The Best G-Shocks for Smaller Wrists

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March 11, 2022

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best G-Shocks for smaller wrists along with a shopping guide to help you find the best G-shock and details on how to correctly measure your wrist for the perfect fit. 

Best G-Shocks for Smaller Wrists: The List

Some people believe that sports watches generally look better on larger wrists. However, many Gshock watches work well for those with smaller wrists too.

G-Shock Mudman G90003VDR – WW Case size: 34 mm

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The smallest we could find, this shock-resistant watch features a black resin case, day date and month, world time, timer, multi-function alarm, hourly time signal, and full auto-calendar. It is water-resistant to 660ft (200 m).

G-Shock GBX100-1 – Case size: 39mm x 36mm x 14mm

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Bluetooth compatible; water-resistant up to 660ft (200m) Dial face features day, date, time, moon phase, sunrise, sunset

G-Shock Casio GBD200-2ER Case size: 40 mm X 13 mm

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This G-Shock features a digital scratch-resistant mineral crystal display with Bluetooth connectivity, an interval timer, lap time measurement, and water resistance. 

G-Shock Casio Baby G BG169R7A-M – Case size: 42.8 mm x 13.7 mm

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This baby features a digital display, resin plastic band and case with auto LED, world time, five daily alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, gull auto-calendar, 12/24 hour format, and water-resistant 660ft (200m).

G-Shock Casio Baby G BA1107A1-CR – Case size: 43mm x 14mm

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This G-Shock is water-resistant up to 100m, with both analog and digital scratch-resistant mineral crystal display, resin case and band, and five daily alarms.

G-Shock Casio Mini Sport Watch GMN5501B-JR – Case size: 43.1 x 41.6 x 12.9 mm

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This mini G-Shock features a digital mineral crystal display, resin band, with 100m water resistance.

G-Shock Unisex DW5600BB – Case size: 45mm x 13mm

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This water-resistant unisex Gshock is the right size for just about anyone. It features a mineral crystal display, quartz analog movement, resin strap, along with a multi-function alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, hourly time signal, auto calendar, 12 & 24-hour formats, and shock-resistance.

G-Shock DW5600E – Case size: 45 x 15 mm

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This G-Shock is water-resistant to 660ft (200m) with a mineral crystal display, resin case, and band. It features quartz analog movement, alarm, countdown timer, stopwatch, hourly time signal, auto calendar, 12 or 24hr format.

G-Shock DW6900-1V – Case size: 45 x 15 mm

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Looking modern, this water-resistant Gshock features a digital mineral crystal display with a backlight, alarm, countdown timer, stopwatch, 12 or 24-hour format, and world time.

G-Shock GWM5610-1 – Case size: 46.7 X 43.2 X 12.7 mm 

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This solar-powered, lightweight G-Shock is water-resistant up to 660 ft. features world time, full auto backlight, five daily alarms with snooze alarm, 1/100 second stopwatch, full auto-calendar, and a quality resin band.

G-Shock GWM500A-1 – Case size: 48.6 x 15.5 mm

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This slightly larger GShock has a Dual Analog/Digital mineral crystal display, is water-resistant to 660ft(200m), full auto EL backlight with afterglow, world time, four daily alarms, a snooze alarm, and hourly time signal.

G-Shock DW5600GC-7 – Case size: 48.9 mm x 42.8 mm x 13.4 mm

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This water-resistant GShock features quartz movement, mineral crystal display, alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, and electro-luminescent backlight.

G-Shock GMWB5000D-1 – Case size: 49.3 X 43.2 X 13.0 mm 

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This solar-powered water and shock-resistant Gshock features a super illuminator LED backlight with full auto LED light, selectable illumination duration, afterglow, and time calibration signal reception.

G-Shock Midnight Fog Series GM-2100MF-5A – Case size: 49.3×44.4×11.8mm

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This decidedly feminine watch features a brown ion-plated bezel, resin band, double LED light, world clock, five daily alarms, stopwatch, full auto-calendar, hourly time signal, and water resistance up to 660ft (200m).

How to Find the Best G-Shock for Your Wrist Size

Case Diameter

Firstly, you’ll want to consider the diameter of the watch’s case. That is the measurement of the watch horizontally across the watch’s face. Generally, you’ll find case diameters ranging from 38mm to 46mm. Here’s a guide: 

Look at your wrist measurement. 

  • 5.5 – 7 inches: Your watch should have a diameter of 38mm, 40mm, or 42mm. 
  • Seven inches or larger: Consider a diameter of 44-46mm.

Depth of the Case

Consider the diameter first and foremost. The case diameter and depth should be in proportion with each other. In other words, the thickness of the case increases in size with the diameter of the case. If the thickness is in proportion to the diameter, the watch won’t feel bulky or overwhelming. As an example, a 38mm to 42mm watch will be approximately 7mm thick, and watches with diameters of 44mm or more are usually around 9mm thick.

Band Width and Length

The next thing you’ll look at is the width of the band. You want a watch with a band that is in proportion with the case. A general rule of thumb (or wrist) is that the width of the band is half of the case diameter. For example, if the watch you are scoping has a 44mm case, look for a band with a width of 22mm. If you are not shopping for an adjustable band, you’ll need to be sure that the length matches your size exactly. See below for details on how to correctly measure your wrist so you’ll be able to get the best fit. 

Watch Band Material

Watchbands can be made with different materials and in different styles. Plastic, resin, or silicone bands are flexible enough to work for almost anyone, no matter your wrist size. Metal bands and leather bands are good options too, but heavier, thicker bands will look best on larger wrists. You might find a Milanese-style band suitable because it is a more delicate metal than something like steel, for example. Adjustable bands can be a good idea for some people with smaller wrists as long as they adjust to your size to fit correctly. 

Other Details

An important consideration is the size of markers, hands, subdials, crowns, and other elements, and how much these elements stand out is an essential consideration. Generally, the smaller the wrist, the more subdued these elements should be. In general, less is more with a smaller wrist, and anything too bulky is likely to look and feel awkward.

G-Shock Shopping: Does Size Really Matter?

The size of your wrist will determine what watches will work best for you, so you’ll want to get your exact measurement. This is especially true if you are shopping online and unable to try the watches on; knowing your size will be crucial. Since there are so many watches to choose from, knowing your size will help narrow your options, making your search less overwhelming and your final decision easier. Also, be sure to look for a return policy in your favor. 

How to Measure Your Wrist

If you have a flexible measuring tape around, use it. 

Wrap it around your wrist where you expect your watch will live. 

You can use a dollar bill or strip of paper in a pinch. Wrap it around your wrist, and then use a marker to mark the point where the ends of the paper touch. Lay the paper flat next to a ruler to compare and take your measurement from there. There is also a printable measuring tape you can find and use online. 

You’ll know you’ve found the most flattering and best fitting watch when you find one that fits snugly enough that it doesn’t slide around without being so tight as to press too deeply into your skin. It will feel comfortable, and you will feel fabulous wearing it. If your hand starts to go numb, that’s a sign that you should look for a longer band. 

Average Wrist Sizes

If you are curious to know how your wrist sizes up against the average, we can answer this question with at least some degree of confidence. However, comparing the size of your wrist to others isn’t necessary, because the only thing that matters is the exact number so that you can shop for a watch or bracelet that will fit you well. But here’s the skinny on the averages: 

The size of most men’s wrists falls between 14.86 and 21.97 cm or 5.85 and 8.65 inches. The average man’s wrist is 7.25 inches; in centimeters, 18.42. These results mean that half of the men polled had a wrist larger than 7.25 inches, and half of the men surveyed had wrists smaller than 7.25 inches. 

For women, in general, a wrist that is 5.5 to 6.5 inches is considered small. In comparison, 6.5 to 7.5 inches would be medium, and more than 7.5 inches is considered to be on the larger side.

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