Selecting a wristwatch should be easy…
Tactical/sport ones for casual wear, plain-faced/simple ones for dressier occasions, right?
If there is one facet of wristwatches that all men trip up on, selecting the right watch face size for their wrists.
Whether you are a man that skews slightly on the side or having slightly larger wrists, then you absolutely need to make sure that you pick up a watch face that compliments your wrist.
Should you wear a wristwatch that is too small, it will be inferred by others as being more feminine or dainty.
Here are some great large wristwatches that feature a large case
Roundup Of The Best Watches For Large Wrists
This is a tough-as-nails watch that looks intimidating, but it is packed with little features that make this a powerhouse of a timepiece.
It shows the date and time and features a stopwatch, timer, altimeter/barometer, thermometer, compass, and more. Essentially, everything that you could want in a watch this Casio has. It is thick, heavy, and ready to go wherever you need to, no matter the weather or the activity.
Off-roading, snowboarding, swimming, or even just walking to and from your job. This is a watch that will make your life easier.
The case is thick, heavy-duty stainless steel and is sealed to prevent mud and other debris from getting inside. This makes it an optimal device to wear if you are going somewhere particularly dirty (such as off-road).
This watch is also water-resistant up to 200 m, which is great for swimming, but not for diving or deep-water activities. The watch is powered by solar energy (read our roundup of the best solar watches for men) and includes an LED light to enable you to read the time in the dark.
If you are a man who works hard and plays hard, this watch should definitely be your first choice if you want a watch that can keep up with you.
What outfit is complete without a watch to accompany it?
If you’re looking for a sleek casual watch to dress up your casual outfit or dress down your business attire, the Diesel Mega Chief watch is the way to go.
This watch features a gunmetal case shaped and fitted to accent the piece and offers some contrast against the black and silver of the faceplate. The bright orange accents present on the watch also give the piece some character, a splash of color that is very much needed on a watch. The watch is completed with a dark brown leather strap that is comfortable and versatile.
The 54mm watch face is nice and wide, perfect for bigger or taller men looking for an appropriately sized watch. A quartz crystal inside makes for accurate timekeeping.
Additionally, the watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters, so you can shower, wash your hands, or swim without too many issues.
Another monumental addition to the watch world is a Casio watch. These watches have been around for years and are often the first choice for people looking for a good quality watch that isn’t too terribly expensive.
This particular watch model has a very large case, being outfitted with a compass along the exterior. The wristband is thick stainless steel and can stand up to a lot of rough wear and tear. Perfect for being outside in the elements, this watch is a great companion for camping, swimming, or even regular day-to-day activities.
One of the best things about this watch is that it’s solar-powered. As long as this watch can be charged with sunlight, you won’t have to worry about being without the time. In addition, the battery is long-lasting and can hold a charge for as long as you need it.
Other features include – but are not limited to – four alarms, stopwatch, sunrise and sunset timer, countdown, and LED backlight for keeping time at night.
This item is the perfect outdoor tool for adventurous men. It’s definitely a casual watch, but it feels great on the wrist, and it is sure to stand up to whatever you put it through.
This Casio watch not only looks like it belongs in a James Bond movie, but it almost acts that way.
This watch features a black base with lime green highlights on the second hand and on the smaller dials. The bright silver hour markers provide a nice contrast to the watch and really break up the dark background. The silicone strap is comfortable and easy to put on and take off, plus it is exceptionally sturdy and doesn’t show too much wear and tear.
This watch features several interesting extras, such as a stopwatch, a timer, the ability to program 5 different alarms.
It also has the ability to show time around the world in 48 different cities. This watch combines analog and digital displays to give you the best of both worlds. It is a great quality watch overall, made in Japan with expert craftsmanship.
The price isn’t too bad either and is very affordable for what you are getting. However, this watch does require batteries to run, which is probably the only downside present in this model. Otherwise, you are looking at a long-lasting watch that will keep you on time for several years.
In terms of sleek-looking watches with personality, there is nothing that beats a Diesel. In particular, the Diesel DZ73730 Mini Daddy Watch is all style and function, a masculine accessory that may just be the boldest watch you have owned.
It features a bright red strap and case surrounding a carbon-gray face. Multifunction dials set in the face allow you to track every aspect of your day, such as the time, date, and even a whole other time zone. The case is very industrial-looking, but what matters is how it stands up to the elements. For the most part, this watch is great for daily wear and is even suitable for going camping. However, with a water resistance of only 30m, don’t expect to go swimming with this one on.
Overall, this is a fantastic watch to wear if you want to make a statement or if you just want to add some color to your outfit.
6. Fossil Nate
This watch is really a work of art in itself. Fossil is well known for its leather, and this watch features that quality leather on the wrist strap. However, the real beauty in this watch comes from the overly simplistic design and the handsome color scheme.
This watch features a flat black color palette, and the hour markings and the analog hands are a dull gray to contrast slightly against that background. The case features that same flat black on the hands, and it looks amazing against the rest of the watch. The leather stitching along the wristwatch adds a little something extra to an otherwise plain piece, bringing out the craftsmanship of the watch as a whole.
The leather is genuine calfskin and is soft against the wrist. Comfortable and able to stretch the more you wear it to create a unique fit for you. This watch is also water-resistant up to 50 m, so it is great for swimming, but diving is not recommended.
One of the best watches to own has to be a Jorg Gray. They are tough, resistant to a lot of day-to-day wear, and generally look great on your wrist. This model, the JG2500-22, is a testament to what Jorg Gray stands for.
It features a comprehensive face with a thick case that frames the entire watch. The wristband is made out of silicone, a heavy-duty material that keeps the watch on the wrist comfortably; no pulling or tugging on the hairs of your arm all day. However, what makes this watch great are the features it offers.
This watch includes the standard analog display that makes up most of the watch’s face, but underneath the hands is a timer/stopwatch and a date display for easy reading. The watch also comes with a genuine Jog Gray signature imprinted on the faceplate, so you know it’s genuine.
While the price is a bit intimidating, it is well worth the price for the quality of the watch you are getting. Wear this watch casually or even while out swimming; the watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet, so it’s ideal for going swimming on the beach or in a pool.
This is a heavy-duty watch. By looking at the face, you know you are getting a good quality watch with lots of features.
This watch features an analog, quartz-powered display for reading time, and the hour markers are clearly displayed on the inside of the case, while the second/minute markers are displayed around the outside of the case.
Between these numbers lies a compass, so this watch makes a perfect companion outside in the forest for excursions. The bright-colored handles make this watch incredibly easy to read.
In terms of additional features, this watch is also able to withstand depths of 660 ft. Love being out on the water?
This watch can handle all sorts of extreme water sports. Go out on a boat, go swimming, even submerge the watch in water. The only thing you can’t do is scuba dive, which, while it makes sense, is unfortunate. The biggest turn-off with this watch is how busy it is.
Sure, it looks extremely mechanical, but all of the numbers may blend together at first glance. At least reading what day of the week is easy, thanks to the little white dial on the face.
Fans of Ferrari vehicles should know that this watch is everything that the car is, including the sleek, designer look and the attention to detail that you can only get with this world-class manufacturer.
This watch features three separate analog dials on the inside of the face. The Ferrari brand logo is clearly visible on the top of the face, further decorating this luxury watch.
The whole piece is a sporty addition to any collector’s inventory.
The case is 46 mm wide through the center, making it a bit of a hefty watch, but it’s slim and light when you wear it on your wrist. The silicone strap is comfortable and durable for daily use, and the watch is easily tuned to your liking through the dials on the side. As a bonus, this watch can be worn in shallow water as it is water-resistant up to 165 feet.
Perfect for a swim or a shower.
This Seiko watch is incredibly interesting and looks great in any situation. The watch is a cool blue color, with contrasting red and silver accents on the inside of the face for increased visibility.
It also has huge numbers at key points around the watch to enable very fast time telling, and it also shows you the day of the week and what day it is in the month. A very handy watch to have for everyday wear as well as the occasional casual function.
While this is a very simple watch in design, it has a few features that make it a high-quality purchase. The face is luminous, allowing for readings in low light conditions, and it has the date dial mentioned previously.
The majority of reviewers are happy with this product, saying that it is a genuine Seiko product that performs better than expected. Additionally, they are happy with the color, which is a cool metallic blue, perfect for a diver’s watch.
Overall, if you’re looking for a great looking watch to wear casually, you should consider this Seiko wristwatch. It has all the functions of a regular watch, with the quality assurance that it will last you for several years (hence the price).
Buy It For Looks? Or Buy It For Life?
If there is one facet of a wristwatch you should pay attention to besides the size of the watch face, it needs to be the watch crystal – also known as a watch window, is the material that makes up the face of the watch.
Basically, when it comes to watch crystals, they fall in only a few select categories (ranked in descending order of quality):
- Mineral Glass
Sapphire: Next to diamond, sapphire is the second hardest mineral that naturally exists according to the Mohs scale.
Sapphire is naturally scratch-resistant, which makes it not only great for daily wear but also long-term heirlooms as well. Therefore, if you plan on handing down your next timepiece to your son, you will want to be sure to get a wristwatch that relies on this crystal.
But there’s a small catch:
Scratch-resistant isn’t the same as scratch-proof. Therefore, you still, of course, want to exercise some caution during your daily wear (i.e., if you are rebuilding a car, you don’t want to be wearing your watch…but would you really be anyway?!).
But the fact remains:
You simply can’t get any better than this material when it comes to watch crystals.
Mineral Glass: Next up under sapphire will be mineral crystal. In short, the mineral found in watch crystals is basically glass. Therefore, like glass, it’s susceptible to cracks, scratches, etc.
However, unlike acrylic (which we will get to in a minute), it does fair rather well in more rugged conditions.
So if you are a man on a budget or simply want a wristwatch for occasional daily or formal wear, mineral glass makes for a great alternative.
Acrylic: The poorest performing watch crystal that you can purchase will be one that has an acrylic face.
Acrylic performs poorly, especially in rugged conditions. The slightest scuff can leave white marks and blemishes on the face of your watch.
So why get this watch crystal then?
Seriously, if you are looking for a sub $20 wristwatch or simply a novelty watch that you plan on wearing for a special occasion (i.e., a red, white, and blue watch for July 4th), then it makes sense.
However, if you have the budget, you will be much happier in a higher quality crystal-like mineral or sapphire outlined above.
Finding The Perfect Size Watch For Your Wrist
As we eluded to earlier, if you go too big or too small, your watch will look out of place and not uniform with your overall look.
Secondly, if you plan on picking up your watch from an online retailer (after all, who goes to the mall anymore), guessing really isn’t an option.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to order 5 different watches and have to make a trip to the Post Office to return 4 of them because they didn’t fit.
Therefore, to make things as easy as possible for all the men out there, we went ahead and put together this handy watch sizing chart.
Here we list out watch faces in a true-to-size format (assuming you are printing on 8.5” x 11” paper at 100% original size).
In the template, you will find watch face sizes at 50mm, 54mm, 56mm, and 60mm, along with a few band sizes to give you an idea of different widths.
The goal here with this template is to print out the diagram and then cut out the watch faces.
You want to find a watch face that doesn’t pour over the edges of your wrist. Instead, you will want to find one that rests comfortably in the center of where you normally wear a watch.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.