August 09, 2016

“Lefty watches?”

“You mean there really are any specially made watches for left handed people?”

My younger brother asked me with an incredulous look on his face. I blinked and smiled uncertainly - not sure it was just an innocent question or just a left-handed compliment!

My younger brother, a left-handed person, was of course genuinely delighted with the watch that I had just given him as a birthday gift. Finally, he had a watch where he could handle the controls without taking it off of his wrist, or getting himself into a twist! The world is mostly right handed, and almost all the equipment and gadgets are designed as if they will be used only by right-handed persons.

But what about the left handed people? If you really want to get an idea of what they must be facing day in and day out – do this simple exercise (I mean, if you are right handed!) – just wear your wristwatch on your right hand, and try to wind the crown with your left hand! Trust me, it isn't easy. Of course, if you are ambidextrous – it is a different matter altogether!

This incident has spurred me to do some research, some digging on the internet for the best watches for left handed people. Here are a few of the best left handed watches, that are specially made for left handed people. But before that, let us understand what exactly is a lefty watch.

What is a Lefty Watch?

What is so special or different about lefty watches? Well, they are no different from the normal, “right-handed” watches. They tell the time, date and day in exactly the same manner. The only point of difference is the location of the crown. In left handed watches – the crown is placed on the left side of the dial. This makes it much easy and convenient for left handed people to handle the crown and other controls.

Apple Watches Left Wrist Mode
Apple Watches Left Wrist Mode

Apple Watches

Apple watch allows left handed people to wear the watch on their right hand and operate the controls with the left hand. In the settings, it asks you which wrist you prefer wearing the watch. The best thing about this feature is if ever you feel like changing your mind or lend it to someone else, you can easily change the settings to Left Wrist mode, it won't affect the way the watch works.

Invicta Lefty Watches

Invicta, the well-known makers of affordable Swiss watches, have perhaps the largest collection of left handed watches. Invicta lefty watches are available in a neat range of designs and makes, and give more cool accessories options for left handed people. The most well known, of course, is the Invicta Russian Diver lefty watch – perfect for someone looking for a solid, durable and sporty watch. The other notable option in the Invicta Lefty watches is the Invicta Force Collection Lefty watch.

Diesel Lefty Watches

For left handed watch lovers, here is a great collection of cool designer watches – Diesel Lefty watches. The watches have a clean cut, minimalistic design, and an air of understated sophistication and elegance.

More Left Handed Watches

There are more brands that have a few left watches in their collections, although they are admittedly few and far between. Here are a few of the best-left watches from other watchmakers -

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