For a shirt to cover the majority of your watch when your arms are by your side, the watch has to fit properly on your wrist. If your watch strap is too loose, your watch will hang sloppily below your shirt cuff and if the strap is too small, your watch will never see the light of day (and you’re likely losing circulation). If you can’t find the right balance on the natural notch system on your watch strap, you may want to visit a specialist to get your watch strap adjusted or refitted.
Watch size matters for another reason too. You don’t want to overshadow the size of your hand or forearm. Typical watch case sizes range between 34mm and 52mm for men. The best watch size for you will be relative to your wrist size and shouldn’t be a decision of trend or style. For most men, we see 38mm to 42mm is a sweet spot, particularly when wearing dress watches with suits. As for where to wear a watch on your wrist, it should sit at the tip of your wrist bone (the ulna, to get technical). A good indicator that you’ve chosen a watch face that’s too big is if the case sits on top of the wrist bone, making it uncomfortable to wear.
* Where To Wear A Watch, Generally
Different situations call for different watches. The varying formality of these situations also calls for different watches. For example, you don’t necessarily want to wear a sport or smartwatch with your sharpest suit and you don’t want to wear a Rolex if you’re heading to the gym. Generally, chain link or leather watches are appropriate to wear with a suit in a business setting. Canvas and nato strap watches can also be worn with suits (a) if the environment is more casual or (b) the suit is casual (cotton or linen). Keep reading to see which watch strap colors we recommend with outfit colors.