How Tight Should A Watch Be On Your Wrist?

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Are you wondering how tight or loose you should wear your watch or smartwatch? Do you want to know how you can size your watch to fit around your wrist perfectly?

If yes, then you are reading the right article. In this article, I will tell you how tight a smartwatch or watch should be around your wrist whether it has a bracelet, band, or strap. Not only this but I will also tell you how you can size your watches’ bracelet or band to make it perfectly fit on your wrist.

So keep reading!

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How Tight Or Loose Should A Watch Be?

Watch On Wrist

Wearing a watch can be tricky. If you wear it too loose then it will move and rotate around your wrist. And believe me, it becomes really irritating when you have to fix the watch on your wrist every time you want to see the time.

If you wear it too tight then it will cause you discomfort. Wearing a watch too tight can stop the blood circulation on your hand, which can be dangerous. So the question that arises is how tight or loose should you wear your watch? Or how should a watch fit around your wrist?

The watch, be it with a band, stainless steel bracelet, or leather strap, should be tight enough so that it does not move around your wrist and should remain in its place. But it should not be too tight so that it leaves imprints around your wrist.

Follow the below steps to wear the watch perfectly:

Step 1: Wear the watch.

Step 2: Try and slide your index finger under the clasp.

Step 3: If you are able to slide your index finger easily and are also able to move it around then your watch is still loose. Keep repeating all the steps until you are able to slide your finger under the watch clasp but are not able to move it around.

How Tight Or Loose Should A Watch Be

How Tight Should A Smartwatch Be?

How Tight Should A Smartwatch Be

Do you know what’s trickier than wearing a watch? It is wearing a smartwatch. If you wear a smartwatch loose then it will not only move around your wrist but will also not be able to track your body health metrics accurately. And if you wear it too tight then it will cause you discomfort and in some cases can also give you rashes.

The thumb rule for wearing a smartwatch not too loose and not too tight is that you should be able to place your index finger under the smartwatch clasp easily but should not be able to move it around.

How To Size A Watch?

The size of the watch you wear and its bracelet, leather strap, or band plays a very important role in wearing the watch perfectly around your wrist. Therefore, while buying the watch, select the size of the watch and its bracelet carefully according to your wrist size. But if you have already purchased the watch and want to change the size of the bracelet then do not worry, you can also do that.

Stainless steel is the most common type of metal used in watch bracelets and these are made up of different links. Watch manufacturers generally give a few extra links with the watch to extend the bracelet. You can use these extra links in case you want to increase the size of the bracelet. And in case you want to decrease the size of the bracelet then you can also do that by taking out a few links from the bracelet.

You can do this at home by yourself, but I will recommend you take your watch to a repair center. Because this task requires some specific tools and also if you do not know how to do it then you can end up ruining your watch bracelet. Therefore you should take your watch to a service center, it’s hardly a 5 minutes job for them.

In case your watch has a leather strap or band, then you will only be able to decrease the size of it by punching more holes. But you will not be able to increase the size of a leather band or strap and you will have to buy a larger strap.

Should You Wear Your Smartwatch As Tight As Possible For Better Tracking?

No, as discussed earlier wearing a watch or smartwatch too tight can cause discomfort and can also stop the blood circulation in your hand. This will affect the tracking accuracy of your watch. You should wear your smartwatch in such a way that the green lights at the back of your Apple watch or any other smartwatch touch the surface of your wrist. There should not be any gap between the watch and your wrist. As long as the back of the smartwatch is touching the surface of your hand properly you do not have to worry about the tracking.


How Many Fingers Should Fit Under Your Watch?

Only your index finger should be able to fit under your watch clasp.

Should A Watch Be Able To Slide?

No, if the watch is able to slide then it means it is loose. But if you like it this way then you can definitely wear it this way.

How Tight Should Garmin Be?

It should be tight enough so that there is no gap between the back of the smartwatch and your wrist.

How Tight Should An Apple Watch Be?

As tight as its sensors touch your wrist properly.

Is It Okay To Wear Loose Watch?

Yes, as long as you are comfortable then it is okay.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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