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October 14, 2013

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Angelo

This is an interesting topic. I like my big watches too, including a 54MM Tauchmeister, which is one of my personal favorites. I also like much smaller watches I have---small diameter bezels with thin cases. I have a few of those, including a nice, precision looking Belair luxury watch. That said----going back to the big watches---just because they might always be appealing to you or to me, that doesn't translate to us always feeling comfortable wearing them. Remember the skinny neckties from the 1980s? Truth be told, those are still appealing to me. I still love the mod look----close cut three button suit jacket with oxford shirt and narrow tie, all solid colors. That still appeals to me----but honestly, I wouldn't be comfortable showing up to a business meeting wearing that page out of 1985. Similarly, if big, toolish watches from 2013 are "out" in a few years, replaced by something in a much different size range----will it seem "out of place" or "too retro" to wear them? Watches aren't ties, or tailfins from 1958 or spoilers from 1988----but they are still fashion. People are already making fun of flip phones and that was only a few years ago. Peer pressure or what other people think---we can deny that we're affected by that, but most of us are. I wish we had a crystal ball to have a look at what watches will look like in 2020.

jonnybardo

I don't know about current styles - living in rural New England leaves me pretty cut off from fashion trends. I can say that my own tastes trended up in size, then down, then up again for a short time, and then down.

Right now my 44mm watches seem perfect, with 43-45mm being a slightly wider range, and 41-48mm being within consideration. But it really depends upon the watch. My Deep Blue Abyss (46mm) and Helson Shark (45mm) both seem on the large size, like 48-50mm watches, while the Revolver (44mm), Sumo (44mm) and OSD (45mm) seem just right. I'm hoping to embrace watches around 42mm, because that opens upon a wide world of other watches.

jonnybardo

Angelo, if you're concerned about fashion trends, I don't think you can go wrong with mid-size watches (40-45mm). Anything above that might be considered large. Most classic watches are actually below 40mm; one of my colleagues has a watch that be 30mm or so - it is way too small for my liking, but it doesn't stand out as unusual to most people.

Angelo

Jonny: I have some watches similar to what your colleague has. I'm not sure they're as small as 30MM, but not much larger. If those are executed correctly, I like wearing them just as much as my mid-sized or larger watches. I think for a long time, smaller was considered better. If you think about it----pocket watches were the first "mobile time." When watches moved from hanging on your belt line to being on your wrist, the race was on to make them as small and thin as possible---so a well crafted smaller watch was considered premium---more technologically advanced and "cooler" than something larger. I think as recently as the 80s or even 90s, watch makers were competing to see who can make the best thin watch. Some really well designed, well engineered, great looking timepieces came out of all of this. I like Movado the best in this genre. But as we know, bigger and bolder took over again---I have to believe, because manufacturers WANTED us to feel the smaller/thinner styles were "out of style" because they sell more watches that way. It's like when car manufacturers made a radical change in the early 60s from rounded space age looking cars with tailfins, to boxed off, "understated" cars without fins or with greatly reduced fins. We'll be manipulated again by the watch makers----I'm just not sure how exactly.

jonnybardo

Angelo, I just buy what I like. My preferred size has little to do with what companies are peddling, except in that on occasion a watch style has appeared that I really like, but only in a too-large style. This was the case with Invicta's Venom and Subaqua Specialty Reserves.

I honestly have a hard time imagining myself ever wearing a watch under 40mm. I just prefer some presence to my watches. I'd like to be able to adjust down to the 40-42mm zone, as there are a lot of nice watches in that range, but so far anything below about 43mm seems a bit small.

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