Watch sizes

As watch brands are actually listening to us consumers, sizes have come down in size and actually fit the average sized wrists.  IWC have reduced the size of their big pilot from 46mm to 43mm.  Hamilton Murph have released a smaller 38mm recently.  ALS have reduced the size of their saxonia to 37mm etc.  

Just wanted to ask the community if you have changed the pattern of your purchases due to the case sizes?

Also, would you rather buy a watch that is too small for your wrist or a watch which is too big?  Obviously, you prefer to purchase the right size but sometimes as collectors we buy what we like rather than what fits.   It will be interesting to know.

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There’s a size that kinda works on the too small or too large spectrum. Once you go beyond that edge, either way is unwearable. 

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The mistakes I have made tend to be linked to the size of the watch. I have bought a few that as simple too big so don’t get worn much, I then loose interest and sell them. For me 37-39 is the sweet spot however I am rotating between 4 at the moment and 2 are 33mm (one vintage) but the more I wear them the more I like them. As I am office based I have a bias towards dress or horological focused pieces. I think this is why Grand Seiko are successful at the moment, perhaps also why the Rolex OP with some colourful dials are doing so well as they fit in the office world so well.

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Markell

The mistakes I have made tend to be linked to the size of the watch. I have bought a few that as simple too big so don’t get worn much, I then loose interest and sell them. For me 37-39 is the sweet spot however I am rotating between 4 at the moment and 2 are 33mm (one vintage) but the more I wear them the more I like them. As I am office based I have a bias towards dress or horological focused pieces. I think this is why Grand Seiko are successful at the moment, perhaps also why the Rolex OP with some colourful dials are doing so well as they fit in the office world so well.

I have made a few mistakes with haute horology dress time pieces in the past.  Ouch.   Yes, you are absolutely right, a watch too big however much you originally like it, you learn to hate it and eventually sell it as it doesn't fit 

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big wrist but 33mm favorite here

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Yes indeed I did. I made friends with another collector near me and he introduced me to vintage watches and generally smaller watches. Half a year ago I would’ve never even considered a watch smaller than 39mm. While writing this I wear a 36mm watch and am even considering buying a 34mm watch that I found online today. 

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I have watches that range all over the spectrum.  That said, I do like smaller case sizes. The giant wrist burgers of bling just don't appeal to me 

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Big wrists and hands here so minimum size for me is 42mm.

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Although I have a fairly large wrist size, I find myself attracted to 38-39mm watches. Anything above 41 is not for me 

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I will have to admit that when I started getting into this hobby at the start of the year, I was still in the big watch mode. I had a 43mm watch to start until I learned more and saw more watches. I have an average wrist at 7.25 but now my 3 main watches are 36,39, 40mm. Also noticed looking online and here, that even people with large wrists are pulling off smaller watches again. 

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Not really. I have made peace with that fact that most watches visually just don't fit me. But I'm also super tiny-wristed so there's no way around it, not really. I.e. I couldn't change my buying pattern much even if I wanted to.

When someone points it out that the watches seem a little big I just say "I know". It does bother me but the alternative is not having newer watches. Ultimately I find it easier and less bothersome than changing what I buy and wear. Vintage isn't really an option because they seem impossible to maintain and on top of that most are beat up and rusty/corroded and that makes them look ugly in my opinion while the pristine stuff is priced insanely high.

As someone who must look at the lower end of sizes (because average size is oversize for me) I'm also not quite sure that watches have come down in size (i.e. I think you are wrong). Some of the insane stuff is gone but many watches are still huge and growing. It seems that they are selling this way so I would not hold my breath until that starts changing. I think the move by ALS was to include women, similar with the little Lange 1 that's now for women but used to be a men's watch, men get the grand version or regular these days. Both of these are absolutely massive watches with the beefed up lugs on the regular and the giant dial of the grand.

Another example, regular Patek Philippe Calatravas are 39mm or bigger right now, i.e. that small manual wind is gone. That's not only too big for me but simply too big for the majority of men unless (!) they want a watch like that to stand out. So I guess that's what they are going for, watches that stick out. Nothing wrong with that... in that sense my overaized watches just seem to follow the trend 😄

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As an avid vintage wearer, sub 34mm doesn’t phase me on my chunky wrists. It’s a classic look. I can do 28mm - 34mm without any worries or existential crisis.

Although I started with a Benrus diver today, I picked up my latest find from the collection point and just threw on a spare NATO whilst I grab a new strap. It’s an Enicar ATP from the 1940s. This is a watch that saw active service in WWII, it’s 30mm with a 16mm strap size and fixed bars. If that sort of thing emasculates me to others, well, fuck it. And yes… that is radium burn on the dial, I am hardcore.

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The thing you need to consider is that the Big Pilot probably took its cues from the pilots watches designed to be worn over a flight suit, the same way that Panerai’s were designed to be worn over a wet suit. It doesn’t necessarily translate well to civilian life, but at the same time, if it fits then knock yourself out.

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OldSnafu

big wrist but 33mm favorite here

I love vintage watches as ypu cam see on my profile and daily wrist, so I am acustom to a smaller watch case although my wrist is 7 inches 

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watchesandespresso

Yes indeed I did. I made friends with another collector near me and he introduced me to vintage watches and generally smaller watches. Half a year ago I would’ve never even considered a watch smaller than 39mm. While writing this I wear a 36mm watch and am even considering buying a 34mm watch that I found online today. 

I have always brought modern pieces and my minimum was 39mm.  However, I love vintage watches and have watches that I wear that are 34mm.  And they fit fine on my 7 inch wrist. 

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Yup.. as my taste evolve, I actually flipped my 38.5mm sinn556i to get a 36mm lorier falcon 3 for my daily auto.. It feels much more versatile and elegant on my 6.25 inch wrist.. 

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On my small 6.5in (even small when the wife grabs it) wrist, I prefer not to go over 40mm. 

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StanleyFookinShelby

On my small 6.5in (even small when the wife grabs it) wrist, I prefer not to go over 40mm. 

I’m the same. I have a 6.7” wrist. my biggest watch is 40.5mm except for my 5600 series Gshock.