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    In the past few years I lifted weights a lot, mostly power-lifting style and ended up quite large at 5'9 and 225 lbs. I was strong but definitely carried excess body-fat, you really eat to make the weight go north. I didn't mind the body-fat because a 540 lb deadlift was just that cool and I had so much muscle I carried the weight well. But about two years ago I got a really bad pneumonia which left me on prednisone and inhalers for many months until I could exercise again, it was really 9 months until I fully recovered. By this point I was fat and most of the muscle I had atrophied. So working my way back I figured i'm 36 let's just get healthy, since April I'm down 47 lbs weighing in at 178 today and wearing 32 pants for the first time since I was in the Marines.

    This is great and all, however my wrist has shrunk, from about ~7.25/7.4 inches depending on when I measured to now 6.8-6.75 inches. This has drastically changed the watches I can wear. The three I own are below, the MM300 now looks too big for my wrist, the Cocktail Time is right on the line, and the 38mm Alpinist fits like a glove. The angles also don't help from the pictures of the alpinist and MM300, makes them look larger than they really are.

    Has anyone else had their wrists shrink this much? It seems really excessive and it's completely screwing up my watch collection. I basically can't own anything over 40 mm!






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    Welcome to the sub-7" exclusive club
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    maybe you haven't tried it but most probably one wrist will be quite different in circumference to the other - sometimes temperature -or dominant hand thing -i have bracelets that are on their maximum that will fit one but not the other comfortably -it pays to be be ambidextrous where watches are concerned -not the right or left thing !

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    Losing weight is such a double edge sword...
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    Agree with shameless. And you might try muscle building on your watch wrist. As you are a power lifter you would know which exercises to do. Good luck.
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    Indeed welcome to the sub-7" club. I don't think it's such a hassle, I used to play baseball in college and had pretty strong forearms, now I've shrunk down to 6.75" thanks to running marathons. I wear almost anything from 40mm to 44mm the thinner the better I even used to rock a Seawolf with these wrists just wear what you like :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by curious cheese View Post
    Agree with shameless. And you might try muscle building on your watch wrist. As you are a power lifter you would know which exercises to do. Good luck.
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    I'm still pretty strong at 178 with a 275 bench and 400lb deadlift, alas you cannot grow muscle on your wrists, only fat...

    The MM300 doesn't have any lug overhang so I can still pull it off, but barely.

    This newfound small wrist really puts the future of my watch collecting in disarray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Dowling View Post
    I'm still pretty strong at 178 with a 275 bench and 400lb deadlift, alas you cannot grow muscle on your wrists, only fat...

    The MM300 doesn't have any lug overhang so I can still pull it off, but barely.

    This newfound small wrist really puts the future of my watch collecting in disarray.
    Look at the bright side though, the world of Grand Seiko is now your oyster! And vintage watches as well.

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    All is know is this: that strap you have on your Cocktail Time is GREAT.

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    came in thinking "i'll tell OP he should start deadlifting"
    saw OP's 540# deadlift




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    that feel when only 330lb deadlift @ 5'11" 180, almost down to 10%bf

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