Left handers (wearing on the right hand)- Digital Crown, Right or Left?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 1, 2013
Just got my Apple Watch today and weighing which side to have the digital crown face, right or left? I am left handed and wear my watches on my right wrist.

Experienced Apple Watchers. Thoughts?
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macrumors newbie
May 27, 2015
I wear mine to the left (facing my hand). Seems pretty convenient that way, and I am used to it being on the bottom instead of the top now.

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macrumors regular
Apr 23, 2015
Connecticut, USA
Should probably clarify it as "people who wear their Watch on their Right Hands" because I know some lefties still sport it on their left hand, and some right handers wear may wear it on their right.

That said, I'm a lefty and wear it on the right. Digital crown on the bottom left facing my hand. I feel the main reason this even comes into question really, is because Apple's marketing is towards wearing the Watch on the left/having the digital crown on the upside above the side button. That may be obvious, but the point being, the reason it looks weird/off/"wrong" when having it on the lower side is because all we've seen is it the other way around. It takes hardly any time to get use to the look and feel of it on the bottom left, and it's way more convenient than trying to use it "away" from your active/working hand, IMO.


macrumors 68030
May 1, 2011
SF Bay Area
I plan to wear it with the crown on the lower left but when i tried in the store at my appointment I could sure feel it digging in to the back of my hand every time I flexed my wrist. Hope I get used to it.


macrumors 6502
Aug 13, 2011
I wear mine 'upside down' and it's fine. Can't imagine it the other eay with crown inaccessible.


macrumors regular
Aug 2, 2011
Portland OR
I'm a lefty.
I've always worn watches on the left.

I wear Apple Watch on the left, crown on the left. While that does mean I need to operate it with my right hand, I can use the crown with my right thumb, leaving my fingers free for tap/swipe/etc.
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macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
I will be wearing on my left hand in normal orientation as I do all of my watches.
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macrumors 601
Jul 7, 2010
Bay Area
Lefty and have always worn my watches on right hand. I have the crown on left side and like it that way.


macrumors newbie
May 26, 2015
Digital crown on the left. Just feels a littler more natural when using the crown. The whole purpose is to not obstruct the screen, if your finger is across the screen trying to use the crown, sort of defeats the purpose.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 21, 2011
Santa Monica, CA
Lefties are adaptable.
Some are. I'm a lefty who wears watches on the left wrist, and don't need much dexterity in the right fingers to be able to navigate the watch. It's not like writing, which requires far more finger precision.

I still wish Jony had centered the crown and moved the side button to the opposite side to support both orientations equally.


macrumors member
Oct 21, 2009
I am a lefty, I wear my watch on my right wrist, but I have the crown facing out to the right. This is because I have always worn a watch with a crown, and having it on the left seemed weird and I kept thinking the watch 'looked' upside down. I don't have any problems operating the digital crown with my left hand though, and I can do it without obscuring the screen.


(excuse my sleeping Boston in the background)
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macrumors regular
Mar 6, 2015
Near Seattle
I plan to wear it with the crown on the lower left but when i tried in the store at my appointment I could sure feel it digging in to the back of my hand every time I flexed my wrist. Hope I get used to it.
I prefer to wear my watch aft of my wrist bone (away from the hand), but it seems the try on appointments are often placing the watch over the wrist bone or on the hand side of it, leading to potential discomfort and accidental button presses. Funny, as I thought it was common to wear a watch they way I do, but maybe that is just me. My wrist is at its narrowest aft of the wrist bone, so it is a very comfortable way for me to wear a watch.

Part of me chalks up the try on appointment placement to people not having worn a watch for some number of years, if ever.


macrumors member
Sep 22, 2008
I wear mine on the right arm about one or two fingers up from my wrist with the crown towards my hand. I tried it with the crown on the right, but I didn't like the reach over and put it back. It seems natural this way to me now.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 4, 2013
I am ambidextrous, I actually write with my right and do everything else with my left (basketball, throw baseball, steak knife, etc.). But I wear on my right hand with crown on the right side. It looks weird on the left and the crown digs into the back of my hand if I flex my wrist backwards.


macrumors regular
Sep 4, 2008
I wear my digital crown on the right. It's more convenient for me. Especially during workouts and sports. But try both and whatever your most comfortable with is what I would use
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macrumors 68030
May 1, 2011
SF Bay Area
Well I tried the right wrist with the crown on the left and it just didn't feel right.
I flipped it so it's still on the right wrist but with the crown on the right and that feels much better.
You don't really need to "grip" the crown so reaching around the top and rolling my finger along its edge works perfectly and feels very natural.


macrumors 6502
Apr 22, 2015
I started with it on my right wrist with the crown on the bottom left, but switched to my right hand with crown on upper right (standard righty position) to make it easier to pay for coffee at the drive through.


macrumors 6502
Apr 16, 2015
I'm left handed, wear my watch on my left arm. Always been told thats how you are supposed to wear a watch, and its how I have worn all my watches for the last 20+ years since primary school. I have the crown up top, pointing towards my fingers.

Basically, I wear it like a right handed person would.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 12, 2011
New Orleans, LA
I am a lefty and I wear in on my right wrist with crown on the left side. This is how I have worn it since I received my watch on launch day and it is the most natural for me. I have tried wearing it in all 4 orientations but this one is the most natural for me


macrumors member
Apr 10, 2015
I'm a lefty, I wear the watch on the right wrist, and the crown facing to the left.
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