How to Buy the Right Watch for Your Manly Wrist


Watches come in different sizes. When talking about size, most buyers are particularly concerned about the diameter of the watch’s case. As a general rule of thumb, watches with large diameters don’t look good on thinner wrists, and vice-versa. But is diameter size all that there is to buying the right watch for your wrist? Apparently, buying a watch purely based on how large the diameter basically means you’re buying a watch purely on how the watch looks on your wrist. There are other aspects to be looked into as well, such as comfort, fit, and strap material. Keep reading to learn more.

Know Your Wrist

Most people have good knowledge of watch diameter size, material, etc. But they very rarely know how large their wrist is. People usually describe their wrists as ‘large’ or ‘small’. Your wrist is basically categorised as thick, medium, slender, or thin. Once you have a proper understanding of your wrist size, you would be able to grab a watch that feels comfortable and looks great on your wrist. Knowing your exact size also helps if you’re shopping or looking around online to discover watches by Tag Heuer. Tag Heuer has been making watches since 1860 and it caters to all wrist sizes/types.

Case Diameter

As mentioned earlier, a watch case is more than just its diameter. You should be looking at the material, thickness, shape, etc. Generally, the diameter for men’s watch falls in the 38mm to 46mm range. If it falls outside this range, a watch would either look too small or big. To find the right size for your wrist, measure your wrist. For wrists measuring between 14cm to 18cm, watches with a diameter between 38mm and 42mm would be ideal. For wrists measuring 18cm or more, a watch with a 44-46mm case would be perfect.

Case Thickness

Case thickness is often overlooked for case diameter. If you have a thick wrist, you are certainly not wearing a thin case regardless of how big the watch is. As a general rule of thumb, the watch case’s depth must be proportional to its diameter. If the diameter goes up in size, the thickness must get a boost too. Stick to this rule and you should have no trouble finding the watch that flatters your wrist to the T. Generally, a watch with a 38mm to 42mm diameter should be at least 7mm thick. The bigger watches must have 9mm thick cases at least.

Band Width

A watch with its proportions right usually features a band that is half the size of the case diameter. In other words, a 42mm watch case should be ably supported by a band that measures 21mm in width. This, of course, is a general guideline. Your style preference could vary. If you like a narrower or wider band, then more power to you.

Band Material

To select the right wristwatch, the band material is equally important. Compared to leather straps, metal bands are generally thicker and heavier. They, therefore, look and feel at home on bigger wrists. However, if you like your metal bands to be thinner and lighter, you have got options in that regard too.

Other Aspects

Some other watch details you should consider include markers, subdials, hands, and crowns. You cannot overlook these important attributes of a watch. Their sizes and their presence in the watch could easily make or break the look of the watch for you. If you like your watch to have minimal features, you need to be wary of these minor details.

Last modified: September 8, 2020