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Couldn't find this answered anywhere but pretty simple question.

I'll be buying my first watch online, how am I supposed to select/adjust the length of bracelet or leather strap? My wrist is quite small so I'll definitely need smaller than average sized strap.
 

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If the watch comes on a strap it's just a case of seeing if the smallest hole fits you, if not it's no problem to get an extra hole punched in anywhere that changes batteries and the like. You could even get a leather hole punch and do it yourself if you are feeling brave.

As for bracelets they always need adjusting to size anyway. Many people just buy a kit from the internet and size their own bracelets but again it's fine to take it take your watch to a watchmaker, jeweller, or even an A.D (Authorised Dealer) shop to get your bracelet sized up for your wrist.
 

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Have you checked if the seller adjusts straps to order? Many of them do these days; unless it's a private purchase, you may as well email to ask.
 

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If the watch comes on a strap it's just a case of seeing if the smallest hole fits you, if not it's no problem to get an extra hole punched in anywhere that changes batteries and the like. You could even get a leather hole punch and do it yourself if you are feeling brave.

As for bracelets they always need adjusting to size anyway. Many people just buy a kit from the internet and size their own bracelets but again it's fine to take it take your watch to a watchmaker, jeweller, or even an A.D (Authorised Dealer) shop to get your bracelet sized up for your wrist.
Not necessarily the case in my experience. Just because you can punch another hole does not mean the strap is always going to fit because many times the tag end will be goofy long and that cannot be remedied.
 

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Couldn't find this answered anywhere but pretty simple question.

I'll be buying my first watch online, how am I supposed to select/adjust the length of bracelet or leather strap? My wrist is quite small so I'll definitely need smaller than average sized strap.
here's a short explanation of average length vs wrist size
Short Length 105/70mm fits wrists approximately 5 3/4" to 6 3/4", in 7 increments.
Regular Length
120/75mm fits wrists approximately 6 1/2" to 7 1/2", in 7 increments
Long Length 135/80mm fits wrists approximately 7 1/4" to 8 1/4", in 7 increments

if it's a bracelet, you can have resized by any watch store. if it's leather and it's too long, you can get an aftermarket 'SHORT' strap from places like this

WATCH STRAP SPECIALIST - Extra Short Watch Straps - WATCHBANDCENTER.COM

[url]http://www.totalwatchrepair.com/length/short


Leather - Short Length - Crown and Buckle

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You may want to start by measuring the circumference of your wrist. If it's under 6.75" (170mm) roughly, you may want to consider ordering or purchasing a "short" strap. That way you'll have less overhang to mess with than a regular size strap. As others have mentioned, if a bracelet, you can have it sized down by a jeweler or watchmaker, or get a cheap do-it-yourself kit.
 

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My wrist is between 6.5-6.75", so I know that strap length is an issue.

If I can, I order a Short strap, which usually is sufficient. You should find a strap you like on an average sized watch (the larger the lug spread, the shorter the band) and measure it.

I have ordered custom straps, which was the best option, but they're not easy to find at a reasonable price. I've bought three from Vieux Haloo on Etsy for various watches. I had him cut them exactly how long I wanted. https://www.etsy.com/shop/VieuxHalloo

Just punching extra holes in a band that's too long doesn't always work. Many times it leaves the buckle tang too far up the side of the underside of my wrist or (as already pointed out) the other end too long. For Nylon straps it's no big deal as you can double-over the long end and tuck it in. That doesn't work for Leather.

For bracelets, I have had many be unable to adjust small enough for me, even with removal of all the links. I've also had some bracelets unable to flex enough to go around my wrist, which renders them useless.

Good luck,

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
thank you everyone!

My wrist is 6.8, so it's kind of between small and average then. So as far as I understand if I'm buying watch with bracelet, I can just order it as it is and then adjust as i want? And if for some reason i don't want bracelet anymore i can just order separate leather strap anyways?

P.s. I'll be buying Seiko quartz watch for ~150$
 
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