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    Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    Hi all,

    For starters, I posted this over in the Patek forum at TRF a while ago, but am still contemplating, and wanted some more feedback. Apologies if this isn't the right place for it, but as there's no dedicated PP forum here, and seeing as I was hoping to get some wide-ranging input, here goes...

    I've been researching Calatravas recently, and am getting interested in three models in particular -- the 5196, 3796, and 3923. But before I take the plunge, I want to get a feel for how they fit. I tried a 5196, and even though it is only 37mm, I found that it wears quite large on my wrist. As such, I wanted to ask if anyone here can comment on the size of the 3796 and/or the 3293, particularly with how they wear on the wrist (I'm mainly interested in the 3796 at this point).

    My collection is mostly Rolex and Omega; my smallest is a 34 (vintage piece) and 42mm, so I'm used to more contemporarily-sized pieces. For what it's worth, I have a 6.5" wrist. Basically, I'm wondering how either the 3796 or 3923 would look, if they come across as very small, or wear larger than they are.


    Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide some input!
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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    Welcome to the big time!

    Well; I am not qualified to welcome you, because I do not have a Lange, Patek, Audemars Piguet, or Vacheron.

    My wrist is slightly smaller than yours.

    I own mainly 39mm and 40mm Watches but 36mm-38mm Watches suit my wrist very well.

    The 3796 is a 31mm Watch, isn't it? I think that it might wear a little too small for your 6.5-inch wrist, but, it is a very classy and dressy Watch, so it might be okay.

    The 3293 appears to be a very small, ladies' Watch, and appears to be square-shaped. I think it will definitely wear very small.
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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    5196 on my 6.5 inch wrist (flat on top), fits fine imo . . . if you feel 37 is too large, it will probably keep bugging you no matter what anyone says . . . that said, if the sizes/ shapes of the other 2 are as Dantan indicates, those may seem too small though again, only if you think so. . . .Good Luck!
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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    Some times is not the watch size but the empty dial that makes it look big. Out of the three, I think the 3796 comes with roman numerals which might be visually richer and more convenient for the perceived size. Or you could try a sector dial instead - e.g. 5296.

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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dantan View Post

    The 3293 appears to be a very small, ladies' Watch, and appears to be square-shaped. I think it will definitely wear very small.
    Thanks, Dan (and everyone else so far!) -- looks like I had a typo in my original post. I meant 3923; have gone back and corrected it....

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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    You are welcome!

    Okay; that's better!

    The 3923 based on my search yields a result that shows that it is a 32mm Watch.

    Still rather small, but these are classic and classy dress Watch sizes, designed to be slim and fit comfortably even under tight shirt cuffs.

    Unless or until you are able to try them on, it is difficult to say.
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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    Yes, that's exactly the problem -- I've found both online, but they're not local, and I can't justify dropping the coin without trying on first (the more expensive one (3923) has a return policy, but the seller of the 3796 doesn't take returns, so the risk is pretty high).

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    Re: Help with a Calatrava dilemma

    This thread needs some pictures!

    Patek Philippe 3796 (31mm):



    Patek Philippe 3923 (32mm):



    Both beautiful!
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