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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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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).