On which wrist do you wear the watch?

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You usually wear the watch on the left wrist, but..

Most people wear there watch on their left wrist. ‘That’s where it belongs’, they think. They say a watch has, just like a wedding ring, a place where it should be. But are they right? We explain it to you!

What is the dominant hand

To get straight to the point: no, a watch does not have to be worn on the left wrist. The right wrist is just as good. The reason most people still have their watch on their left wrist is simple. A watch can get in the way of writing or other actions and because the majority of people are right-handed, they wear the watch on the left.

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Watch crown on the wrist

Another advantage of wearing the watch on the wrist of your non-dominant hand is that you can easily turn the crowns. Then you don’t have to take it off every time, for example, to change the time or possibly the date. Unfortunately for left-handers, many crowns are positioned to make it easier for right-handers to turn.

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From a historical point of view, it can also be explained that many people, also in the past, wore their watch on their left wrist. Before 1900, wristwatches were mainly worn by women. Men used a pocket watch. Soldiers in particular had such a pocket watch. Inside a leather bag tied around officers’ wrists was the large, clunky watch. That pocket was usually on the officer’s left wrist, the non-dominant one, so the chance of damaging the fragile watch is small.