Wow, this thread is growing fast! I made two additions in the past few weeks...
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That Tudor is stunning! 1969-1971 or so Blue-dial Tudor 7016?
Its been years since my father bought a product from a Richemont owned company. However, when he buys watches he always needs a shorter strap. With Richemont it always seemed to take several weeks to several months to get a short strap for the watch. By contrast, when my Father purchased Patek's that needed shorter straps, the straps were overnighted to the AD. That was several years ago...maybe Richemont owned companies really don't care about the straps very much. I did stop into Shreves since I ws near by today. Overall nice selection of watches, but their preowned pieces have ridiculous prices. I looked at a "Red Sub"...case and bracelet polished several times, bracelet in lousy condition with a lot of stretch, glowing "pearl" missing from bezel...no box, no papers and they are asking $12,000. There is one across town in much better condition with an asking price that was several thousand less. Not buying one, but wanted to see it anyway. Oh and one of the salesmen was wearing a 1931 Reverso...very handsome watch.
Stunning watch! I've stayed out of any stores that I thought had one for fear I wouldn't be able to leave the store without taking it off. What a great watch...you have a lot of will power Cylon.
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As a watch ignoramus, I need to ask a question. I suspect it might be "sensitive" to some, so all the more reason:
How big is too big? I mean, the obvious answer is "whatever you like" and "depends how it looks on the wrist", etc. But I sense there is a stronger orthodoxy than that among the real wit-stolen watch lovers. The ones who spend more than they can afford and, well, "collect", in their own words. Well, you guys no who you are. The Watch Appreciation Thread Royalty!
It seems to me that way back in the day, a man's watch was about 33-36mm. Now 36 is considered small, 33 is for girls, and something like 38-40 becoming the "moderate". Meanwhile 40-42 is just a bit obvious, but not excessive, and mainstream makers are offering 45+ in established models. And of course, the girls no longer wear girl watches all the time - small and medium "man" watches are now their thing.
The impression I get is that for those who have serious collections, or a decade or two of active collecting and learning, the big monsters are considered inherently bad form. Would that be fair to say? As well as all you Patek-flashing high rollers out there, I'd be interested to hear from Mr Stitch, who as both a dealer and Panerai lover, might have a different slant.
So come on, spit it out: are big watches silly, and where do you personally draw the line?
(One of the reasons I ask is that I tried the above watch on yesterday, while taking my old (35mm!) Omega for repair: this felt like a real blunt instrument. It also appealed to my inbuilt affinity with excess, and didnt' look entirely stupid against my vast cow-eating body. But...is it just wrong?)
There are plenty of watches and quite a few brands now which offer bigger watches. AP, Panerai, Zenith, IWC, and on and on and on. Rolex has been offering one of their current behemoths the Deep Sea at 44mms for awhile now, and more of their lineup has been stretched out to 42mm.
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However It really does depend on the individual and their taste. Me personally I have had some fairly large size watches. A couple of Panerai 44mm, a IWC Pilot Gold 42mm, and a Breitling Navitimer. After a bit of expirmantation I discovered I like lighter smaller watches. I like to wear a lighter smaller watch even though I am 6'3". I have the AP15300 at 39mm,but most are 40mm. I like wearing my Red sub on a nato as light as that feels. Then again my PP5711 is not your average 40mm watch. Although the dial size is is 41.5mm at the ears, the case and bracelet are pretty thin just like my PP5167. Extremely light and elegant.
So on the average I like a watch which isn't that big, but something not to hard to tell the time or impossible to stare at when I wish too.