Women’s Watches for Small Wrists

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watch for small wrists womenI have the tiniest little wrists. I mean literally, I have never seen anyone with thinner wrists than me. I have two big round wristbones poking out on each side; my wrists are smaller than any regular 10-year old child. And I don't say that because I'm proud of it...I've had a big dislike for my skinny wrists ever since I was a teenager. I used to always try to hide them with long sleeves and bangles.

Thank goodness I never really try to hide my wrists anymore, they're just part of who I am. But, there's one problem I still have: finding well-fitting watches. I went through my jewelry collection (which by the way is a lot bigger than I thought it was haha), and I dug up my old watches. Most of them are super old and scratched, but here you have an idea of what type of watch I usually wear. Most of them are second hand, I find them at vintage stores and estate sales. They're all pretty delicate/thin, and I made the bands smaller by getting some links out. The Hello Kitty watch on the left is not mine, but my sister's watch which I accidentally brought to the States with me (Sorry Vietje!!). It's actually a cool watch because it has a snap-on band, so no matter the size of your wrists, it will always fit.

This is my favorite watch right now. I found it at an estate sale and bought it for less than a dollar. It looks like a bracelet (it has a small elastic band in it), and it's very delicate and thin. It's just so cute and different, and when I wear it, I love to think about the woman who used to wear this watch. I wonder how often she must have looked at this watch too, and how it dangled on her wrist. I just like to buy things with a history, an unknown story :)

Unfortunately, this watch doesn't work anymore. I guess that's what you get for less than a dollar ;) Anyway, reason enough for me to start looking for a new watch. And that's always a problem, as all you women with tiny wrists might know.
So, I've asked you guys for advice on Facebook, and I also did some research online! Here are some good watches for us petite girls with thin wrists:

"For Petite Wrists" Skagen Women's 430SSXD Stainless Steel Watch

thin wrists women watch skagen

I found this watch on Amazon, with the following reviews:
"I am a tiny Indian girl and I have VERY thin wrists (not even 1 3/4 inches across). Most watches that are recommended as being good on small wrists are comically large on me. This is the only watch I've found after searching various department stores that is the right size to both have a presence and not overwhelm my wrists (and a reasonable price). The only problem I have is that it doesn't show the date which I was hoping for but if that isn't an issue for you and size is, I highly recommend trying this watch."

"I have had this watch for almost 2.5 years. I've worn it almost everyday and it has held up very well. It's wonderfully slim-lined and sophisticated. I always get compliments on it. If you have a petite wrist, I definitely recommend this watch."

Watch for small wrists: Citizen Women's Swarovski

citizen watch for slim wrists women

If you have a higher budget, this watch is getting raving reviews on Amazon from petite women with thin wrists:
"this is a beautiful watch. its petite size is perfect for women with smaller wrists/hands. my only complaint is that the swarovski crystals do become loose after some time."

"I got this watch as a birthday gift and I can't express how much I love it! It goes with everything - I wear it with a suit to client meetings or with jeans to a trendy club. It looks amazing. So elegant and so stylish. You just cant go wrong with this kind of gift. I have small wrists and the watch is the right size (not the band - that I had to get fixed - but any jewelry store does it)."

"The watch was a little smaller than I had expected. This watch is perfect for slim wrists."

Watch Bracelet/Charms Work Great on Thin Wrists

Here's another option I came across: a bracelet with a charm that tells you what time it is!  Whenever I find time, I'd love to create my own bracelet with a cute charm watch on it! I found this charm online for only 20 bucks, not bad. I think it'll look very feminine, and it will compliment a thin wrist.
Watch charm bracelet for small wrist

Big watches for small wrists

Thin Wrists Women Zenith Rainbow Elite

And here's something if you prefer something a little less thin and blingy but more sporty or manly watch.
On a forum for men showing each other watches for thin wrists, a woman posted this comment with this picture:
"I feel your pain. I'm a tiny woman but I prefer men's style watches and can't stand dainty, blingy watches. It's actually a really good thing most watches are way too big for me because I would be completely broke if I had the same array of options as my larger-wristed brethren. Here's my biggest watch, a Zenith Rainbow Elite diver on my 5.5" wrist. It's really pushing it for me at 39mm diameter but I like it too much to care."

Wow...I never thought big watches would look so great on small wrists! Hmmm...something to try out next time I go to the mall!

How about you, what are your experiences with finding well-fitting watches for small wrists? Any tips?

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7 Comments

  1. Posted June 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I don’t tend to wear watches, but it’s handy knowing which brands have small ones, since one day I may want or need one. My wrist is 5 inches around, super thin with bones poking out and I can wrap my thumb and pinky finger around it, overlapping. Yes it’s sad… I think bracelets make great decorations to “hide” it. But watches work as well! Especially pretty ones :)

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      Haha I can do the same thing: wrap thumb
      and pinky around my wrist – overlapping :)
      Yay! Glad to hear I’m not the only one ;)

  2. Lily
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for doing such great research Pelpina! :) I also have a very tiny wrist, which is why I never wear watches and rarely wear bracelets (so hard to find something that fits!). Those watches you posted look great though. I also like how the big watch looks. There is something cool about seeing menswear on a delicate feminine frame :)

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      I know, I love how that big watch looks on a thin wrist. Im really tempted to try one now :)
      I’m so glad you thought this was helpful. I’ll keep updating this if I find more watches! :)

  3. Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    This is a nice article. I like to wear bracelet watch on my wrist. I don’t like big dial watches. Watches in gold and silver combination are lovely. I like that watch. 

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  4. jolie
    Posted May 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Do you still have that small watch with the square face that didn’t work that you showed the picture of? What state did you get that in? Was it a Bulova? My Mom had a face just like that, that she always wanted me to have, but the watch was stolen. It wasn’t an expensive watch, just had a LOT of sentiment attached to it.

    • Posted May 27, 2014 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Jolie, yes I still have that watch. I actually got it an estate sale, so I’m not sure what kind of brand it is or where the original owner got it. If I can find it, I woulnd’t mind sending it your way!

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