Guide for Watches for Men With Small Wrists

by Hilary White

With wristwatches getting bigger all the time, it may be difficult to find a watch to suit a smaller wrist. Whether you're looking for an investment-quality, self-winding mechanical watch or an inexpensive quartz or digital version, understand the various aspects of a watch to determine the best timepiece for you.

Wrist Size and Measurement

Measure your wrist to help find a watch that will fit you. Use a soft measuring tape to measure around your wrist at the wrist bone. Or wrap a string around your wrist, cut it to the measured length and measure it with a ruler. The average wrist size for adults is 7.17 inches, and wrist size generally varies with height. For example, the average wrist size for men who are 5 feet 8 inches tall is 7 inches, while those standing 6 feet 4 inches tall have an average wrist size of 7.62 inches.

Watchbands

The watchband is measured from the buckle to the last hole in the strap or from clasp section to clasp section on a bracelet style watch. When buying a bracelet style, your size is your wrist size plus 1 inch. If you have a thin or small wrist, you'll most likely opt for a men's standard watch bracelet size in size small, measuring 6 to 7 inches, or size average, measuring 7 to 8 inches. To get the correct fit with a metal bracelet, ask a watchmaker to remove one or more links. It's also possible to remove a half link.

Watch Case Size

It's helpful to know the general guidelines of watch case sizes to choose a style that fits your small wrist. Consider buying a midsize watch, which is smaller than a regular men's watch and larger than a regular women's watch. Midsize watches measure approximately 34 millimeters to 36 millimeters. Men's regular watches run between 37 millimeters and 39 millimeters. For size comparison, a U.S. quarter measures 24.26 millimeters in diameter and a half dollar measures 30.61 millimeters in diameter. Don't rule out wearing your grandfather's hand-me-down or shopping at a vintage store. Older styles are not only stylish and classic, many feature smaller cases with stripped-down designs that won't overwhelm a small wrist.

Try It On

Seeing the size of the watch in proportion to your wrist can make all the difference. Try on a watch to see whether the size suits your wrist and hand. If you can't try it on, such as when buying online, look for the specifications to determine the size of the watch case. Use a ruler to draw a replica of the case. Cut out the shape and put it around your wrist to assess the size.

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About the Author

Hilary White is a professional writer and editor based in San Diego. White has been writing articles on fashion, style, fitness, nutrition, movies and entertainment since 1994. Her articles have been published in "Westways" magazine, "Pages" magazine, "Book Street USA," "Magill's Cinema Annual," and numerous titles from Visible Ink Press. White holds a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University.