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Why should you wear your watch on the left wrist? Here’s the answer!

You’re probably familiar to the fact that the left wrist is the called and considered the ”officially correct” wrist to wear a watch on for men. The debate of which wrist you should wear your watch on has been ever present, especially in the last couple of years as social media has evolved, and more people are sharing photos of them wearing their watch – sometimes on what some people mean is the ”wrong” wrist. But why is it that the ”right” wrist to wear your wrist on as a man is on right wrist? And can’t you wear your watch on whichever wrist you prefer? In this article, we’re looking at the reason why the left wrist today is considered to be the ”right” wrist to wear a watch on, and the reasons for wearing your wristwatch on the left wrist.

Wearing the watch on the right wrist

Most people wear their wristwatch on their non-dominant hand. As such, this means that many left-handed individuals tend to wear their watch on the right hand. As such, this is also the reason why watch brands such as Tudor have developed ”left-hand models”, with the crown and crown guards on the left side of the watch case as opposed to the right, making it more comfortable for left-handed people to wear the watches. Since most people are right-handed, it means that most people also wear their wristwatch on the left wrist, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are plenty of people who are right-handed who wear their watch on the right wrist, just like there are left-handed people who wear their wristwatch on their left wrist.

Now, no matter if you would argue about the practical benefits of wearing a watch on your left wrist, due to the fact that the majority of the population is right-handed, it’s easy to understand that this is what then becomes the norm. What the majority of people do is eventually what becomes the norm, and since the majority of people wear their watch on their non-dominant hand, this is what becomes the norm, and classified as ”the right way to wear a watch”. Since left-handed people have always been a ”minority” in the society, the rule of wearing your watch on the left hand has been ”invented” by a right-handed individual. But the most important part about the ”norm” for wearing your wristwatch on your left wrist is not about something that someone just one day said that this is how it should be. In fact, there are real, actual benefits to wearing your watch on the left hand.

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Practical advantages

Wearing your watch on the right hand has a few practical advantages. Of course, these practical advantages are only true when you’re right-handed. Now, note that the practical reasons for wearing your watch on the left hand that I’ll go into will focus on right-handed people, as this is what has created the ”rule” of wearing your watch on the left hand. As such, technically, despite the fact that wearing your watch on the left hand is the norm, in order to benefit from these ”advantages”, as a left-handed person, you need to, in theory,  wear your watch on your right wrist.

You’re more active with your dominant hand

This is the key reason why left-hand watch-wearing is the norm. Since you tend to use your dominant hand more and are more active with it, it’s easier to accidentally scratch or break your watch when wearing it on your right hand. Additionally, if you are right-handed and wear your watch on your right hand, your watch may get in the way, as well as making it harder to twist your wrist. As such, your watch sit uncomfortably as you’re performing tasks using your right hand. For example, if you have a watch, especially a large one on your right wrist and are trying to write by hand using your right wrist, it becomes quite uncomfortable and harder to write.

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It’s easier to set the time

The vast majority of watches have their crown on the right side of the watch case. If you are wearing your watch on the left hand, the crown becomes easily accessible, making it easy to change the time. If you, on the other hand, wear your watch on the right hand, it becomes essentially impossible to change the time with your watch on your arm. This means that you have to remove the watch in order to set the time.

It’s easier to see the time

If you’re right handed, you do more work with your right hand. This means that when your right hand is occupied, it will be easier to quickly check the time without interfering with what it is you’re doing.

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Spinnaker Fleuss SP-5055-02 on black vintage leather strap by WatchBandit

It’s better for the movement of the watch

Since you’re more active with your right hand as a right-handed person, you will inevitably do more wearing on the watch’s movement as you’re performing tasks. All kinds of shocks, in particular, tend to wear the movement, especially hard shocks which can damage the movement or destroy it completely. For example, if you’re using a hammer and are wearing your watch on the right wrist, you’ll cause major shocks to the movement of the watch, causing it to wear out faster. The same goes for when you’re performing tasks such as playing tennis (yes you use both hands, but mainly your dominant hand) or when you throw something etc.

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You protect your watch from damages

I’ve already mentioned briefly about how you perform most tasks with the right hand, and the thing is that the world is designed for right-handed people, and this is why it, despite being left-handed, might make sense to use the watch on the left hand. For example, door handles, scissors, computer mouse, watches, and so on, are all designed for right-handed individuals, and this means that in many cases, as a left-handed person, you may still use your right arm a lot when performing various tasks throughout the day, and can thus suffer scratches, especially on the case and metallic bracelet. Using a NATO strap prevents your watch from falling off your wrist, in case a spring bar breaks. Because of its double layered strap, where the watch is fitted in between, the watch will always being held by at least one spring bar. If you want to know more about NATO straps make sure to check out our blog post All you need to know about NATO straps

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Conclusion

You don’t need to follow the “stereotype” of wearing your watch on the left wrist – no matter if you’re left or right-handed. The most important part is that you do what feels best for you. Sure, the ”watch norm” says that you should wear your watch on your left hand, but if this just doesn’t work for you, use the other wrist. This is especially true for left-handed people because, in theory, the same rules of practicality as wearing the watch on the left arm for a right-handed people should apply to a left-handed people wearing the watch on the right wrist. Yes, left wrist is most common but that doesn’t mean it is the best alternative for you.

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About the author

Jens Wirdenius is the editor-in-chief of marketing blog Veloce International and the influencer directory Veloce Network. He is a social media and marketing nut, sharing his passion for business and digital marketing in his articles.

39 thoughts on “Why should you wear your watch on the left wrist? Here’s the answer!

  1. sharon says:

    Thanks for the post, it has some great information that will be very beneficial about Why should i wear your watch on the left wrist,Thanks For Sharing………..!

  2. Karri says:

    Iam right handed and wear my watch on the right hand. Funny!

  3. David John Repischak says:

    I’m left handed and wear my watch on my left wrist because it just feels right. Besides, watches are supposed to be worn on your left side.

    1. Joe says:

      I wear my watch on the RIGHT-WRIST and I’m RIGHT-HANDED. It just feels natural that way, my parents wear their watches on the right wrist, It seem to be some inherited trait or something. P.S It doesn’t get I my way at all.

      1. seiko turtle says:

        If It is an Automatic watch I am sure you wind her up-well. I heard excessive masturbation can kill a watch

      2. Dczagz says:

        I’m right handed, I wear my watches on the right wrist. I can’t recall ever encountering any difficulties wearing it on my right wrist. Maybe because I wear cheaper watches especially, when I’m doing physical work. Wearing my watches on my right wrist feels right to me although, when I see the majority wearing it on their left makes me feel I’m wearing it wrong.

    2. Sal G says:

      is like you just totally ignored what you just read. Is what feels “right” (ha, see what i did there?) to you. There is no “supposed to”.

  4. Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for helping me understand that one of the reasons why it would be best to wear a watch on the left side is it might wear out faster when you put it on the wrist that you use the most. As you said, it can have damages over time when it receives an impact when you use a hammer. I just got curious since I will be buying one for my husband on his birthday this coming Saturday, and I noticed that he wears most of his bracelet on his left wrist. So he might probably wear the watch on his left wrist as well.

  5. Matt says:

    Anyone that grew up with a father have usually been taught Certain things in life like always shake a persons hand firmly with eye contact and always say god bless you when someone sneezes or hold the door open for the person behind you and always help a person in need and then the small things like how to shave and wear a suit and put on a watch these things get past down from generation to generation… but certain circumstances change things I was in a bad accident and my left wrist was put together with titanium plates and 18 screws and now I can’t wear a watch on my left wrist but haven’t gotten used to a watch on my right wrist I’ve actually gone watch less for 2 years , I would like to get back into watches but life changes in mysterious ways

    1. Not a bitch says:

      No one wants to hear your sob story, it sounds like your dad should’ve taught you that with all the other good thing he taught you. So just put your watch on and pull up your big boy pants and stop being a little bitch about life.

      1. Robib says:

        I think you will find that if he can’t wear a watch then he probably will have some difficulty putting on his big boy trousers.

      2. Rachel says:

        Your mean you should be ashamed of yourself!

  6. It makes sense that you would want your watch on your non-dominant wrist to prevent scratching or breaking it as easily. My kids want to get their dad a nice watch for Father’s Day this month since the band on his old one is a little worn down. Hopefully we can find a great watch for him! He’s left-handed, so we’ll have to recommend him wearing it on his right wrist to prevent scratches.

    1. ibrahim faqraz says:

      I m left handed as well hi

  7. Stormy says:

    I don’t wear watches because I’m right handed and wearing a watch on my left hand feels super uncomfortable. I’ve tried wearing them on my right hand and it feels more natural/comfortable. However, they never last. The last one I tired was a mechanical watch and it stopped working after 9 months. After reading this article, it makes sense why they never last. I guess I’ll never be a watch person lol

  8. Ajayi Folarin says:

    I had to google this subject after my wife told me that it was wrong for me to wear my wristwatch on the left wrist. I somehow got confused by this. But with what I have read here, I am now more enlightened. Thanks.

  9. W says:

    Thanks admin for sharing this informative article.

  10. Sarah Packer says:

    My husband got a few watches from his mom that passes away recently, so I wanted some maintenance and cleaning tips. I didn’t know you can scratch your watch more when it’s on your right wrist since that’s usually your dominant hand, thus you use it more. I’ll have to keep that in mind and when I go to a watch repair shop, I’ll ask for more tips, thanks to this post!

  11. ibrahim faqraz says:

    im a big fan of watches no matter if its a left or right handed watch I still wear it on my left wrist because im left handed

  12. Watch bandit is helpful says:

    Thank you so much you are very helpful and I absolutely agree with you!!

  13. aleezagohar says:

    I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Ron Booker says:

    I found it interesting to know that watches are made to be worn in your left hand. My son told me that he needed a watch because he wasn’t able to carry his phone in class. Thank you for helping me learn more about hand position, Once my son gets his watch I’m going to check what hand he prefers wearing it.

  15. Mike says:

    It all started in the 90ies in school. Back then everyone wore a watch. I had mine on the left. One girl that wore it on the right conviced three other girls to put it on the right. Somehow this spread and indeed quite soon everyone wore the watch on the right. Some first refused, but group pressure made it. When I putted my watch on the right, I liked it from day one. It also didn’t distract me when writing. And it was a cool feeling that everyone wore it on the right.
    Recently we had a reunion. Some don’t wear watches anymore but no one switched to the left.
    When my wife wanted a watch for her birthday (she didn’t wear one for some time) I made the condition she must wear it right. She first refused but then agreed. She also said “Why didn’t I try that earlier”
    So I strongly disagree with you.

  16. Matt says:

    I honestly never thought much about there being a cright” or “wrong” side. Since I started wearing a watch when I was probably 9 or 10, I always thought it made more sense to wear it on the hand that I write with. If I ever needed to write down the time or date, I could just turn my wrist real quick and look. 30 years later, I still wear it on the right. Im “mostly right handed”.. Most things I do right handed (write, swing a bat, golf), and some I do lefty (eat – knife and spoon in left hand, draw and shoot a gun, play basketball). I am NOT ambidextrous, I just do certain thing better with my left hand. I’ve honestly only owned a few “daily” watches. I don’t go through them like water like some of the other commenters. The one I got as a kid (a Shark Freestyle which were all the rage back in the 80s and 90s) which I had until I was in high school, a Casio Wrist Commander (the one with the TV remote built in) – good for hours of fun driving the teachers nuts with the classroom TVs :D, and a Casio 3 dial that I got for my 18th birthday. I wore it every day for 20 years and it still works. I still have it, I just made the jump to a smartwatch for daily. For special occasions I have an Omega and a Bulova that were passed to me from my grandfather. But anyway, if a $100 Casio (yes, Japan/Quartz, not Swiss, but still) can survive 20 years on my mostly dominant hand, I dont buy the whole movement causes damage bit. Hitting it on things, sure. But the extra movement is not a factor.

    1. Sheri says:

      I wear mine on my ankle – left side. I’m ambidextrous

  17. Monroe Smith II says:

    Back in the 80’s-90’s it was considered correct to wear a watch on the left wrist; however, I was a rebel and wore it on my right wrist. I also button the bottom button of my suit jacket. Down with The Man!!!!

  18. Kevon Kaylor says:

    But I’m a Lefty and I tend to wear my watch on my left wrist.

    1. Paul says:

      Both sides are preferable to hiding it up your ass pulp fiction style.
      By the way I hope ‘not a bitch’ dies.
      I’m left handed, wear watch on left wrist and will soon buy pelagos LHD and wear on left so bezel doesn’t annoy me. I’ll take off watch to change time that may happen on a few occasions through the year.

  19. Majara Ts'epahalo says:

    This was very helpful for me because now I understand why wearing a watch on my left wrist is a best alternative. I will have to change because I wear my watch on my right whist. Truly I was lacking education.

  20. Felice says:

    I’m right handed and have always worn my watches on the right wrist, and clipped anyone suggesting otherwise round the ears with my left wrist.

  21. Hey, I thought your article was pretty informative. I’d say I learned quite a bit! History plays a role too. Back in the old days, men used to carry around pocket watches. They’d be on the non dominant hand as this reduced their chance of getting damaged.

    1. Mick says:

      Thanks Theodore, I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Joe B'Nanah says:

    I wear my wrist watch on my right wrist because if I wear it on my left wrist it will not keep good time. Mechanical or quartz it doesn’t matter.

  23. Alex says:

    This is one of the strangest comment threads I have ever seen.

  24. Usman says:

    Awesome article, Appreciate you for sharing this article actually this is excellent and really helpful.

  25. Rah says:

    I’m left handed and I feel comfortable with my watch on my right wrist even though it doesn’t actually get in my way it feel like it does if it’s on my left wrist

  26. JAMES CRONIN says:

    The reason is simple. I use my right hand to reach into dishwater to retrieve silverware. I would get my watch wet if it were on my right hand!

  27. Raj says:

    actually a reason behind this right hand wrist watch person you know? Our right hand nerve connected to left brain and as we know our left brain is useful for decision making and analytical thing besides right brain is more emotional and creative thinking so some people use their right hand to wear watch on this hand….. Hope you will make this habit on your daily life….

  28. Roger p says:

    I have, always worn watch on left wrist but for many years wore it inside my wrist not outside this protects it from knock and also makes it much easier to view. Am I the only person on the planet who does, this, 🤔⌚

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