Looking for small men’s watches? Sick of oversized, bulky watches that look way too big for your wrists? You’re in the right place!
When you wear a watch that’s too big for your wrist, it makes your hands and arms look smaller and weaker than they really are, and let’s face it: no guy wants to look weak and dainty, right?
The key is to wear watches that fit your build. They should be proportionate to your wrist – not too big, thick or bulky.
Watch case size is extremely subject to change based on whatever is trendy, but it seems that the “average” watch case is around 40mm.
Unfortunately, even that is too big for men with small wrists.
Note: If you’re not sure whether you have thin wrists, you should measure them. Use tailor tape to measure around the widest point of your wrist – right over the bone. Anything less than 6.5″ can be considered thin.
You might be able to wear 40mm watches if they have thin cases and straps, but your best bet is to stick with something smaller (less than 40mm in diameter).
Types of Watches
Luckily, there are plenty of small men’s watches to choose from, no matter the budget. The table below lists 25 “Modest Man approved” watches that are perfect for men with small wrists.
You can sort by price to find a watch that fits your budget:
- $………….Less than $50
- $$………..From $50-200
- $$$………From $200-500
- $$$$…….From $500-1,000
You can also sort by type, but rather than going into all of the different types of watches – dress, diver, field, sport, etc. – let’s just categorize these watches by formality:
- Formal = Business formal or black/white tie
- Smart = Business or “smart” casual
- Casual = Shorts, jeans and t-shirt, gym wear, etc.
This handy little infographic will give you an idea of what type of watches fall into each category:
After all, it doesn’t really matter what type of watch it is. It only matters when you can wear it.
Got it? Good. Now it’s time to audit your watch collection, set a budget and use this list to find your next watch.
Small Men’s Watches
|Name||Face Size (mm)||Price||Type|
|Citizen AR3015-53E Stiletto||36||$$$||Dress|
|Citizen BM8430-59E Bracelet||37||$$||Smart|
|Nixon A045511 Time Teller||37||$$||Smart|
|Nixon A377 Sentry 38||38||$$||Smart|
|Casio F91W Sports Watch||33||$||Casual|
|Casio MQ24-E1 Black Resin||35||$||Casual|
|Timex Men's Camper||34||$||Casual|
|Horween Leather Weekender||38||$$||Casual|
|Timex Easy Reader||35||$||Smart|
|Seiko 5 SNK807||37||$$||Smart|
|Seiko 5 SNK793||36||$$||Smart|
|Seiko SNE124 Dress Watch||39||$$||Dress|
|Seiko SGF206 Dress Watch||37||$$||Dress|
|Frederique Constant FC-245M4S5||37||$$$||Dress|
|Tissot TIST41142333 Le Locle||39||$$$||Dress|
|Hamilton H38435721 Jazzmaster||38||$$$$||Dress|
|Frederique Constant FC306MC4S36||39||$$$$||Dress|
|Apple Watch w/ Sport Band||38||$$$||Smart|
|Apple Watch w/ Milanese Loop||38||$$$||Smart|
|Daniel Wellington Dapper Bristol||38||$$||Dress|
|Tissot T52148131 T-Classic||34||$$||Dress|
|Timex T5E901 Ironman||38||$||Casual|
|Casio W89HB-5AV Illuminator||35||$||Casual|
How Many Watches Do You Need?
Unless you’re a watch guy, you don’t need tons of different watches in your collection. At the very least, make sure you have one dress watch and one casual watch.
Your dress watch should be sleek and minimal with a clean face. I prefer leather straps, and my go to color is brown (since most of my dress shoes are brown).
Your casual watch can be a diver, a field watch, a chronograph or whatever style you like. You can go with a leather, metal, rubber, nylon or canvas strap.
Since many watches have interchangeable bands (a.k.a., NATO straps), it’s a good idea to keep some extras on hand (pun intended).
A new strap will change the whole vibe of a watch, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying a whole new watch. The Timex Weekender is a great example of a budget watch that can be dressed up or down with different bands.
Stick with 18mm or 20mm straps (22mm will be too wide), and try to experiment with different materials and colors.
Just remember this: if you have small and thin wrists (less than 6.5″ around), you should wear proportionately small watches (i.e., ones that have a case diameter of less than 40mm).
Whether it’s a dress watch or casual watch, try to keep it small. Every watch on the list above is a great choice for men with small wrists.
What’s your favorite small men’s watch? Leave a comment below!