Which hand does a watch go on? Is there a ‘right’ way?


I’ve always seen people having an opinion of their own regarding on which wrist we should wear our watch. I’ve heard that if you’re a right-handed person, your watch should be on the left wrist and vice-versa. Usually, People tend to wear watches on their non-dominant hands. And since around 90% of the population are right-handed, watches are mostly worn on left wrists. But which hand does a watch go on? Is it really that complicated?

As surprising as it is, I even heard that men should wear watches on the left hand whereas women should wear on the right (like who comes up with this stuff?!)! I asked my dear mother whether it was true or not, she just kept staring at me with eyes full of despair. (Or was that disappointment?)

Last but not least, apparently there is hidden psychology of wearing a watch on the right hand as well (We do live in an interesting world!). However, we’ll get to that part later.

So, now to the million-dollar question . Is there a ‘RIGHT’ wrist for a watch? We've talked with our friends, colleagues, known associates, and basically anyone eligible in order to get a solid idea. Needless to say, it helped a lot. Most importantly, we could finally come to a conclusion regarding this issue. Let’s get into it then!

The decision

If you don’t wish to read briefly and want to know the result, this part is for you. We will provide our honest answer to the question, ‘which hand does a watch go on?’ right away. 

We will recommend you to wear the watch on the opposite wrist of your writing hand. If you write with your right hand, then you should wear it on the left wrist. And vice-versa. This is one of the best and simplest solutions that we found. 

Which hand does a watch go on

Now, let's go into the details. As most of the people around us are right hand oriented, they tend to wear the watch on their left hand according to the non-dominant theory. However, we did find 5 people who wear watches on their right hand despite being right-handed.

To be honest, most timepieces are made in such a way that it creates some problems if you prefer to wear it on the right wrist. Only a few brands such as Rolex, Tudor, etc create ‘left-handed’ watches (which ironically goes on the right hand).

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Now, if you’re looking to find a solution you probably have realized that it’s not a simple question that could be answered with left/right. I mean, it could. But coming to that conclusion isn’t that easy.

Nevertheless, let’s discuss a few points that can help you make the decision, shall we?

Ease of Use

Watching the time

​​One of the fundamental functions of a watch is to check the time. And if you’re not comfortable being able to check the time whenever you feel like, that precious watch on your wrist serves almost no purpose.

For example, I tend to check the time most frequently during my exams. Since I write with my right hand, it’s very hard to turn the wrist and check the time while writing. This is why I prefer wearing the watch on my left hand. In addition, I’ve tried wearing it on the right (because I can!), and even though it doesn’t feel uncomfortable wearing , checking the time is very much so!

Using watch functions

Changing the time or date in a watch means turning the watch crown up or down in order to set it correctly. Nowadays, watches are not limited to time telling only. There are lots of stuff that a watch can do besides telling time.

And since most watches have the crown on the right side beside the number 3, trust me when I tell you that it's not comfortable at all. It feels very out of place and imbalanced when you try to operate the crown.

I used one of my chronograph watches from FOSSIL for the ‘left-handed’ experiment, and it was really difficult to turn the crown/push the buttons. It’s arguable that you won't need to ‘set’ the time/date often, but nowadays there are so many additional functions that may compel its user to press the buttons frequently.

One of my colleagues prefers to wear his watch on the right hand despite being a right-handed person. Since he uses a CASIO G-shock, he’s used to pushing the buttons like that. However, if you possess an analog watch or any kind of watch with a crown, it will surely be a bit of a hassle at the least!

psychology of wearing watch in right hand


This should be THE most important factor you should be considering before deciding which wrist deserves to bejeweled with your precious timepiece.

I personally feel comfortable in every aspect wearing the watch on my left hand. It just feels very properly placed, and it’s not only easier to watch the time but also to use the crown/buttons.

On the other ‘hand’ (yes, this was intentional), my girlfriend is a lefty and she prefers to wear her watch on the right hand. She uses pretty simple basic analog watches so the buttons are not used very frequently. Although, I think she’s probably more concerned about how the watch looks on her hand or matches her dress rather than the features it provides.

Moreover, she even wears are her nose pin on the right side of her nose where most people wear it on the left. So, I think these stuff depend significantly on you being left-handed/right-handed. 

To sum it up, this should cover the aspects required to help you decide which wrist your watch should go on. There’s another small question that we ended up finding during our research. And that is-

Is there any psychology of wearing a watch on the right hand or left hand?

I have seen a number of people saying lots of things. Frankly, a lot of them don’t even make sense. I mean, wearing a watch on your right hand could mean you’re absent-minded? That’s a load of crap if you ask me. So, we figured that without explaining this question or concern any further you should get to know the answer. 

And, the answer is obviously NO! There is no psychology behind a user’s decision to wear a watch on his right hand. If anyone is telling you otherwise, ignore that.

Additionally, if you're interested to know about how to properly wear your watch, feel free to check this video out!

Which hand does a watch go on: Our Conclusion 

Now you know one of the best solutions regarding the simple yet confusing question that keeps bothering us everyday. So, what's next ? 

Try your watch on both wrists before deciding if you wish to. If you agree with our ideology, then feel free to follow our recommendation. (We'd be honored!) 

If not, wear your watch however you feel comfortable. Because at the end of the day, that’s what matters!

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