Random thoughts of a “small-wristed” guy.

In my early years of loving watches, I never gave much thought to the size of my watches. I just loved how they looked and that was enough. In recent years, my love for smaller watches has just gone through the roof. I love wearing anything between 30 to 36mm. I find these to be my sweet spot. Finding smaller watches is easier now than it has ever been in the last couple of decades. I just love the aesthetic of a small watch that hides under a cuff and only shows itself when needed. For me, it just feels right and just makes for a more refined take on an item that, to be honest, is more jewellery now than a time-telling device.

Anytime I visit watch sites and watch reviews, it’s like I just lose interest if the watch is more than 37mm. To me, the trill and the adventure of looking for that small watch that has it all is something that I truly enjoy. For instance, when I chanced upon the 34mm Traska Commuter it was just like finding the mythical unicorn. Getting a true sports watch in those dimensions comes only in Rolex territory. Everyone else is doing 38mm at the least. I remember how giddy I was to put that in my basket and the speed with which I checked out. 😂

Truth be told, I really think there is a lot to be said for the small watch. I know small-wristed guys like myself who enjoy small watches are in the minority and I believe we will always be. There is however a market for us if watch brands just have the passion to make watches like they used to in the past and will just give those small pieces time to sell. It’s a niche market, when it comes to small wrists and small watches but there’s a market for it. I’m still searching for my sub 38mm affordable chronograph. I know it’s a matter of time but your suggestions on available options are always welcome. Just the long-winded thoughts of a small-wristed guy who loves small watches.

Peace and Love! ✌🏾

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Nice post. What is your wrist size may I ask?

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Wearing a 30mm watch today on my PSW ("perfectly sized wrist"). It is all dial and very readable.

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The Traska Commuter is a great watch! I prefer 36mm but my wrist is over 7”. Your 34mm looks great!

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My wrist is a 7.5 and I too have come to love wearing smaller watches. Most of my smaller watches are vintage, so my favorites are a 30mm Elgin from around 1960 and a new favorite is a Hamilton from the 40's.

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IBWC member here and I agree 100%!

The current trend towards smaller sizes is what sparked my passion for watches again after years of being dormant.

We even get "small" divers from Tudor now, it's great!

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henry.likes.watches

IBWC member here and I agree 100%!

The current trend towards smaller sizes is what sparked my passion for watches again after years of being dormant.

We even get "small" divers from Tudor now, it's great!

Exactly, Tudor’s Blackbay 54 is on my radar. That’s an awesome timepiece.

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Donster_125

Nice post. What is your wrist size may I ask?

I’m 6.7” 😃

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I'm 6.25" wrist so I live in the smaller watch universe. It's odd because I follow and read about all watches but most of them are totally off the menu for me. 46mm L2L is the absolute max but there's still a lot of fun to be had.

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maybekwasi

I’m 6.7” 😃

I have a 6.5” wrist and wear 40mm.

I’m envious of your wrist size because you can definitely pull off bigger.

Me with my “larger” watches.

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Donster_125

I have a 6.5” wrist and wear 40mm.

I’m envious of your wrist size because you can definitely pull off bigger.

Me with my “larger” watches.

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I think these look alright on you! And bigger watches can work on smaller wrists, it always depends on the particular watch.

I have a 16cm wrist (whatever that is in inch) and one of my favorite pieces is a 42mm Seiko Chrono.

The lugs sitting almost under the case, the stiff band and the large crystal are what makes it work, I guess.

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