How to measure a smartwatch case size

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How to measure a smartwatch case size

Smartwatches are the new must-have piece of tech that everyone is swooning over. They look futuristic and act as an extension of your smartphone. But buying a smartwatch will throw you in a confusing spiral of countless choices, and it all starts with the size of the smartwatch itself. How do you check the size of a smartwatch case? And how do you determine which is best for your wrists? Well, read on to find out.

How to measure smartwatch case size?

It is pretty simple to measure the size of the case / body of a smartwatch. You will require a measuring caliper to do it. If the caliper has a digital indicator then it will make your job even easier. Just place the calipers from one side to the opposite side of the case, just above or below the crown, where the case diameter is the smallest. In other words, you need to place the case of the watch inside the two tongs of the caliper in a way that it fits perfectly within them, leaving no gap.

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If you are still confused, then you can simply measure the case from the 4 o’clock to the 10 o’clock position or from the 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock position. This will give you an accurate measurement of the watch. The measurement is done in millimeters.

In case you don’t have a measuring calliper, you can use a ruler as well. You have to be a little careful while doing this, as the chances of you taking the wrong measurements are pretty high. Just place the ruler across the case from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock. The diameter is the same across so you need not worry about measuring from other angles. Just measure the distance from the edge of one bezel to the opposite bezel edge. The crown is not included for measuring the size.

What smartwatch case size is best for you?

Manufacturers mention the case size on the product, so you will know the size of the watch beforehand. But you need to make sure whether that size will be good for your wrist. The size of the watch which will be good for you depends on the size of your wrists.

For wrists up to 6 inches or less: People with smaller wrist sizes most often struggle to find a watch that fits their hand appropriately. Even a slightly bigger size looks awfully big on your wrist, so you need to stick to around 36mm. It will look most appropriate for your wrist. Just like clothes, it also boils down to personal choice as well. Many are fans of big and bulky watches, so there is nothing wrong with wearing a more oversized look. As long as it is comfortable for you, it is fine.

For wrist sizes between 6 and 7 inches: People with wrist sizes in this range have the most variety that they can choose from. Their wrist size falls within the average size and you can pick a watch between the size of 38mm to 42mm. But you can push the boundaries on either side of the size spectrum a little if you want a bigger or smaller size for better comfort or looks.

For wrist sizes between 7 inches and 8 inches: People with bigger wrists require a larger watch size of 44mm to 46mm. They have the advantage of wearing bigger watches that look proportional to their hand. Though if they wear something smaller or less than 38mm, it might look absurdly small on their wrist.

This guide is only prescriptive and you can use it as a rule of thumb rather than a law set in stone. Choosing a watch is a personal decision, you can wear what you like as long as it is comfortable and affordable for you. Most manufacturers have a prescribed guide on their website as well. One more thing to keep in mind is that watches of the same size but with different designs might look smaller or bigger in comparison. The lug design and size also play a crucial role in the overall appearance of the watch, which can make a watch look smaller or bigger.

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