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    A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Or well 40mm and 39.5mm if we are nitpicking.

    I was messing around with my watches when I decided to try both the SubND and the Damasko DA36 on.
    It's interesting how the DA36 appears much larger than the SubND. Does the size of the dial affect our perception on size more than the actual dimensions of the case itself?


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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Wow, yeah that dial on the DA36 is huge. Overall, looks way bigger than the Sub.

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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    IMO, some watches just wear bigger than others, my panerai wore larger than my old breitling steelfish even though they were the same size, same story with IWCs... I think a clean face plus larger crown pieces (ie master compressor) give off the illusion of a larger watch

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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    To me, it's actually the size of the bezel on each watch, the thinner the bezel the larger it wears. Also, dial color would impact size impressions from my experience. A white dial seems to wear larger than the same watch in black . . .
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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    I know what you mean, tried on a 39mm Explorer and was amazed how huge it looked, seemed bigger than my 42mm watches

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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Quote Originally Posted by drhr View Post
    To me, it's actually the size of the bezel on each watch, the thinner the bezel the larger it wears. Also, dial color would impact size impressions from my experience. A white dial seems to wear larger than the same watch in black . . .
    But given the same diameter case, the size of the bezel increases/decreases proportionally with the size of the dial - so its a combination of bezel & dial size that makes a watch appear bigger or smaller than its similarly sized counterparts. I agree though, my PO looks smaller than the Speedy (because of the wider bezel/smaller dial, even though it is a mm or two bigger incl. the crown:
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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Quote Originally Posted by mew88 View Post
    Does the size of the dial affect our perception on size more than the actual dimensions of the case itself?
    Yes, the dial on the Submariner is only ~27mm and is smaller than the dial on their 36mm case watches (OP, Explorer, DJ, etc..). The DA36 not only has a larger dial but a more unobstructed viewing area due to the lack of roatating bezel which gives it a larger wrist presence; even if the case diameter on the Damasko were smaller than that of the Submariner (to some degree), it would still appear larger.
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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    I did this comparison on the same brand between Pam 24 and 111,111 looks bigger than 24 because it has thinner bezel and bigger dial,in fact 111 looks bigger than the 47mm submersible...

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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Quote Originally Posted by mew88 View Post
    Does the size of the dial affect our perception on size more than the actual dimensions of the case itself?
    In my experience, yes, definitely.

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    Re: A tale of 2 40mm watches

    Quote Originally Posted by mew88 View Post
    Does the size of the dial affect our perception on size more than the actual dimensions of the case itself?
    Absolutely. It's a generally accepted fact that the eye focuses on the dial and the size of the dial will warp the brain's perception of the size of the watch. If you have two identical sized watches, one that is "all-dial" and the other that has a smaller dial with a bezel, the all dial watch will appear to be larger. In addition to the dial size, you also have to realize that a larger dial generally translates to larger markers, numbers and hands, which adds to the illusion that the larger dial watch is bigger even though the case sizes are identical.

    One more factor that specifically affects watches that have bezels, is whether the bezel is a contrasting or matching color to the dial. If you place two identical sized divers beside each other, but one has a contrasting bezel while the other has a bezel that matches the color of the dial, the watch with the matching bezel will appear larger.

    Here's an example of the above described illusion that I like to use. It's my 49mm Oris Prodiver. It's a huge watch, but it has a small 31mm dial that's offset with a very thick contrasting bezel making it appear much smaller on the wrist than it actually is. In addition to the illusion of being smaller, the wearability is enhanced because the lugs are very short, so it wears very comfortably for a 49mm case and doesn't look oversized at all (7.25" wrist in this photo). By comparison, I have tried on a 42mm Hamilton Intra-matic (all-dial) and hated it because it looked out of proportion on my wrist. I ended up buying the 38mm version.

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