Looking for the best watches for small wrists? Sick of oversized, bulky watches that look way too big for you? You’re in the right place!
A watch that’s too big for your wrist is glaringly unsightly. An oversized watch makes your hands and arms look smaller and weaker than they really are. Let’s face it: no guy wants to look weak and dainty, right?
The problem is that oversized, bulky watches have been super trendy for the past few years. So when you go to the store or shop for watches online, it’s tough to find smaller options. (Anything under 40mm, for example).
These contemporary watches would look absolutely ridiculous 30 or 40 years ago, as men used to wear smaller watches, regardless of wrist size.
My point is trends come and go, and watch size will vary with the times.
Rather than trying to keep up with trends, you should wear watches that fit your build. They should be proportionate to your wrist.
If you have small wrists, wear a small watch! But what is a smaller watch, anyway?
We’re going to dive into the details of what to look for if you have a small wrist. But if you’re short on time, here are my top three picks for the best watches for small wrists. The best part? You can buy them right now.
Read on for more info and the complete list…
Watch Size Explained
There are several ways to measure the size of a watch, such as the lug-to-lug width, strap width and case thickness. These are also the three most common watch size measurements. All of these dimensions are almost always measured in millimeters.
You want to pay close attention to the size of the case (specifically, the case diameter).
When people talk about watch size, they’re usually talking about case diameter. So if someone says they’re looking for watches under 40mm, they mean watches with case diameters of less than 40 millimeters.
Watch case size is extremely subject to change based on whatever is trendy. However, it seems that the “average” watch case these days 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.
If you’re like me, you might be able to wear 40mm watches. Features like thin cases and a shorter lug-to-lug distance make them suitable watches for small wrists. But your best bet is to stick with something smaller (less than 40mm in case diameter).
Types of Watches
Luckily, there are plenty of small men’s watches to choose from, no matter the budget. From affordable, everyday watches to luxury timepieces, guys with smaller wrists have plenty of options to choose from:
You can also check out these posts for more specific recommendations:
- 12 Beautiful Dress Watches for Small Wrists
- Top 7 Best Dive Watches for Small Wrists
- 16 Awesome Field Watches for Small Wrists
- Top 25 Small Automatic Watches
Not sure what kind of watch you want? If you know it has to be on the smaller side, this next section will be very helpful.
Top 31 Small Watches (Sortable Table)
The table below lists 31 “Modest Man approved” watches that are perfect for men with small wrists.
This list covers a wide variety of styles and prices, so it’s a good place to start if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
You can sort by price to find a watch that fits your budget:
- $………….Less than $50
- $$………..From $50-200
- $$$………From $200-500
- $$$$…….From $500-1,000
- $$$$$…..More than 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., we categorized 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.
After all, it doesn’t really matter what type of watch it is. It only matters when you can wear it. Of course, this stuff is very subjective, so don’t overthink 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.
31 Great Small Men’s Watches
How Many Watches Do You Need?
I usually keep about six pieces in my watch collection, but you definitely don’t need this many.
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.
Swap Your Watch Straps
Almost all watches have interchangeable bands (e.g., NATO straps). So, it’s a good idea to keep some extras on hand (pun intended).
A new strap will change the whole vibe of a watch. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than buying a whole new watch.
To elevate your ensemble, try a stainless steel bracelet. Looking for something more casual? Go with a cloth band. Leather is a universal option that you can dress up or down.
For watches for small wrists, stick with 18mm or 20mm straps (22mm will be too wide). Additionally, try to experiment with different materials and colors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Men’s Watches for Small Wrists
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about watches for men with smaller wrists:
What Size Watch For a Small Wrist is Right For Me?
Anything watch under 40mm should be good for a smaller wrist. To be safe, try to wear watches that are 38mm or smaller.
You can use this watch size calculator if you’re not sure how to find the best size.
Do Watches Look Good on Small Wrists?
Yes! As long as they’re the right size, watches look great on smaller wrists.
Can Guys With Small Wrists Wear Big Watches?
You can wear whatever size watch you like. However, big watches look oversized on smaller wrists. They make your wrist look smaller and thinner.
How Do You Deal With Small Wrists?
There’s nothing wrong with having smaller wrists. If you want your wrist to look bigger, try wearing a smaller watch.
What Considered a Small Wrist?
There is no universal definition of “small wrist.” But anything under 6.5″ around may be considered slender.
Why Do I Have Tiny Wrists?
Wrist size is mostly genetically determined. Body fat percentage can increase or decrease the size of your wrist, but your bones and joints don’t change.
How Tight Should a Watch Be?
A watch should be tight enough that the case doesn’t slide around to the underside of your wrist. On the other hand, it should not circulation or leave a deep indentation on your skin.
The Key Takeaway on Watches for Men With Small Wrists
If you’re in the market for watches for small men’s wrists, remember you should wear one that’s proportionate to your wrist. If you have small, thin wrists (less than 6.5″ around), you should wear small watches. This means timepieces that have a case diameter of less than 40mm.
Whether it’s a dress watch or a casual watch, try to keep it small. The aforementioned options are the best men’s watches for small wrists.
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