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How Loose Should a Watch Be – When Should You Adjust The Strap

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Wearing a timepiece that is too tight can be a pain in many ways. Besides the apparent lack of circulation and, of course, the physical torment that wearing a tight watch can cause, wearing your watch tightly won’t look so great on your wrist.

Sure, many timepieces on the market, whether the one with a strap or the one with a bracelet can be tweaked to fit exactly how you like it. Nevertheless, we always recommend that watch enthusiast go for watches that meet their specifications. If you were to buy a timepiece straight off the rack, you’d need to first try it to make sure it sits perfectly on your wrist.

How to determine if a watch fits perfectly

The best way anyone can determine if their new timepiece is an excellent fit is through a simple test. Using the fit test is the best way to know if your watch fits perfectly or not. To do the fit test, you must first put on the watch. Once you have the watch on your wrist, move your index finger between the watch and your wrist.

To determine if the watch fits your wrists perfectly, the watch must be loose enough to allow your index finger to slide underneath the straps. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be too loose that you can easily slide your index finger around without any hassle. On the flip side, if you cannot slide your finger underneath, it means it is too snug.

According to watch experts, when wearing a perfect watch, it shouldn’t slide around your wrist. The ideal watch should stay in place with its face sitting nicely on top of your wrists. Any watch that slides up and down your forearm is too loose. For people with a timepiece that slides up and down their wrist, getting a new watch bracelet or strap that fits appropriately wouldn’t be such a bad choice.

Adjusting your watch size: What you should know

Now that you know how loose or how tight your watch should be, it’s time we take a detour and bring you up to speed on some pros and cons you should adhere to if you ever decide to adjust your watch size.

Go for a short standard strap or a longer one

Most watch manufacturers usually allow customers to order a strap that fits their wrist. So, whether you need a long strap or a short one, you should be able to get a strap that fits your wrist perfectly from an authorized dealer. While most watches usually come with a standard-length strap, it’s always a good idea to test if it fits before purchasing.

Can I remove some links from a watch with a bracelet?

These days, many watch brands make bracelets with links that are easy to remove without the help of any tool. And yes, removing a few links shouldn’t pose a problem once you get the hang of it. However, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, you can take the watch to a watchmaker to have it done.

Visit a watchmaker

Sure, it’s okay to try your hands on a few things now and then, but when it comes to your timepiece, some projects are better left to the professionals. Sure, there are some scenarios where you can outrightly change your watch band or adjust it; that said, keep in mind that the model of a watch plays a significant role with band customization. This is especially true with high-end watches. The last thing you want to do is ruin your expensive watch while attempting to fix it yourself. Swapping, adjusting, or repairing a watch band is a relatively simple task for any watchmaker.

Trust us when we say there is absolutely no need to try out a task you have no skill set or tools to pull off. With a jeweler or watchmaker to the rescue, you can get your watch band to fit within minutes. If you decide to meddle with your watch band yourself, then keep in mind that you may end up causing a far more severe issue, leaving your jeweler to handle what should have been a simple task. It may equally cost you more.

Tips to ensure your next watch fits

To ensure your next timepiece fits perfectly, you’ll not be disappointed to follow these tips:

Arrange a meeting with a watchmaker or jeweler: The perfect timepieces usually come tailored to fit your wrist. So, before you buy any timepiece, double-check to see if it fits your wrists. If you don’t know how to go about this already, you can reach out to a watchmaker for a fitting test. This will save you a lot of stress later on

Choose replacement bands that are unique to your brand: Trust us when we say there is no reason you should be wearing a beautiful Rolex watch with a tacky or cheap replacement band. If you decide to get a replacement band, make sure you opt for one that is specifically designed for the watch you have.

Frequently asked questions: Learn more about watch fitting

How can I know if my watch is too loose?

If your timepiece is too tight, it should leave unpleasant prints on your skin. On the flip side, if it is too loose, you should be able to fit several fingers underneath the band. Also, a loose band should slide up and down your forearm.

Where should your timepiece sit?

According to watch experts, your wristwatch should sit beside your wrist bone. Anything beyond that is a no-no. To make sure your watch sits perfectly, the face must sit right next to the wrist bone, just outside of your wrist. Also, your watch should not be visible beneath your shirt cuff when standing.

Should your timepiece be tight or loose

Your timepiece should fit tightly enough that it doesn’t slide around your wrist during movement. Also, it should be loose enough not to leave any imprints on your wrists.

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