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Watch Size Guide
Table of Contents
- Standard watch band lengths
- How to have a Watch Sized
- Can all Watches be Sized?
- Does One Size Fit All?
- Measuring wrist size
- Determining the correct watch size
Standard Watch Band Lengths
Women's Standard Watch Band Lengths
From 6 3/4" to 8". (depending on style and manufacturer)
Men's Standard Watch Band Lengths
From 7 3/4" to 9 ½". (depending on style and manufacturer)
How to Have a Watch Sized
Leather watchbands have multiple holes to allow for increasing and decreasing the size, and can be adjusted to a perfect fit for most average size wrists. For larger size wrists, new bands can usually be purchased to add length. Check for availability by manufacturer.
If the watch you ordered has a metal watchband, you will most probably need to remove some links in order to properly and comfortably fit your wrist. As this should only be done with the wearer present, you should buy one whose band can be sized down to what you need, and then take it in for sizing. Most metal watchbands must be altered by a professional jeweler to remove and add links. If you do remove links, be sure to save them for repairs or enlarging later. Replacement links on fine watches can be very expensive.
We suggest you take your watch to a reputable watch-dealer who is an authorized distributor for the brand of watch you are buying. Expect to pay a nominal fee for this service. Do not attempt to size your own watch as you may damage or scratch the watch or watch band.
Can all Watches be Sized?
Note that certain styles of fine metal watches, particularly those that taper dramatically from the watch face to clasp at the back, cannot have too many links removed and still maintain their design integrity. Also, certain stretch or designer fashion watches cannot be altered.
Does One Size Fit All?
Happily, for most people, the majority of watches are manufactured to fit a broad range of wrist sizes. Most watch styles also have clasps that can be adjusted by the wearer. However, there are always exceptions for wrists that are much larger or much smaller than the standard.
For smaller hands in general, you may want to consider smaller watch face styles as well, although large watch faces are in style for both men and women. For smaller wrists, some watch styles can be ordered with petite bands. Others may be able to have the bands shortened by an expert jeweler by removing some links if it is a watch with link styles.
If you do have a watch band shortened, be sure to save the extra links in case you want to add them or need them for repair later on, as replacement links can be rather expensive for luxury watches. You will also need the original links if you need to return this item within the first thirty days after purchase.
For larger wrists, some watches can be ordered with extra long bands or may have the option to order extra links to be added by an expert jeweler.
Measuring Your Wrist Size
Only for customers who believe their wrist size may be outside the standard range for most watches, you can get an approximate measurement of your wrist for custom orders to by using a soft seamstress-style measuring tape. If you don't have a soft measuring tape but have a yardstick, ruler or stiff metal measuring tape, you could wrap a ribbon around your wrist at the wrist bone, mark the spot where it meets, and then lay it against the yardstick or metal measuring tape to determine your approximate wrist size.
If you do not have a measuring tape handy, we have provided a printable Jewelry Measurer.
NOTE: To view this type of document, you will need to have the free industry standard Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer to read this PDF file (If you click on the icon and the document does not open properly due to unrecognized file type, you will probably need to install this reader. To get a free, safe download from Adobe, go to Adobe's website and follow the instructions for your computer, platform and language.)
To correctly print out this sizing tool to the right size, make sure your print options are set to print the page at 100% normal size, with no Shrinking or Expanding of page to fit the page. Since screen resolution and printer settings vary for every user, these measurements are only approximate.
Not sure where to measure on your wrist?
You simply print out the size tool, cut it out, and tape it together to form a measuring tape. Then you simply wrap it around your wrist at the wrist bone and mark where it meets to get your approximate wrist measurement. Usually, wrists at or within 3 inches under the standard watch diameter will fit most standard watches.
Note that certain styles of watches without clasps must fit over the widest part of the hand, and you should measure at that part of the hand accordingly. To get the perfect fit, measure your wrist at the wrist bone. See graphic for illustration.
Determining Your Correct Watch Size
After you have measured the approximate diameter of your wrist, add ½ to 1 ½" to that measurement, depending on the snugness of fit that is desired. Remember that some watches fit differently. Depending on the style of clasp; some give you a trifle more space, some less. Also, if the band adornments are very large, the room for your wrist may decrease. You should choose a watch with a band that adjusts from your wrist size to up to ½" or 1 ½" more.