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Tonight I am wearing my Planet Ocean.
I was looking at my collection and spotted this and decided to wear it on the other wrist to give it some much needed attention.





The Fendi is really a handsome timepiece with an ETA 2824 and a screw down crown (though only rated for a 50m W/R)

In comparing the look of these two watches I began to think about what a watch is or should be.
Should a watch compliment the wrist,dominate the wrist, or just be an instrument for telling time in a way that is asthetically pleasing to the wearer?

The Fendi is only(?) 36 mm in diameter and that is plenty big to see and tell the time (it worked for wrists of all sizes for many years with no complaints)

The Planet Ocean is ,at 45 mm, much larger and is a wrist "dominator" but seems to make sense since it is a "dive" style watch and a diver needs to have a mega readable watch.

The only watches I see as really having a purpose for being BIG are divers and pilot watches.

At what point do watches become attention grabbers?

IMHO watches over 44 mm are just that.
Something ,not so much as functional by their size,but more attention getters.
Maybe this is why I don't get the evasive "compliments" on my watches.

I guess I'd get a lot more notice if I wore my RDII than my Fendi or Alpinist!!

But are all comments compliments?

I have had people comment on the size of a formerly owned Glycine but ,for some reason "Wow that's a big watch" isn't really a compliment in my book.


I tend to wear what I like and not what others may deem to be cool.


As far as my watches are concerned it is ,indeed, All about me!!



Thanks for listening!
 

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Interesting theory. I like big watches, but I don't particularly care for, nor do I seek "attention". I've stated before, and I'll state again......... I have never had anyone comment on any watch I own. Your post did get me thinking though, I certainly hope that people don't think I'm seeking attention by wearing larger case sizes, for that is not my intent. I just enjoy them more.
 

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My point is that years ago lots of guys had big wrists and had no problem with a 36 mm (which was considered "big" at one time) watch.
Well, maybe they DID have a problem, but simply DID NOT have a choice. My wrist is between 7 3/4" and 8" and I haven't worn a 36mm watch since I realized there were other options. I'd love to have a Datejust, but until Rolex decides to release one in 40mm + I'll continue to spend my money on other models and brands.
 

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IMHO, Foghorn is correct. I usually select a watch that reflects my mood (at that time). If my mood changes during the day, I can easily define it by selecting an appropriate time piece. The same applies for dress or casual wear.
 

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I prefer the stealth approach to watches.
I love my stylish 36-38 mm Clercs (truly hand made), my simple IWC Portofino, my slim and elegant Bedat and other pieces that fly under the radar.
If I wanted a look-at-me watch I'd own a blinged-out Rolex.
One of the reasons I dumped my Sapphire Ghost was the size (45 mm) and the diamonds. It is a wonderful watch, but I felt like it should have shipped with a clown nose.
 

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My watches go from Vintage 30mm to the modern day 46mm...42 would be my sweet spot...If I like the watch I'm wearing it. At least one day a week I give to my vintage collection and enjoy"feel" wearing them as much as the 46mm.
 

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I only own 1 BIG watch that I wear frequently, the Invicta Russian. I'll be honest here and say that I always wear it with the sleeves rolled up, but it just fits my style that way. I'd be lying if I said I don't look forward to compliments, but I wear it for myself - my wife absolutely hates everything about it.
 

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To some extent,I do care what others think about the watch I'm wearing,there is no way I could go in public wearing my RD.I own two of them just because I think they are neat,I actually use one as a clock in the bedroom.They are just too big for my skinny girly wrist.I do wear watches for me,but they need to look like they belong on my wrist.
 

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I only own 1 BIG watch that I wear frequently, the Invicta Russian. I'll be honest here and say that I always wear it with the sleeves rolled up, but it just fits my style that way. I'd be lying if I said I don't look forward to compliments, but I wear it for myself - my wife absolutely hates everything about it.
Actually, I'm with you Andrew, on every point except the wife. Mine happens to think that the RD is the coolest in my collection.
 

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I prefer Larger watches,but i own plenty of smaller ones.

I wear whatever my mood dictates,but its usually the bigger ones since most of my collection is made up of 38mm or larger:001_rolleyes:

And i never wear my watches for anyone but me:001_smile:
 

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For the record, out of all my watches, the only watch someone ever commented on was my Seiko Orange Diver. "That's some watch you have there."
 

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Wearing a nice watch is never an excuse for bad grooming.
I make it a point to agressivley tame nose and ear hair to present
a clean cut civilized appearance. That and a nice watch help to do this for me.
 
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