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The suitability of a specific watch to gender is determined by what the user's style ultimately finds appropriate; but besides color and style there are some historic considerations to help make a determination if a watch is more suitable for a man or woman. Typically in western culture, pink is for female and all other colors can be used without too much controversy for men and women. Does the band fit the generally larger wrist of a male? Important, but this is not a rule as bands can be changed. Leather ones come in regular, long and extra long for example. To help you determine when collecting watches if it fits in the male or female western style category, I find these criteria helpful. The watch case outside or OD of the case size, measured from the non-banded outer edge to the other side across, and not including the crown, is one good gender determining factor. This is important in all watch listings to determine if its suitable for men's or women's use. Typically any watch with a case larger than 25 mm wide is not small enough for most women's wrists or style wishes. This would apply for a dress and jewelry type of watch in most cases. Some women like larger watches for easy viewing and this is fine. Another typical gender indicating measurement and the one I use for my collection, is the band width at the case attachment point. A band 18 mm or greater is suitable for men in my opinion no matter what style the case is. The Hamilton art deco re-issues come to mind. In the 1930s watches in the 26 mm wide case size was typically a men's midsize dress size, such smaller watch cases still had an 18 mm wide leather band typical of men's style, while anything less than 17 mm band size was geared more toward women. Back than smaller was more expensive and impressive. The re-issue Hamilton Ardmore for example is a typical mid size men's case of only 24 mm wide but uses an 18 mm band. Many stores list this as a women's size and this is incorrect. There are more feminine looking color versions of this size in blue or pearl dials, but other than that they are a men's mid size case size typical of the 1930 men's style. There is a women's case size offered too at 19 mm width a 14 mm band in this version FYI. Another example is the Stuhrling Gatsby watch. For my art deco collection, the women's advertised version re-fit with an 18 mm wide and longer band looks quite at home on a man's wrist as a dinner dress watch. The advertized for men's size is way too big to meet the classic 1930's look in my opinion with its huge 21 mm band. If in doubt about a watch in the band size in the 16 or 17 mm range looking good on a man's wrist, a leather one that is 18 mm or 20 mm can be cut and notched at the mounting point on either edge with a sharp knife or razor to fit a slightly smaller case to give it a more masculine look, as long as it does not exceed the overall watch case size. I also like to add a butterfly style buckle, either single or double, to these style watches to make them easier to wear, helps to extend the borderline fit of some regular band lengths and extends the life of a leather band at the buckle since it does not need to be bent to insert it into the loop over and over again. Gold and diamonds can look quite nice on a man's wrist depending on the environment and company too, so don't let that stop you. Take a look at some of the Accutron diamond collections, very classy and affordable! FYI the Hamilton part numbers with a 4 or larger number at the 3rd position after the H, typically indicate a mid size or larger case. Happy watch collecting!