Uninformed people may find it difficult to choose the right-sized watch for them. Our watch size guide and watch chart will help you determine the perfect watch size.
Only a handful of things are as complicated for the uninitiated, such as how wristwatch sizes work. We will show you how to measure your watch size in an easy-to-understand format.
Let’s start by explaining how watches are measured to determine their size. We will then explain how the size of watches is determined.
How do you measure and size watch cases?
Watch cases are usually measured in millimeters (mm) and often use a measuring device called the caliper. A round watch case is the most popular shape. You can measure the circumference of a round case to determine its size. Below is a chart to show the differences between different sizes. We will then discuss the differences between different watch cases and how they are perceived concerning each other.
Remember that the chart may not appear exactly as it appears on your screen. Each screen has a different resolution, which can affect how big or small the images look. Click on the image to view a printable PDF file that will allow you to print the watch size comparison chart at its actual size. Please ensure that you check the print options to make sure the sizes are accurate. Below is a guide to the size of a watch case.
Comparison of Watch Sizes
All three watches have the same case size. Some watches may look or “wear” larger due to the geometry of design elements like the bezel thickness or dial sizes.
The square case watch is more visible than the round one due to its geometry. Although the watch on the right may have the same size case as the one on the far left with a thicker dial and a larger bezel, the smaller dial will make it appear smaller.
Every design element, such as the hour markers, lugs, hands size, thickness, and pushers, can all affect how the watch’s size is perceived.
A caliper measures the thickness of a watch’s case from its top center to its middle. Some watches have thin cases, while others have thicker cases. A watch with more mechanical functions will have a thicker case to hold all the components.
Straps & Bracelets
The type of metal band or strap used, its width, and the presence of contrasting or even identical tone stitching can all affect how the watch looks. A metal bracelet looks more chunky than a leather (NATO) or fabric strap. So that they appear proportional, the straps should be approximately 50% wider than the case.
A watch’s size is determined by its strap or bracelet length.
- Watches up to 36mm in size look more proportional when worn on a wrist of 6 inches or less.
- On a 6- to the 7-inch wrist, mid-sized watches 38mm to42mm will look good.
- On a wrist of 7 to 8 inches, larger watches will look more proportional with 44mm to 46mm diameters.
PrestigeTime.com and many other watch websites will categorize the sizes of their watches by gender. Men’s watches are often categorized as women’s or medium-sized watches. This guide will help you understand the size and appearance of your watch, including how it appears on your wrist and what factors affect its appearance. You can browse the sizes by gender using the buttons below.