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WHAT’S THE BEST WATCH FOR SMALL WRISTS? 9 PETITE & GOOD-LOOKING TIMEPIECES [2020 UPDATE]

Most watches are available for people with average-sized wrists. This is especially true for automatic devices. To ease your search, we’ve created a list to help you find the best watch for small wrists.

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The Watches - At A Glance

We’ve summed up our favourite picks in the table below.

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Our Pick
Hamilton Men's H70455733 Khaki Field Watch
Our Budget Pick
Timex Unisex T2P495 Weekender 40mm Brown Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Our Premium Pick
Cartier Men's W5200014 Tank Solo Large Stainless Steel Watch
The Best Looking
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Rose Gold Watch, 36mm, Leather, for Men and Women
Water resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
100 feet (30 meters)
100 feet (30 meters)
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire
Mineral
Sapphire
Mineral
Case (size)
1.49 inches (38 mm)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
1.07 inches (27.4 mm)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Brass
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Brass
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Strap
Leather
Leather
Stainless steel
Leather
Movement
Automatic
Quartz
Quartz
Quartz
Our Pick
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Hamilton Men's H70455733 Khaki Field Watch
Water resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire
Case (size)
1.49 inches (38 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Leather
Movement
Automatic
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Our Budget Pick
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Timex Unisex T2P495 Weekender 40mm Brown Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Case (size)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
Case
Brass
Bezel
Brass
Strap
Leather
Movement
Quartz
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Our Premium Pick
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Cartier Men's W5200014 Tank Solo Large Stainless Steel Watch
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Sapphire
Case (size)
1.07 inches (27.4 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Movement
Quartz
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The Best Looking
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Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Rose Gold Watch, 36mm, Leather, for Men and Women
Water resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Case (size)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Leather
Movement
Quartz
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The Watches

Our Pick

1. Hamilton Men’s Khaki Field Watch

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The watch is pretty small. Its case is 1.49 inches (38 mm). Its strap is narrow too. Speaking of its strap, it’s leather. We love that it’s calf-skin - the timepiece feels luxurious.

The device is a field watch. If you didn’t know, field watches were made for the military. They’re supposed to be easy to read. The timepiece’s dial is clutter-free and has large Arabic numerals. Yes, there is lume on its face. We unfortunately don’t know the type of pigment used.

Something we like about field watches is that they read 12-hour as well as 24-hour time. If you look at the Hamilton watch’s display, you’ll see such things.

There is a calendar on its dial. We love calendar features, but watchmakers usually make them hard to read. This isn’t the case with the Khaki device. It has a bold font and is not at an awkward angle.

If you didn’t know, Hamilton is an American watch brand. They’re known for the quality of their pieces. The Khaki watch delivers. It comes with a Swiss automatic mechanism. There are many gears in it. That’s why its exposed back is so mesmerizing.

It is water-resistant. But don’t get it wet – leather is not very waterproof. How much water can it handle? About 330 feet (100 meters). The watch company says you can swim with it, just don’t dive.

Its dial is sapphire. It’s really tough.

What makes it special:

Its calf-skin strap.

2. Tissot Men's T0654301105100 Automatics III Stainless Steel Watch

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The timepiece is larger than the entry above. Its case is almost 1.57 inches (40 mm). Its strap isn’t wide, so it won’t eat you up.

The device looks good. We’re fans of its chic black and silver body.

Its hour markers are really thin. It shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re not filled with lume. Its hands have pigment, but not that much.

The T065 is a swiss automatic watch. This means a lot of craftsmanship has gone into is build. You get an exposed back letting you look at its gears.

It has a sapphire window. If you didn’t know, sapphire is the toughest crystal out there.

Unfortunately, the Automatics III can’t handle much water. Its water resistance rating is only 100 feet (30 meters). Tissot says that it can handle a couple of splashes at most.

Unlike the Hamilton watch, this one isn’t made from leather. It has a quality stainless steel body. This explains why it’s so shiny. Stainless steel is not only scratch resistant but is waterproof.

When you buy the device, you’re purchasing from an acclaimed brand. Tissot is a high-end Swiss company. Wearing one of its timepieces will make watch enthusiasts jealous.

You’re getting a calendar in the 3 o'clock position. Not only is it easy to read, but it reads the day as well as the date.

What makes it special:

Its Swiss automatic mechanism.

3. Citizen Men's AR3015-53E Eco-Drive

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The timepiece is gorgeous. Its full black body will captivate you. It’s also one of the smaller watches on our list – its case is only 1.41 inches (36 mm). Just like the other 2, its strap isn’t on the wide side.

Citizen is known for its solar-powered watches. The AR3015 utilizes the company’s Eco-drive. Sunlight feeds its quartz mechanism.

Being full black makes it good-looking, but not very functional. You might find its dial hard to read if you have bad eyesight.

It can’t handle that much water. It’s only resistant up to 100 feet (30 meters). According to Citizen, you can get it wet but not swim with it.

As it’s a quartz watch, it doesn’t have that many gears.  This makes the fact that it doesn’t have an exposed back not so bad.

Its body is the epitome of chic. It’s not surprising that Citizen used premium materials on it. The watch comes with a sapphire window.

In case you didn’t know, the black on it was ion plated. This means it’s not going anywhere.

What makes it special:

It’s the only solar-powered entry we’ve reviewed.

Our Budget Pick

4. Timex Weekender T2P495

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The watch can be worn by smaller wrists, but it’s the largest timepiece on our list. The Timex Weekender has a 1.57 inch (40 mm) case. Thankfully, its strap isn’t too wide. It’s made of leather. If it were wide, you’d have a sweaty wrist.

We don’t know the type of leather used. However, the one on the T2P495 feels premium. It’s also quite soft.

The weekender is another field watch. Leather isn’t the best for field watches. They’re meant for the outdoors, which would result in a lot of muck getting on it. As you know, the material isn’t very waterproof. This causes dirt to stain it.

You’re probably wondering if the device is water-resistant. The answer is yes. Depths of 100 feet (30 meters) are possible. Timex says that the T2P495 can handle brief immersions, just don’t swim with it.

There are large Arabic numerals on its dial. As its display is a light-cream, its dark black markers pop. The timepiece especially pops when it’s dark out – it has an indigo backlight.

Like Hamilton’s Khaki watch, you’re getting dual rings on its display. One of them reads the hours in military time while the other does so in a 12-hour format.

It has a regular mineral dial. Timex promises that it’s extra scratch-resistant.

The watch is not automatic. It’s Japanese quartz. As it’s a field watch, this is exactly what you want – quartz movements are more accurate than their automatic counterparts.

What makes it special:

It’s quite affordable.

Our Premium Pick

5. Cartier Men's W5200014 Tank Solo

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Cartier is a luxury brand. It’s no surprise that the Tank Solo is the most expensive watch on our list. It comes with a cushion case, which is seen in premium pieces. Not only is it the most expensive watch on our list, but it’s also the smallest. Its case is only 1.07 inches (27.4 mm). 

Not many people like rectangular cases, especially smaller ones.

The watch is shiny. No, it doesn’t have a pearl finish. It’s just that the stainless steel on it is high-quality.

The Tank Solo has a sapphire display. You already know how great the crystal is.

It is a Swiss quartz device. A lot of craftsmanship goes into them.

As it’s so premium, seeing Roman numerals on it is normal. Their font does not make them easy to read, though.

Its water resistance rating is 100 feet (30 meters). According to Cartier, it can handle a dip in the pool, but not swimming.

It’s a great watch for men with small wrist, but the brand says that anyone can wear the W52. It has a feminine look to it.

What makes it special:

It’s unisex and is the product of a luxury company.

6. Seiko Men’s SNK807

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Seiko is known for its dive watches. However, the SNK807 is not one. It’s the third field watch on our list. We’re not mad as field watches are very functional.

Like many from its watch type, it comes with a NATO strap. Canvas is durable, so it’s great for the outdoors. It’s also light, which makes wearing the timepiece easier. NATO straps are a breeze to take on and off. This is what you want when in the field.

The device is a vision in blue. We like its colorway; it makes the SNK807 look more regal.

Like the other field watches, there are 2 rings on its dial. This time around, one of them reads the minutes in an hour, while the other reads the hours in a day.

There is luminous pigment on its hands. Unfortunately, there isn’t any on its markers.

The SNK807 is an automatic device. It can handle 100 feet (30 meters) underwater. It comes with a skeleton back. If you’re on a hike and bored, flipping it over and watching its gears move is great.

So – how big is it? Well, its case is 1.45 inches (37 mm). It’s one of the smallest entries on our list.

What makes it special:

Its NATO strap.

7. Nixon Men's A377 Sentry

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We like the colour on its leather strap– it is a deep burgundy. It makes the A377 look rich. This is great as it’s not the most expensive.

It has a small case. It stretches 1.49 inches (38 mm) across. Its strap isn’t wide either. Once again, we have no idea what type of leather was used. But its embossing makes it look like alligator-skin.

It can handle more water than the entries just discussed. Its resistance rating is 330 feet (100 meters). You can swim with it on, but you might not want to do this – remember what we said about getting the leather wet.

The Sentry is a dress watch. It isn’t supposed to hit the pool, which is why we love that it can handle so much water.

You’re getting a Japanese quartz movement.

What about its crystal? It’s a regular mineral, so don’t get too rough with it.

If you’re not a fan of its design, know that the A377 comes in multiple colourways. One of our favourites is brown and gold.

What makes it special:

Its ability to withstand 330 feet (100 meters) underwater, even though it’s a dress watch.

8. Bulova Men’s 98H51

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Bulova’s considered a high-quality brand, even their cheaper pieces are good. The 98H51 is no exception.  

Although its case is small, its dial is wide. Its steel case is 1.45 inches (37 mm). Having such a wide display makes it very easy to read.

You’ll notice that the watch looks minimalistic. It has a Bauhaus design to it. We’re fans of it as it makes it look more European. It has a calendar in the 3 o'clock position. The calendar is minimalistic, which is why we didn’t notice it.

Its hour markers are thin. Its watch hands are almost needle-like. There is no lume on them.

The Bulova 98H51 is a fabulous dress watch - no wonder it comes with a leather strap. It feels soft on your wrist. It also looks like an alligator-skin.

The device is water-resistant. Its water resistance rating is 100 feet (30 meters). As it’s a dress watch, it’s fine that you don’t get considerable depths from it.

It’s a quartz device. Yes, it’s Japanese.

Bulova placed mineral glass on its display. As you know, it isn’t the most durable.

What makes it special:

Its minimalistic design.

The Best Looking

9. Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch

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The Sheffield is the best-looking watch on our list. This is mainly due to its black and gold colourway. The gold is on its needle-like hour markers. Daniel Wellington placed the markers in a way that makes them look like they’re popping out of its dial. The gold wasn’t painted on – it’s plated.

The timepiece is minimalistic. This makes it look expensive.

Like many of our entries, it has a leather strap. There is no embossing on it. This helps with its bare-minimum feel. We love that you can interchange it. We especially love that there are NATO options for you to choose from.

As you’re wondering, its case is pretty small. It’s 1.41 inches (36 mm).

It has considerable water resistance. It can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. If you want to swim with it, know that its dial is not luminous.

The device is a Japanese quartz. It doesn’t come with an exposed rear.

What makes it special:

It’s very good-looking.

Final Thoughts

Everyone deserves a good watch! They are not only functional but go well with different outfits. Unfortunately, most watches cater to people with larger wrists. If you’re someone with small wrists, you’d know how much of a struggle it is to find watches for skinny wrists – especially since there aren’t that many guides available.

We ran through 9 of the best options. The entries were all neck-in-neck. If you’d like to find equally great pieces, check our Pinterest out!

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