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    Really small men's wristwatches

    In the past wristwatches were much smaller. Right now whenever you look it's 40, 42 mm even for women's models.

    I'm looking for recommendations of men's wristwatches with classy look and case diameter of no more than 34 mm. Price does not matter, let's just have a look at them at first. I guess though there is no need to post extremely cheap low quality watches.

    In my opinion what would define such watches as men's in the wideness of a strap or bracelet. If it's thin then the watch is women's, if it's wide enough it looks men's.

    This is a snapshot from a film from 1960, an example of what I'm talking about.
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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    Here you go. The Seiko SACM171 is 33.5mm with a stunning dial and hands that are difficult to capture well. It uses a very accurate 8j41 movement capable of 10 seconds per year accuracy that was used on the high end Seiko GS models. And in keeping with the early 1960's trend toward thin watches this modern beauty is 5.3mm.

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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    I wore a 60s Omega for a time that was 33mm. Looked fine and felt great on my 6.5" flat wrist.


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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    Longines collection 'La grande classique' includes several watches with a comparatively small diameter. This is one of the largest on my 7.5" wrist:


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    Mine is 36 mm, automatic, rose gold case. The collection offers several alternatives.
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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm:


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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    Air King and a manual wind Tudor. 34mm.


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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    I too have been into small men's size watches for a while now. I decided to look at vintage pieces. Vintage Longines is always a good bet for small men's sizes, so is vintage Tudor:

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    As for new watches, Longines has its Conquest Heritage re-issue coming in at 35mm (as per the original, but that would still be 1mm over your limit). The no-date from 2014 is even better imo:

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    Part of the aesthetics of wearing a watch, to me, is seeing part of the bracelet on top of the wrist, like in this excellent vintage Explorer ad below. The current idea seems to be that as long as the lugs do not extend beyond your wrist, the watch is not too large. But just look at how cool it looks to see part of that bracelet actually on top of the wrist:

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    I raise my hand and touch the wheel of change
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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    As others have mentioned the opportunities for watch diameters <= 34mm expand a lot if you consider vintage watches. So search for brands like Cyma, Sandoz, Pontiac, Bulova, etc.

    This Art & Mecanique watch is 34mm and was actually made by Pontiac watch company. It uses a Peseux 320 movement. Pontiac branded watches are fairly common on Ebay including ones with this dial and case.

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    This Sandoz is probably late 1950's or early 1960's and is as I recall 33.5mm.
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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

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    Wow this is a really nice watch. Looks stunning! And the price is just there, not too cheap and not too expensive. I think I'm buying it! I didn't even expect to get really good recommendation that will make me buy new watch. I was recommended with another Seiko in the past, it was Grand Seiko, but it was too large so I never bought it. But this one is just perfect watch, exactly what I need right now. Thank you man, you're my hero!
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    Re: Really small men's wristwatches

    Great thread. I don't wear my 30mm Speedking often, but get a lot of enjoyment out of it when I do.

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    Omega Speedmaster Professional (311.30.42.30.01.005) * Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss (231.10.42.21.01.002)
    Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille (270.84.10) * TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M ceramic (WAK2110) * Poljot OKEAH Chronograph

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