Watches are timeless pieces. In fact, some of them wear so well, they become more expensive as the years pass by.

They don’t just keep track of time, but they are also great pieces to wear. Depending on the design, they can suit your style of the day.

If you were to ask me, I think nobody should be without them. They’re stylish as they are functional, and they can finish off any look. 

Watches are not hard to find. Go online and you’ll find a TON of choices from different styles to different colors. What’s a challenge to find, though, is a small watch.

Not all men have large arms and large wrists. If you haven’t noticed, most watches that have been released these past few years are oversized. So it’s getting more and more challenging for men with smaller wrists to find a watch that has the ideal size for them.

The sizing of watches is not that accurate, I believe. What’s considered small to others may be small for some, and vice-versa.

So, we made a list of some of the best mens watches for small wrist.

Casio EF106D-2AV 100M Water Resistant Watch

This watch is sporty elegance.

Casio is one of those brands that offer watches in countless styles and categories. And I’m here for it. The Edifice collection is all about men who can go from paperwork to swimming gear, or from emails to a football.

This one features a 40 mm great-looking stainless steel case and straps in a with blue dial and lighted hands. The crown is the only external structure and the actual case is not bulky.

It is resistant for up to 100 m or 330 f, but it’s not suitable for diving.

And let’s not forget, it’s a Casio watch. They take “value-for-money” like it’s their only business.

If you’re fast, so is this watch.

Pros
  • Small in size
  • Not bulky
  • Stainless-steel
  • Water-resistant up to 100 m
Cons
  • I wish the strap was more adjustable

Timex Men’s Expedition Scout 40 Watch

More of a casual and laid-back guy? You’ll love this watch from Timex.

The Expedition analog watches are designed for the great outdoors to take on mountains, water and those in between them.

It’s also got a 40 mm case clad in brass powered by quartz and with a choice of leather or fabric. The case is thin and the crown is the only protruding external structure. The dial is sleek in black and the hands in white, both encased with a mineral glass crystal.

Although only resistant to water for up to 50 m, these watches are tested to be durable.

Pros
  • Small size
  • Thin case
  • Durable straps
  • Built for outdoor wear
Cons
  • They could be made more durable

Seiko Men’s SGF206 Stainless Steel Dress Watch – Gold

Small but golden.

If you’re looking for something fancy, this is for you.

This watch boasts an elegant gold-toned stainless steel in all parts except the hands. The case has a coin-edge bezel and measures only 36.5 mm. The display is analog and the movement powered by Japanese quartz.

It has a foldover buckle closure and is water-resistant for up to 30 m. This means it only withstands water splashes and light rain, but not swimming.

Seiko has always been after utility, beauty, and precision and this watch represents that vision well. It’s timeless, durable, and true to name.

I would wear this to any formal and semi-formal event. No doubt about that.

Pros
  • Small size
  • Gold-tone stainless steel body
  • Hardlex dial window in English/Spanish
  • Durable
  • Timeless design
Cons
  • Might be too small for some

How to Choose the Right Watch

Finding the right watch for men with small wrists may be challenging, but it’s definitely not impossible. Here are some pointers to remember:

  • The diameter matters. What’s considered small is usually 40mm cases and below.
  • The straps will determine who it’s going to be for best. Long straps usually mean larger wrists. Shorter ones can mean for smaller wrists.
  • It shouldn’t be thick and bulky.
  • It should be simple and have less structure to them. For example, the lugs or pushers shouldn’t be too large.

Size

If you want a literal small watch, choose something that has a case diameter of 40mm and below. Size matters when you are after a small watch.

The case size will tell you if the watch will look small or standard on your wrist.

If your hands are small while your arms are large, a small watch will balance it out making the hands appear larger and the wrist smaller, the same way a large watch makes the hands look smaller.

Strap

Determine the strap’s length and width. Some watches have narrow lugs which means the straps have to be narrow too. If the lugs are almost the same width as the case, the straps can look like a universal or standard size strap.

But sometimes, the width doesn’t always matter. Some watches have a standard-size case but with longer straps which are clearly meant for larger wrists.

There’s also a difference from first-hand watches and second-hand ones especially if the straps are not metal. Fortunately, straps can be bought alone should you want to change yours.

Thickness

A thick and bulky case will always look big. Thinner ones will look the opposite. The latter will look better on smaller wrists. Besides, thin watches will suit almost all kinds of styles.

Structure

If a watch has big crowns, pushers, or bezels, they tend to look heavy on the eyes. A watch with the least amount of frill will look the best on small wrists. The focus will be drawn to the case and not to the oversized or over-emphasized trimmings.

In a Nutshell…

How small you want a watch to go will still be up to you. Like I said, what’s small to others may be standard to you. Or was that the other way around? Anyway, the concept’s the same.

The size of the case can also compensate for the size of the wrist and arms whether one is smaller than the other, or bigger.

The bottom line is that a small, thin, and unembellished case is the most ideal watch for someone with a small wrist.