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The other day, someone asked me what wrist you should wear a watch on. If you’re a habitual watch wearer like me, you may have no idea why you wear it on the wrist you do, or even if it is the ‘correct’ wrist.

Generally, you should wear your watch on your non dominant wrist, as it is less likely to get in your way. Additionally, you are less likely to damage your watch, as your non dominant hand will usually be providing stabilisation in the task you are doing, and is further away from objects that may damage your watch.

However, there have historically been some conventions that dictate what wrist you should wear your watch on.

This article will cover which wrist you should put your watch on for your specific situation, and the benefits associated with the decision.


Why Should You Wear Your Watch on your Non Dominant Wrist?

As aforementioned, there are a plethora of reasons to wear your watch on your non dominant wrist.

For example:

  • As you carry out most of your tasks with your dominant hand, it won’t get in the way. This is especially true in tasks like handwriting, where you are resting your hand on something.
  • It will be more comfortable. If you are wearing a heavy or chunky watch, you won’t be hefting around the weight as much when performing a task.
  • You are less likely to damage your it, as it is further away from the action. Your watch will be physically further away from objects that can scratch or damage it.
  • Adding to the point above, the movement of your watch will take less indirect damage that causes it to wear out. You are more likely to do repetitive motions with your dominant hand, which wears out the movement.
  • It’s easier to check the time when you are carrying out a task, as your non-dominant hand will likely be free.


Are You Supposed to Wear Your Watch on Your Left Wrist?

You may have been told by your parents to wear your watch on your left wrist.

This makes sense, as most of the population are right handed, meaning when watches were introduced, people likely started wearing them on their non dominant wrist. And, as usually happens, the majority habit became the norm, and has been passed down through the generations.

But this advice also stems from the fact that traditional timepieces are designed for right handed people.

The crown is situated on the right of the watch, and can only be easily accessed by your right hand when on your left wrist. This isn’t the case if you wear your watch on your right hand, as you would have to reach around or over the case to get to the crown.


A watch with a right crown.
As you can see, the crown can only be accessed on the right, meaning the watch is designed to be worn on your left wrist.


However, as you’re not going to be changing the time very often, this benefit and tradition is now somewhat defunct, and isn’t worth following.  It’s not worth compromising comfort for, especially if you’re wearing a digital timepiece which usually has the buttons placed on the top of the watch.

It’s interesting to note that some manufacturers such as Tutor produce left handed versions of their watches, allowing someone who wants to wear their watch on their right hand to keep the traditional benefit of crown accessibility.


Wearing Your Watch on Your Right Wrist

A major disadvantage of wearing a watch on your right wrist is that a large majority of tasks are designed to be carried out with a right hand.

Computer mouses, scissors, and doors are all designed for right handed people. Many tasks will force you to use your right hand, so if you wear your watch on your right wrist, it could get in the way, and is more open to getting damaged.

Therefore, a left handed person may find it beneficial to wear their watch on their left hand, especially if they are carrying out a job that requires the use of these sort of items, such as typing up reports.


What wrist should a Male or Female wear a watch on?

In some cultures, more specifically in the east, it was the norm for men to wear watches on their left wrist, and for women would wear them on their right.

However, this tradition is now less prominent and adhered to, and in most places in the world, the wrist you wear your watch on now has little to no baring on your gender.


Man and woman with watches on their wrists.


The tradition probably stemmed from the ‘left-right brain theory’, where it is said that the right side of the brain is more feminine, as is associated with creativity and emotion, and the left side is more masculine, and is associated with logic.

Therefore, due to these biases, the sexes are more inclined to wear a watch on the wrist that corresponds to the side of their brain that dominates their personality.


Which Wrist Should you Wear Your Smart Apple Watch on?

Though smartwatches are a relatively recent invention, in the community, there is a debate as to which wrist you should wear your Apple watch on.

You should follow the general advice of wearing your smart Apple watch on your non dominant wrist. This reduces the risk of damaging it, and having to pay for repairs. Apple’s advice says that says that the crown should face your hand. You can adjust the face to the orientation required, so you can wear your Apple watch on your dominant wrist with ease.


What wrist to wear an apple watch on.


The Psychology of Wearing Your Watch on a Particular Wrist

Psychology of Wearing Watch in Left Hand

Some believe that people wear their watch on their left wrist because the left side of their brain is dominant. The left hemisphere is associated with ‘typically masculine’ behaviours.

This means that, if you wear your watch on your left hand, you may have psychological traits of good spacial and logical ability. However, others believe left wearers to be spontaneous, cheerful, and outgoing.


Neuron and synapses.


Psychology of Wearing Watch in Right Hand

As the right side of the brain is associated with ‘typically feminine’ behaviours, right-wrist wearers may have psychological traits of creativity and heightened emotion. However, others believe right-wrist watch wearers to be indifferent and practical.



At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you what wrist your wear your watch on – I doubt anyone would care either way!

But as a rule of thumb:

  • If you’re right handed, wear it on your left wrist.
  • If you’re left handed, taking into account the points mentioned above, you can choose which wrist will suit your needs best.

However, it is recommended that you wear it on your non dominant wrist, to make carrying out daily tasks more comfortable, and subject your watch to less potential damage!


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