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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!

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t 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?)

If you like it, by all means go for it. Folk are bigger nowadays than in the 1950s, and definitely better built than people in the 1930s. Wear a watch that complements your build.

Personally, I would stay within 36-40mm, with occasional forays to 42mm in exceptional situations. The $$$$ watches tend to stay within a "conservative" size range because there are more people with $$$$ who are conservative than say, potential Hublot or Richard Mille buyers.

What I find visually irksome is the 5'6" fellow with 6" wrists wearing a Big Pilot or that square Ball watch which looks like a cockpit instrument. Quite common nowadays.

What I find mentally irksome is the 42mm watch with a big movement spacer within because the movement is a carryover from the 1960s/70s and the company took the easiest fastest cheapest way out. All style, no substance.

Most irksome of all are the 42+mm watches with a generic ebauche that doesn't fit in terms of both size (too small) and shape (round movement in a square watch, c.f. aforementioned Ball).
post #18572 of 35504
Ball? You mean Bell & Ross?
post #18573 of 35504
mimo - imo, i really think it mostly has to do with your wrist size and build, and the watch design itself.

obviously this has to do with associations of the times, but when i wear anything under 36mm i feel like it gets lost on my wrist, over 44mm and my wrist is lost under the watch. i have seen guys looks enviably elegant in a 33ish mm watches and guys make 45+ mm watches look perfectly natural.

also, the design of the watch plays in as well, some watches look like they were meant to be large, others look like they need to go on a diet. regardless of the wearer. and some watches just look dumb.

basically, im pretty open minded about watch size.
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also, i want this so bad it hurts.

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also, i want this so bad it hurts.

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When you get it, just make sure you get one for me too.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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What is everyone's favorite Rolex model?  Does anyone have a gold daydate with white face and roman numerals? If so, can you post some pictures?

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What is everyone's favorite Rolex model?  Does anyone have a gold daydate with white face and roman numerals? If so, can you post some pictures?

Don't have that one. But I have a few favorites:

 

 

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My favorite Rolex models are the Daytona, the Sub, Explorer 2, GMT and Explorer. New or vintage, those are the models that capture my interest. As for the Day-Date, I've never had a desire to own one. The "President bracelet" has always been more prone to stretch than a gold Oyster...so if I ever were considering a Day-Date I would only get one on an Oyster bracelet. If going for a vintage gold Rolex it would be a Daytona, Sub or GMT...and for modern gold ones it would be the rose gold black dial Daytona. I
post #18579 of 35504
I've always liked the simplicity of the OysterDate myself.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

also, i want this so bad it hurts.

 

Ah, I originally asked what this piece was, as it was vaguely familiar.  It's of course the 5208, and this is a picture of it on Thierry Stern's wrist, right?  

 

I hear it's fairly affordable.......

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laugh.gif i believe they are fetching close to a mil.
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That is nasty. I think owning Patek is my dream job. I want a Lange Pour le Merite Tourby.

Watch this review if you want to cry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8efMa0OwXQs

Edit: maybe this is not his watch?
post #18583 of 35504
Another lovely piece, and far less pricey.
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That is nasty. I think owning Patek is my dream job. I want a Lange Pour le Merite Tourby.

Watch this review if you want to cry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8efMa0OwXQs

Edit: maybe this is not his watch?

That is an awesome review. Hilarious.
post #18585 of 35504
just watched the "review" lolwtf.
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