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    What makes a watch comfortable?

    I seen many times on the forum people describing a watch as "comfortable" or the "most comfortable" etc.

    What supposedly makes a watch, strap, watch/strap "the most comfortable"? Rolex seems to be a popular recipient of the "most comfortable" award. I've worn several oyster braceleted Rolex watches. None of them were anymore comfortable in my view than my Hamilton or Certina both sporting a similar oyster design. I've heard people talk about the jubilee on the SKX as comfortable. To me it's a jangily piece of crap that's never inspired great confidence in how secure it is. Rattily and sloppy is how I would describe it.

    I've got a buddy with what he describes as the "most comfortable leather strap" he's ever owned. Based on the price I think it might be unicorn cordovan or something and it's not that great. It feels like a leather strap me. The fact he spent in excess 0f $350 for it speaks more to his gullibility than the comfortableness of the strap in my opinion.

    So do our feelings about a watch or what we paid for something dictate whether we think it's comfortable or not? Is an expensive watch more comfortable because we feel it must be because of the price? Do we just lie to ourselves?
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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    I think weight is a factor. Heavy watches are uncomfortable for me (>190 grams).
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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    If the watch is on a bracelet I find a taper a big help.

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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    To me comfort is if I forget I am wearing a watch. Many times a NATO strap does it for me. A properly sized bracelet also does the trick.


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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyOneMore View Post
    I seen many times on the forum people describing a watch as "comfortable" or the "most comfortable" etc.

    What supposedly makes a watch, strap, watch/strap "the most comfortable"? Rolex seems to be a popular recipient of the "most comfortable" award. I've worn several oyster braceleted Rolex watches. None of them were anymore comfortable in my view than my Hamilton or Certina both sporting a similar oyster design. I've heard people talk about the jubilee on the SKX as comfortable. To me it's a jangily piece of crap that's never inspired great confidence in how secure it is. Rattily and sloppy is how I would describe it.

    I've got a buddy with what he describes as the "most comfortable leather strap" he's ever owned. Based on the price I think it might be unicorn cordovan or something and not that great. It feels like a leather strap me. The fact he spent in excess 0f $350 for it speaks more to his gullibility than the comfortableness of the strap in my opinion.

    So do our feelings about a watch or what we paid for something dictate whether we think it's comfortable or not? Is an expensive watch more comfortable because we feel it must be because of the price? Do we just lie to ourselves?
    To state the obvious what makes a watch and strap/bracelet "most comfortable" is how it feels on ones wrist. Because we differ as individuals a given watch will not always fit and feel the same. I don't see a correlation between price paid and watch comfort.

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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    definitely for me weight is a huge factor. Found I far prefer light watches. I know some people appreciate some "heft", but for me, in the future I'm prioritizing lightweight (ie. titanium) watches.

    For straps, thinner the better for me as working on computer a lot, anything under the wrist can be bothersome. And how pliable/breathable the material is. I've had some stiff rubber and leather straps that are just hard to get feeling right.

    Then it comes down to fit, which sometimes is hard to get perfect. The more micro adjustment the better. Even like NATOs sometimes I want to fit between holes.

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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    Weight, lug to lug, and strap choice are key for me.

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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    No ripping out hairs. Smooth feeling against the wrist. Does not slip or turn the watch under the wrist. No sharp edges that "dig in".
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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    Size and L2L measurement.

    Lugs -- curved down rather than straight out from the mid-case. Case back not protruding too far below springbar holes on the lugs -- if lug ends sit lower than caseback, seems to fit better.

    Female endlinks, except in cases where a male endlink sinks the effective lug-drop even lower.

    Fully articulated bracelets, like a 3-link, 5-link, mesh, or h-link, rather than oyster-style, where it fakes 3-links, but is actually just one link. Bracelets with half-links and microadjust clasps.

    Elastic straps like EO MN and Mankey Hook designs. Properly fitting leather straps.
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    Re: What makes a watch comfortable?

    One thing all of the watches that I currently own have one thing in common - they are comfortable.

    I don't care how great it looks or how amazing the functionality is - if its not comfortable for extended wear I cannot tolerate it.

    Quite a few of my "gone but not forgotten" watches are in that category because they were not comfortable.


    For me that has always come down to crown dig and that comes from a protruding or sharp crown and perhaps combined with a heavy watch. I will say that I like to wear my watches loose so that is a contributing factor.

    Notable examples in my experience are the Citizen "Excalibur" BN0100-51E and the Oris Big Crwon Pro pilot - I really liked both watches but not the nibbling on the back of the hand.
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