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August 5, 2010 10:29 AM   Subscribe

Hip watches for tiny wrists.

I really like the brightly colored resin band ladies watches like Casio makes here, here, and here. However, for all of these watches, the case/face sizes range from almost as wide to even wider than my tiny wrist. I don't really like the mini-G Casios that much, which are the only ones that might be small enough.
My price range is up to $80, but I'd really like to keep it more around $40 like the first watch I listed. Cloth, resin or ceramic bands are all fine, but no metal (allergic), or leather.
Kids watches work as long as they aren't obviously a kid's watch (like with cartoon characters on it or something). I've been known to wear kids' watches before, but they tend to fall apart.
Wide bands are fine, just so long as the face/case from top to bottom is not any bigger than like 30 mm.
Analog preferred, but digital is fine. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by ishotjr to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
(and the case can have metal on the back, and the band can have a small metal buckle, but just no metal bands because the inside of my wrist breaks out in a rash with a lot of contact to metal.
posted by ishotjr at 10:36 AM on August 5, 2010


I'm not particularly small myself, but I have tiiiiny little wrists. I really like the size of the Swatch Lady line; you might have some luck there. For the last two years, though, I've worn a Timex watch for little boys that I got at Target for 10 bucks. It has lizards on it (and an elastic band), so I can see how you might not be into that, but it has held up remarkably well for its cheapness. It's about the same size (though the face is thicker) as the last Swatch Lady I owned, if you want to sneak into the kids' section at Target and do a size comparison.
posted by phunniemee at 10:36 AM on August 5, 2010


Here are a few small-faced (less than 30mm) funky watches that are plastic and/or fabric for under $80:

Meridian Lady Cruz AQ Series Analog Quartz Watch (comes in different colors)

Appetime Women's SVC010002 Lollipop Citrus Cool Analog Watch
(also comes in different colors)

Invicta Women's 0002-ISRUYE Pro Diver Collection Stainless Steel Yellow Rubber Watch
posted by two lights above the sea at 10:52 AM on August 5, 2010


(let's try this again)

Here are a few small-faced (less than 30mm) funky watches that are plastic and/or fabric for under $80:

Meridian Lady Cruz AQ Series Analog Quartz Watch (comes in different colors)

Appetime Women's SVC010002 Lollipop Citrus Cool Analog Watch

(also comes in different colors)

Invicta Women's 0002-ISRUYE Pro Diver Collection Stainless Steel Yellow Rubber Watch
posted by two lights above the sea at 10:55 AM on August 5, 2010


I used to wear Flik Flak watches; that's the children's division of Swatch. They come in an assortment of designs and colors and mine were really tough. I was in a bad accident - the watch crystal shattered - but my Flik Flak kept ticking right along.
posted by workerant at 12:22 PM on August 5, 2010


I have slim wrists (although not as small as it sounds like yours are), and I like the Swatch women's line. I have this model, but Swatch makes a huge range of styles, some of which are closer to the Casios you like.
posted by iona at 5:20 PM on August 5, 2010


Nike makes some pretty attractive girls' watches that I got actually a surprising number of compliments on, but as you said, they tended to fall apart quickly. At http://www.nike.com/timing/, check out the Imara series (made for women so a little more durable) or the Kids section. I've had the kids' Nuru (black/pink) and an Imara model that appears to have been discontinued. The kids' ones in particular are well within your price range on Amazon.

I think the key to preserving these Nike watches is not to shower with them on. The rubber tended to pull away from the clock parts in fairly short order and then condensation would begin to build up under the plastic that covers the LCD. I don't think this is a normal issue for these watches, though, and I seem to recall their docs said not to wear the watch in the shower. I'm fond of showering with a watch on, so the plastic Nike watches just were not a good match for me. However, both the Imara series and the girls' watches definitely did not make my comically small wrists look puny or goofy, and they were unusual and cute enough that people saw fit to comment.
posted by little light-giver at 10:13 PM on August 5, 2010


I got this casio watch a few weeks ago, and I love it. Narrow, sleek, and modern. Comes in red and white as well to give you more funky options. It's <>amazon.
posted by ansate at 7:50 AM on August 6, 2010


less than $25 on amazon

I don't know why I trusted the preview. :)
posted by ansate at 7:51 AM on August 6, 2010


I love the particular Casio you linked, ansate, actually, it was the inspiration for this post. It's skinny band-wise, but since the case is so long from top to bottom, it would take up more than the width/length of my wrist, if that makes sense.
Thanks for the suggestions all.
posted by ishotjr at 3:00 PM on August 6, 2010


I have tiny wrists, and I've worn a Lego watch for over 10 years. I wear the classic primary colors, but there are a ton of other color schemes available, and the "kid size" is perfect for a woman. I get compliments on it all the time.

I'm actually on my second one -- the first lasted 9 years, and was one of the best-running watches I've ever owned. Sadly, it took a trip through the clothes washer and passed away.
posted by themissy at 9:21 AM on August 7, 2010


I have tiny wrists, and I like Alessi's watches. I borrowed this one from an ex-boyfriend for nearly a year, and I actually loved the contrast between the big watch and my small wrist, but they have smaller designs too. Might hit the upper boundary of your budget, but some online shopping savvy should get it in range.
posted by theflash at 6:51 PM on August 13, 2010


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