How Do You Wear Your Watch? Esquire Magazine Offers Amusing Wearing Style Explanations

How Do You Wear Your Watch? Esquire Magazine Offers Amusing Wearing Style Explanations

I do admit to scrutinizing the way people wear their watches. I don't always understand people that wear watches too loose. My immediate thought is, "don't they know they can get it sized?" Perhaps people like the loose bracelet feel. You don't often see people who wear watches fitted with a strap wearing them loose. But they they are also those people that wear their watches upside down, and a few other positions that this readable blurb from Esquire magazine depicts.

One of the best parts of the article are the drawings by illustration artist Alan Witschonke. He is a masterful artist and does justice to the watch in illustration form. I would love to see more watch drawings by him.

How Do You Wear Your Watch? Esquire Magazine Offers Amusing Wearing Style Explanations Watch Style How Do You Wear Your Watch? Esquire Magazine Offers Amusing Wearing Style Explanations Watch Style One things lacking from the article is mention of what is means to just wear a watch normally, with a properly fitted bracelet. No anecdote about that? No mention of meticulously and enjoyment of comfort. Come on Esquire, think of something witty to say to the vast majority of watch lovers who brandish watches the way wearing them was intended.

Again, what is the deal with people who wear their watches upside down? Are they trying to scratch the face? Ashamed of it and want to hide it? Maybe someone can explain this to me. I once came across an Andy Rooney segment on 60 minutes a long time ago where he happened to discuss this. Apparently he wears his watch in this manner and people kept writing him letters asking him why. In response he simply suggested, "because that's how I like it and have always done it." Talk about a creature of habit. Mystery unsolved.

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  • Ralf


    I usually wear my watches with a tight fit.

    However I have friends who do a lot of “old” office work without a PC. And their left hand is palm of the hand mostly up. So wearing their watch upside down makes it easier for them to quickly have a glance on the actual time.

    I tried it, is definitively not working for me.

    However, everyone to his own liking.

    Best Regards,

  • Ralf,
    I am with you. I like my watches well fitted. There is almost a sizing ritual I perform when I acquire a new watch that has a bracelet. I am not into the upside down watch look or feel. While it is true that sometimes it would be a bit faster to check on the palm side of your wrist for the time, it is certainly not how I prefer it.
    Regardless, it is good to hear an example of why someone prefers to wear a watch with the face down. Take care!

  • Another problem you run into when wearing a watch too loosely is that the links rub together more and can wear off the shine of the links. It’s important to get a watch fitted correctly to avoid this.

    • I agree. Also it simply looks un-kept when people don’t fit their watch properly. Like they just bought it and put it on like a loose fitting bracelet right out of the box.

  • Rafael

    I wear mine with the watch on the bottom because with my skinny arms, the buckle and strap look better than the watch on the side facing out. I’m also a klutz, and have damaged watches worn other way to by banging them into things.

    • As good a reason as any. You really can’t cure klutz, you can just learn to deal with it right? Maybe get one of those chic looking rubber grills for the face on your watch… as was cool in the 80s?

  • Jason

    When I was 16 in 1989 I started wearing my Swatch with the buckle on the top side of my wrist. I did it becuase it was the cool thing to do. We only wore a Swatch that way for some reason, other watches we wore the regular way. I loved when people asked me for the time and I turned my wrist the other way. I thought it was neat that older people often asked me why I wore it like that, I just told them it was a cool fashon statement to wear a Swatch like that. I went back to wearing my watch the other way in college when the upside down thing lost its coolness.

    • I never realized that wearing it like that was cool for a while

  • richard

    it is totally gay to wear a watch upside down and can stink up the face with the way that nasty wrist perspiration smells and it just looks unprofessional and out of touch and psychotic

  • joe

    I’ve noticed a lot of military wearing their watch face down. Must be more practical. Also scuba divers and sky divers.

    • Andrew

      there are several resons for this #1 avoid damage #2 hold your hands as you would a sidearm now look at your hands which side is more visible, this same illustration is the same with a rifle.

      • anishannayya

        Except you forgot the most important reason:

        To avoid unwanted reflections from the glass and dial.

        Who the hell would be staring at their watch when your weapons are drawn? There are only two reasons why you should draw your firearm/raise your rifle: you are under fire, or you are foresee having to use deadly force. In either case, you should be looking for the threat.

    • Josh

      I wore my Swatch watch with the buckle side on top of my wrist when I was 16 through 19 years old in the early 90’s. My girlfriend did it too. I remember when me and my friends were waiting in line somewhere we were talking to an older person and he asked if we are in military school,I said no why did you think that, and he said because some of us were wearing our watches like that and that’s how military people wear them. I said we do that because that’s the cool way to wear a Swatch and we are cool. I agree its dorky to wear a watch like that now, that’s why I went to wearing it the regular way after a few years.

  • Tyler

    When I was 16 in 2001 I wore my watch face down. It had a brown leather band.
    I guess I just liked to wear things backwards, I always had my hat backwards or sideways. I remember when an older person asked me for the time and seen how I wore my watch he said that’s how he used to wear it in the military in the 1950’s. I told him I wear it like that just because it looks cool. I wore it like that for a few years until my girlfriend told me it looks dorky.

  • Cat Starsky

    One possible reason for wearing watches backwards is that there’s
    absolutely no chance of spilling coffee or other beverages on yourself
    when half asleep in the morning or during the occasional thoughtless
    moment. You never have to switch a glass or something that can spill to
    your opposite hand so you can look at your watch. I believe there may
    even be a few countries where it’s the norm to wear a watch that way.

  • Cameron Weber

    Snipers who must utilize watches also whilst remaining still and noiseless under all circumstances will wear their watch on the inside of the wrist to be seen while in ready position to fire down range. It’s more convenient and heavily adopted by special operations snipers and other military personnel. Contrary to popular belief it’s not very cool and all of the other special forces guys who aren’t sniping wear their watch like normal to avoid unnecessary damage to the watch. When jumping, climbing, crawling, your watch face would take unforseen levels of abuse when worn under the wrist. Thanks

  • Alexander Crawford

    If you watch classic movies from the 40s-60s you will see a lot of gents wearing their watch on the inside of their wrist. You will still meet some older fellows wearing it this way (even though they may have forgotten the original reason). The reason is fairly practical. When speaking publicly it is far less conspicuous to glance at the underside of your wrist than the upper side. The latter motion is unmistakably ‘time checking’ while the former can be worked into natural speaking gesture. In many fields it is a faux pas to be constantly checking the time. It was (and still is) common among politicians, academics, lawyers…etc. I am a professional historian and wear my watch this way when I lecture or go to conferences.