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Are small men's watches done?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dapperdoctor, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    I am SO willing to risk that.

    Judging someone to be a boorish fratboy douchebag for wearing a 44mm watch is about as asinine as judging someone to be an effete purse-toting girly-boy for wearing a 34mm watch. In both cases, more is revealed - and with greater clarity - about the person presuming to pass judgment than on the person they presume to judge.

    The big watch "trend" has been in effect since at least the early nineties. People have been predicting it's iminent demise almost as long. Like the crazy dude at the bus station ranting that 'the end is near!' - they are probably wrong.
     
  2. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    rnguy001 - love the look of that Speedmaster 9300 on the croc strap. I have mine on the bracelet and have been wanting to try it on a strap. The OE strap / deployant is a bit on the pricey side, though.

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  3. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    Exactly my point.

    RogerP - when I ordered the 9300, I made sure to get it on the bracelet, and added the strap secondarily. I'll probably rotate to the bracelet over the summer



     
  4. L.R.

    L.R. Senior member

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    Despite being rather muscular, I have incredibly thin wrists (as well as long fingers), and I find oversize watches look ridiculous on me. Mind you, I think I would maintain that opinion even if I had a larger wrist. I think taste should be subtle. Large watches have their place, but it's limited, and rarely pulled off well.
     
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  5. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    we can agree to disagree about tastes and watch size and lapel width and tie patterns all day long. That was never the issue. But it's the blanket judgement statements about someone in general due to their watch size I found extremely douchey.

    to consider anyone wearing anything 44mm and above to be boorish or douchey no ifs and or butts? Seriously? You're cool man. But everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    Sure I may see someone wearing "X" on their wrist and lament on how that may or may not look good - hell it may even look ridiculous to me. But that's all it is - their opinion of style. And while I may, in a moment of weakness, be so arrogant to think I might have better taste or style than that person with "X" on their wrist, I don't take it that extra step and think that this stranger is below me, nor a douche nor a boor based on his watch. I'm not 14.

    First impressions not withstanding, letting yourself believe you're better than someone else based on a brief glimpse of their timepiece or wardrobe is just something I don't agree with. And I'm sure there are those that agree, and those that disagree. If you agree with that kind of thing, then good luck in life, it's going to be a bumpy and probably shallow ride for you. But that's just my view. It's a forum and just my opinion. I base character judgement on how people act, conduct themselves, and treat others - not on their clothes or possessions. I guess that's just how I was raised.

    and to be clear - there are definitely distasteful watches in all sizes. And yes, many times the watch size/design may be in-congruent with what we think is acceptable. And I hate to repeat it here cause it's so cliche, but truly - wear what you like.

     
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  6. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Senior member

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    I feel proportion to your wrist and overall size (height/weight) etc. is key. Then you need to look at thickness and overall styling as some 42mm watches look a hell of a lot bigger than others.

    For dress watches 36-39 will be a range that will probably be safe regardless the trends and for casual 38-42.

    Interestingly, when wristwatches first came in to existence they were essentially pocket watches put onto straps so the diameter was larger, say 40-45mm. Then come the 40s they got smaller and purists tend to associate the 50s and 60s as the quintessential period of what watches should be like. Then early 90s they grew again and now it appears some makers are slightly downsizing again.(JLC, Lange, Patek).
     
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    While I agree with you rnguy0001, I don't understand why you're responding to L.R.'s quote? I don't believe L.R. was talking about anyone other than himself.
     
  8. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    yeah I might've gotten carried away on that. Sorry about that


     
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    No worries!
     
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  10. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith Senior member

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    I have a 7" wrist and my two go to watches are a Helson Skin Diver ( a Blancpain 50 Fathoms Tribute watch) and a mid 1960s Omega Seamaster Deville I have on a tan strap. I wear the Seamaster Deville a lot and I do get compliments on it.

    Really can't do anything bigger than 44mm otherwise it looks like a tuna can on my wrist.
     
  11. HEPennypacker

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    +1. Although it's rare for a small watch to wear big, some big watches wear small, especially if they're thin.

    That's why people calling it a "trend" amuses me. Big wristwatches have existed for as long as wristwatches have existed. If anything is a "trend," it's that they became increasingly smaller. Now people are coming back around to big. Sort of like cell phones--it used to be the smaller, the better. Now people are asking for bigger iPhones and using mini tablets (e.g., Galaxy S3) as their phones. Is that a trend toward big? Not really; cell phones started out big and got smaller. People are just appreciating larger form factors again.

    I have watches ranging from 36mm to 46mm. Each has its place.
     
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    It's not just the form factor that's influencing this it's because of what they are no using them for and the greater functionality. It's not only because they use them to text, or email, and play games, but also quite a few are using them to browse the internet, and heck some are even watching football on them.
     
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  13. WorkingClassDude

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    all of the this
     
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  14. onapthanh

    onapthanh New Member

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    Thanks, nice collection BTW, I appreciate the input. This post is more geared for the non-WIS. I'm curious what people think of "nice" watches that aren't necessarily in style. Why do I care? A watch is one of the few areas men can make a fashion statement, and unfortunately also be judged by said statement. I'm curious to how this choice in style is read by most. I suppose I'm wondering where folks with a sense of fashion make of "classic" style vs. current trend when it comes to watches.
     

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