How to Find Right Watch Size

“How do I find the right size of the clock” certainly an important question when it comes to find the new favorite watch. Terms like “Oversize”, “Big Size” or “XL”, which should indicate the size of the clock, not just easier to make the decision no uniform standard as are E.g. for textiles there’s.

Often it boils down to that the optimal clock size is tried to reduce the diameter . It is usually not so easy. Other factors, such as the height or the watch design play an important role. But the series after…

The trend: Large watches on the rise

If you look on chrono24.de watches of the 50s up 70, it is quickly evident move the models almost exclusively in the area of 34-37 mm. Small anecdote compliant? In the 40s and 50s, there was an Omega model with the name “oversized”, so oversize. The watch had no less than 38mm in diameter (measured excluding Crown). For comparison, looking through Google for current “oversize”-watches, you can easily find models beyond the 50 mm (E.g. diesel), could probably not more than wearing Popeye, keep the clock somehow strangely unchanged.

Although Rolex leaves his most famous classics, the Rolex Submariner, already for decades at 40 mm, many Submariner tributes put (detractors would say also “replicas”) very well on a larger diameter (e.g. rock hard Ocean 42 mm and 44 mm) and go with the trend. But even Rolex can resist not the trend of increasing clock sizes: so which grew new air-King, which presented at Baselworld in 2016, from 34 mm to at least 40 mm. Also the new edition of Tudor Bronze Black Bay enjoys a growth: from 41 mm to 43 mm.

Now, one could argue: trends come and go (shirts with lace – really now?). Sometimes, the trends come back (Hello of skinny jeans!). But are also the clock sizes shrink again…?

Large watches Adé – be watches back smaller?

My personal opinion is very clear: no! I am firmly convinced, that is the clock sizes for men at > 40 mm will hold. Even if for example the New York Times for small clock sizes makes strong (“are you man enough for a small watch?”), so there’s really no reason that watches as a (pretty much) single piece of jewelry a man be reduced. The shows also inflating the watches of Rolex and Tudor, which were previously reserved for larger models (Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling & co. are and were as much faster). The market demands a large watches-and I like that because a man Watch present may be quite in my opinion.

Diameter vs. wrist circumference: clue, to determine the optimal size of the clock

The diameter is as legitimate a clock (measured excluding Crown) as a first clue to be used if you want to find the right size of the clock. As a point of reference, the wrist circumference is generally used to the watch diameter. Simply take a tape measure and put it around your wrist (not too tight).

To make general statements on the wrist circumference to diameter ratio, I’ve researched in many relevant forums.

The evaluation of the information by 80 watches fans showed that the Wellness Watch size with an average factor of 2.3 can be determined.

Say: You just take your wrist circumference (in cm) and this multiplied by 2.3.

Example: When my wrist circumference of 18, 5 cm watches diameter of 43 mm results in. Bullseye – this is also in some the clock size, which I prefer.

Interestingly the evaluates to even, that most watches fans moving generally in a corridor of 3 mm. I would settle my watch size, which I feel most comfortable, in the range of 42-45 mm.

I would stress at this point that the evaluation is average, i.e. There are of course also watch winners who prefer smaller or larger watches. Ultimately, of course also other factors when choosing a clock play a role…

Height and weight: Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish vs. Breitling Colt

Now, where you have determined your individual ‘wellness corridor’, you can estimate at least already once roughly what models for you in question come.

The following factors are still important in addition to the diameter…

The height

This is usually also specified in millimeters. There are huge differences. Example compliant? Two very similar Breitling models, to the no longer available Breitling Superocean Steelfish 44 mm variant, as well as the Breitling Colt (also 44mm) placed side by side the following image submit…

First from the front:

The Height difference is 11, 3 mm to 16.7 mm (50% approx. are)! This she has a Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish clearly wuchtiger on the arm, even if the pure diameter of the compared models is exactly the same. This has of course also affect the comfort…

Weight and material

It is in the nature of things, that larger watches of course also more weigh. In above mentioned comparison of two Breitling watches the SuperOcean Steelfish is a real “scrappy”, while the Breitling weighs significantly less Colt through the lower height and thus also more comfortable to wear. Breitling is SuperOcean Steelfish – even if you often called a Breitling classic in addition to the new through the combination of height and weight very top-heavy and this unpleasant side tends to “tumble”. This is mainly on the steel strip variant, which of course still further increased the weight. On a leather strap or NATO, also the Steelfish is still quite pleasant. However SuperOcean Steelfish has the Breitling me so really only on the steel strip – a real dilemma.

Wrist watches for men are in the majority of cases made of stainless steel. Relatively often be found larger watches but also in a titanium-variant, which significantly reduces the weight of the clock and thereby increasing also the comfort. While stainless steel weighs approx. 8 g / cm³, comes Titan only to about 5 g / cm³. A difference of at least 60%that can become quite apparent wearing everyday for several hours. Titan impact visually however much grey as stainless steel. Here the personal preference but.

A current example of a Large titanium watch is the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman automatic 46 mm Variant (price: approx. €1200) with red bezel, which was presented at Baselworld in 2016, and since mid-2016 in the trade. Although the model is quite large, it is quite comfortable portable due to the lightweight titanium housing:

A still lighter material, which is used in the production of men’s watches and is carbon. Carbon weighs under 2 g / cm³ and can make pleasant also huge watches with regard to comfort. Reasonably affordable models with full carbon housing can be found but not very often. Because: carbon fibers are expensive and the production is expensive.

There’s more info in this post and to Carbon watches including a comprehensive overview of current models:

All in all carbon watches are a niche product but rather-Titanium has become rather as an alternative to stainless steel in comparison. I personally find the look of carbon on the wrist but hammer and hope that appear here in the future even more models!

The watch design – ratio of bezel and dial

Here I want to let images speak like short and brief, in order to clarify the difference:

I have asked several friends and acquaintances which watch is probably greater. As the gun shot was always: the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 day-date (left). This has only 43mm in diameter, while the Breitling measures 44 mm Colt. In short: the relatively small dial in combination with the stainless steel bezel, leave significantly less work the Breitling model (“bezel effect”). Also the overall darker design Tag Heuer Carrera makes something “wuchtiger” them.

The Crown and other pushers

Striking crowns and other pushers (for example in Chronographs) can change the clock visually of course also. A well known example is certainly the brand Panerai with very eye catching Crown protection. The example of the (already large acting) Panerai 111 illustrated here:

But also the above mentioned Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman with 46mm diameter acts by the flashy Crown protection not just smaller.

Horn-to Horn Maß and lug width

Also the so-called Horn to Horn measure can be the optical impression a clock change significantly by the clock is “vertical” greater. Also the lug width plays a role by the horns on the site are further apart and therefore wuchtiger work the whole body can be. Both can be measured as follows:

At the rock hard NAV B-Uhr bronze in the image above, it is worth noting that with the mounted band something “was taken for a ride”, i.e. the canvas strap is thicker than actually sees the lug width, because it “is about something”. The above compared models of Breitling Colt and Tag Heuer Carrera day-date have incidentally, horn to Horn mass of 53mm or 51mm. This means that the Breitling colt by the larger Horn to Horn measure some relativized the bezel effect.

Determine the size of the clock – conclusion

Ultimately, it is of course also getting used to matter, in addition to the factors described if you cope with certain clock sizes. So the statement can be in relevant forums often find that the ongoing transition from smaller to larger models is not just easy. It is therefore if necessary recommended limiting the personal watch collection to a certain size corridor.

Nevertheless: watches that seem purely by the data here too big or too small, can yet harmoniously participate in the wrist. Keep all these factors in mind when you decide for your desired clock so that you also enjoy this.

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