It was during the first world war when soldiers were tired of fishing around their pockets to find the omnipresent pocket watch, which then started to be worn as a bracelet on wrists. Until then, a watch worn as a bracelet was considered women’s fashion. It was ridiculed by the public initially as a foolish trend but it went on and became the norm because of their practicality over pocket watches.
Human beings are generally drawn towards balanced things, from balancing a checkbook to building a house. When it comes to wearing a watch it works the same way, smaller wrist you need a smaller watch and if you have a larger wrist you need a bigger one. But there are many underlying factors that you need to keep in mind while choosing your watch.
Five essential elements to think about before buying your watch :
1) Watch Case Diameter
Case Diameter is the most noticeable and obvious element of proportion. Men’s watches usually range from 38mm to 46mm. Anything which goes past 46 mm is usually made to complement flashy outfits. While anything below 38mm is more towards women’s size watches. Now the question of how to figure out your size. Use a dollar bill that is almost 6 inches in length and wrap it around it your wrist to find the circumference of your wrist.
2) If your size lies between
a) six to seven inches you have a small to medium wrist size. The diameter ranges from 38mm to 42 mm.
b) seven to eight inches in circumference, which will be equivalent to large cases between 44-46 mm in size.
3) Watch band width
A watch that is well-proportioned mainly has a bandwidth of about half its case diameter. If you wear a watch 40mm in size the width should be half of it, i.e 20 mm in width. Based on your preference you may want to wear a watch with a wider band. While some will prefer smaller watches because of smaller wrists, it completely depends on wrist size. If you want to shop only for cases and want to buy the band later then you can determine the width of the band as it is based on the lug width.
4) Watch Band Material
You can surely use leather bands if you want to get a slimmer look, however, you can also with a metal watchband of the same size as a leather band as the metal ones will appear larger and heavier because of the nature of the metal. This is a consideration you only need to make if you have smaller wrists. Thus metal bands present the appearance of a larger watch, making it a primary choice for men with larger wrists.
5) Watch Case Thickness
Mostly case thickness directly relates to the case diameter. Back in the days when mechanical watches dominated the market, it was thought that a thinner case meant higher quality. This doesn’t work nowadays since the advent of electronic watches in the market as well as quartz designs. The general rule of the diameter of the case works here too, the thickness increases or decreases.
It is divided into types:-
a) Type 1 – It lies between the diameter of 38mm to 42 mm and the thickness is around 7mm.
b) Type 2 – It lies beyond 4mm beyond that thickness also increases around 9mm.
The thickness of the case works best if it’s well proportioned to the body if you select the right case diameter.
5) Watch Details and Components
Last but not the least, have a look at the size of the components your watch possesses. This comprises the numbers, the hours, and the second hands. As the components have a greater size, greater the illusion of a larger watch.
This can also make watches on men with smaller wrists look out of order and make the whole appearance unattractive. The important thing one has to understand is, how the components work with the look of the watch. So it’s very essential before opting to buy any watch is go through all these factors because you will buy a watch not only to keep track of time but also to look fashionable and attractive.
Few reasons why watches are important:-
1) They are convenient
Watches keep you punctual while phones don’t. Most people come with responses like they don’t need a watch when they have a fully functional smartphone. Fishing for your cell phone on all occasions to check time looks desperate.
Rather a quick glance towards your wrist is classier to keep track of time during a meeting or a date. It is also very rude to pull out your smartphone to check the time while having a conversation with someone.
2) They signal style
The range of jewelry men generally wear is quite limited. You find some men only wear mainly three accessories a nice watch, a stylish pair of cuffs, and a wedding band if they’re married.
In addition to all of this, it helps the wearers stick to their everyday schedules, wristwatches make it easier for them to showcase their perception of style. It is a form of self-expression throwing light on danger, adventure, and sports varying on the look of the watch.
It also communicates a lot about the personality of the person who wears it. People who prefer showboating high class, mostly wear a Rolex an understated, timeless, and all-time classic men’s accessory.
3) They embody craftsmanship
Wristwatches are more than a timekeeper. It is a symbol of history and tradition fused in a showpiece with exquisite craftsmanship.
Most men don’t realize what they’re wearing is a piece of art on their wrists. Some watches even have four craftsmen working on a watch for several months, designing complex technology with sheer hands.
It’s an art that delves deep into human ingenuity and creativity. An analog watch has a consistent and simple mechanism, however, the way you show it is where creativity comes in. Watches are beautifully made with the artistic insight of the craftsmen so that it visually appeals to everyone around you.