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post #2611 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

The Bambino and Symphony are great. I have the latter.

Also love the 50th Anniversary power reserve that I just got.

That Seiko looks awesome. How much do they go for?

It seems that you can pay anything from about 100 USD (new aftermarket dial) to 500 USD (good condition, original dial and bracelet).

I thought about the Symphony as the first "real" watch for my brother... in which color do you have it?
post #2612 of 3826
It's a shame that nice classical designs like the Hamilton above or the Bambino isn't offered in a 38mm size.
post #2613 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

It's a shame that nice classical designs like the Hamilton above or the Bambino isn't offered in a 38mm size.

I think the 40mm of the Bambino is one of the few examples where "classic meets modern" works. My wrists are slightly on the large side, but I still wear 38mm dress watches. Not everyone is into this very classic, almost retro look though. On my brother, for example, it would simply look silly.

If you want something like the Bambino in 38mm: go vintage.
post #2614 of 3826
The thing is, these classic designs are influenced by dress watches that used to be much smaller, like 34-36mm. Making them 38mm would update them nicely while retaining some of the elegance that inspired them.

Also, for designs that are mostly dial (like the ones we discuss here), they wear a lot larger than bezeled sports watches and the like.

For instance, a Mk XV at 38mm wears pretty similar to a 40mm sub.

All IMHO of course :-)
post #2615 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

The thing is, these classic designs are influenced by dress watches that used to be much smaller, like 34-36mm. Making them 38mm would update them nicely while retaining some of the elegance that inspired them.

I know.

I think a Bambino in 38mm wouldn't work in the sense that it would appeal to a larger audience as a classic-inspired modern dresswatch. Still looks plenty elegant to me.
post #2616 of 3826
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Originally Posted by plot View Post


There's also the fact that camera lens distortion will make a watch seem bigger than it actually is; I notice this effect every time I take a wrist pic.

I think you gotta point there+  I'm blind anyway, I wear corrective lenses! I was teasing him a littlesmile.gif Its what he likes,thats really all that matters! 

post #2617 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Sander View Post

I know.

I think a Bambino in 38mm wouldn't work in the sense that it would appeal to a larger audience as a classic-inspired modern dresswatch. Still looks plenty elegant to me.

Well, 'the larger audience' may be a poor yard stick for great taste ;-)

If it wasn't we would probably still have the Blue Spark and many of the big watch brand's design's wouldn't be deteriorating as rapidly as they are.

I agree though that the Bambino is a very nice classical design, if only too large for me.
post #2618 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

The thing is, these classic designs are influenced by dress watches that used to be much smaller, like 34-36mm. Making them 38mm would update them nicely while retaining some of the elegance that inspired them.

Also, for designs that are mostly dial (like the ones we discuss here), they wear a lot larger than bezeled sports watches and the like.

For instance, a Mk XV at 38mm wears pretty similar to a 40mm sub.

All IMHO of course :-)

Your right as well! I cant remember when, or even "WHY" this BIG watch thing exploded! When I started collecting, full blast in 1999 there where only a few! Just for me, @ 40mm, I'm really pushing it!

post #2619 of 3826

 Well heres a 38mm hami khaki, I wore to work and around town! Needs a new strap thoughwink.gif

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^one of my faves.
post #2621 of 3826
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Originally Posted by Sander View Post

It seems that you can pay anything from about 100 USD (new aftermarket dial) to 500 USD (good condition, original dial and bracelet).

I thought about the Symphony as the first "real" watch for my brother... in which color do you have it?

Interesting about those Seikos. May have to look into one.

I have the Symphony in the white dial. I think it would make a great first watch. My only quibble is the slanted rehault but they really had to do that.
post #2622 of 3826
Small watches just seem so dainty to me. By small I mean going much farther south of 38mm. No, I'm not some macho douche who thinks you must be TOUGH and BIG WATCH MAKE MAN TOUGH! Because I hate that philosophy even more. But 40-42mm seems to be my wheelhouse, though I'm primarily into divers which tend to be a little bigger than most watches. I just measured a shrouded Seiko diver I have to find it's a whopping 48mm. Yet I don't consider it too large for me, and I'm at 5'9", 235 and 6.5/6.75" wrist. Fat dude, skinny wrists... don't ask me how that works. But I don't think 'big watches' were some random trend that came and is now fading away. I think there will always be big AND small watches, because people buy both.
post #2623 of 3826
A big wristwatch is fine on a big dude.
post #2624 of 3826
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Originally Posted by WorkingClassDude View Post

Small watches just seem so dainty to me. By small I mean going much farther south of 38mm. No, I'm not some macho douche who thinks you must be TOUGH and BIG WATCH MAKE MAN TOUGH! Because I hate that philosophy even more. But 40-42mm seems to be my wheelhouse, though I'm primarily into divers which tend to be a little bigger than most watches. I just measured a shrouded Seiko diver I have to find it's a whopping 48mm. Yet I don't consider it too large for me, and I'm at 5'9", 235 and 6.5/6.75" wrist. Fat dude, skinny wrists... don't ask me how that works. But I don't think 'big watches' were some random trend that came and is now fading away. I think there will always be big AND small watches, because people buy both.

Dude, dont say fat, be nicer to youself,(and others I trust) use portly (reads better )!  Anyhow, I dont believe it was a random fad either! And it doesnt look like its gonna die anytime soon, 2much moneys involved and the younger generation likes itconfused.gif  I have been noticing the shift and truefully it is easy'r to find 40mm+ watches than 36-38mm peices!  

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This one gets me a lot of comments. 

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