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    What size diameter watch?

    Assuming that you are an average sized person, 7-8 inches around the wrist, average size forearm and medium to large hands, how big a watch in diameter across would you consider wearing? I see some celebrities that wear watches that just looked oversized foot. Eddie Jordan for instance, is watches look extremely expensive, but they just look too big for his arm.
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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Penn Wooding View Post
    Assuming that you are an average sized person, 7-8 inches around the wrist, average size forearm and medium to large hands, how big a watch in diameter across would you consider wearing? I see some celebrities that wear watches that just looked oversized foot. Eddie Jordan for instance, is watches look extremely expensive, but they just look too big for his arm.
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    I personally am good with every 42mm watch I have tried, once I get to 44 to 46 it really depends on the watch. Many still prefer the historically smaller watches and there are still a few folks that will strap on the monsters.

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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    For a mans watch, I am in the belief that 40mm is the "universal" size. It'll look good on small wrists, large wrists and anything in-between.

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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    That's a personal preference that only you can decide. Whatever you feel comfortable with is what you should wear.

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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    In my opinion it depends on the combination of the width of your wrist (circumference is only useful for sizing a bracelet), the diameter of the watch, the bezel/dial ratio and the shape and size of the lugs.
    My quick and dirty rule of thumb is that the width of the wrist divided by the diameter of the watch should be close to 1.62 (the golden ratio).
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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    Normally 42mm and less, but just got this 47mm that wears fine

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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    your wrist size sounds like mine. I have 7.7" wrists with no fat. I can wear pretty much anything from 38mm all the way up to my deep blue depthmaster which is nearly 48mm. But there are watches in between that don't fit so well because of design
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    The biggest watch I've got is my Omega Planet Ocean which is 45 nm diameter. My wrist is 8 inches around and I got fairly large hands so the watch looks really good, but it's not sticking out like a sore thumb telling everyone "look, he's wearing an expensive watch" I really do not like massive watches that are just too obvious. I definitely wouldn't wear more than 45 nm, I was looking at one of the U-boat watches at 50 mL, but I'm willing to bet it would weigh a ton and probably look huge, even though my hands are quite big. I find the Rolex Sub quite deceiving to the eye when you first pick it up. It looks small until you look at yourself in the mirror, very strange.
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    Rolex Deepsea (45 mm)
    Rolex Daytona (black dial/steel)
    Rolex Perpetual Oyster (1950s-my late father's watch)
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    Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (orange)
    Omega Seamaster Professional
    Tag Heuer Carrera
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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    I will confirm what others have said, there are different factor that come into play for the right size for each person. I find for me its somewhere between 41-44 depending on some of the other dimesions on the watch but thats usually the sweet spot for me.
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    Re: What size diameter watch?

    38mm is my favorite diameter, but I'll go up to 41. I have a beater over 41, but I rarely wear it.

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