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    I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    I would like to own a classic vintage watch with dome crystal, nice polished case and new leather strap. But i find it very tough to find a bigger vintage watch. Most are 34 to 38mm. I'm looking in 40 to 44mm range. Are there any known models or manufacturers that produced watches in 40 to 44mm diameter?

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    You don't say what your budget is, so I'm just going to give you my favorites and assume that you have deep pockets.

    At 41mm, an Omega Speedmaster Professional is the obvious example that comes initially to mind. You might also consider a large (42mm) EPSA supercompressor watch from one of various brands. These latter are dive watches, but with an internal rotating bezel so they are a bit more refined.
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    Re: I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    If you mean a dress watch then I do not know of any. However there are a few late 60s to early 70s chronos or divers watches that would fit the bill? As Dan asks, what is your budget?

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    Yeah, you're going to have some trouble finding contemporary hockey-puck sized watches in the vintage arena. The look just wasn't very popular until relatively recently. Looking for chronographs and divers are a good suggestion but even those probably aren't going to get you to the 44mm realm where you want to be. Maybe check Atlantic. They made some watches that were large for the time but not sure quite how large they got, they're definitely not in the bozo the clown range a lot of people like nowadays.

    You might be best sticking to retro looking modern watches.
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    Re: I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    Get Zodiac Super Sea Wolf (from 1970ies). It is 42mm x 50mm. And sometimes could be acquired by 3 digit price.
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    Re: I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    Angelus at 40mm, late '40's.
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    Re: I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    If you just want vintage style then you could always go for a modern re-issue/re-interpretation but in a modern size large case..many companies have produced re-issues but at the more affordable end of the market Tissot and Hamilton spring to mind for automatic movements often in a range of case sizes
    Genuine vintage will most likely mean a 1970`s diver or chronos to reach larger sizes - so they may be pricey as they seem in vogue at the moment.
    If you like vintage why not just accept the original smaller size - at least it will stand out from the current trend and others won`t assume it`s a modern quartz.
    The choice of strap can help add wrist presence too depending on the style of watch you can pop in on a wide bund,or if it`s a dress watch put it on a good quality leather strap that isn`t tapered at the buckle end .
    If you do find a larger size vintage case (say 40mm) the lug size for a strap will likely be no greater than 20mm so the watch proportions in relation to the strap may look a bit off.
    Do you have any pictures of the sort of style you`re looking for?

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    I love vintage dress watches. If i could get one with patina inside and clean clear crystal over it.
    An example i found but at 33mm just to small.

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    Sounds like you might need to Photoshop it, then.

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    I love vintage dress watches. If i could get one with patina inside and clean clear crystal over it.
    An example i found but at 33mm just to small.

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    Re: I need some help with bigger vintage watch

    I don't think you will find a legitimate vintage dress watch that is larger than 38mm, but that is much larger than 33mm. Have you tried on a 38mm dress watch to see if that works for you? If you find one that is "all dial", it will have a fairly large wrist presence.
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