On which wrist to wear a watch?

Right or left, the existential question of which wrist to wear a watch always comes up. As often, there is no one right answer, it’s up to you to choose and we guide you to help you do the right one.

In this article, you shall learn about

  1. On which wrist is a watch worn?
  2. Why is the watch worn on the left?
    1. Practical reasons
    2. aesthetic reasons

On which wrist is a watch worn?

A watch is traditionally worn on the left wrist. The reason is simple, more than 90% of the population being right-handed, it is easier and more practical to attach their watch to the wrist opposite to their dominant hand. Other practical and aesthetic criteria also explain this choice.

However, this rule is not absolute and you can very well wear your watch on your right wrist if you are left-handed or simply if you are more comfortable that way. No matter which wrist you choose, make sure you choose the right size watch.

Why is the watch worn on the left?

Why is the watch worn on the left?

As mentioned above, the watch is worn on the left wrist for a practical reason. Since right-handed people represent more than 90% of the population, it is much easier for them to attach their watch to the opposite wrist.

However, this reason is not unique and the choice of the wrist on which to wear a watch responds to other practical and aesthetic criteria.

Practical reasons

In addition to being able to attach your watch easily, the choice of the wrist on which to wear a watch must meet practical criteria and must adapt to your lifestyle.

In order not to hinder your daily movements, it is interesting that the watch is not worn on the side of the hand which writes especially that certain models, very imposing, could represent a real gene.

In addition, the dominant hand is generally more subject to friction and other shocks that can damage your watch and its bracelet. Choosing the right wrist, if you are left-handed, and the left wrist, if you are right-handed, is also a way to take care of your watch.

Always for practical questions, and here we will focus on connected watches with a touch screen, it is much easier (for 90% of right-handed people) to use a connected watch if you can interact with it with your dominant hand.

Then, the majority of watches, like the chronograph watch, have a winder on the right of the dial, so winding is easier if you wear your watch on your left wrist.

Aesthetic reasons

The choice of the wrist must also be considered from an aesthetic point of view. We often talk about the harmony and balance of your silhouette, and this criterion also applies to accessories.

If you wear bracelets in addition to your watch, it is more interesting to distribute them on your two wrists to avoid a bad accumulation effect.

Your watch will be much more valuable if it is worn alone than if it gets lost between a multitude of bracelets. Once again, the rule is not rigid and you can very well wear your watch on the same wrist as a bracelet if it is sober and light.

Ditto if you wear rings, especially if they are imposing.

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