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The fit of a watch can make or break a man. There are a number of situations that can happen if your watch band doesn’t fit securely on your wrist. Consider a situation where you are attending a fancy party. You’re wearing a custom-tailored fitted suit, but your watch band is too big, hiding your pretty, luxury watch under your French cuffs. Or you’ve made elaborate plans for a weekend of people trekking through the Moab desert and camping on the rock face, when your watch band gets stuck on a rock while it hits a rock, a spring pin breaks, and you lose your cool. Watch the favorite field watch fall. Or in an everyday situation, what if your watch is too tight and cutting your circulation with your hand during an important board meeting and you’re bothered by looking unprofessional the whole time.
These situations may seem extreme, but they are based on reality. The reality is, you need to protect your timepiece investment so that it can stand the test of time.
Making sure your watch band fits your wrist is essential to the durability of your watch and a put-together look at the same time. It’s incredibly easy to measure your wrist to make sure you’re a perfect fit for any band type and any situation, be it style, practicality or adventure.
In this little DIY, you’ll need to measure your wrist as a baseline so you can figure out your size in each of the three variations of the straps. Not all straps are created alike and sit very differently on the wrist, but we’ll break down all of that.
There are three main types of bandages or bands:
The easiest way to measure your wrist size is with a flexible measuring tape, called a Retractable Measuring Tape. These are available in the sewing section of most big box stores or are available for sale online. If you don’t have access to tailor’s tape, the best way to improvise is with a narrow piece of paper or a string and a standard ruler.
Most watch strap measurements are given in millimeters, so for these purposes, we’ll use the centimeter side of our measuring tape or ruler to make the measurements.
There are a few things to keep in mind when measuring your wrist.
Your wrists are going to be slightly larger at the end of the day as opposed to the beginning because your body retains water throughout the day.
Your wrist is going to get a little bigger when your hand and palm are open as the wrist bone adjusts when you do this movement.
When you choose to wear your watch on your wrist then you have to keep your preference in mind and measure that section accordingly. For our purposes, we’re going to take our measurement in the middle and on the bone.
over the bone
bone up on
under the bone
Lastly, you need to consider what type of band you will be wearing your watch with. The exact measurement of your strap depends on the style of band you’ll be wearing.
metal bracelet or band
leather strap or band
how to measure your wrist
With your palm open and the bottom of your wrist facing up, take your tailor’s tape, place the end with the metal tip in the middle of your wrist, and pull the tape over your wrist until that it does not fit. Line up the metal tip with the measurement that sits closest to the tape. You may find it most comfortable to go ahead and loop the tape, slide it over your wrist, and then gently pull the tape down onto the metal tip. Write this measurement in centimeters. To calculate millimeters, there are 10 millimeters in a centimeter. 10 times the number of centimeters plus the number of millimeters over the previous centimeter in your measurement equals your wrist measurement in centimeters.
Alternative Measuring Techniques
If you don’t have tailor’s tape, your piece of paper or wire can work in roughly the same way. Wrap paper or wire around your wrist and mark with a pen or marker where the two pieces overlap. Then take your piece of paper or wire and measure to the mark on your ruler.