10 Watches 40mm or Smaller

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When a reader of worn&wound sent us a message a few weeks back asking if we would do a guide of watches that were 40mm and under, we thought…wow, that is such a great idea (why didn’t we think of it)! Large watches are everywhere these days, and they simply aren’t for everyone (even the Governator looks dwarved by the U-Boat on his wrist in this pic, sorry Arnie, you’re not Conan anymore). I’ll be honest, my wrists are in the 7” range and some large watches just look silly on me. My basic motto is, if the lugs overhang the side of your wrist, the watch doesn’t fit. But that being said smaller watches, those in the 40mm and below range, not only fit better they often have better proportions than oversized watches. So, regardless of whether you can or cannot pull off a wrist-clock, you might want to consider some smaller watches to add to your collection.

When a reader of worn&wound sent us a message a few weeks back asking if we would do a guide of watches that were 40mm and under, we thought…wow, that is such a great idea (why didn’t we think of it)! Large watches are everywhere these days, and they simply aren’t for everyone (even the Governator looks dwarved by the U-Boat on his wrist in this pic, sorry Arnie, you’re not Conan anymore). I’ll be honest, my wrists are in the 7” range and some large watches just look silly on me. My basic motto is, if the lugs overhang the side of your wrist, the watch doesn’t fit. But that being said smaller watches, those in the 40mm and below range, not only fit better they often have better proportions than oversized watches. So, regardless of whether you can or cannot pull off a wrist-clock, you might want to consider some smaller watches to add to your collection.

Zach is the co-founder and Executive Editor of worn&wound. Before diving head first into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.
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  • Some great stuff in there. I really like that Smiths Everest!

  • Joel

    Great post. As a guy with a thinner wrist, it takes a bit of searching to find watches under 40mm but they are there & you hit on a few good ones. Keep it up!

  • Would anyone happen to know what strap is being worn in the image showcasing the Maratac Mid Pilot? I’m wondering if it is from CountyComm, or if it was purchased elsewhere. Really love that combination. Thanks!

    • w&w

      Hey Mathieu,

      Yes, it is a green NATO from county comm.

      -Zach

  • BenR

    This is a great post. As a guy with both smaller wrists and more “classical” watch tastes, the recent trend toward huger and huger watches is immensely frustrating. I usually end up going with “mid-size” or even women’s watches. One of my favorites is my Hamilton Jazzmaster, identical to the one you posted except with a steel case.

  • I think that the Smiths was first to Everest but their PR not as good as Rolexes.

  • CortUK

    Ignore them all in favour of a Smiths W10. ;o)

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