How to Choose the Right Size Watch for Your Wrist (ft. Farfetch & Nomos)


You’re watching The Modest Man and today we’re talking about how to choose the right size watch for you wrist. (relaxing music) In this video video I’m gonna tell you how to figure out how big your wrist is, and then we’re gonna talk about a couple of different methods for choosing the best size watch for you.

Before we get into it, a quick thank you to today’s video sponsor. All right, huge thank you to Farfetch for sponsoring today’s video and for providing these lovely NOMOS watches that we’ll use as examples throughout the video.

Farfetch is an online shop that carries items from thousands of boutiques and designers from all around the world. I’m talking about everything from Gucci and Tom Ford to Nike and Levi’s. I especially love browsing their men’s watch department a collection that includes brands like TAG and Zenith and of course NOMOS.

They also carry pre-owned luxury watches from brands like Cartier and Rolex, and more affordable brands like Timex and G-Shock. You can tell the people behind Farfetch really love fashion, they’re trying to make accessible to everyone around the world, that’s why they ship to over 190 countries.

They even do same day delivery in some cities like London and New York. A while back I bought some sneakers from Farfetch and I ended up having to make a return and I’ve shopped at a bunch of different online stores and I can say that the return and the exchange process with Farfetch was pain-free, it was very easy.

Their customer service was delightful to deal with and I’ll definitely be shopping there again when I’m ready for that pair of coming projects. So, if you’re into design or clothing and accessories or you just love men’s watches, I think you’ll enjoy browsing Farfetch.

com. Click the link down below in the description to check out Farfetch and I will link to each of these NOMOS watches that you see in the video, so, if you wanna check these out, links below in the description.

(up-beat music) First of all, does watch size even matter? Yeah, it’s important to wear a watch that fits your wrist in the same way that it’s important to wear clothes that fits your body. Does this mean that you can’t wear a watch that’s really big or really small, even if you love it? No, you should wear the watch that you love.

You know, it doesn’t really matter how big it is but if you do wanna choose that perfectly size watch for your wrist, this video’s gonna help. So, real quick let’s introduce the watches that you’re gonna see throughout the video.

These watches are all from German watchmakers NOMOS. First up we have the Tangente 35 mm, then we have the Metro Date Power Reserve 37 mm, the Metro Neomatik 39 mm and the Orian Neomatik Date 41 mm. So, we’re covering a full spectrum of sizes and we’re gonna use these watches as examples today.

You can find the links to each of these pieces down below in the description. The most common mistake, when it comes to wearing watches, that guys make is wearing watches that are too big for their wrist.

Latch sizes have increased dramatically over the decade, and these days most contemporary watches are unnecessarily oversized. They’re like big cars with little engines, they’re big for no reason.

You know, most of these watches are battery-powered, they’re quartz fashion watches, and there’s no complicated movements inside, you know, you don’t have a nice mechanical movement powering the watch.

So, they’re big just to be big. Now, before the wristwatch was invented men carried around pocket watches, and what made these little mechanical devices so amazing was their size. You know, finally the clock was portable.

At one point it became cool to have an unnecessarily large watch, and it’s kinda swinging back in the other direction recently but, still, oversized large watches are still kind of in vogue for man right now.

I think it’s kinda the same as, like, baggy clothing, guys have been led to believe that bigger is better and that bigger watches and better for men and that smaller watches are more feminine. I think this is nonsense, I think, just like with clothes, everybody regardless of gender should just wear what fits them.

And if you’re a bigger guy and you wanna wear a smaller watch, that’s totally fine, it’s not really gonna look bad but, if you do have a slender wrist, I think you should try to avoid watches that are too big.

So, how do you figure out your wrist size? This is the first step in finding the perfect watch and the good news is, it’s very easy. You just need a soft measuring tape, this is also called a tailor’s tape, and you wanna wrap it around your wrist at the widest point, which is right around the bone.

And, that’s it, that’s your wrist size. Now, if you don’t have a soft measuring tape, you can use a string or even cut a strip of paper, wrap it around your wrist and mark it with a pen and, then, lay it out flat and measure it with a ruler or a measuring tape.

So, once you know your wrist size, than you’ll have an idea of which watches are gonna work best for you. Also, I put up a chart on screen that’s gonna give an approximate guideline. Again, this isn’t set in stone, so, take all with a grain of salt.

Okay, so let’s talk about how watches are actually sized. There are two dimensions to pay attention to. The first one is case diameter and the second one is lug to lug. The case diameter is the most important measurement and it’s what’s usually listed, so when you see a 35 mm watch, that’s referring to the case diameter.

So, that’s the most important measurement but you should also pay attention to the lug to lug, which is the distance from the bottom of the lugs to the top of the lugs. Now, keep in mind this is different than lug width, which determines how wide the strap is.

Now, for the most part watches that have big cases are gonna have longer lug to lug distances, but there are some brands, and NOMOS is notorious for this, that will have longer lug distances even on the smaller watches.

So, for example, this 37 mm watch has a pretty significant lug to lug distance, and that’s something to keep in mind especially if you have a smaller wrist. And for that reason it’s important just to do a visual inspection, so, when you’re gonna buy a watch, especially if you’re gonna invest a real, you know, significant amount of money on a watch, you wanna try it on and just look at it and, you know, be honest with yourself, how does it look on your wrist.

Now, with the lug to lug, what you wanna pay attention to is you wanna make sure that the lugs aren’t extending out past your wrist. You know, conventional wisdom says that the lugs shouldn’t go past your wrist.

And again, this is a good guideline but it’s okay if they do, you know, for example, I have this Hamilton khaki mechanical, it’s a 38 mm watch but the lug to lug is, is very long and technically it’s probably a little too big for my wrist but I still wear it because I like it.

All right, just to give you a visual idea of how different size watches look on different size wrists, I’m gonna show you how each of these different NOMOS watches looks on my wrist and then somebody with a larger wrist.

(up-beat music) Now, having said all of this, I think the sweet spot for guys is 38 to 40 mm, so, you know, for most guys, if you have somewhere in the average size wrist, a 38 mm watch is gonna look great, 40 mm watch is gonna look great regardless of lug to lug or any other measurement.

For example, if you look at this NOMOS watches, this 39 mm version is gonna look good on almost anybody. For me, as a guy with more slender wrists, if I had to pick from this line up, I would definitely go with the 35 mm or the 37 mm.

But at the end of the day, remember, you have to wear a watch that makes you happy, a watch that you enjoy wearing and that gets you looking down at your wrist more often throughout the day. All right, I hope this video was helpful, you can find links to everything you saw in the video down below in the description.

If you have any questions for me, leave them down in the comment section. Thank you, as always, for watching and until next time. Stay stylish! (relaxing music)

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