Wearing it the Wrong Way? Here’s How to Wear Men’s Watch


How to wear a wristwatch should not be much of a big deal. After all, we should be free to latch a wristwatch on any wrist we are comfortable with and in any manner. But since wristwatches typically project our personality and taste, an improperly worn wristwatch makes a statement about us – and certainly not a pleasant one. So why not wear it well?

The evolution of social media has raised a debate as to which wrist one should wear a watch on. Intensifying the debate is the fact that people share pictures of themselves showing off wristwatches on their dominant hands, which some quarters consider the wrong wrist. This leads to the arguments that either the right or left wrist is the right wrist to wear a watch on.

Want to know which wrist to wear your watch on? Here is our take. Ideally, you should wear your watch on the left wrist if you are right-handed, and on the right wrist, if you are left-handed. Here is why: 

It does not interfere with your dominant hand.

For most people, their dominant hand is the left hand – the less busy one. We tend to be a lot more active with our right hands, and since the majority fall into this category, it is safe to say that the left hand is the one on which to clasp a watch on.

A wristwatch like Oris Watches is a great fit for water sport or outdoor activities and is best worn on the left hand. This is because it allows for easy flexibility with the right hand and doesn’t interfere during tasks with your right hand. 

Some watch brands like Tudor have made divisions for left-handed persons whose dominant hands are their right hands. With the crown and crown guards positioned on the left side of the watch case instead of the right, it becomes possible for them to wear their timepieces on their right wrists with ease.

Wearing a watch on the left hand by right-handed people is not usually the case in all situations. Most times, these persons still have their watches clasped on their right hand and do so with ease.

Setting your time doesn’t pose a problem at all.

Do you ever notice in the middle of wearing a watch that it just stops working or maybe is an hour late? What do you do – reach out and set it properly, right? This is easy where you have the watch resting on your left hand, especially as a vast majority of them have their knobs and setting dials positioned on the left.

In this case, where you have the watch resting on your right hand, it poses a problem, and you have to take it off to set it correctly. Changing the time in this scenario becomes impossible. So putting the watch on your left arm becomes the ideal thing to do since it is less stressful to change the settings.

It is easier to glance at your watch. 

You want to glance at your watch to keep track of your time, and you should be easy.

If your right hand is your most active hand, glancing at your right wrist where your timepiece is positioned can be difficult.

Now, imagine having the watch on your left arm where you can glance with ease. This is why your left hand should serve as your watch hand where it is your dominant one.

You curtail exposure of your watch to the risk of damages.

Even in your most careful moments, there have been instances where you accidentally scratch your watch against a surface or brush it against surfaces like door handles, computer mouse, or work desks. 

These tasks, to a larger extent, are designed to be performed with your active hand. Wearing your timepiece on this wrist can only mean one thing – exposing it to danger.

So, opt for placing it on your left hand instead, where you can reduce the risk of its exposure to scratches and contact with hard surfaces. 

Another fun idea is to make use of NATO straps that hold the watch in place by a double-layered string to prevent damages to your timepiece.

Can You Wear Your Watch On Your Right Hand?

Though we advise that you wear your watch on your left hand to aid flexibility, prevent damages to the surface area, and help you tell time with such ease, you can get flexible with which wrist to wring your timepieces on. It should depend on some factors like which hand you use more often. 

There are people who though right-handed still choose to wear their watch on their right hand – and they feel at ease with it. No hard and fast rule must be adhered to.

What happens is that the majority tend to have the upper hand in everything. And since a majority of those wearing watches are right-handed, having the left hand as their dominant hand, the notion of having a wristwatch on the left hand has settled into place naturally.

The challenge you may face like a right-handed person who wears his watch on the right hand or a left-handed person whose dominant hand happens to be the left hand is. Most watches are fashioned to have their setting dials and knobs on the left. 

But then, the good news here is that some watch brands have recognized these challenges and invented timepieces that suit these special needs. A watch brand like Tudor has produced watches that can be used on the right wrist.

Not only that, Destro – an Italian word for right – another watch company has produced watches with knobs and dials placed on the right to enable left-handed persons to deal with their wristwatches easily.

In Conclusion

Whichever hand you chose to strap your watches, in the end, the choice is up to you. What matters is that you are comfortable and what you wear serves its specific purpose.