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Hi guys,

I was trying on a watch that I really like. The watch itself is 42mm but the lugs are pretty big, I have a fairly small wrist. Wanted to get some WIS opinions on how it looks. Keep in mind this is a brand new watch so the leather strap was very stiff and therefore wasn't hugging the wrist well. To me it is seems a little on a bigger side but still fits the wrist.

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I really don't think it matters too much all this wrist size vs watch. If you feel confident wearing it, I'd go with whatever makes you happy.
 

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I've found that pictures don't usually tell the "size" story very well....angles and all that. When I post a wrist shot of one of mine on the WRUW threads, my watches always look larger in the pics than I observe them in reality.

If it looks good to you....make it so. Nice watch too BTW!
 

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How does it feel when you have the watch on? Do the lugs seem to conform well to your wrist? Does the watch stay in the right place without overtightening the strap? When you look down at the watch do you get a good feeling or are you wondering if it's the right decision?

I have two 40mm watches that feel completely different on the wrist because of the lug design. One fits the other does not. So I would argue that the 42mm diameter is all but irrelevant by itself when determining if the watch fits. It is a good looking watch by the way.
 

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It looks ok on your wrist. For dressy watches, under 40mm is better imo

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For me personally, as long as the lugs don't hang over my wrist, I feel it's not too large. I would also go a little smaller for something that I will be wearing with a long-sleeved shirt.

That's a beautiful watch, BTW. :-!
 

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As others have said - how the watch really looks is going to depend on several factors. In my mind, two important things are the clothing and the context.

As a dressier looking watch (versus, say, a dive watch) that watch looks too big on your wrist to my eye. The reality is that I can't tell what it looks like because it is a way zoomed up image and I can't see what the rest of you looks like. Maybe it is too big to wear with a suit when you go sign an international treaty but would look just fine in a more casual environment with more casual clothes. I also figure that you won't be wearing it like some sort of wrist-attached exercise weight. Rather, your shirt (and jacket? Sweater? Space Suit? Suit of armor?) sleeves will add some bulk to your arm and smooth the presence of the watch.

Best of luck - it's a beautiful watch.
 

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I personally would find that a bit larger and possibly uncomfortable given there's no question the first thing you're going to bump into will be your watch and not your skin (which heals itself). But taste and style and all that stuff is all in the owner of the watch.
 

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Lots of good replies, so far. I'd like to add that the watch does look pretty big in the pictures, but when I try to look at my watches, on the wrist, I get the same look. A better perspective is to look at your watch in a full length or almost full length mirror. That's what others will see. Another thing that matters to me when judging how a watch looks is the height of the watch. If this watch is 10-12mm thick it's a big help, as opposed to 15+mm thick.
 

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A better perspective is to look at your watch in a full length or almost full length mirror.
Good suggestion. That is what works best for me too for perspective.
 

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Hell just go for it man!That is one very cool retro looking watch.If I had the opportunity to buy such a timepiece I would be on it like white on rice.Dont worry about what others think if you like it buy it
 

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I agree with the lugs comment, whenever they go past the wrist even a little, I feel it's too big personally. The watch is fantastic but would look better if a tad smaller in my book. Now I am the kind of guy who wears a 35mm on a daily basis. I can also say that your eye will get used to pretty much any size if you wear it long enough.
 

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Looking at the pictures and understanding how pictures skew the reality my only issue is it "appears" the lugs "float" well off the wrist. The more rounded your wrist the more pronounced this effect is. If from the side the watch looks like it is only touching in the middle that would probably be a no-go for me.

In the end if you like it and can wear it with confidence, go for it. I have one watch that is certainly too big for my wrist, but I love it so much I had to have it. The first few minutes I have it on I always wonder but then I just own it, and all the doubt goes away. I do understand I might get a ticket from the size police but like parking in a no-parking zone when you are running late, you pay the ticket and go on.
 

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42mm for a dress watch is already pushing the limit in my book, and the lugs do overhang your wrist, so for me, that would be too large a watch for your wrist size. From the photos, it looks like even if the leather strap is broken in, the straps would still hang vertically down from the watch.

But, there is some truth to the statement that how the watch looks isn't perhaps well captured by typical wrist shots. These are some photos of my JLC Grande Reverso Duo, on the wrist, and from a wider perspective.




 

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To be honest its too big, lovely watch but that style of watch should be no bigger than 40mm. Anything north of 40mm should be the realm of divers, sport and pilot watches.
 

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Lots of good replies, so far. I'd like to add that the watch does look pretty big in the pictures, but when I try to look at my watches, on the wrist, I get the same look. A better perspective is to look at your watch in a full length or almost full length mirror. That's what others will see. Another thing that matters to me when judging how a watch looks is the height of the watch. If this watch is 10-12mm thick it's a big help, as opposed to 15+mm thick.
hall-of-mirrors.jpg always works for me !!
i do hate saying this but you asked -the watch is too big -the strap is showing a vertical drop off the wrist
 
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