Not necessarily does the saying “go big or go home” or bigger translate to better, ring true and this can be said for watches.
Imagine you’re in the corporate world and as opposed to those who use their phones to confirm the time in an ungainly manner, you actually use a watch – the gag is, it’s a large face, diamond-encrusted with metal strap looking contraption.
Now, that is a lot.
Let’s be honest, size matters and humans are attracted or distracted by what they see.
True, the ultimate choice falls upon you, but it makes sense to always stick to proportion. As such, a general rule of thumb when it comes to watches is, if you have a larger wrist, then you go for a larger watch, and vice versa.
In picking the right size for you, there are a few thing you need to consider: Watch Case Diameter and Thickness, Band Width, Material of Watch, Detailing and of course your Style.
Diameter is the most obvious and important when it comes to size.
Watches for men usually range from 38mm to 46mm. Anything above 46mm is considered very large, and is usually reserved for being showy. Anything below 38mm leans towards jewellery and is more female inclined.
To get your right size, it’s important that you measure your wrist.
Quick tip: Use your Naira bill. Larger denominations of Nigerian Naira are 6 inches in length. Wrap it around your wrist to find the circumference of your wrist.
Alternatively, measure your wrist with a flexible tape or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone where you would normally wear the strap. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen then use a ruler to measure the length.
If your wrist is 6 to 7 inches you will be a small to medium wrist size. The small to medium diameter cases are 38mm, 40mm, and 42mm.
If your wrist is 7.5 to 8 inches in circumference, that will be more proportional with large cases which are 44-46mm.
The major reason we measure of course, is for fit. Your watch should be loose enough that it doesn’t leave marks on your skin when it’s worn and yet, it doesn’t always slide off your wrist with each motion of your hands.
When it comes to thickness, there is a relationship with diameter – the lesser the diameter, the lesser the thickness and vice versa. The same can be said for width, as in most cases, your watch band width should be half of the diameter of the watch case.
For instance, a 40mm watch would have a 20mm band width and so on. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a larger band, but remember, size matters. Of course, your band width is determined by the lug of your watch (the contact points between the watch strap and its face).
Materials can be tricky too.
Leather denotes slim, while a metal watch, even one the same size as a leather band, will always appear larger and heavier. Some are of the opinion that because metal bands present the appearance of a larger watch, it is a primary choice for men with larger wrists.
Of course, style takes a foremost seat when picking up a watch even when you’re thinking of size, however, there are no textbook definitions, so do not conform to a “style” standard of what you should wear for what, However, bear in mind that when choosing the size of watch, there is a sort of presence your timepiece gives you, so proportion is important.
Functionally, the whole essence 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. Balance is always important and that’s why, size matters.