Hey, it's October...give a man his penchant for horror in title choice. Anyway, I have, for the last few years, been a dedicated fan of small watches. I am not a small guy. Six feet tall, seven inch wrist. So it was not a practical thing, due to proportion. It was an aesthetic choice. I just muchly preferred smaller watches. Up until fairly recently, I thought of 38mm watches as larger. They seemed relatively big. I like 36mm and even wore a 32-34mm (I never measured it but it was small) WWII Ordnance watch for a while. Loved it! I found 40mm watches and above to be very big. 42's were huge, 44 and up were freakin' ridiculous. Comical. But then recently something began to happen.
I still have plenty of love for smaller watches, and will readily wear one, but my perception of watch size has expanded. Not much, mind you. I still cannot imagine wearing something larger than 44mm. Hell even that might still be too large, but I am willing to imagine that I might find a watch of that dimension at some point that I would dig enough to not let it's size get in the way. So, 38mm now seems quite standard to me. 40mm would be perfectly acceptable.
I think this change has something to do with a change in my perceptions of watches in general. I think I have begun to open up to the idea of watches as jewelry. As personal decoration. Big revelation...I know . But I just didn't have that view until recently. I liked the aesthetics of the watch on my wrist along with my bracelet, cord and so forth, but it was still more or less an unobtrusive, blend into the background sort of view on a watch. However, that is not true these days.
Having in the past couple of years learned a bit about watches and watchness, I have developed a liking for many watches that I simply would want, without being hugely ostentatious, to stand out on my wrist. To be the key thing on my wrist. Being completely blunt here, to show it off. After all, if you love a watch for it's beauty, it's craftsmanship and what it stands for as a fine timepiece, then why not let it be noticed?
So, there we are. I have changed my view on watch size significantly (at least for me). It has opened up my choices and my enjoyment of watches in general. If you have read this far into my ramble, then please feel free to chime in with your own journey's/perceptions/aesthetic views of watches. Thanks for reading.