Traditionally, a man should wear a watch on his left wrist, with the watch face on the inside of his wrist. The reason for this tradition is that it is easier to see and read the time on a watch when it is worn on the non-dominant hand. For most people, the dominant hand is the right hand, so it is more convenient to wear a watch on the left wrist.
That being said, it is ultimately a matter of personal preference and there is no hard and fast rule about which hand a man should wear a watch on. Some men prefer to wear their watch on the right wrist, especially if they find it more comfortable or easier to read. There is no right or wrong answer, and it is worth observing what works best for you.
Wristwatches in the modern world have ceased to perform exclusively the role of a chronometer. Now it is also a decoration with which you can successfully complement the image, emphasize the status, stand out from the crowd. This is especially true for men who do not have many opportunities to decorate a strict business suit or casual clothes. Few people think about etiquette when deciding on which hand they will wear a watch. We will try to understand this issue.
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The wrist version of the watch appeared only in the 19th century and it was intended primarily for the fair sex. Men continued to wear massive pocket versions of watches on chains. They were in no hurry to give up their positions and abandon the usual chronometer.
The period between the 19th and 20th centuries, marked by the European wars, forced to reconsider the practicality of pocket watches. Trench watches for military men have become a transitional model between wristwatches and the usual watches with a chain. From the name it is clear that their creation is due to the needs of the army.
The difference between trench clocks and the usual options consisted in two wires, securely welded from the sides. A belt was threaded inside such a fastening. With his help, the watch was attached to clothes, arm and other parts of the body. So it was much more convenient to wear them in combat conditions. After a while, industrial production began with the usual ears for the wrist strap.
It is interesting: initially, such watches were considered part of ammunition, only men who were liable for military service could wear them. It was difficult to buy in a regular store, they were issued together with the form.
General etiquette requirements
Here are a few general etiquette requirements for men’s watches:
- Wear a watch that is appropriate for the occasion: Choose a watch that is appropriate for the setting and the formality of the event. A formal, dressy watch is more appropriate for a formal event or business meeting, while a casual, sporty watch may be more suitable for a casual outing.
- Make sure your watch is in good working order: A watch that doesn’t keep accurate time or has a broken strap is not only disrespectful to others, but it also reflects poorly on you. Keep your watch in good working order by having it serviced regularly and replacing any broken or worn-out parts.
- Don’t check your watch excessively: Checking your watch frequently can be perceived as rude, as it suggests that you are not fully present or engaged in the conversation or activity at hand. It’s fine to check your watch occasionally, but try to avoid doing so excessively.
- Avoid wearing a loud or flashy watch: A loud or flashy watch can be distracting or inappropriate in certain settings. Choose a watch that is subtle and tasteful, and that complements your overall appearance.
- Don’t wear a watch to bed: It’s generally considered rude to wear a watch to bed, as it can be disruptive to your sleep and the sleep of others. If you need to keep track of the time while you sleep, consider using a bedside clock or an alarm on your phone instead.
The rule of etiquette is that a man wears a watch on his left hand. There is a simple and logical explanation for this — about 80% of people on the planet are right—handed. But why it is convenient is explained by several reasons at once:
- the working hand (right) does not need to be loaded with unnecessary elements. They can prevent a man from doing work, clinging to objects, breaking;
- it is more convenient to put on and fasten the strap mount if you wear the watch on your left hand;
- if the watch is mechanical, then it is easier to wind it with the right hand (the classic location of the factory head is the right side of the case).
Interesting: there are about 20% of people on the planet who belong to the “left-handed” category. For a long time, the interests of the left-handed were ignored, they were retrained in schools and required to write with the “right” hand. Now the industry takes into account non—standard needs – watches are available for any hand. The differences in them lies in the location of the head.
The rules of etiquette have long become something common, many men do not think about which hand to wear a watch on and intuitively put it on the left. Some men are looking for non-standard solutions in the image and wear an accessory on their right hand, imitating famous people.
There are a number of myths explaining why a man should wear a watch on a certain hand or which dial to choose if you want to change your life. Such signs should not be taken seriously, but if at least one of them interests you, feel free to follow the recommendations:
- the square shape is suitable for those men who want to become organized and collected. Watches with right angles must necessarily contribute to the development of these qualities. Perhaps it’s all about auto-suggestion and this sign will make you more organized;
- the diamond-shaped dial will bring harmony and balance to life. We think that calmness can be achieved by working on oneself, by meditation;
- the round shape will allow you to become restrained, to abandon self-examination;
- the oval is a symbol of professional success. Get yourself such a watch and wear it on your left hand as a talisman. But remember that professional success does not come by itself, you will have to actively develop in this direction;
- the triangular dial is the choice of a man who is confident, ready for development and waiting for a little help from the Universe. It is not known whether she will hear such a request, but it will be possible to stand out among other men with an unusual watch.
Omens are facts that people have noticed for hundreds of years. The history of wristwatches is not so long, so it is recommended to treat them with a certain amount of irony.
Interesting: but one of the folk signs says that a man should not wear a watch to a wedding. It doesn’t matter which hand they end up on. A chronometer on a solemn day is a bad omen — for a quick breakup of relations.
There is a non-standard version that has a criminal origin. It is believed that in the post-war period, thieves wore watches on their left wrist. But those who had no problems with the law, put on the opposite.
It was very convenient, the thief could always choose a victim “not from his own”. Respectable citizens had to get out and change the chronometer on an unusual hand in order to protect their property.
How to wear a watch correctly
Modern fashion gives complete freedom to a man. He can decide for himself how and where to wear the watch. This accessory is able to complement any image, from casual to sporty. Of course, there are no universal models or there are very few of them. You will have to choose your own options for each image.
Electronic models, “smart” versions are suitable for a sporty image.
Important: etiquette requires that a man’s hand does not have an abundance of jewelry. Just the clock. Of course, this does not apply to representatives of creative professions — singers, actors. Part of the image of many is the abundance of jewelry on the neck and wrist. For example, Johnny Depp successfully combines layered jewelry with a strict suit. The man has repeatedly admitted that watches and bracelets are his talismans and amulets. Without them, he feels unprotected.
In everyday life
In an everyday way, you can allow some “violations” and put on the watches that you want. It is important that they look harmoniously on the hand. Selection rules:
- the watch should not dangle or sit very tightly on the wrist;
- the size of the dial in width should be equal to the width of the brush.
A watch with a rubberized strap is suitable for everyday wear. Stylists recommend buying several different models at once to always match the image.
For business meetings
A business image requires discreet accessories that will not stand out in luster or form against the background of a strict suit. A watch with a round or square dial, soft metal, with a strict strap is suitable. It is important that the chronometer is combined in style with cufflinks, a tie pin.
At business meetings, you do not need to show the watch in all its glory. Etiquette requires that only a small part of the body peeks out from under the sleeve of a man’s shirt.
The Council: during business negotiations, you should not constantly look at the clock. You need to wear them confidently, the accessory should not give out nervousness. You can not take off the watch and put it on the table, they must remain on your hand.
For social events
Hangouts, parties, trips to the cinema and theater are an opportunity for a man to demonstrate fashionable and expensive accessories. It is better to leave sports options at home, as well as strict models. A social event is a time to wear beautiful models with unusual dial shapes and bright straps on your hand.
On which hand should men wear watches: opinion of experts
Up to this point, it was about the requirements of etiquette, prescribing men to wear a watch on their left hand. Experts also have their own opinion on this matter.
The opinion of doctors is that a right—handed man with intensive work swells his hand a little and the watch will squeeze his wrist, so it is better to wear them on the left hand. It can be assumed that such a medical conclusion works equally for left-handed people who do most of the work with their left hand.
Opinion of psychologists
Psychology is a fine scientific discipline. Her conclusions are sometimes impossible to verify, but a competent specialist is able to assemble disparate details into a single image and make a psychological portrait of a man based on it. This image also includes the way of wearing a watch.
Psychology believes that wearing an accessory on the left wrist is loved by reserved men who follow the rules (including etiquette), pedantic, but gentle. Such men like to have a plan in life, but not one. They calculate everything and love to keep under control what is happening around.
As for men who prefer to wear an accessory on their right wrist, they are no less interesting, purposeful and practical. However, they like non-standard solutions, deviate from established rules and norms. These qualities help to cope with any difficulties and surprises.
Important: this description of a man’s character refers to generalized. The way to wear a watch is just a small piece of the puzzle. To make a complete picture, many more factors need to be taken into account.
Etiquette is not the only vector indicating how to properly wear a man’s watch. There are other interesting reasons that can influence the choice of location.
For example, the medical science of acupuncture assumes the presence of many points on the body, the irritating effect on which can significantly improve a man’s health. Or worsen it.
If we talk about the left wrist, here are the points responsible for the work of the heart muscle. Chinese doctors advise to deviate from European etiquette and put a chronometer on your right wrist. This will help to avoid blocking the flow of energy through the points and keep the heart healthy.
Can you name the most famous man who prefers to wear a watch on his right hand? Most likely, the President of the Russian Federation will come to mind. Thanks to him, the fashion for such an arrangement in our country has spread for a long time.
Can I wear a watch on my right hand?
The answer to the question is yes. It has long been removed from the agenda, since most well-known manufacturers market watches for men that they can wear on any hand. Except for the male carrier himself, no one else will be able to determine on which hand it is more convenient for him to wear a watch. For example, he can’t do it on his left because of an old wrist injury. Or for other reasons.
The watch is an accessory that can complement any image, emphasize the status of a man. The rules of etiquette dictate to wear it on the left hand. But the days when left-handedness was considered almost an obsession are over. Lefties can safely wear the accessory on any hand. This will not be considered a stylish blunder or a violation of the rules of etiquette. But an improperly selected watch, which stands out from the general image of a man, will tell about the owner as optional and inattentive.