Wearing one of today’s uber-thick wristwatches may pose a problem if you’re like most guys who wear long sleeve shirts with cuffs that button at the wrist. The average width of the cuff of a non-bespoke shirt is anywhere from 8 to 11 inches, even if you use the first button on the sleeve cuff, which will allow you a drop more room.
You could opt to wear a dress shirt with French cuffs that do require cuff links to close the sleeves and may offer a bit more room on your wrist. However, French cuff shirts with cuff links have a more formal look and flair… and are not really intended to compliment one of today’s bold, oversized watches. A thin dress watch is more appropriate and elegantly suited for a French cuff shirt.
One solution to wearing am oversized watch with a long sleeve shirt is to wear your watch on the outside of the shirt cuff. This creates a rather geeky look and feel. Furthermore, if you’re wearing a bracelet watch, the latter may not fit around both the cuff and your wrist.
Another solution is to fold the cuff on your shirt. Many today’s top men’s fashion designers, including Robert Graham, English Laundry, Bugatchi and Ben Sherman feature sport and dress shirts with contrasting cuffs that not only button a few inches from the wrist, but also make a stylish fashion statement too. The only caveat is you have to wear a watch that will compliment both the shirt and cuff patterns and not be “at war” with the two.
Of course you can also just bunch your cuff sleeve above your watch or roll up your sleeves, leaving your cuff unbuttoned. Interestingly Thick Case Vs. Thin Case watches are highlighted this weekend at popular online retailer WorldofWatches.com. There’s a wide selection of thin-cased watches from Lucien Piccard, Bulova, Citizen, Daniel Wellington and Braun that you can wear under the cuff, as well as super-thick styles from Invicta, Nixon, Elini Barokas, Ben & Sons and Stuhrling Original you can wear the other ways mentioned.
The Citizen Eco-Drive men’s watch is an excellent thin timepiece choice. With a polished 40mm round case in polished stainless steel that is only 9mm thick case, this handsome wristwatch will comfortably fit under your shirt sleeve.
The sleek, stylish multi-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel has a push-button fold-over clasp for added convenience. The attractive white dial shines with luminous skeleton hands, an automatic date calendar and black Arabic numeral hour markers. The patented Eco-Drive quartz movement inside is powered by sunlight or any other light source and will never require a new battery.
On the other hand, one of the thick watch styles the Invicta I-Force Men’s Chronograph makes a bold statement on the wrist with a robust, octagonal-shaped black ion-plated stainless steel case that measures 50mm in diameter and 20mm thick. The octagonal-shaped 18K rose gold-plated bezel surrounds the black dial with two sub-dials, an automatic date calendar, luminous hands and hour markers. Quality quartz movement inside provides time-keeping accuracy.
Both watches feature water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet.