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    The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    U-BOAT wrist watches?

    I am wondering if the watches in this photo I took are the world’s biggest? They caught my eye on a shopping prowl for a new watch last week. Boy did they stand out!





    I went in the shop and tried one of the smaller models on my 7.5 inch wrist. It looked ridiculous! The case diameter was 50mm at least and the biggest model was 60mm +. The thickness was around 20mm. The movements were mechanical and quartz, both stated ‘MOVIMENTO SVIZZERO’ (Swiss Movement) made in Italy by Fontana at a place called Luca near Pisa. I had never seen such large watches in my life. They made the Panerai, Omega 45mm PO and the Breitling Seawolf look miniscule.

    I thought why were these watches called ‘U-Boat’? I know that U-Boat stands for Unterwasserboot (Underwaterboat) from WW2 infamy. So why call a watch by this name? Did the Italian manufacturers source some old U-Boats from WW2 in which they found suitable gauges, removed them and put watch movements in them? They certainly gave me the impression that this what they wanted the buying public to believe. The owner of the store liked to think that was so as well. He also claimed that the reason for the huge crown being on the 9 o’clock side of all of these models was because it was more comfortable on the wrist for officers working periscopes! The crown was unique in that it unscrewed like a whisky flask and revealed the real crown inside, which adjusted the time etc. The dealer also stated that these watches are worn by officers of the Italian Navy. The models I looked at all had a stated depth rating of a mere 10ATM. Hardly a divers watch or even a watch to be associated with submariners with such a shallow depth rating.

    The price range was from AU$895 for the quartz movement up to AU$6000 for the mechanical.

    I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

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    Re: The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by STEVIE
    U-BOAT wrist watches?

    I am wondering if the watches in this photo I took are the world’s biggest? They caught my eye on a shopping prowl for a new watch last week. Boy did they stand out!





    I went in the shop and tried one of the smaller models on my 7.5 inch wrist. It looked ridiculous! The case diameter was 50mm at least and the biggest model was 60mm +. The thickness was around 20mm. The movements were mechanical and quartz, both stated ‘MOVIMENTO SVIZZERO’ (Swiss Movement) made in Italy by Fontana at a place called Luca near Pisa. I had never seen such large watches in my life. They made the Panerai, Omega 45mm PO and the Breitling Seawolf look miniscule.

    I thought why were these watches called ‘U-Boat’? I know that U-Boat stands for Unterwasserboot (Underwaterboat) from WW2 infamy. So why call a watch by this name? Did the Italian manufacturers source some old U-Boats from WW2 in which they found suitable gauges, removed them and put watch movements in them? They certainly gave me the impression that this what they wanted the buying public to believe. The owner of the store liked to think that was so as well. He also claimed that the reason for the huge crown being on the 9 o’clock side of all of these models was because it was more comfortable on the wrist for officers working periscopes! The crown was unique in that it unscrewed like a whisky flask and revealed the real crown inside, which adjusted the time etc. The dealer also stated that these watches are worn by officers of the Italian Navy. The models I looked at all had a stated depth rating of a mere 10ATM. Hardly a divers watch or even a watch to be associated with submariners with such a shallow depth rating.

    The price range was from AU$895 for the quartz movement up to AU$6000 for the mechanical.

    I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

    Zeno Watch Basel manufactures an oversized 55mm! pilot's watch. It doesn't get any bigger and its legible enough to serve as a small wall clock if you remove the straps! :-D

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    Yes, the Zeno is a monster, i think you can get a reissued Revue (Revue Thommen nowadays) with a 55mm diameter also that comes with strap for the thigh (that was how pilot's during WW2 wore their watches sometimes).
    But for a 'world's largest' also the Formex TS350/375 and DS models come to my mind, 'only' 47mm diameter but the thickness... A huge industrial looking piece of metal.

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    Re: The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJPeters
    Yes, the Zeno is a monster, i think you can get a reissued Revue (Revue Thommen nowadays) with a 55mm diameter also that comes with strap for the thigh (that was how pilot's during WW2 wore their watches sometimes).
    But for a 'world's largest' also the Formex TS350/375 and DS models come to my mind, 'only' 47mm diameter but the thickness... A huge industrial looking piece of metal.
    Probably the Zlatoust 191-ChS is bigger and heavier than all of those, but I've only heard of one owner who was actually able to wear it.

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    Re: The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    Hi,

    I must admit that I do wear my slatoust several times a month.In fact you got to get used to it.What a fantastic piece of a watch.It is the best communication tool one can get for the price.
    You will never be left alone if you travel by yourself for example...

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    Re: The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    I have an invicta corduva that spans 61mm with the crown, 53 without. I got it for next to nothing to use as a beater around the house.

    mrr

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    Re: The World's Largest Wrist Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by langlaisjc01 View Post
    Hi,

    I must admit that I do wear my slatoust several times a month.In fact you got to get used to it.What a fantastic piece of a watch.It is the best communication tool one can get for the price.
    You will never be left alone if you travel by yourself for example...
    I have an 8-inch wrist so maybe I should get one for my EDC? Question: can the "grill" over the face be removed? I HATE the look of those! LOL

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    :-S

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