Ever wondered why people wear Watches on the left hand? Here’s the reason why
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Ever wondered why people wear Watches on the left hand? Here’s the reason why

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Have you noticed that people usually wear their watches on the left hand? Why is this so, why not the right. Is there a logical explanation to this habit or is it just a slight of the hand. It turns out that yes! There is a reason why people wear their watches on the left hand.

Prior to the smart watch, the common quartz and wind up watches went out of fashion. Smartphones took over telling you the time and keeping your alarms. But now that the smartwatch has made an entry into fashion, the days of the watch are back and once again, people are wearing them on the left hand. Read on to find out why.

1 In earlier times watches were a fashion statement worn in the breast pocket

Today a smart watch cost a tidy sum of $300, but don’t be fooled, those antique timepieces where people of the 18th and 19th century kept them in their breast pocket of a waistcoat. Can well fetch a handsome price as antiques today.

In those times, timepieces were fashionable too and some were really elegant. It was the trend of the times to keep the watch in the left breast pocket attached to a chain which according to status could also be of gold. The habit of keeping the watch on the left remained making it convenient to access the watch. The pocket watch then gave way to the wrist watch and that too was manufactured to be made compatible with the left hand.

watches were a fashion statement

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2 Wrist Watches Had Winders on the Right

The main reason for the watches worn on the left hand was because most people are right handed. Moreover the manufacturing characteristics all made it easier to tell time when the watch was worn on the left. Perhaps a bigger reason was that early wrist watches required winding every day and this was required to be performed by the right hand. If you have ever noticed an old wrist watch belonging you your granddad, you’ll see that the little knob for winding is on the right of the watch. When the quartz automatic watch was invented that required no winding, the knob was still there to change time and set dates.

Wrist Watches Had Winders on the Right

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3 Digital Watches Were Set From the Right

In the eighties, companies like Casio of Japan introduced the digital watch. Even then you will notice that the buttons for watch settings are on the right side of the watch. Obviously these were put there to be accessed by the right hand. Thus the watch has always been meant to be worn on the left hand.

Perhaps there is also another reason for wearing watches on the left hand. As most right handed people are used to working with their right hand, a watch worn on the left hand would be subjected to the least amount of movement and thus scratches and damage would be prevented. Today however, it seems everything goes and neither fashion nor trends have boundaries, it’s a matter of do what you will, so watches too are worn on either hand whichever is comfortable.

Digital Watches Were Set From the Right

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Andrew Alpin