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    Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    I have seen watch sizes gradually shrinking and dials getting less busy in my social circle. It seems that people now favor smaller, less busy dials like the Rolex Explorer I or Patek Philippe Nautilus. Everyone I know is wearing smaller and/or less conspicuous watches now.

    An interesting thing to note is the influx of bigger watches in the secondary market. I now see a lot of 44mm and bigger watches cluttering up reputable used dealers for weeks while a nice JLC Reverso Classique gets snapped up almost immediately.

    Is the era of bigger is better finally over and done with? Or is this phenomena is just an abnormality which will correct itself over time?
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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    Ive noticed the same thing.

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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    There are no other sizes except 44+ and 39-? What about 42mm (my favorite).
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    Watch trends 44mm+ vs &lt;39mm

    Yes, with 42 mm panerais being very popular and new AP being 42mm there is definitely some trend towards 42mm. However, Rolex is making 40mm the new 36. And Patek is going towards 42mm as well.
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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs &lt;39mm

    Watch manufacturers will keep on making whatever size their customers demand. An observation by an individual is hardly empirical evidence that the demand for large watches is on the decline.

    I also abstained from voting, since I don't agree with any of the provided options.
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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    Quote Originally Posted by friedricetheman View Post
    An interesting thing to note is the influx of bigger watches in the secondary market. I now see a lot of 44mm and bigger watches cluttering up reputable used dealers for weeks while a nice JLC Reverso Classique gets snapped up almost immediately. Is the era of bigger is better finally over and done with? Or is this phenomena is just an abnormality which will correct itself over time?
    As long as AP ROO is still popular, I doubt they'll ever go back to sub 40mm sizes.

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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    The older I get, the less crap I want my dial cluttered with - my eyes prefer the ease of readability.
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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    Despite my weedy frame I like my watches big (I take everything else as it comes so no crude jokes please)

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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    It's worth noting that if "less than 44mm" is now considered a smaller watch, then the large watch trend has officially succeeded and become permanent. 44mm was considered gigantic just a few years ago.
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    Re: Watch trends 44mm+ vs <39mm

    The smaller watch trend will continue as long as everyone wants to look like the manbun-ed hipster sitting next to them on the subway with the Daniel Wellington.

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