why do we wear watches on left hand

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Since the wearing of watches began, we seem to have worn them on our left hand. However, others wear it on their right hand. It is widely believed females wear watches on their right, and males wear it on their left. Is this true? And why? Here is all you need to know about why we wear watches on our left wrist. Strong Hand The majority of the population are right handed, so, for practical benefits, most people wear watches on their left wrist out of the way. Although being comfy, watches limit movement of the wrist, so if you re a righty and need to type, move, write,Pdraw or do anything practical, a watch on the left wrist stays out the way and eases daily tasks for your stronger hand.

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The same is vice versa, if you re left handed, you will probably wear it on your right wrist. PIt also means you can adjust the crown that changes the time and date with your strong hand. Men and Women Although it is widely believed that women wear watches on their right hand and men wear watches on their left hand, it is a myth partly. In the 19th century, rich women would hire dressers to dress them in their clothes, but rich men wouldn t. This is why women button blouses from the left to the right, because somebody else was doing it for them, using their right hand whilst opposite to them. Men used to do it themselves, so their buttons were right to left, as most people are right handed.

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Although this may have been a similar case for watches, their is no evidence of this and this rule isn t usually applied to watches in today s society, however the general opposite sides rule for men and women is still focused on. So, there is it. Men and Women do not have a separate rule for watch-wearing, but using your weaker hand for your watch is generally the way people function with their wrist watches. Similar watch? Similar problem?
The crown (or other controls) are typically on the right, which makes it awkward to manipulate if the watch is strapped to the right wrist–not because the left is the non-dominant hand for most people but because your left hand would have to cover the watch or bend around it.

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Whether the crown on the right came before or after the left-wrist convention, I don\’t know. And interesting tidbit is that watches were one of the first drivers of mass produced LCD displays. Since most people wore their watches on the left hand, the LCD displays were biased to give the best contrast when viewed from slightly below and to the left of center. Take, for example, an older digital watch with a dark grey on light gray display and try to read it from different points of view. The dark segments will be darkest not when you\’re looking straight on but when you\’re viewing from slightly below and the to the left.

This is subtle, but it might reinforce the left-wrist convention as it make the display easier to read. [I was surprised to learn that this LCD bias was so common, that many monochrome LCD displays have the same point-of-view bias, even when they are made for something other than a watch. Go try various viewing angles with an LCD wall clock or other older bit of electronics. Chances are, you\’ll find the same viewing position bias. This doesn\’t apply to modern color displays, as they\’ve been engineered to have a much wider viewing angle than first generation LCD displays. ]

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