Which caliber to choose for your watch?

Watches come in many colors, materials, shapes and sizes. The size, or caliber, of the watch must be chosen with care, and must be perfectly adapted to the size of the wearer’s wrist. A watch that’s too big on a thin wrist can make a bad impression, as can a small watch on a big wrist. Here are our tips for choosing the right caliber for your watch.

Measure your wrist

To find out which watch size is right for you, you need to measure your wrist. To do this, use a tape measure or dressmaker’s tape to measure around your wrist, where the strap of your watch should be located. To be exact, measure just before the head of the ulna, that bump on the wrist.

Note the measurement you get and you’ll know which wrist size category you fall into. There are, in fact, four for a man:

  • Small: wrist circumference from 15 to 16.5 centimeters ;
  • medium: wrist circumference from 16.5 to 17.5 centimeters ;
  • large: wrist circumference from 17.5 to 19 centimeters ;
  • very large: wrist circumference from 19 to 21 centimeters.

For women, subtract one centimeter each from these intervals to find the wrist size category.

Choosing a watch caliber

After measuring your wrist and classifying yourself into one of the four categories above, choose the diameter of your watch case according to your wrist.

For a small wrist, you can choose a watch with a diameter of 36 or even 38 millimeters. For a medium wrist, choose a watch caliber between 38 and 42 millimeters. For a large wrist, a caliber of 44 to 48 millimeters will be suitable, and for very large wrists, you can go up to a diameter of 58 millimeters.

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