I saw some guy today wearing his wristwatch so that the face could be read by looking at the bottom of the wrist rather than the top. My curiosity about this habit was piqued once again, so I figure I’ll ask here: Why do people wear wristwatches this way?
I know, less than a cosmic subject, but I have this intuition there may be an interesting story behind the customary and uncustomary manners of wristwatch orientation. Doing a little experiment just now, I can’t really say there’s much of an advantage, as far as convenience goes, to wearing it one way or the other. My watch doesn’t feel quite right on the bottom of the wrist, but since I’ve worn my watch on the top as long as I’ve had one, that’s not realy much of a surprise.
So, what’s the deal with wristwatches and how we wear them? Is there any good reason for wearing a watch one way or another? If not, why do we mostly wear then with the face resting above the top of the wrist? And if not simply for the purposes of individual comfort, is there any practical rationale for occasionally wearing a watch in the opposite manner?
(PS - A search of the site didn’t come up with anything - hope this isn’t a redundant thread).