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    Larger vintage watches?

    I'd love to pick up a nice vintage piece or two, but with my mammoth wrists and general size those older smaller watches just look ridiculous. Are there any nice vintage watches in the 40mm+ range? ...

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    A vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms comes immediately to mind

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    Maybe some of the vintage chronos would meet your needs. Not a lot of 1940s vintage that would, unfortunately.

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    There are quite a few watches from the '70s, especially C-case ones (more often chronographs than not) which might be 40mm or more in dia.
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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    Vostok Amphibias come in at 39/40 mm, even the old ones.

    Not all of them have silly dials with tanks or paratroopers


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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    Sure. A vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional (manual wind "moon watch" or "pre-moon") will fit the bill nicely. It's timeless, looks better on the wrist than pictures of the watch would lead you to believe, and it's 42mm. Get one.... you'll love it. The manual wind "Professional" is larger than the automatic versions.

    I have a 1969 Speedy Pro (the year of Armstrong & Aldrin's landing), pre-moon version (before they changed the back and started calling it the "moon watch" for marketing value). It was my holy grail, and everything that I've added to my collection since is gravy. Aside from the fact the hands and markers no longer glow, the watch looks almost like it came out of the box.

    Here's a pic of my '69 with the standard bracelet from that year as well as an Omega Kevlar strap from a Speedmaster X33. These watches look amazing with everything from black and brown leather straps to NATO straps (I sometimes wear it with a Bond strap).

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    If you want to go really in tune with the current fashion for XL sized watches, maybe 55mm would suit you?



    And it will not lose in value either. Could be your best watch investment!!

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    Two large vintage Zeniths from the 1970s ...



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    Both of them well over 40mm (in the 43-44mm range).
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    A few of this and some of the other ...


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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrentYYC View Post
    Sure. A vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional (manual wind "moon watch" or "pre-moon") will fit the bill nicely. It's timeless, looks better on the wrist than pictures of the watch would lead you to believe, and it's 42mm. Get one.... you'll love it. The manual wind "Professional" is larger than the automatic versions.

    I have a 1969 Speedy Pro (the year of Armstrong & Aldrin's landing), pre-moon version (before they changed the back and started calling it the "moon watch" for marketing value). It was my holy grail, and everything that I've added to my collection since is gravy. Aside from the fact the hands and markers no longer glow, the watch looks almost like it came out of the box.

    Here's a pic of my '69 with the standard bracelet from that year as well as an Omega Kevlar strap from a Speedmaster X33. These watches look amazing with everything from black and brown leather straps to NATO straps (I sometimes wear it with a Bond strap).

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    NICE!... Now that's an Omega I could see myself wearing, and much more in a reasonable price range.

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    Re: Larger vintage watches?

    If you like Omegas, and do not mind Quartz movements ( in fact, it has two):

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