What is an Appropriate Watch Size for my Wrist?

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Many a watch collector has bought a watch they saw online and found, once it showed up, that it fit their wrist terribly, ruining the excitement they initially had for it and putting them off online shopping for some time. This needn’t be the case, as though it is generally advisable to try on a watch before buying, a few general rules and tips and tricks can greatly increase your chances of getting a watch online that will wear perfectly. For example, a   Panerai  is going to be bigger than most   Rolex  (here's more on the   legendary Rolex Daytona  and the   classic Rolex Submariner ) watches.

And then, there are square or rectangular watches like the   Cartier TankJaeger-LeCoultre Reverso , and   TAG Heuer Monaco  which play by their own rules and you definitely want to try out on a case to case basis.
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Start by getting a ruler with metric markings on it and measuring the width of the part of your wrist where you normally wear a watch. Just get the flatter top part and measure to the millimetre level. Note this number down as it is the upper limit for the lug-to-lug length (the length between the ends of the lugs, aka the pieces of the case that the strap attaches to) of a watch you should be wearing. Any watch with a lug-to-lug length longer than this will hang off the end of your wrists and look too large.
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Current styling dictates that you wear a watch as large as will fit on your wrist, so again take a look at that measurement from earlier and find out what size watches will look best on you. 40 to 44 mm cases seem to fit the most men, but 45 to 48 mm cases are also very common. Anything larger is hard to come by, though there are a few specialty manufacturers that cater to this group of large wristed men. If you have smaller wrists, then vintage watches are a great place to turn as they tend to be smaller than modern wristwatches in case size. Vintage watch lovers with larger wrists can find pieces that have thicker cases, giving bulk to the watch and increasing its presence on the wrist which will prevent it from looking too small or dainty.
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Another key component of how a watch will look when worn on your wrist is the lug width, which defines what size strap or bracelet is worn with the watch. Too small and again you’ll have to deal with the watch appearing delicate and too big and the watch will come off as unbalanced. 20 to 22 mm is common, but proper balancing depends on the case size.
 Although the answer to “what is an appropriate watch size for my wrist?” is somewhat subjective, the guidelines above will help you decide the answer for yourself as you shop for your next watch. Try before you buy is always advisable, but if not possible then knowing what will generally fit you and not chasing something that will never fit will ensure you have a great buying experience and enjoy your new watch for years to come.
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