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Which side of watch bands should be longer?

10 min read February 22, 2023

Which side of watch bands should be longer?

Today, wearing a watch says a lot about your fashion and personal style. From the timepiece itself, to your carefully selected watch band, you could be defined explicitly. Talking about watch bands, they are an essential component of a wristwatch, as they hold the watch securely in place on your wrist. But one common question people have when adjusting their watch band, even as a watch enthusiast is which side should be longer.

The answer to this question can vary depending on the type of watch band and the person's preference. In this article, we will explore the different types of watch bands and provide insights on which side should be longer.

 

The Longer Side Of the Two-Piece Watch Bands Attaches To The Watch And Then Stretches Over Your Wrist

Two-piece watch bands are a classic style of watch band. These bands are composed of two separate pieces that are attached to the watch and fastened together with a clasp or buckle.

When it comes to two-piece watch bands, the longer side of the band is typically the one that attaches to the watch itself. This is because the longer side of the band stretches over your wrist and allows for easier length adjustment. By contrast, the shorter side of the band typically fastens to the clasp or buckle, which secures the band in place.

Two-piece watch bands are a popular choice for many watch wearers due to their classic look and versatility. They are available in a wide range of materials, including leather, metal, and rubber, and can be customized to suit individual preferences.

In addition to their versatility, two-piece watch bands are also typically more comfortable to wear than other types of bands. Because the longer side of the band stretches over your wrist, it allows for a more natural and comfortable fit, which is important for those who wear their watches for extended periods of time.

 

Leather Watch Bands

Leather watch bands are one of the most classic and elegant options for any watch because of their durability comfort and style. They come in a variety of colors, textures, and designs, making them an excellent choice for any occasion. When it comes to the length of leather watch bands, one should consider the size of their wrist. Typically, the longer side of the watch band should be the one that goes underneath the wrist, while the shorter one goes on top.

The Longines Hydroconquest 41mm Automatic Green Dial L37814069 , suede leather watch band by Strapcode

The Longines Hydroconquest 41mm Automatic Green Dial L37814069 comes with a perfectly matched suede leather watch band that features quick release functionality

This design ensures that the longer side of the watch band is not visible and does not interfere with the overall look of the watch. It also ensures that the watch sits comfortably on the wrist and does not slide around. Some popular watch brands that offer leather watch bands include Omega, and Breitling.

 

Metal Watch Bands

Metal watch bands are a popular choice for sports and dress watches. They come in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, titanium, and gold, and can be adjusted to fit any wrist size. When it comes to the length of metal watch bands, the general rule is that the longer side should be the one that goes on the outside of the wrist, while the shorter one goes on the inside.

The Seiko Prospex SPB153 Captain Willard 2020 edition looks exquisite , GOMA BOR stainless steel watch band by Strapcode

The Seiko Prospex SPB153 Captain Willard 2020 edition looks exquisite with the addition of a GOMA BOR stainless steel watch band

This design ensures that the watch sits securely on the wrist without sliding around. It also ensures that the clasp or buckle is visible and easily accessible. Some popular watch brands that offer metal watch bands include Tag Heuer, Seiko, and Citizen.

 

NATO Watch Straps

NATO watch bands are a popular choice for military-style watches. They are made of durable nylon material and come in a variety of colors and patterns. When it comes to the length of NATO watch bands, as well as Perlon watch straps, the general rule is that the longer side should be the one that goes on the inside of the wrist, while the shorter one goes on the outside.

NATO Zulu 4 rings watch strap  by Strapcode on the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42MM

The NATO Zulu 4 rings watch strap on the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42MM, complementing its overall sporty chic.

With this design, the watch sits securely on the wrist and does not slide around. It also ensures that the buckle or clasp is visible and easily accessible. Some popular watch brands that offer NATO watch bands include Timex, Casio, and Luminox.

 

Mesh Watch Bands

Milanese Mesh Watch Bands are a popular choice among watch enthusiasts because of their long-lasting and low-maintenance quality. One thing to keep in mind when wearing these types of bands is that there is usually one side that is longer than the other. The longer side is typically meant to be fixed on 6 o'clock, while the shorter side is on 12 o'clock. This design allows for the excess length to be tucked under the band, creating a clean and streamlined look. In addition, having the longer side on the bottom can help to prevent the watch from sliding around on the wrist, providing a secure fit.

Milanese mesh watch band by Strapcode gives Seiko SKX007 Diver a rugged yet classy look.

Milanese mesh watch band gives Seiko SKX007 Diver a rugged yet classy look.

Whether you're a seasoned watch collector or a casual wearer, understanding the proper way to wear a mesh watch band can help you get the most out of your timepiece. Always double-check the instructions provided by the manufacturer or seek advice from a reputable watch expert to ensure that you're wearing your watch correctly.

 

Rubber Watch Bands

Rubber watch bands are a popular choice for sports and dive watches. They are made of durable and flexible material and can withstand a variety of weather conditions. They are usually designed with adjustable holes or notches, allowing for easy and precise adjustment to fit the wearer’s wrist. When it comes to the length of rubber watch bands, the general rule is that the longer side should be the one that goes on the inside of the wrist, while the shorter one goes on the outside.

The Chaffle White FKM Rubber watch strap by Strapcode, Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Diver Chronograph Titanium Q186T670.

The Chaffle White FKM Rubber watch strap's unique pyramid profile adds a bold and contemporary flair to its design, perfectly complementing the sleek style of the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Diver Chronograph Titanium Q186T670.

This design ensures that the watch sits comfortably on the wrist and does not slide around. It also ensures that the buckle or clasp is visible and easily accessible. Some popular watch brands that offer rubber watch bands include Hublot, Panerai, and Bremont.

 

Sailcloth Watch Bands

Sailcloth watch bands are a popular choice for watch enthusiasts in the latest who prefer a more casual and rugged look for their timepieces. They are typically made from a durable and lightweight woven fabric, such as cotton and linen, and come in a variety of colors and patterns to match different watches and personal preferences.

The Sailcloth watch band by Strapcode is a perfect fit for the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase timepiece

The Sailcloth watch band is a perfect fit for the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase timepiece, adding to its sporty look while providing a comfortable and secure fit for casual smart wear.

The general rule for sailcloth watch bands is that the longer side of the band should be threaded through the buckle or clasp, while the shorter side is attached to the watch case. This is because the longer side of the band is typically adjusted to fit the wearer’s wrist, while the shorter side is kept fixed in place on the watch case.

 

The Side Of Your IWC Watch Band Replacement Watch Band That Is Longer Than The Other Is The One That Will Typically Go On Top Of Your Wrist

In the case of an IWC watch band that uses a deployment clasp, the longer side of the band typically goes on the bottom of the wrist, not the top.

A deployment clasp is a type of watch closure that allows for easy and secure fastening of the watch band. The longer side of the watch band is designed to be tucked under the wrist and fastened to the deployment clasp, while the shorter side goes on top of the wrist.

The custom-fit Ninja Turtle Camo Nylon Replacement Strap designed to fit the IWC Big Pilot clasp by Strapcode

The custom-fit Ninja Turtle Camo Nylon Replacement Strap, designed to fit the IWC Big Pilot clasp, perfectly accents the adventurous spirit of the IWC Big Pilot watch 5002 46mm 7 Day Power Reserve

This is because the deployment clasp is designed to sit flat against the wrist, and having the longer side of the band on top of the wrist could cause discomfort or prevent the clasp from closing properly. By having the longer side of the band on the bottom of the wrist, it can be securely fastened to the deployment clasp and sit comfortably against the skin.

It is important to consult the instructions or user manual for your specific IWC watch band to ensure proper placement and use of the deployment clasp.

 

Omega Moonswatch Watch Bands

The Swatch Moonswatch has some really cool watch bands that are perfect for anyone who wants a watch that's both stylish and comfortable. These bands has a lug width 20 mm, made of a durable and flexible silicone material that's easy to clean and feels great on your wrist.

The chunky Leather/loop SNOOPY watch band by Strapcode, design of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase

The chunky Leather/loop SNOOPY watch band perfectly complements the timeless design of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase timepiece.

Wearing the Swatch Moonswatch band is a unique experience, and it's important to note that the band has some flexibility to it. If you take a look at the official images, you'll notice that only the loop is made of hard material, while the rest of the band is made of a flexible synthetic fiber. This loop plays an important role in the Moonswatch watch band. In fact, it was inspired by the 2-piece Speedmaster Moonwatch VELCRO strap, which featured NASA and Speedmaster logos on the longer side.

To wear the band, you'll want to attach the shorter side of the band, which is marked "OMEGA," to the 6 o'clock position on the watch case. This will allow the longer side of the band to be attached to the 12 o'clock position, where the Swatch logo will appear upside down.

Although this may seem a little odd at first, it's important to remember that the Moonswatch band is designed to be worn in this way. By attaching the longer side of the band to the 12 o'clock position, you'll be able to adjust the length of the band to fit your wrist comfortably and securely.

One thing that makes the Omega x Swatch Moonswatch watch band so unique is their design. They don't use a clasp or buckle to fasten the band in place like most watches do. Instead, they have a special loop that slides through a hole on the watch case, creating a seamless and secure fit.

When you're adjusting the band, the longer side of the Moonswatch band attaches to the watch, while the shorter side fastens to the loop on the watch case. This makes it super easy to adjust the length of the band to fit your wrist perfectly.

The original Swatch Moonswatch watch bands come in a bunch of different colors to match each unique colors under the collection. And since they're waterproof and resistant to sweat, they're perfect for anyone who likes to stay active.

 

The Length of Each Side Of The Custom Made Watch Strap Will Vary According To The Size Of Your Wrist And Where You Position The Watch

When it comes to watch bands, different brands may have their own unique sizing and style options. For instance, some luxury brands like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Bell & Ross and Omega all offer a range of bands with varying lengths and materials, such as leather, metal, and rubber. These luxury brands are known for their attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship, which is reflected in their watch bands. Their watch band allows you to easily adjust to fit.

Many people don't realize that it matters which side of the strap is longer. This may seem counterintuitive, but it's because the buckle on the shorter side is used to snap the strap into place. Therefore, the majority of the time, the longer side of the strap is used for length adjustment.

 

Apple Watch Bands

In addition to length, watch bands can also come in different widths. A prominent example of this is the Apple Watch band. Apple Watch bands come in different lengths and widths, including the longest Apple Watch band available, which is suitable for individuals with larger wrists; also to fit different sizes of the device.

The brown leather Apple watch band by Strapcode

The brown leather Apple watch band exudes a casual smart style, making it a versatile accessory that can be dressed up or down.

There are also longer bands available for the Apple Watch, which can be useful for people who prefer a looser fit or need more room to adjust the watch's tightness throughout the day. However, if an Apple Watch band is too long, it may slide around on the wrist, making it difficult to read notifications or use the watch's features properly.

Meanwhile, some brands like Fossil, also offer interchangeable watch bands so that you can switch up your style without having to buy a whole new watch.

 

The Points To Be Considered

The length of the watch band that should be longer could depend on the style of the band (whether a two-piece or an IWC replacement watch band). But, it could also depend on whether you are wearing the watch on you left (left-handed) or right (right-handed). If you are right-handed, then the longer end of the watch band should be on the right side, and if you are left-handed, then the longer end of the watch band should be on the left side. This is because most people wear their watch on their non-dominant hand, and having the longer end on that side makes it easier to adjust the tightness of the watch.

For people with larger wrists, a longer watch band is often necessary to ensure a comfortable fit. Some people also prefer longer watch straps for style reasons or personal comfort. Some watch bands come in longer lengths to accommodate these preferences, and there are options available for the longest watch band possible; like the longer Apple watch bands. All of these are available to ensure a comfortable fit, and ensure proper use.

 

Written by Victor, images by Toni

 

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