Why Watches are Traditionally Worn on the Left Wrist

Watches are worn on either arm, but they are traditionally worn on the left wrist. Usually there is no second thought as to where it is placed. Have you ever thought why this is? The reason for this dates back to over a century ago. Here we delve into why and how this tradition established into common fashion in today’s age.

A Logical and Practical Reason

The idea of this tradition goes back to the early 20th century. Womens watches were generally more common as men found them impractical, and prone to breakage. This reflected the popularity of pocket watches at the time. 

The first known examples of mens watches used first started in the military. The left wrist was favoured by the majority of staff as this arm was on average less dominant with more people being right-handed.

The majority of people in the world today are right-handed, so this logic continues. Wearing it on the less dominant arm reduces the risk of it being damaged or breaking during everyday tasks. If you are working with your right hand, you can still check your left to see what time it is. 

Wearing your watch on your less dominant hand can also be quite inconvenient when trying to use it. The majority of women and mens chronograph watches are designed with the crown and stopwatch on the right side. This makes it easier for wearers on the left side to adjust its date and time.

Adjusting the crown can be an arduous when changing the date and time, especially when manoeuvring small the mechanism. This design actually makes it more difficult for left-handed people.

The smartwatches of today feature interactive touchscreens and smart phone pairing. Being able to use your dominant hand makes this easier. Garmin watches in particular feature contactless payment, allowing you to pay whilst you grab your purchase.

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