The Perfect Watch for Your Wrist Size

Put simply, the fundamental premise of picking a watch suited to your wrist is all about maintaining balance. Small watches look best on small wrists, larger watches will sit better on bigger wrists. While it’s important to consider where you plan on wearing, once the watch fits well and balances out with your wrist – that’s the main point!

On That Note

Will all the information provided above, you are now ready to go out and buy yourself a watch. Whether you are going for a smart, casual or active watch; looking to spend less than a £100 or you’re willing to invest a small fortune on your watch, there’s a lot of established brands that produce quality watches for everyone’s budget.

It is also important to get a watch that will fit your wrist perfectly, by ensuring that you measure your wrist and get the measurements correctly; there’s a something for everyone with watches for thin wrists, thick wrists and everything in between. Lastly, keep in mind that a wristwatch is less to do with time telling but it rather an accessory that represents status – keep things stylish!

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