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Hi everyone.

I'm brand new to the forum and relatively new to the watch scene. And I was hoping you all could offer some feedback / advice.

In 2 months my wife will be convocating as a CPA... it's been a long journey and lifelong goal for her. And so I'm getting her a watch to mark the special occasion.

Here is my dilemma. I don't find the styles of the dainty little (25mm-35mm) women's watches very interesting at all. I much prefer to see a woman wearing a tasteful men's watch - provided she can pull it off nicely. She is rather petite, with really small wrists.

My #1 choice right now is the Tudor Black Bay in red. I'll be taking her to try it on this week at our local AD.


Today she tryed on the Bell & Ross GMT. To be honest I assumed she would think this was too masculine (I personally like Bell & Ross very much), but surprisngly she was pretty happy with it. Here she is at the store. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic. quality. uploadfromtaptalk1443489868234.jpg

I'm leaning towards the Tudor because I think the red colour is a touch of femininity while still a solid tool watch. I also think the Bell is maybe too similar to my own Explorer ii.

So what are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with having a lady wear a men's watch? Does it look ridiculous or tasteful? Is the Bell & Ross too big for her? Are there any other models you would suggest? Let's hear them! I'll try and post some pics of the Tudor later on... stay tuned. Thanks for reading!
 

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IMO that's a bit too big, but that's just a sense of proportion at play. I feel that way about larger cases on most men's wrists; my personal preference, for example, is 36-38 mm, not 40+. I definitely don't think most styles are male-only, and that red Tudor diver...heck no. I think you're right; the red makes it less harsh. What would concern me with a diver, tho, is dial size and thickness both play a role in the perception of a watch being over-size, and divers are usually on the thick side.

But I despise gender stereotypes...like, 42 mm case sizes are Masculine. GAH! This isn't the statement they really mean. If you like your wife wearing it...if she likes the look...awesome! Go for it!
 
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My wife wears an Omega Speedmaster 38mm, a Junghans Max Bill 38mm, and sometimes the Shinola 43mm. None look too big or ridiculous for her and her lady wrist, but that B&R is out of whack (and my wife likes B&R's but thought they looked clownishly big). The Tudor is somewhat heavy, no?

How about a Rolex Datejust 36mm with the "grape" dial?
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Women can get away with wearing almost anything including big men's watches very nicely if they are comfortable with it, just be mindful that its a fashion statement about being bold yet cool and relaxed. I assume she already has some regular sized ladies watches for more 'proper' or formal occasions.

The BB is 42mm (if not mistaken!) and may be just a touch too big and heavy and may flop around uncomfortably on a small wrist, not good if she's working at a desk most of the day. I suggest looking at some slightly smaller men's watches 38-40mm, maybe put it on a rubber strap to further lighten it up and also prevent it twisting around her wrist. I'm thinking Sinn have some very nice lookers in that range that she might like. Oris has also just released their new 65 reissue at 40mm. But if you both really like the BB then I say, why not!
 

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...I'm brand new to the forum and relatively new to the watch scene... lifelong goal for her. And so I'm getting her a watch... I don't find the styles of the dainty little (25mm-35mm) women's watches very interesting at all... I much prefer to see a woman wearing a tasteful men's watch... My #1 choice... I'm leaning towards the Tudor because I think ...
I see an awful lot of "I think" and "I want" and "My" in there, all of which is pretty irrelevant. What does SHE prefer? Whatever it is... get that! :)
 

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Dumb question, have you looked at a white dial Explorer II 16570 ?

I gave the Mrs mine that I was not wearing anymore.
She is all about white dial watches ( her FM cintrée curvex is also a white dial as well as a few other fashion watches )

I took out all the removable links and it fits fairly well. She would like a half link more out of it, if there was such a beast.

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The Mrs said the BB, she liked the bezel, but the dial was not her thing ( again she is all about the white dials )
 

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Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!

Both of us really have no experience buying women's watches; so this is helpful.. especially your comments on the actual comfort of putting a big watch on a small wrist. Probably something that deserves more thought!

But her own preference is also to stay away from tiny women's watches. It's not entirely my own viewpoint.. although she's likely been influenced by my bias. Anyway, after reading your comments, we are giving the B&R a second thought.. and will search out something more in the range of 36-39mm.

The grape dial Datejust is reaaalllyy nice (her words :-d)! We will definitely go and try it on!

Her personality is in fact bold yet pretty chilled out. And that's why she's so cool. But since this is going to be her daily "go to" watch then maybe a more regular sized watch is ideal.
 

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I fail to see the dilemma she chooses a watch she likes and you buy it. Not to be rude but why should she care what you or anyone on this forum thinks should be on her wrist.

But of more interest is convocating a word?
 

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Women look great in an oversize man's watch. It's men who look silly wearing watches that are too big.

My advice is to let her pick something out for herself. IMO women look best in the most inappropriate watch, something like a Speedmaster Pro when dressed for work. That Tudor is too sweet looking; it will just look like a big watch on a tiny wrist.
 

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I fail to see the dilemma she chooses a watch she likes and you buy it. Not to be rude but why should she care what you or anyone on this forum thinks should be on her wrist.

But of more interest is convocating a word?
Maybe because she is undecided and looking for opinions? She is not a watch person... and I'm not really one either.

Maybe it isn't a word. Who cares? Gotcha of the Day award goes to you. :-!
 

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The point is you and your significant other are watch people. Like all her jewelry she chooses something she likes, and there are literally 1000's of watch options in the price range you're in, and than the only question is does anyone know of any issues with the choice. Things like performance or service issues not style that's personal.

My wife spends hours surfing the web looking at watches, when she' finds something she likes, she goes and tries it on. As far as size she has a 6 1/5" wrist and watches ranging from a tiny movado to wearing my 42mm breitling (she changed the strap to leather so she could wear it). They all work.

I have to say most women I work with in NYC, and see on the train wear big Quartz chronos if they go for a mechanical it's usually 38mm max. The under 30 folks are rocking a bunch of smart and fashion watches.

Hope you when find something in time for the big event, I know you guys are going to convocate likes its 1794.
 

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My wife was the same, wanted something bigger than her tag Aquaracer but not as big as mine (42mm +) We ended up getting the Oris Aquis. She gets heaps of comments - I must say it looks great on her wrist. It is sporty but stylish IMHO and I'd just the right size at 36mm. Good luck with your choice, always exciting hunting for a new watch



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Hi everyone. In 2 months my wife will be convocating as a CPA... it's been a long journey and lifelong goal for her. And so I'm getting her a watch to mark the special occasion.
First off, congrats to your wife on her accomplishment. I am a CPA, but am not sure what convocating means in that context. Convocating generally has an ecclesiastical or sometimes college meaning. I will assume the latter here as it makes more sense.

Given that she apparently has already passed the CPA exam and meets the experience requirements for your state, I assume that she has workplace experience. CPAs work in a variety of settings from the big accounting firms to sole practitioner firms to corporate settings. They also perform a variety of activities: audits, consulting, taxes, consulting, financial planning, etc. She will be best situated to determine what watch style fits in her work environment, so I would let her have her say.

Before you you buy her an automatic, be sure that she really knows what an automatic is and what it entails. I bought my wife a TT DJ (womens size) that she picked out. That was 16 years ago. She wore it for a couple weeks, then decided to put it in the safe. It has been there ever since. She did not want to set it after it wound down over a weekend and I was traveling for work. She decided it was too much of a hassle and bought a string of cheap Quartz watches. In my experience, if she does not like the whole experience, she won't wear it. The more input she has, the more likely she is to enjoy and wear the watch.
 

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Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!

Both of us really have no experience buying women's watches; so this is helpful.. especially your comments on the actual comfort of putting a big watch on a small wrist. Probably something that deserves more thought!

But her own preference is also to stay away from tiny women's watches. It's not entirely my own viewpoint.. although she's likely been influenced by my bias. Anyway, after reading your comments, we are giving the B&R a second thought.. and will search out something more in the range of 36-39mm.

The grape dial Datejust is reaaalllyy nice (her words :-d)! We will definitely go and try it on!

Her personality is in fact bold yet pretty chilled out. And that's why she's so cool. But since this is going to be her daily "go to" watch then maybe a more regular sized watch is ideal.
That Rolex is actually a oyster perpetual and not a Datejust. Datejust will have a date function.
while you guys are at the Rolex ad have her try on a sub. Sub is worn by many females and it's only 40mm.
 

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I see plenty of slim women with Panerais when they look pretty good.
 

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...<snip>...
But of more interest is convocating a word?
Missed by a slight bit, but it was still understandable.

Convocation is the correct name for the ceremony, universities still have them.
https://convocation.uchicago.edu/

If it was being graded in, I think it should have been "In 2 months my wife will be convoking as a CPA".

It is not an everyday word that the tense is being changed.
- It is not as if he missed with "would be there" with "wood be there" :-d
 

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Thanks y'all.

Would love to see her wearing a Sub but that's out of our range at this point. The Oyster Perpetual will already be pushing the upper limit. She does like the diver's bezel which is why we are checking out the BB for sizing. Pretty sure the BB is 41mm.. hope it fits nicely.
 

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The Black Bay will no doubt wear bigger than 41mm due to the 50mm lug length. It is a great watch though. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
 
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