Fun Face Fact

The dial of a 42.3mm cased Tudor Pelagos has almost exactly the same diameter as a 34.7mm cased IWC Cal.89.

30.7mm vs 30.6mm

Why am I sharing this revelation?

Well, I plumped up the courage to buy a 50鈥檚 watch not knowing if it would be too small. What I found was it holds its own against even the largest diver in my collection. There are some truly great vintage pieces hiding in that 34-36mm range, going for absolute bargains. And I am hooked! I need you guys to buy them all so I don鈥檛 have to!

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I wish more reviews / ads listed the dial size, it really is a crucial measurement. Conversely, if you look at an IWC Mark XVIII, on paper it is "only" 40mm, but it's almost ALL dial, and looks bigger than the Pelagos in certain ways.

88MilesPerHour

I wish more reviews / ads listed the dial size, it really is a crucial measurement. Conversely, if you look at an IWC Mark XVIII, on paper it is "only" 40mm, but it's almost ALL dial, and looks bigger than the Pelagos in certain ways.

Absolutely! I ended up going with a 40mm watch once I realized that dial size is almost more important than case diameter.

40mm Pitzmann II

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Most definitely a thing look at my 34 eternamatic. Next to a 38mm 556 wich has quite a big dial already.

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88MilesPerHour

I wish more reviews / ads listed the dial size, it really is a crucial measurement. Conversely, if you look at an IWC Mark XVIII, on paper it is "only" 40mm, but it's almost ALL dial, and looks bigger than the Pelagos in certain ways.

Definitely. I had the heritage XVIII and it felt too big!

The supercompressor type watches also look much bigger than the case diameter would lead you to believe, due to the internal bezel extending the face.