As much as you don't like to hear it, you may be wearing your watch the wrong way. It's not your fault; you probably never learned how to wear a watch properly. After all, there's more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right one?
Don't worry, gentlemen; as always, I've got you covered. I'm here to provide the best way to wear your favorite watch correctly and look as stylish as ever.
The origin of the watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it's important to note the reasons why watches first came into existence.
The history goes back to the 1800s when the first watches adapted to be worn on the wrist were worn primarily by women as accessories. One of the first of these was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory. At the beginning of the 20th century, watchmakers became interested in wearing wrist-worn timepieces for military personnel. They believed it would help them to tell time quickly on the battlefield.
Watchmakers began to modify pocket watches to fit bracelets worn on the wrist. It wasn't until the 20th century that men would wear the first modern wristwatches.
Then developed into the military "trench watch," the earliest wristwatches offered something that pocket watches did not - convenience.
After watches became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would transform them in the next century into the modern watches we love today.
On what wrist do you wear your watch?
An age-old question: On what wrist should a watch be worn? The answer - it depends.
The reason for this is that men have mostly worn watches on their non-dominant wrists since the introduction of the watch. Since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But that's not always the right answer. If you are left-handed, you may want to wear your watch on your right wrist. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know?
The biggest benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can put it on quickly and navigate the dial more efficiently than you can with your non-dominant hand. Wearing the watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch because you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you wear it on your dominant hand, you are more likely to cut or scratch the watch than if you wear it on your non-dominant hand.
Therefore, the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand, which is the best way to navigate and protect it.
Should you wear your watch facing inward or outward?
The next question is, why do men wear their watches facing inward rather than outward on their wrists?
This trend is primarily seen in individuals who need to check their watches frequently in the most efficient way possible. Of the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support your profession.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it will help protect your watch from scratches and dents. Again, this is simply a preference.
But you are a fashionista looking for the best way to wear your watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as this is the most common way to wear your watch. It shows off your favorite timepiece, while still remaining functional.
Unless you are in a profession that requires you to quickly check your watch while handling other tasks, it is best to keep it facing outward. After all, you probably didn't spend the money on that beautiful watch to hide its personality.
Stylish ways to wear your watch
Now it's time to learn how to wear your watch in the most stylish way possible. Assuming you've chosen the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you'll want to do is figure out whether you'll be wearing your watch on your right wrist or your left wrist.
As mentioned above, a watch is traditionally worn on your non-dominant wrist. So, if you are right-handed, this means wearing the watch on your left wrist. For those who are left-handed, this means your right wrist.
Once you figure that out, it's easy. The first thing you need to do is find your wrist bone. You want to wear the watch face up on top of your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should peek out slightly under the cuff of your shirt when you are wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the band so that it is loose enough to be comfortable. You don't want it to be so loose that it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don't want it to be too tight or it will be uncomfortable, especially if you bend your wrist.
When this is done correctly, you will wear your watch in the most stylish way possible. There you go, gentlemen.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch improperly. There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find the one that works best for you personally and rock your favorite watch accordingly.