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April 19, 2014

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jonnybardo

I'm imagining that your wife and her friend like to tease you about your watch fetish, especially when you ask them to take wrist shots.

Anyhow, it doesn't look too small to me. I'm afraid that you've got a chronic case of "Invicta Enlargitis" - a skewed perspective on watch size based upon wearing Invictas for too long.

I have an idea for you. Put away a watch like your Tuna in a drawer for a month, as if you got rid of it. See if you start yearning for it and thus learn to re-appreciate it.

herculodge

Invicta got me used to the watch "staying" on my wrist and not "disappearing." But I exaggerate. I didn't buy a Tuna to make problems. It was supposed to make me happy, not be a source of torment: "Should I wear it on a bracelet or the strap? Oh, misery has found me once again!"

jonnybardo

Wrist presence is key, and what you say is why I don't like titanium watches. I don't know if you've ever handled one, but they're just too light for my tastes (of course the other extreme is an anchor like the Invicta Leviathan or SAS).

But what I've found is that I prefer a more understated presence, and to me a watch like the Omega Seamaster is far more impressive than a Invicta Leviathan, despite a full centimeter difference in diameter.

herculodge

"Understated presence" is what it's all about. I see people on TV wearing 44mm Rolex and Panerai models and the impression goes deeper than a cheap 52mm watch.

Ulysses

It's meant to be a watch, not a stop-sign. Visibility at a distance is irrelevant; as long as you can tell the time on it at arms length it's fine. I think a masculine design is a lot more important than physical size when it comes to presence. Bruce Lee was tiny but looked like he could hurt you with a mere glance. Size is an obvious but simplistic way of being intimidating. Attitude is what really decides how much presence a person, or a watch, has.

herculodge

Good point about the attitude, Ulysses. The oversized watch too often is a compensation device.

jonnybardo

Well said, Ulysses. We need to wean Jeff off of Invictaphantitis.

Angelo

This watch most definitely does NOT get lost on your wrist. Plenty of pop. I have several oversized watches but I like the style, quality and feel of all of them. I admit though----that the first thing people notice is the size. Ulysses hit the nail on the head----that's the easy/simplistic way to draw attention. As much as I like the watches, I know that a smaller, well crafted watch capturing the attention of someone who knows watches would be the bigger victory if you keep score on these things. I think Jonny has said that he chooses watches for himself, not for anyone else----and that's the way it should be.

jonnybardo

At the risk of being crude, I'm guessing that many women would say that they prefer an attentive, caring lover more than anything else, but barring that they'll settle for size. I'm thinking watches are similar.

herculodge

In the next week, I may put the Tuna on its rubber strap, which seems to bring out the true spirit of that watch.

jonnybardo

Have you tried the OSD on the rubber strap yet? I put it on tonight and liked it, although found I much prefer the bracelet. Still, worth a try for the fun of it. Plus the OSD is really easy to change.

StarHalo

It's the Hello Kitty lunchbox that really sets it off..

Ulysses

Perhaps the reluctance of guys to go for "smaller" watches is down to a desire for the watch not to end up looking like jewellery. By that I mean women's jewellery which more often than not consists of a small bauble on a fine bracelet or chain. Watches aimed at women often try to evoke that look of a bangle with a very tiny watch case that from a distance looks purely ornamental.

This may be related to the general disdain amongst men of watches that are excessively "blingy" - fully polished, sparkling fabulous creations (sometimes encrusted with gems which I personally find vulgar). Again, that style is more evocative of female jewellery. I love watches that have dull, almost graphite-like finishes (often bead-blasted) that are still quite rare in the watch world. They clearly aren't trying to catch your eye with sparkle, but they have that rough, raw look of a freshly cast ingot freed from a cast of sand. When I was at school we went to visit one of the oldest iron smelters in the world (iron and steel processing was pioneered in my part of the world, heralding the Industrial Revolution) and there was an enormous cauldron on display made of cast iron. It looked more like solidified lava than iron. It struck me that iron and steel were originally these raw elemental substances, quite unlike the forms they take today. At the time, people became obsessed with these materials, using them for everything, almost worshipping them for their numerous uses and great qualities. I feel like that sense of awe has gradually been lost over the centuries as these materials have become ubiquitous and no longer considered luxurious or special.

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