Knowing the right size watch can be confusing or it can be very simple. Many people don’t realize that finding the right size Original Grain watch is mostly about the diameter of the watch’s face, not the size of the strap. Most straps will be able to accommodate any wrist size, other than extremely small or large wrists that might need a custom strap. It’s the size of the watch’s face/base that will determine if a watch is the right size for you.
Another common misconception is that you are supposed to be finding the appropriate size watch base for the size of your hand. Many people with large hands think that they need a large diameter watch because anything smaller will look too small. However, you should be matching the correct watch size to the size of your wrist, not your hand. While many people with large hands will also have larger wrists and vice versa, this isn’t always the case, so it’s important to know that you’re trying to match your watch size to the size of your wrist only. A large watch face will look too big if you have a small wrist, and a small watch face can look too small for somebody with a bigger wrist.
While it’s true that the “correct” watch size can be subjective, since jewelry is subject to personal taste and style, there are certain rules you can follow to be sure you’re not going too far one way or the other. One thing you need to be aware of is the position of the lugs when you are wearing the watch. For those of you who don’t know, the lugs are what holds the strap onto the watch face. You’ll want to be sure that the lugs don’t extend past your wrist, because otherwise it will look like you’re wearing a watch that’s too big for you, even if it feels comfortable and looks good otherwise. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll also want to make sure the watch lugs aren’t too far away from the edge of your wrist, as this will create the illusion that your watch is too small. This is especially true for people with very large wrists or hands.
In general, when a man wears a watch, it should fill out as much of his wrist as possible without actually extending past the edge of the wrist. This way, it won’t look too big and it won’t look too small. Watch faces come in many different sizes/diameters, but most men will find their appropriate size to be somewhere between 40mm and 44mm. If you try on watches in this range and find them to be too small, there are also plenty of nice watches in the 45mm – 48mm range. However, once you start trying to find a watch smaller than 40mm or larger than 48mm, you will likely find it difficult to find a watch you like, as the selection will become much more limited. They can also be more expensive, as these sizes can be considered “special” or “custom”, similar to the way that professional basketball players end up paying ridiculous amounts of money for larger-than-normal shoes to fit their larger-than-normal feet.
Some people are really into wearing vintage watches which, in general, tend to run on the smaller size diameter-wise. So these types of watches are usually better suited to people with smaller wrists. You can find some watches like these in our Original Grain review, as well as some larger ones that fall into a more modern category. Have a look through the different models, as there are many excellent choices available.
At the end of the day, what really matters is that you have a watch you like. So while these guidelines can be useful for people who want to fall within the “appropriate” range for their wrist size, the most important factor is that you like the way it looks. If you try on a watch and you feel that it looks great on you and fits your personal style, that’s what matters the most.