Watch thickness (updated with pictures)

As with all things watches, specifications on paper doesn鈥檛 always directly translate to how it wears on wrist.

My 3 thickest automatic watches are the Omega Speedmaster triple date at 16.2mm, the Tudor P01 at 14.5mm and the Seiko Presage at 12.4mm.

From the side profiles, you can see that the case of the Speedmaster Triple Date is narrow with a significant portion of the height protruding from the case back and the cantilever style bezel. The mass of the watch is below the bezel and the protrusion from the backcase sits in the hollow on the top of the wrist, making the Speedmaster sit low and feels much like a watch that鈥檚 about 12+mm thick.

The Tudor, with it鈥檚 classic slab sided case has most of its mass on the case, sits high and has the most presence on wrist.

The Seiko also has some mass in the back case that helps make it sit in the hollow of your wrist and feel not too thick.

Moral of the story - don鈥檛 judge a watch purely based on specifications. Best to try them on in person.

Profiles off wrist:

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Profiles on wrist:

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I will have to agree. While the bezel and crystal add to the overall thickness of the watch, the Proportion of the case matters the most. A big slap of steel optically makes the Tudor looks much thicker. That is also why the Tudor Black Bay Pro doesn鈥檛 appeal to me. I just like thinness. 馃ぃ

16.2mm! Man, and I thought my Laco Kiel 2 was thick at 14mm:

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As you say, stats can be deceptive though.

WatchBee

16.2mm! Man, and I thought my Laco Kiel 2 was thick at 14mm:

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As you say, stats can be deceptive though.

Oops! I posted before I completed the post. I'll edit to add more info. Ha ha!

It's funny how bulky and raw the Tudor looks simply due to the lack of details on the slabsided case, despite being a somewhat reasonable thickness based on specs in this lineup comparison.

The Speedie could do with more curved lugs to better hug the wrist. But the case to bezel ratio looks more proportioned than the Tudor and instantly thinner.

The Seiko follows a great curve and the polished sides reflect your skin and make it blend into your wrist. It's like a magic tick.

This really goes to show how essential case design and finishing are at disguising the size of a watch with visual tricks, compared to a simpler design for mass production and cost cutting. 馃槖

Made me look like a fool now! 馃槀

You鈥檒l tell me they are actually all under 10mm.

bennylee

I will have to agree. While the bezel and crystal add to the overall thickness of the watch, the Proportion of the case matters the most. A big slap of steel optically makes the Tudor looks much thicker. That is also why the Tudor Black Bay Pro doesn鈥檛 appeal to me. I just like thinness. 馃ぃ

Yeah! Most Tudor Black Bays, with the exception of the 54 and 58, sit tall and high.

WatchBee

16.2mm! Man, and I thought my Laco Kiel 2 was thick at 14mm:

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As you say, stats can be deceptive though.

See the side profile pics I just posted in my edit. It鈥檚 a chonky boy that somehow manages to sit much lower on wrist. I have very average 17cm diameter wrists.

Beanna

It's funny how bulky and raw the Tudor looks simply due to the lack of details on the slabsided case, despite being a somewhat reasonable thickness based on specs in this lineup comparison.

The Speedie could do with more curved lugs to better hug the wrist. But the case to bezel ratio looks more proportioned than the Tudor and instantly thinner.

The Seiko follows a great curve and the polished sides reflect your skin and make it blend into your wrist. It's like a magic tick.

This really goes to show how essential case design and finishing are at disguising the size of a watch with visual tricks, compared to a simpler design for mass production and cost cutting. 馃槖

I鈥檝e added more photos to show the watches off wrist. The Speedy is crazy thick! 馃ぃ

weng_c

I鈥檝e added more photos to show the watches off wrist. The Speedy is crazy thick! 馃ぃ

Thanks for all these pictures. It's a great and educative comparison! 馃憦

All too thick for my taste.

Excellent post thank you 馃憤馃徎馃憤

The design chops of a watchmaker can be ascertained by the thought that goes into a case profile, in this case the view from the side.

I must say the Omega and Seiko do it very well to 鈥渉ide鈥 the thickness one you wear the watch it deceptively looks thinner.

The speedy鈥檚 lug length looks too big for your wrist . It doesn鈥檛 hug it at all ! Not so much just the thickness ? There is an air gap at each edge ! The Seiko on the other hand fits perfectly.

Tinfoiled14

The speedy鈥檚 lug length looks too big for your wrist . It doesn鈥檛 hug it at all ! Not so much just the thickness ? There is an air gap at each edge ! The Seiko on the other hand fits perfectly.

It fits fine. Cheers!

weng_c

It fits fine. Cheers!

It must just be the angle of your photo , hey If you love it that鈥檚 all that counts:) I have skinny wrists so I definitely can鈥檛 pull it off having only 6鈥 wrists

Excellent post to highlight it MUST be tried in person!

I also had Speedmaster triple date and it was so deceptive in tricking the eye to believe it was thinner, and meanwhile was taller than my Fortis square at 11.1 mm!!! Slab sided watch cases almost always appear to be taller.

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vmiyanks04

The Yacht-Master or the Explorer sit the slimest that I鈥檝e ever tried on. Rolex knows how to make a thin watch for sure. If only I was an investment banker and not in the military. Lol

But my Speedy is still really comfortable because of the caseback sitting in my wrist m, thin mid-case and the hesalite crystal being some of that dimension.

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The speedy looks the best out of the 3 on your wrist! 馃槈

cyclopseye

Excellent post to highlight it MUST be tried in person!

I also had Speedmaster triple date and it was so deceptive in tricking the eye to believe it was thinner, and meanwhile was taller than my Fortis square at 11.1 mm!!! Slab sided watch cases almost always appear to be taller.

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The Fortis is such an interesting watch! 馃憤馃憤

So true, great point and picture to support

weng_c

The Fortis is such an interesting watch! 馃憤馃憤

It is thanks,

as it has the most insane matte black dial, unfortunately I fell out of love with the shape.

馃嵒

Tudor really needs to work on those slab sided cases. They make their watches seem awfully chunky. It鈥檚 the one thing that kept me away from the GMT Pro. People kept reporting that it wears just fine but it鈥檚 just not a good look IMO.

Well stated, and great photos to illustrate. 馃憤 Drives home what a minefield it is to just order watches online 鈥 trying a watch on before purchase really is the way to go, if at all possible.

For example, I had originally dismissed the Seiko Speedtimer because of its proportions, but trying it on at an AD completely made me change my mind.

weng_c

The speedy looks the best out of the 3 on your wrist! 馃槈

Thanks! I鈥檓 pretty partial to it myself!

I really should have posted my Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm鈥 this thing is wicked thin, even with the double NATO under it.

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Yeah you got it. Specs can be deceiving.

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48mm Big but relatively normal from the dead on shot. 7 3/4 inch wrist.

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Stands really tall on wrist.