Best Watch For Small Wrist Reviews

Updated December 16, 2020

There are a lot of large, chunky watches on the market, with wide cases and big bands, and there are timepieces with so many functions it’s almost overwhelming to read the time.

What if you like minimal and simple, or you have a small wrist that looks ridiculous with a watch that’s more like a computer?

Maybe you’re shopping for a man who isn’t the size of a football lineman. Rest assured, watches for skinny wrists do exist.

The best men’s watches for small wrists don’t make you sacrifice style and quality.

A bulky watch can look out of place on a smaller man. Some men prefer a sleek profile and minimalist design.

Others don’t want the oversized watch that makes their arms look even smaller. And there is a need for watches for skinny guys.

But that doesn’t mean they have to settle for a women’s watch. Men’s watches for small wrists vary in style and features, and can suit your budget too.

So let’s look at these watches, and then review some of the considerations when shopping for watches for skinny guys or a watch for small wrists.

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1 Hamilton - Men's HML-H32411555 Jazzmaster Silver Dial Watch Hamilton Jazzmaster Silver Dial Watch
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2 Timex - Unisex T2N746 Weekender Slip Thru Watch
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Timex Unisex Weekender Slip Thru Watch
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3 Daniel Wellington - Men's 0107DW Classic Sheffield Watch Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch
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4 Tissot - Men's T0654301105100 Automatics III Stainless Steel Watch Tissot Automatics III Stainless Steel Watch
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5 Ferrari - Men's RedRev Stainless Steel Quartz Watch
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Ferrari RedRev Stainless Steel Quartz Watch
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6 GUESS - Mesh Black Ionic Plated Rectangular Genuine Diamond Watch
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GUESS Mesh Black Ionic Rectangular Watch
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1. Hamilton Jazzmaster Silver Dial Watch

Highlights
  • Silver dial
  • Round, analog style
  • Stainless steel case
  • Smaller size at 1.5 inches across

This smaller watch for men weighs in at just 1.76 ounces, and is only 1.5 inches in diameter.

The stylish look combines a silver dial color with a brown leather strap. There are hands for hours, minutes and seconds, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

The hands are luminous and the number markers alternate between Arabic numerals and stick hours. Minute markers are around the outer rim.

Japanese quartz movement provides accurate time reading while the stainless steel case and durable sapphire crystal protects the watch from scratches.

It’s water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters), meaning it can handle swimming and showering.

With a leather band, you likely don’t want to use it for water activities, however.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
0.35 of an inch thick
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.5 inches
Watch Strap:
Brown Leather

Pros

  • Weighs just 1.76 ounces
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • Stylish leather band

Cons

  • Water resistant but with a leather band, not great for water activities
  • Basic functionality of time and date

2. Timex Unisex Weekender Slip Thru Watch

Highlights
  • Round case
  • Analog style
  • Nylon band in bright colors
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Timex - Unisex T2N746 Weekender Slip Thru Watch

This Timex watch has basic functionality for those who want a smaller watch with a simple design. The brass case is protected with a mineral window.

The band is nylon, in striking red with blue and white stripes. Features the iconic Timex Indiglo night light, a selling feature of Timex watches.

There are hour, minute and second hands, and the numbers include 12 and 24 hours.

It is water resistant to 99 feet (30 meters).

The size is smaller, at just 1.5 inches in diameter, making it ideal for those with small wrists, or who prefer a smaller, sleeker timepiece.

Specifications

Material:
Brass
Size:
0.35 of an inch thick
Movement:
Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.5 inches
Watch Strap:
Nylon

Pros

  • Features the Timex Indiglo night light
  • Mineral window protects the case
  • 12 and 24-hour markings

Cons

  • Minimal water resistance of only 99 feet (30 meters)
  • Only functions are hour, minute and second readings

3. Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch

Highlights
  • Round, analog watch
  • Stylish look of rose gold case, white dial and black band
  • Smaller size and simple design
  • Interesting Daniel Wellingon logo featured on the watch face, including a backwards D

The sleek, minimalist design of this watch makes it ideal for those who like a smaller, simple yet elegant timepiece.

The round dial is just 1.57 inches across and features a rose-gold stainless steel case and white watch face. There are stick hour markers and hour and minute hands.

The band is black leather.

The quartz movement keeps accurate time.

The iconic Daniel Wellington logo is prominent on the watchface, with the name and DW, featuring a backwards D.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
0.24 of an inch thick
Movement:
Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.57 inches
Watch Strap:
Black Leather

Pros

  • Weighs only 1.44 ounces
  • Slim case at only ¼ of an inch thick
  • Ideal for those with small wrists or who prefer a smaller, simpler style

Cons

  • Very basic functions of hour and minute hands only
  • Water resistant to only 99 feet, so it can handle splashes or brief immersion in water, but is not suitable for swimming

4. Tissot Automatics III Stainless Steel Watch

Highlights
  • Analog style watch
  • Anti reflective dial cover
  • Black watch face with silver markings

This stainless steel watch has a chunky appearance but is still smaller and slimmer, making it ideal for those with small wrists or who prefer a low profile timepiece.

The analog display features hour, minute and second hands, and day and date display at 3 o’clock. It has a stainless steel case and band, black watch face and silver hands and markings.

Small, discrete numbers denote the seconds around the outside of the markers.

The watch is water resistant to 100 feet (30 meters), so can handle brief splashes. The movement is Swiss automatic.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
0.37 of an inch thick
Movement:
Swiss automatic
Case Diameter:
1.54 inches
Watch Strap:
Stainless Steel
Battery Life:
Needs a AAA battery

Pros

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • See through case back lets you see the movement
  • Sapphire window

Cons

  • Basic functions but does include day and date
  • Water resistant to only 100 feet, good for brief splashes only

5. Ferrari RedRev Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

Highlights
  • Round analog style
  • Quartz movement
  • Unique design of black case and band and red markings
  • Honeycomb background on watch face and band
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Ferrari - Men's RedRev Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

Stand out from the crowd with the distinctive look of this Ferrari timepiece.

The black case, watch face and strap have predominantly red markers and highlights, and of course the classic Ferrari yellow and black logo at 12 o’clock on the watch face itself.

The durable silicone rubber band is a black honeycomb pattern with red Scuderia Ferrari decorating it, symbolizing the racing team.

The sleek design of the black stainless steel case is less than half an inch thick.

There are red hour, minute and second hands on the black honeycomb watch face and red number markings.

The outside of the markers includes numbers denoting the seconds, and there is a red “rev counter” accent that runs between 12 and 3 o’clock.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
0.39 of an inch thick
Movement:
Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.5 inches
Watch Strap:
Silicone Rubber

Pros

  • Scuderia Ferrari is a world-renowned brand synonymous with “race day”
  • Durable mineral crystal provides protection from scratches
  • Scuderia Ferrari name stands out in red on the black band
  • The classic prancing horse logo emblazons the watch face at 12 o’clock

Cons

  • Water resistant to only 100 feet
  • Silicone rubber band isn’t for everyone

6. GUESS Mesh Black Ionic Rectangular Watch

Highlights
  • Analog style
  • Square case and watch face
  • Black case, dial and band
  • Hour, minute and second hands
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GUESS - Mesh Black Ionic Plated Rectangular Genuine Diamond Watch

If you’re looking for a slim watch with a simple design that still stands out, this square, analog timepiece is it.

The all-black design includes a stainless steel polished black ionic plated case and mesh bracelet.

The black watch face has genuine diamond accents at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.

There are hour, minute and second hands but no other markings on the face other than the Guess logo and the diamond accents.

A sleek case of just 1.46 inches in diameter include a durable mineral crystal that protects the watch from scratches.

It also has good water resistance to 165 feet (50 meters).

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
1.46 inches
Watch Strap:
Stainless Steel Mesh

Pros

  • Simple yet elegant design
  • Genuine diamond accents at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock
  • Suitable for men or women
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters)

Cons

  • Basic functionality
  • No numbers or markers on the watch face

Watch For Small Wrists Buying Guide

The first and most obvious factor when looking for a watch for a small wrist is size, with diameter of the case being the key measurement. 

The ideal diameter of a  men’s watch’s small wrist ranges from as small as a 35mm watch (1.38 inches in diameter) to a maximum of 40mm watch (1.57 inches in diameter). 

Anything with that range ensures the watch is narrow enough for skinny and small wrists, with less than 40mm being preferable.

Design

Designs can vary when you’re shopping for a watch for a small wrist. Some clearly look like a men’s watch, while others are more unisex. 

There are analog watches with time and date features, and those with a simplistic design that have minimal features on the watch face.

Our choices also include the option for a square case and several with a round face. 

We even have a Ferrari watch with the unique color blend of black and red. 

There are those that look quite dressy and those with a more sporty design.

Materials

Our choices for watches for skinny wrists include a few made of stainless steel, and some with stainless bands while others have leather bands or silicone rubber bands. 

It’s up to you whether water resistance is a factor. 

Our choices include some that can handle small splashes of water only, and some that are waterproof to a depth of 165 feet (50 meters).

Thickness

A sleek profile is often desirable as well, with widths of half an inch or less being desirable on watches for small wrists.

Pricing Range

Watches for skinny guys tend to be on the lower end of the price range, since they typically don’t have a lot of extra bells and whistles. 

A simple, minimalist design means fewer functions than some other watch styles.

That also makes watches for small wrists slightly more affordable than other timepieces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Size Watch for Small Wrist?
A:

While a chunky, bulky watch may be trendy right now, it can look silly to wear a watch that’s too big for your wrist. Instead, a watch that fits your build and is proportionate to your wrist size looks a lot better.

The best men’s watches for small wrists are:

  • Between 35mm and 40mm in diameter.
  • Sleek, at a half an inch thick or less.
  • Usually with a simple or minimal design, or the watch looks too busy for its size.

Our Verdict

Watches for skinny wrists are equally as stylish and can be as manly as their bulky timepiece cousins.

Purchasing a watch that you like, that’s also proportionate to your wrist and arm size, is more desirable than buying a bulky or function-heavy watch just because it happens to be trendy.

Watches for skinny guys are available in different styles, colors and materials.

Men don’t have to buy a woman’s watch just to get a watch for a small wrist.

By using our guide to the best men’s watches for small wrists, you can get a smaller, sleeker and stylish watch that suits your taste and budget.

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