New trend for big face watches and mens oversized watches
Published : 05/31/2020 14:46:10
MENS OVERSIZED WATCHES EXPLAINED
Undestanding the latest trend for big watches for men
Masculinity is a key attribute of men’s wristwear. An ideal men’s timepiece must be loaded with some masculine characteristics. If it is a dress watch, it should be classy and elegant, like the men’s formal dress codes. For sports watches, the essential features to be considered are their sports feel, resistance, and functionality. What is more, men also love to wear flashy and exciting colored mens big face watches during parties and leisure activities.
Numerous masculine aspects inspire designers and lifestyle brands to create products associated with men. The over-sized timekeeper is a fine example of an extremely masculine product. For example, the 50mm mens watches have more masculine appeal than any regular-sized wristwear.
As the name suggests, an over-sized timepiece refers to a timepiece with extra-large case dimensions. It was introduced in the general market as a niche product category dedicated to men with large wrist sizes. Nowadays, there is a growing demand for big wrist tickers, especially with the young generation.
Same size, different look
Here are two different examples of 50mm diameter models. Both timepieces are precisely the same width, but there is clearly a difference.
Two different case design, same 50mm size
On the left is the circular Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical reference, and on the right, the Gold Automatic Watch Wryst Racer SX3 equal in size but not with a round face. These are both considered big size watches, but they do not feel the same size. This is due to the sturdy and intricate design of the Wryst. The SX3 has the crown under the lateral guards on the right, and on the left, the guard is slightly smaller.
The first generation of smaller watches had a case diameter of fewer than 30 millimeters. Today, in the market, you will come across several fashion 50mm timers and some larger ones. This transition of case sizes is an essential factor to consider when you explore the history of watchmaking. Also, the manufacturing of big watches for men is not a recent trend. It can be traced back to the initial years of the evolution of the timekeepers.
The first timepieces had their origins in the 19th century, but they became a popular tradition only after the First World War. As wearing a pocket timer was not practical during combat operations, the troops began using trench watches during the First World War. These wrist-worn timepieces used a midway design between pocket watches and wristwatches, with features of both.
In the beginning, the wristwatches featured tiny cases compared to today’s standards. These mechanical timepieces were less precise due to the poor quality of mechanisms. They were also more prone to material damages. The pursuit of manufacturing more accurate and rugged timepieces slowly paved the way for large watches.
In this second example, we have two of the Wryst models; both time-keepers size 45mm also look like they measure different sizes:
Two different case design, same 45mm size
Again, the Sports Watch for Men PH4 on the right also looks smaller than the Black Sapphire Crystal Watch ES60 limited edition with a black DLC bracelet on the left. Both models measure precisely 45mm, and both bracelets are 22mm wide. Once more, there is a distinct difference, which can be explained by the case guards and overall design of the Wryst Elements, which is not round or circular. This allows the collection to also be perfectly suitable for girls and women alike!
HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF LARGER WRISTWEAR
A reason behind the evolution of large watches is the introduction of purpose-built timepieces or tool watches. It was a big leap from the current status of wristwear that were discreet in size and delicate in nature.
Originally, the tool timers were exclusively manufactured for the military or research purpose. The rigorous military-grade specifications insisted on the watchmakers to develop new hard-wearing tickers with high-precision mechanisms and improved physical parameters. The progressive development due to the industrialization assisted the companies in producing precise, shock-resistant mechanical movements, shatterproof crystals, and rugged cases. This evolution in the industry helped the brands to build a new category of large mens watches.
This category included specially built chrono for pilots and aircrew of the Air force, land forces, naval divers and rescuers. During the first and second world wars, the main source of income for several wristwear companies was from the military forces.
The large watches continued to evolve with the introduction of large diameter movements with more shock-protective features. Supplied to the members of the Armed Forces, the Swiss army watches featured bigger cases than the ones used by civilians. For example, the military pilot watches developed for the German Armed forces during the 1930s featured 55mm case.
You will find several other examples of extra-large watches exclusively made for the Military Forces across the world. But these large models were always reserved only for the military forces. During those times, the sale to civilians was prohibited.
Commercialization of large and military-grade timepieces
Post the Second World War, several brands started manufacturing military-inspired tool watches for civilians. The surge in the civil aviation and nautical activities fuelled the demand for the civilian equivalents of the military timepieces.
Manufacturers continued to develop purpose-built chronograph suitable for space-missions, scientific research, underwater explorations, polar expeditions, and risky industrial activities. To deal with the challenging specifications of the above fields, the timekeepers must be bigger, precise, rugged, and versatile. The gradual emergence of modern sports events, athletics, and games also attributed to the popularity of stronger and bold dimensioned timer.
The case dimensions are a critical factor for the examples mentioned above. For example, a typical stainless steel diving watch Black Best Watches ES30 contains broader crystals, gaskets, and screw-in crown to ensure its 200 meters water resistance. The modern diving timers also feature components like the uni-directional bezel and helium valve. So, a diving instrument needs a larger case to accommodate these components.
Also, a pilot design should have a large dial for quick and easy reading of time. The big crown was also necessary for an easy time setting while worn with gloves. Naturally, much broader cases required to accommodate these specifications. During the golden ages of aviation, these big dials look became popular among the civil and military aviation professionals.
At the same time, the classic/dress timekeeper category also witnessed a shift towards mens oversized watches. The brands also started providing larger dials and cases to provide additional complications. The 1970s marked the emergence of luxury sports timepieces with bolder dimensions.
The shift in the marketing strategy
Post the quartz crisis of the 1970s, there was a sudden shift in the marketing strategy to revitalize the Swiss watchmaking. The Swiss brands focused more on excellence to capture the hearts of wealthy customers. Many Swiss companies switched over to limited production to ensure excellent quality. As desired by the industry leaders, more people across the gold began wearing expensive references with quartz movement as an ultimate status symbol. The mechanical watch became bolder and luxurious so that it can show off the wearer’s distinct personality and social status.
Revolutions in the lifestyle and fashion
The emergence of new social cultures also promoted the recognition of an over-sized watch market. For example, the hip-hop culture appeared in the 1970s introduced alternative styles for expressing masculinity and flaunt wealth. Wearing over-sized jewelry and massive quartz timepiece is an integral part of hip-hop style. As more people began to admire and enjoy hip-hop music and culture, hip-hop fashion received more global acceptance. The rising popularity of fashion accessories increased the demand for mens large face watches.
Modern Oversized Feel
The oversized watch is an established category in our modern 21st Century world. Considering the present trends, let us categorize any case diameters more than 42mm as an oversize timepiece.
Several factors influenced the evolution of over-sized wristwear and their increasing popularity. For example, both professional-grade timepieces and outdoors purpose require broader cases to ensure sturdiness and proper utilization of the functions. Today, such bold timepieces are popular among airmen, divers, racing drivers, sports champions, professionals, style seekers, and all those who enjoy adventurous activities.
Nowadays, major high-luxury brands produce large face mens watches to attract new generation trendsetters. Also, a small number of dedicated brands offer oversized luxury choices with an affordable price range.
Designing oversized wristwear is a challenging task. First of all, an extra-large watch should be comfortable to wear despite its generous proportions. It should also offer a secure and firm grip around the wrists. As a large face has more surface area, it is also essential to have sturdy exteriors. Therefore, it calls for the use of superior quality materials and components to manufacture big Swiss tickers.
Well-connected with the evolution of modern timewear, the extra-large watch category maintains a significant role on the market. In recent times, there has been enduring popularity of oversized choices in the market.
Benefits of wearing oversized wristwear
The extra-large timekeepers feature some unique qualities that a regular timepiece can’t provide you. Firstly, the big size watches always stand out among the crowd with their significant presence around the wrists. They can grandly reflect your persona and style. A well-built oversized watch will always be a suitable companion for your active lifestyle.
A meticulously designed extra-large look is always enjoyable to wear. Its massive proportions allow you to feel its presence. The large crown ensures accessibility and grip so that you can perform the settings effortlessly. Its broader dial allows a quick glance of time. The larger dial also provides sufficient space to accommodate chronograph counters, calendar functions, and other high-end complications. This helps the user to distinguish various displays on the dial easily. The large dial also offers the scope for decorative works on its surface without hampering the visibility of indications.
Many people use to keep extra straps for experimenting with new styles of their large face watches. However, changing the straps is tricky due to the small size of lugs and strap attachments. The oversized models have larger strap attachment systems and broader lugs. These features are much useful for easy interchanging of straps and bracelets because big size means more accessible. Finally, in good-quality oversized watches, you can find excellent shockproof features and protective measures.
In conclusion, a bolder look is often a best choice in affirming your identity and your style. Wryst offer a vast range of several designs. Choose today to wear a versatile and timeless ticker within our five different colelctions. You will be able to see the case sizes in the description tab which also gives you details about the movements: