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Watch Sizing Guide (Part I)

Posted on January 06 2019

You’re wearing your perfect fitting Brioni suit, Turnbull & Asser shirt, Cartier cufflinks and Salvatore Ferragamo bit loafers. You obviously know a thing or two about style. Do you apply the same attention to detail and fashion sense to the watch you wear?

Know How To Find The Right Watch Size

With the changing times of how people purchase watches, especially now that people are buying more and more online, it’s even more important that you know your wrist size so you can navigate the watch buying process knowledgeably and efficiently.

Watch Sizes

There are some obvious guidelines to keep in mind. Smaller wrists should be wearing smaller watches and larger wrists should be wearing larger watches. But there are some additional elements to think about to ensure the right proportional fit.

Case Size Matters

Watch case diameter is the most significant and noticeable element when it comes to selecting the right watch. Men’s watches usually range between 38mm to 46mm; although if you’re looking at a vintage timepiece 34-36mm were common sizes for men and are still a classic size today.

Anything smaller than 38mm today is generally found on women’s watches, and anything larger than 46mm, well, that’s pushing toward overly flashy, yet some people can certainly pull it off in the right circumstance.

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Generally, watch sizes look something like this:

  • <34mm Small
  • 34mm – 38mm Midsize
  • 39mm – 42mm Standard
  • 43mm – 46mm XL/Oversize
  • >47mm XXL

Measure Your Wrist

You’ll need to measure your wrist. If your wrist is 6 to 7 inches in circumference, you should typically go with 38mm, 40mm and 42mm watch cases. If your wrist circumference is 7.5 to 8 inches, you should be looking at 44mm to 46mm watch cases. These recommendations are based off of the modern trend of larger timepieces.

Knowing your wrist size is also important when ordering your watch so you can make sure the strap fits and the bracelet is sized properly.

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