How to Wear a Watch – 7 Simple Etiquette Rules

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Imagine this.

Late-night event. It’s you and your most beloved.

You’re going to an event where everybody knows the theme of the evening, and they are well dressed.

You don’t want to be the guy wearing a wall watch on his wrist, but you don’t want to fit in either.

You want to be the start of the show or at least fit in.

“We all know how important a watch is to a man’s wardrobe. It’s one of those killer details that can enhance or weaken your presence, essentially having the power to make an outfit go from “pretty nice” to “wow, looking good Sir,”….or the complete opposite. To avoid the second case scenario, here are some Do’s & Don’ts to keep in mind when you’re choosing which watch’n’strap combo to wear in the morning. You wouldn’t want to cancel all the effort you put into carefully selecting your outfit by breaking it now, would you?” – Cited.

  1. Make sure the size is right;
  2. Find the right strap;
  3. Dominant or non-dominant hand;
  4. Watch placement;
  5. Make sure your watch fits;
  6. Beware of smartwatches;
  7. Never wear a dive watch with a suit.

Does size matter?

I understand that people pick what is out of place but don’t go to the extremities.

Don’t wear a watch with a face that is way too big. It just doesn’t look good on a tiny wrist.

Maybe they were popular a few years ago, but today? BIG NO!

Small faces are classier; they look better, they are better.

How do you figure out if a watch is too small or too big?

There isn’t a specific size on your watch. It depends on the size of your wrist. If you’re a big guy, with a big wrist, of course, you will not be wearing a women’s watch.

Big doesn’t mean fashionable, so stop it! They look clunky.

If you’re a larger gentleman, then go for a larger face.

Just don’t let it go over your wrist.

Signs your watch is too large:

  1. The lugs extend to the edges of your wrist or past them;
  2. There’s too much space between the lugs and skin when watched from an angle;

How to choose the right watch strap

How to Wear a Watch - 7 Simple Etiquette Rules
  1. Get the right size;
  2. Get the right length;
  3. Get the right material.

A complex face goes better with a simple strap, and a simple face goes better with a complex strap. That’s not a rule of thumb, though.

Different watches mean different worlds. You can’t combine crocs with a suit, or at least I hope you aren’t.

It’s the same for watches:

Dive watches – opt for stainless steel, braided, tropic rubber. Why? Because they are all suitable for deep-sea exploration.

Avoid over fashionable straps that don’t go well with the idea of dive watches. I mean, its nature lies in its name.

Chronographs/Military watches – Timeworn leather, NATO straps in leather, or nylon are the way to go.

They are preferably worn out so they can match the nature of the watch.

I’m not talking about low-quality leather or poorly-stitched straps. Those aren’t recommended.

Elegant watches – Fine exotic leather or calfskin leather that clearly highlights the show’s star, which is the CASE.

Don’t wear overly rugged or thick straps that don’t work with your watch’s character.


  1. Always match your belt with your shoes.
  2. And the watch with your shoes and belt. But you can go overboard with this.

Which wrist to wear the watch

How to Wear a Watch - 7 Simple Etiquette Rules

The general rule of thumb is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand. So, if you’re right-handed, wear your watch on your left. And, if you’re left-handed, wear your watch on your right.

Are you right-handed, and you want to wear your watch on your dominant hand?

It’s ok, no one forces you to wear your watch on the left hand, but you have to take into account that most watches are made for right-handed people, which means the crown of the watch is on the left.

It’s more practical to wear it on the right hand: – if you’re right-handed

  1. You’re more active with your dominant hand;
  2. It’s easier to see the time;
  3. It’s easier to set the time;
  4. It’s better for the movement of the watch – shocks, in particular, tend to wear the movement;
  5. You protect your watch from damages.

Watch placement

How to place your watch. Where to place your watch

Where wrist and hand meet usually, but you can move it a bit higher.

The watch should be loose enough to adjust and not impair your hand movement.

You can wear it just loose enough so it can go over the bone if it wants to.

Should a watch be tight or loose?

How to Choose a Watch for Your Wrist Size
How tight should a watch be?

A good rule to follow is this one. If the watch leaves imprints on your wrist, then it’s too tight, and it’s too loose if you can fit several fingers under the strap and it slides around on your wrist.

Your watch should be tight enough to stay in place, with little room for the skin to breathe.

Dominant or non-dominant hand, make sure the fit is right for you.

If your watch slides up and down more than an inch, then it’s not fit enough. It will look sloppy.

How to wear a smartwatch properly

Smartwatches are everywhere now, and they are here to stay.

  1. They offer more features than a traditional analog watch!;
  2. The Health benefits of wearing one are huge – as it can easily make you track everything you do and boost your motivation, they are a catalyst for positive lifestyle changes;

Smartwatches have come a long way.

When wearing them with a suit, they give you a James Bond feeling.

Men in suits can also join the crowd now with many options to choose from.

Never wear a dive watch with a suit

Dive watches are bulky, they don’t fit well under a suit jacket, and they are a tell-tale sign that you don’t know the rules of watch-wearing.

In the same way that you wouldn’t wear your sunglasses at night, leave the dive watch for casual wear and pair a simple dress watch with your suit. Even though there are people wearing sunglasses at night… don’t be one of them.

What is a diving watch?

diving watch, also commonly referred to as a diver’s or dive watch, is a watch designed for underwater diving that features, as a minimum, a water resistance greater than 1.0 MPa (10 atm), the equivalent of 100 m (330 ft).

Dive watches are completely waterproof, which makes them ideal for daily use. The dials are designed to be readable underwater, which means they are supposedly easy to read, and the dials glow in the dark. So when it comes to functionality, dive watches offer so much more than most types of watches.

Diving watch pros:

  • Water-resistance is more of an issue than you might think – But diving watches are made for this;
  • A high water resistance usually means higher overall robustness too;
  • There is a good chance that today’s divers’ watches will age beautifully;
  • Divers’ watches are designed for the best readability underwater possible. This enhances the readability overwater, too;
  • Most divers’ watches look great with nearly every outfit;
  • With a diver’s watch, you can easily stop the time by rotating the bezel to the position of the minute hand;
  • From a collectibility standpoint, vintage divers’ watches are the real deal.

What is a dress watch?

Essentially, a dress watch is a timepiece designed to be worn with a suit or some other formal attire, though it can also be worn with semi-formal and even business casual attire depending on the outfits.”

  • Most dress watches have no complications;
  • Besides elegance, minimalism is what makes a dress watch;
  • Watchmakers these days present dress watches with casings of stainless steel.

In conclusion

Now you are ready for the perfect evening.

These simple rules are easy to follow and should make wearing a watch straightforward.

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