I've been wearing and trying to bond with a watch lately that's on the absolute top of my watch size range. It's a Lum Tec Combat B model. On the bracelet, it was too heavy for me. Love it on the Nato, but it does add bulk. Lugs don't overhang wrist, but I can never quite get totally comfortable with it like I can with most of my smaller watches. 43mm case size. Measuring as good as I can, I think it's 52mm lug to lug. 6.5 inch wrist
It's absolutely wearable, but it's just a tick too big for me. I keep trying to fight it, because I love nearly everything else about the watch. It's a unique set of styling a feature choices that I don't think exists in a 40mm or smaller watch. I really *want* it to be my go to wear-a-ton quartz watch, but the size not-quite-rightness of it just won't go away.
The thing that really drove this home was, for an instant size comparison, I went straight from this to my Archimede Outdoor Protect last night, just to see the difference. When this hit my wrist, I instantly felt like I had been let out of jail.
With my 6.5 inch wrists, I'm finding I really do prefer smaller watches. Lug to lug is the big thing I focus on, but, really in my experience, the regular watch size generally tells me what I need. If it's 40mm or smaller it almost always is more comfortable to me that anything 41mm and up. For this Archimede in particular, there's a slightly bigger 41 antimagnetic variant I want, but I'm afraid the size would irritate me as compared to this one which is absolutely perfect for me. I'm thinking of going hard core and making 40mm a hard cut off for any watch I'll even consider. Why fight it? Yeah, that cuts out a ton of great watches, but in two years in the watch hobby, this size preference is really coming into focus.
Obviously, a watch that's way too big or way too small is generally out from the get go. However, there are watches right on or just over the borderline of preferred ranges. How much will you fight through size issues for a watch that you otherwise love?