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    Do you suffer from Pseudo Small Wrist Syndrome (PSWS)

    Hey guys,

    Just curious if anyone else has any WIS buddies who adamantly refuse to accept modern sized watches and who possess a normal sized wrist. I have a buddy who has a 7 in wrist and he claims that anything over 40mm is way too large for his wrist. He has a growing collection of 32-34mm vintage dress watches and his birthday is right around the corner. So, as a means to combat this pervasive but otherwise benign disorder I have decided to give him the obligatory Seiko SXK007 to add to his collection. I feel that it is my duty as his friend and fellow WIS to help him overcome his wrist dysmorphia and learn to appreciate a modern sized watch!

    Obviously, if your wrist is small and you wear smaller watches, that's a different story. Also I recognize that there is an all too common trend towards obnoxiously large watches (maybe this can be termed Pseudo Large Wrist Syndrome-PLWS)…

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    Re: Do you suffer from Pseudo Small Wrist Syndrome (PSWS)

    Just over 7 inch wrists here but I've discovered the max I like is 41mm... And I've gone as low as 32.
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    Re: Do you suffer from Pseudo Small Wrist Syndrome (PSWS)

    On overall, to each his own. If he doesn't feel comfortable wearing large size watch its his problem not yours.
    Yet I agree that it is nice to try different things and go toward new sizes-shapes that one might have not considered. I did go that same route, collecting only very small vintage watches and only recently accepting watches over 38mm on my wrist.
    Having friends sporting larger/diffferent watches and being able to try them on definitely helped them to grow on me.
    Yet, in my book, anything above 42 looks ridiculous unless you are a 7"tall bear. Many will disagree and they are completely free to do so!

    Anyhow, joke aside, the SKX007 is a perfect entry drug into larger diver watches. Its not too big and very well balanced. Also incredible watch for buck and it will probably be loved and cherished by your friend.

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    Oddly enough, a 49mm GShock still looks fine on a 6.5" wrist.
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    I think wrist diameter may not be the best metric for watch fit. I've seen other people with 6.5 inch wrists post wristshots of watches that swamped them, but I can comfortably wear a 44mm watch. I guess my wrists are thin, but proportionately wide.

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    Honestly I think its all in the mind. To me on a 6.5-6.75 wrist, 44mm Concord C1 looks fine, so does a 43mm Terranova, but a 36mm dress watch looks fine as well. It is watch specific based on design and how it sits on my wrist and my personal preferences.

    I think people might be overthinking things a bit here, just wear what you like wearing and enjoy it. I never get these "does it look too big on my wrist" threads. honestly only you can determine that, others are not going to be able to tell you how you want your watch to wear.

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    Re: Do you suffer from Pseudo Small Wrist Syndrome (PSWS)

    I do on occasion suffer from this (I have a 6.5 - 6. 75inch wrist) and I do find myself sometimes getting hung up on case diameters etc. but then I've come to realize its not so much the case/face diameter of a watch but the lug to lug length that I've found more accurately gauges how a watch will fit on me as I do have a flatter wrist which affords me a little play size wise. as it stands my lug to lug limit is typically from 48mm - 50mm but no more.
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    I have a 6" wrist and even a 38mm doesn't feel right on me. 40mm is perfect for me, and 42mm if it's in black. I usually look at how my watch looks on me overall including my body and head, not just on my wrist. I may try a 32mm just for fun to mix it up.

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    whatever floats his boat, or wrist. I do think that looks small on him though...

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    Re: Do you suffer from Pseudo Small Wrist Syndrome (PSWS)

    I have a 7" wrist and wear 36mm to 40mm watches though there are a few 34mm vintage watches in the collection. I like medium sized watches and that seems the medium range for me. Lots of folks like to wear large watches these days.
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