Bold oversized wristwatches are as popular as ever today with watch collectors and aficionados, along with fashion forward men and women throughout the globe. The average size today on most men’s timepieces is approximately 42mm in diameter, while the average size on most women’s watch styles is approximately 37mm in diameter.
The oversized watch trend started in the early part of this century with popular watchmakers TAG Heuer, Invicta, U-Boat and Breitling offering extra-large models for men with cases measuring more than 42mm in diameter and 15mm thick. The trend was soon adapted for women by watchmakers TechnoMarine and Michele, who introduced larger scale women’s watches with chronograph dials and generously oversized cases. Prior to this, most men’s watches averaged 37mm to 39mm diameter in size, while most women’s watches were well under 30mm in diameter in size.
Bold, amply proportioned timepieces for men and women are the focus of attention this week at World of Watches with our Oversized Watches: Go Big Or Go Home Event for 2017 event. Over 250 popular styles are featured in the promotion, including highly-sought after styles from Invicta, Lucien Piccard, Breitling, Michael Kors, TechnoMarine, Raymond Weil, Ingersoll, U-Boat, Glycine, Casio, Luminox and Swiss Legend.
Invicta watches have been at the forefront of the oversized watch movement and the Swiss-made Invicta Reserve Chronograph in stainless steel does not disappoint with a robust 52mm diameter, 22mm thick case in brushed stainless steel, presented on an attractive triple-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel with black ion-plated stainless steel accents on the bracelet, crown and push-piece covers.
The unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel with a screened black enamel top ring surrounds the black dial with three subdials, date and day windows, luminous skeleton hands and markers. Features include 1/10th of second, small-second and 30-minute countdown timers.
Additional features include a scratch resistant Flame Fusion crystal above the dial, a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet and premium quartz movement inside.
Breitling was one of the very first Swiss watchmakers to produce generously oversized men’s wristwatches in the early 2000’s and the Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT makes a bold statement on the wrist with a stout 47mm diameter, 19mm thick case in polished premium grade stainless steel. The handsome brown leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail adds distinction.
The unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the dark brown dial with a tachymeter outer dial, three silver-colored sub-dials, a red arrow GMT hand, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers.
Additional features include a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet, a glare-proof scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and a 70-hour power reserve. This Breitling watch has been awarded official Chronometer certification from the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).
U-Boat is another prominent oversized watchmaker from the outset and the U-Boat Limited-Edition Classico Automatic Chronograph lives up to its legacy with a 53mm diameter, 18mm thick case in ultra-durable, ultra-lightweight brushed titanium. The high-performance black rubber strap has a push-button deployment clasp for added convenience and security.
The left-facing crown and push-pieces add distinction. The black dial features small-second, 30-minture and 12-hour sub-dials, an automatic date calendar and black sword hands. An smei-exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate movement inside.
Features include a glare-proof, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.
With a heritage for producing ultra-thin and lightweight Swiss-made timepieces, watchmaker Raymond Weil transitions to a more bold and oversized model with the Nabucco Automatic Chronograph for men. This modern, contemporary chronograph features a contoured round case in satin-finished, brushed titanium that measures 46mm in diameter and 16mm thick.
The crocodile-textured black rubber strap has a convenient deployment clasp closure. An exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate automatic Swiss-made movement inside. The stationary black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter top ring surrounds the multi-layered black dial with three carbon fiber sub-dials, luminous baton hands and hour markers.
Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers. Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.
The Luminox Recon Watch for men is outstanding oversized watch selection and an exceptionally lightweight one too with a black polycarbonate case. Polycarbonate is an incredibly durable plastic material that is used in bullet-proof vests. It is lighter in weight than metal and is also stronger too.
The 48mm diameter, 14mm thick black polycarbonate case is presented on a matching black silicone strap with removable compass on the side. The unidirectional rotating polycarbonate bezel with 24-hour countdown markers and a tachymeter inner bezel surrounds the black dial with luminous hands and hour markers.
Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.
The Swiss Legend Skarkama Chronograph in yellow gold-tone stainless steel and black silicone is another excellent oversized watch choice for men. This Swiss-made men’s watch has a generously oversized case in polished yellow gold-tone ion plated stainless steel that measures an impressive 49mm in diameter and 14mm thick.
The supple black silicone strap features decorative yellow gold-tone stainless steel accents. The stationary bezel with a screened black enamel top ring surrounds the black dial with three sud-dial, luminous hands and hour markrers.
Features include a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock hours, 1/10th of a second, small-second and 30-minute countdown timers. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of precise time-keeping accuracy. Additional features include a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.
Oversized Breitling watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons.