Ever since my father gave me a good automatic watch, he said that I should only be wearing it on my left wrist. True enough, I am right-handed and so is the vast majority of the world’s population.
The main reason why this has become sort of a tradition in that people should be wearing their watches on the left wrist is that our dominant hands are used for finer tasks while the other hand is used for anything else.
Since we are mostly right-handed and using the same logic that I’ve just mentioned, it just makes sense for people to be wearing their timepieces on the left wrist instead of the right.
Now, this begs the question: Is it socially acceptable to be wearing a watch on the dominant hand? The answer is simply yes.
Why Most People Wear Watches on the Left Hand
Well, there are plenty of reasons why people wear their timepieces on their left wrists. For one, it has become a standard affair that people should be wearing their watches on their non-dominant hands and, as mentioned earlier in the article, most people are right-handed. It has become a tradition that spans for so many decades now and not a lot of people are comfortable going against the grain.
Another reason why people wear watches on the left hand is mainly because of the watch’s structure. In most cases, the watch crown is usually located on the right side of the watch which means that it is cumbersome to be tinkering with it if you wear the watch on the right hand instead of the left. But, this really isn’t a huge deal; let me explain.
How many times do you really tinker with the crown? For me and a whole lot of people, I only tinker with the crown whenever I need to adjust the time or date (which doesn’t happen really often). To me, it is a non-issue to just remove the watch whenever I want to set the time and date and just put it back on.
Another reason why the left hand is usually where people would put their watches is that their right hands are usually reserved for writing. If you are wearing an oversized watch, there is a tendency that its heft will fatigue your hands quicker than not wearing a watch at all.
Lastly, people simply wear their watches on the left hand because they are comfortable doing so. In other words, it is their personal preference.
Why it is Acceptable to Wear the Watch on Either Hand
The reasons outlined above are pretty good but they are still not enough to dissuade people from wearing their watches on either wrist.
You see, besides tradition, you also have to think about comfort and practicality. And, if these two things are met, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where you place your hard-earned luxury watch.