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Sorry if I'm flogging a dead horse here but I have to vent.

Why is it that watch manufacturers, by and large, only offer their watches in one size? I'm sure we've all seen watches we like but have ruled them out for being too big or too small, resulting in less watches for us and less money for the manufacturer. If they were to offer each watch style in a range of sizes e.g. a 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and a 45mm, they would cover most predilictions and sell a truckload more units, offsetting the extra design and stock costs. Obviously the additional sizes may not work with certain styles e.g. chronographs or may not be possible with particular movements but in general the one-size-fits-all policy seems completely daft to me.

Good to get that off my chest o| :)
 

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There are a few companies that offer their watches in many sizes (Omega, Longines, etc)

What I dont understand is why the huge markup in price from the smaller to the larger. There isnt that much added material to make the larger size...why does it cost hundreds of dollars more for the same watch 3mm larger :think:
 

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There are a few companies that offer their watches in many sizes (Omega, Longines, etc)

What I dont understand is why the huge markup in price from the smaller to the larger. There isnt that much added material to make the larger size...why does it cost hundreds of dollars more for the same watch 3mm larger :think:
My guess is that the larger watch is the more fashionable watch at this point in time and therefore more desirable. Companies can charge more for the larger size, and they do.
 

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I'm glad that I prefer small watches, I can get them for a lot less :-d. I'd even wear something less than 33 or 34 mm if I really liked the watch.
 

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I don't think all companies do that. As an example, with Omega, they charge you 4500 bucks (CDN $) for a PO, whether it's the 42mm or the 45.5mm. Same with the AT, they charge $5600(CDN) whether it's the midsize or the larger size.
 

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It sure would be nice if watches were offered in different sizes, but I really can't see that happening for a number of reasons. The costs associated would be tremendous. There's also the issue that you simply can't resize everything by a certain percentage to get the new size. Sure, a two or three handed watch (without date) could be easily scaled up or down with little difficulty, but once you start adding date windows or sub dials the look subtly changes as the size changes. To do it right, it becomes an entirely new watch, not simply an exercise in Photoshop.
 

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And to the OP, you suggest that makers would sell "a lot more units". I certainly doubt that. It would be far too costly for a manufacturer to offer every model in different sizes. Some would never be bought! And then they would have end lines and all the capital going into those varying, not often bought sizes, is going to be wasted.

I suppose I do share your gripe in one instance however. I wish more makers would stop (or at least slow down their rate of) whoring themselves out so wholeheartedly to the vagaries of the "fashion situation", but that's how these things work, isn't it?
(*coughcough-dinnerplate-coughcough)

I suppose it doesn't matter in the end, these anachronisms will soon go the way of the pocket watch (in my lifetime at least), and probably not long after WW3 :think:


 

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My gripe is everyone seems to want to make the models I'm interested in bigger.
 

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Rolex offers their Datejust in 26mm, 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm.

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And that 41mm is odd. They enlarged everything which makes it a bit clown-sized when compared to the original. I know a lotta young guys won't wear a watch under 42-41mm, but the 36mm man's size was (and still is) perfect.
 

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Sorry if I'm flogging a dead horse here but I have to vent.

Why is it that watch manufacturers, by and large, only offer their watches in one size? I'm sure we've all seen watches we like but have ruled them out for being too big or too small, resulting in less watches for us and less money for the manufacturer. If they were to offer each watch style in a range of sizes e.g. a 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and a 45mm, they would cover most predilictions and sell a truckload more units, offsetting the extra design and stock costs. Obviously the additional sizes may not work with certain styles e.g. chronographs or may not be possible with particular movements but in general the one-size-fits-all policy seems completely daft to me.

Good to get that off my chest o| :)
There isn't much to get off your chest...:-s
Several watch companies make watches in more than one size. Heck even boutique brands like Steinhart make their watches in two sizes. Did you look around much before posting this rant??
 

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There isn't much to get off your chest...:-s
Several watch companies make watches in more than one size. Heck even boutique brands like Steinhart make their watches in two sizes. Did you look around much before posting this rant??
Perhaps some kind of inflatable case is the solution to your quandary? :think:
 

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Perhaps some kind of inflatable case is the solution to your quandary? :think:
Or you could buy a Pop Swatch? I recall they came with a selection of interchangeable bezels. Possibly the bezels are of differing diamater?
 

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B&R instrument line is going backwards in size 48MM Tourb, 46MM BR01, 44MM BR02, 43MM BR03, 39MM BR-S :-!

 

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There isn't much to get off your chest...:-s
Several watch companies make watches in more than one size. Heck even boutique brands like Steinhart make their watches in two sizes. Did you look around much before posting this rant??
Given that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of watch manufacturers across the world, the fact that a handful offer a few of their watches in a couple of different sizes doesn't go far.

I suppose on the plus side, if every watch I liked was available in a suitable size for me, I'd bankrupt :-d
 

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A different size watch of the same design calls for a whole new set of tooling, dies, dials, etc. Most manufacturers will then rather offer a different model watch in a smaller size to broaden the base.
 
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