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    "Large" watches that wear "small"

    Arggh this search for a new watch is maddening. From experience, in general, I really can't pull off a watch larger than 40mm but I'm finding that several options I really like are listed as 42mm+. Are there brands or models you know of that typically "wear small" because of lug design, case thickness, whatever?

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    Re: "Large" watches that wear "small"

    Omegas with the signature twisted lugs wear small.
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    My Helson Turtle wears much smaller than the stated 44.5mm diameter. Probably due to the fact that it has a relatively small dial and tapers inward from the bottom of the case to the bezel ring.
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    I wouldn't go over 43mm usually, and 42 an under is what I prefer even more. That said, I received a Luminox Colormark as a gift, which is 44mm. It fits well due to the divers bezel making the dial look smaller, it's mostly black which is slimming, and the lugs are really short so the lug-to-lug length is manageable.
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    Yea, I'm actually focusing on black a little more because its supposed to be "slimming". Anything that works I guess...

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    Re: "Large" watches that wear "small"

    Seiko divers because they have short lugs.
    Anything that has a thin case will wear "smaller"
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    Re: "Large" watches that wear "small"

    BP FF,45 mm, short lugs, wide bezel, 6.5 inch wrist . . .
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    Re: "Large" watches that wear "small"

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    Yea, I'm actually focusing on black a little more because its supposed to be "slimming". Anything that works I guess...
    Dark dials definitely wear smaller, IMO, as will dark dials+dark bezels. Same for watches with wider bezels vs those with smaller bezels.

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    Re: "Large" watches that wear "small"

    I'll add, if you're wearing it on a bracelet, the end piece style can make a fairly significant difference. If the center link extrudes, it effectively increases the lug-to-lug length and makes the watch wear bigger. If they're inset, it'll wear a little truer to size since the bracelet will hang down directly under the lug tips instead of out a few millimeters before dropping.

    (Does anyone know what the actually naming convention for those other than "extrude" and "inset"? I've also used the term "male" and "female" as with nuts and bolts and with audio plugs, cords, etc.)

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    Extruding: Omega Planet Ocean
    Inset: Tudor Black Bay

    I first noticed when I tried the Planet Ocean on a rubber strap and the Speedmaster on leather. They both wore smaller in those instances.
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