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How to Wear a Watch: A Simple Guide for Men

By David Lawrence , in Fashion , at September 21, 2021 Tags:

Whether you’re into dress watches, retro digital models, or multifunctional diver’s watches, there’s an art to pairing your chosen timepiece with your personal style.

Buying a new watch takes a lot of time and research. Price is an important factor, as is the size and look. But the most vital piece of the puzzle is knowing how to wear a watch properly. And, if the only watch you’ve ever owned was bright blue with a Velcro strap, there’s a lot for you to learn about watch etiquette.

Luckily, we’re here to help with this simple guide on wearing a watch and looking great.

Which Wrist?

Most people tend to wear their watch on the wrist of their non-dominant hand. Since only 10 percent of people are left-handed, it’s more common to see people wearing a watch on their left wrist. This then makes it easier to fasten the strap with your dominant hand and wind the crown, which is normally on the right side of the case.

How Should My Watch Fit?

Getting a good fit is vital when styling a watch. This applies to the strap or bracelet as well as the watch case. If your watch is leaving imprints on your skin, it’s too tight. If it slides around or you can fit several fingers between your wrist and the band, it’s too loose.

Your watch should be tight enough to stay in place, but with enough room to move so that your wrist can breathe. Often, it’s a case of changing which link or notch you use to fasten your watch. But if your bracelet strap is too big or too small, a local watchmaker will be able to remove or add links to get the right fit.

Inside or Outside the Cuff?

If you have the right fit, your shirt cuff or sleeve should cover most of your watch when you stand with your arms down by your side. A slight bend of your elbow should then be more than enough to allow your watch to peek out. As for wearing a watch over your cuff, while Italian businessman Gianni Agnelli made this trend cool, it’s not a look many people can pull off.

When Should I Wear My Watch?

This depends on both your personal style and the kind of watch you own.

For example, dress watches for men are best suited to formal occasions and more conservative dressers. These types of watches tend to feature a leather strap, white dial, and a gold case, often in a modest size and minimal style.

That said, if you’re looking for a high-impact watch for everyday wear, these G shock at H2 Hub models work just as well with smart-casual ensembles as with streetwear looks. And, even if you live life on the edge, their shock-resistant and water-resistant capabilities make watches like these more than up to the challenge.

Also Read: Collectors Guide: Best Starter Wristwatches Under $1000

How to Wear a Watch

Understanding the complexities of wearing a watch will make it a lot easier for you to find the right style and fit for your tastes and lifestyle.

After all, it’s no use having a vast collection of different types of watches if you don’t know how to wear a watch in the correct way.

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