Originally Posted by apropos
To clarify the point I am trying to make through hyperbole, you have the original He-men of the 1950s/60s who with 33-34mm watches strapped on explored/dominated women/smoked/drank/fucked with abandon, while you have the relatively emasculated Joe Sixpack today picking the kids up from school in the MPV complete with baby seat his wife forced him to buy... with a 46mm Breitling strapped to his wrist.
While to some degree I appreciate the Panerai aesthetic and think their watches look nice, I think of the brand more as a PR triumph in the sense that they (sorry GDL) managed to parley recased ho-hum ebauches worn by an inconsequential unit in an inconsequential navy in an inconsequential military power (seriously, Italian naval divers???!!) into a global He-man desirable watch phenomenon.
Not sure if I agree with the comparison about men of the 1950s/60s to modern men, although I did find it interesting and entertaining. With the exception of a few watches that hit the 42mm range, I'm not a fan of oversized or extra large watches. I did not grow up in the 1950s/60s...so while I find the Mad Men stereo type interesting, its not something I feel is missing from my life, nor is it something I'd have to compensate for...but then again I don't drive a mini-van.
I agree and also like the Panerai design, and think you really nailed it with the idea of them being largely a PR triumph. I am not sure if I think IWC falls squarely into trying to replicate that success, but clearly there are many companies that jumped into the large watch arena with the hopes of capturing that type of success.
Originally Posted by chocsosa
I see those guys with the 46mm watches and the first thing you notice is the size of the watch before anything else.. I feel a watch is supposed to compliment not be the star..but that's just to me though.
Originally Posted by ant702
I know your kidding, right! You read sharp, if you find it insulting then be very insulted! I say things,sometimes absurd, to generate dialog; I dont think SF would last with only you guys photos, agreed! By the way, I like them all! Now what I was really going to say which would have been less harsh, but I enjoy 2much Guinnes, was: For me a watch over 40mm should have a hole drilled in its lugs, chained and put in your pocket, better, right? (46mm, thats a pocket watch and I like those 2)
Love the pocket watch theory!!!
Originally Posted by johanm
You're overthinking it. People wear large watches because...they're fun to wear. To the extent they express "masculinity" or whatever, they do it by signaling independence and liberation from conformity to obsolete fashion rules. Of course there's no excuse for an ugly watch, large or small.
I do agree it's ridiculous when people extol the historical military associations of Panerai, IWC, etc. as if they're proud to pay homage to the bad guys in WWII.
I agree with Chocsosa. A watch should compliment a persons appearance. Sadly, a large percentage of people dress and wear watches as though they do not own a mirror. Short of maybe an NFL linebacker, I've rarely seen anyone that could carry off wearing a 45mm+ watch. There are even average guys wearing 44mm that resemble little kids wearing a watch from their Dad and they need to grow into it. But its a free country and if someone wants to follow the trend to the point of looking silly they are free to do it.
However, my pet peeve with extra large watches, is that so many are just an ordinary movement, from an ordinary company. Its frequently not from a great brand and it doesn't have complications that require the case be ridiculously large. If a person is going to wear something the size of a tuna can on their wrist, thereby drawing attention to themselves and their watch, it should be something from a very significant company, worthy of attention, and have a good reason for being so large, be it historic or an unusual/complicated movment that must be housed in an extra large case. To me, extra large/oversized watches which don't have any reason for being so large, are for posers caught up in the extra large watch trend.