Why wear a watch on the inside of the wrist?

For many it’s a pet hate. For others it’s a practical way to wear a wrist watch. Despite there being limited ways to wear a watch, the position of where it lies on the wrist is one which brings out an opinion from everyone.

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Originally seen as fashionable in the 1960s, a symbol of being unique and forward thinking and a way to show solidarity with the working class, wearing a watch on the inside of your wrist in generations to come evolved to be somewhat of a style taboo. Today as individuality is once again recognised, wearing your wristwatch in this manner is seeing a revival.

We take a look at the advantages of wearing your wristwatch on the inside of your wrist.

To Prevent Damage

The most practical and common reason for wearing a watch on the inside of the wrist is to prevent damage. In the days before crystal scratch proof faces were invented, quartz and inexpensive watches were much thicker and more likely to scratch. Watches were more fragile, making them more inclined to encounter damage. Waterproofing wasn’t as advanced as it is today, meaning that rain showers or accidental splashes of water would be expensive mistakes to encounter.

Watches which aren’t given the care and attention they deserve will always be more inclined to experience damage despite how they are worn, so always look after your watch.

 For Ease of Use

Obviously glancing at your watch during formal situations has long been considered as inappropriate, but there are times where keeping track of time must be adhered to. This is why many choose to wear their watch in this manner; it is easier to look at the time without alerting the whole room to your actions. Useful in back to back meetings!

Professional Benefits

For some professions, timing is everything. Wearing your watch on the inside of the wrist has proven particularly useful for two well-known professions in particular, the nurse and the arm forces.

By wearing it in this manner nurses can see their watch without turning their arm over while taking a pulse rate, for faster and more accurate reads.  This was also useful for WWll fighter pilots; they could easily see their watch whilst holding the throttle or control yoke. Soldiers, especially infantrymen, wore their watches with the face on the inside of the wrist to avoid having a shiny reflective glass or luminescent numerals give away their position.  For this reason they also used cloth or dull leather watchbands.

Today, how you wear your watch is a matter of style. Whether you display your watch on full view or prefer a more subtle approach, wear your wristwatch with pride; it’s much more than a practical accessory.

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