Tips on Choosing Mens Watch Tips Please !

Good afternoon Paula.  I’ve been looking for a nice set of tips for my Invicta watch (which is a bit glunky, but not obnoxious like some of the new watches out today):


The case is 1 ½ inches wide at its widest point, and the band size is 18mm.

Until I saw these turquoise tips, I had my heart set on solid silver with a nice pattern.


Arlene Yazzie – Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Inlay Mens Watch Tips

2 questions…

1) those tips are so clean and bright, I think they would look “wrong” against the stainless case…thoughts?

2)  is the bandwidth/lug distance important for fit and “look”?


Hi John,

Thanks for your interest in our Native American watch tips.

Whether you choose all sterling silver tips or tips with turquoise or other stones is up to you. We do not advise on fashion.

That said, a brushed or satin sterling silver would more closely match the finish of your stainless steel watch, like these by Calvin Peterson:


Calvin Peterson Navajo Sterling Silver Mens Bear Paw Watch


Calvin Peterson Navajo Sterling Silver Mens Kokopelli Watch

The spacing between the lugs should be at least 1mm more that the width of the tips where they attach to the watch. That makes for a neat fit without a lot of sliding around and still leaves enough room to remove the pins should you want to.

The watch tips mentioned above and the turquoise ones you like all measure 17mm at the attachment, so they should work fine with your watch (this is a fairly standard size for men’s watch tips).


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Elaine Sam – Navajo Sterling Silver Bear Claw Turquoise Watch Tips


Cuff watch – is it Navajo?

Dear Paula,

I recently got a Native American watch band cuff from my uncle. He says that quite a few years back [maybe 20 years ago or so] he was in Montana or Nevada and purchased this. I was hoping you could help me I.D what type of band it is and help me figure out how to mount a watch on to it. All I know is that the design doesn’t seem to be that of a Navajo styling, but has been signed.
Thank you in advanced,
Kristie from Canada 🙂
DSCN0894 DSCN0913 DSCN0926Hi Kristie,
Your beautiful cuff watch was made by Navajo artist Allen Chee.  He is known for traditional cuffs, some with appliques such as your eagle.
Installing a watch face (timepiece) into this cuff watch should be done by a jeweler familiar with Native American jewelry. I’ve sent you the contact information for the NA jeweler we use and are very happy with.

What is the quality of the watch itself in Native American watches?

Hello Paula
I’m interested in the Freddy Charlie – Navajo Sterling Silver Boulder Turquoise Ladies Watch Tips HK Item # WL-381. Can you tell me about the quality of the watch itself? In many cases, I’ve seen some beautiful work undone by using a cheap Chinese timepiece. Do you know anything about the make/origin of the watch itself?
Hi Dave,
Most of the Native American artists just sell us the tips. Watch tips are the decorative panels between the watch face and the band.
We add a watch face and expansion band to the tips allow the buyer to see how the watch looks as a complete unit. But basically we are selling the hand made tips. Many of our customers use the watches and bands we include as is and some change to their favorite watch and/or band.
The watch faces are inexpensive battery operated quartz watches. We’ve never had a complaint about them and I have a half dozen watches myself from the store with these watch faces in them and have not had a problem. But they are nothing fancy or expensive. I think they are made in China.
You can easily change the watch face or band.

Native American Jewelry – Watch Styles

Hi! I just found your website. I saw a turquoise cuff watch that i loved… but it was sold already. Is there any way you can email me when you get something like that in. I am very interested in cuff watches. The one I loved was #w203… anything similar would be great. Let me know what you think. Thanks, chrissy

Hi Chrissy,
The watch you are referring to that was sold was indeed unique because of the fact the watch face was mounted on the end of the cuff rather than in the middle. It was the first and only watch like that we have ever had in our pawn shop.
Native American watches are usually made in three styles:
Expansion band watches where the watch tips are the only Native American made portion. (Watch tips is the term given to the two decorative panels that connect the watch face to the expansion band.)
Link watches where all but the watch face is Native American made.
Cuff watches where all but the watch face is Native American made.
Here is an example of each.
Native American Expansion Band Style Watch
Native American Expansion Band Style Watch
Native American Link Watch
Native American Link Watch
Native American Cuff  Watch

Native American Cuff Watch

Since the above cuff watch is a very large men’s watch, here is another example of a more typical ladies cuff watch from the front and the back so you can see how it is very much like a cuff bracelet.
Native American Ladies Cuff Watch - Front View
Native American Ladies Cuff Watch – Front View
Native American Ladies Cuff Watch - Rear View
Native American Ladies Cuff Watch – Rear View
As far as emailing you when we get more cuff watches in, I’ve tucked your email into my WANTED folder and will do my very best to alert you……..BUT really the best way to see our new items is to watch our NEW ITEMS page.  Every day we list a number of new items and they show up there first.
Have fun browsing and let me know if I can answer any other questions.