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These Are the Best Big Mens Watches


July 4, 2019 Watches By

Roughly ten years ago, there were too many Big Watches out there, far outpacing the number of Big Wrists, and we were all at risk of becoming consumers of clown-sized timekeeping devices that could be read from space. But now that the invading horde of monster watches is no longer on our doorstep, we can look at them in a different light. It’s hypocritical, we know, but when we see some guy or gal rocking a Panerai that more closely resembles a hunk of deep-sea treasure than a nilla wafer, we can’t help but think, damn, that’s kinda cool, isn’t it?

It wasn’t that Big Watches were evil — it’s that the average watch becoming a Big Watch was a bad trend. Nowadays, however, watches have seemed to come back down to earth, and we’re no longer in danger of Big Watches taking over. Now, they simply have their place in brands’ catalogs, available for those who want them, which is the way it should be.

Below are some of our favorite Big Watches, both from brands who specialize in them, and from the watch world’s major players.

Divex Offshore 500

You don’t have to be a millionaire to afford a monster-sized professional-level dive watch. Divex makes professional dive equipment, and their Offshore 500 is powered by a Japanese quartz movement and has a big-toothed bezel for good measure.
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Price: $130

Nixon Regulus

Even when Nixon watches aren’t big, they look it, thanks to oversized numerals and oversized design touches. Well, the Regulus, the brand’s new tough digital watch, is a square 46mm beast with loads of functionality, like dual time, dual chronographs, three alarms, and an LED backlight. For a $150 beater, that’s tough to beat.
Diameter: 46mm
Movement: Nixon digital
Price: $150

Lum-Tec Combat Field X3

Lum-Tec, an American-based company, has been assembling all its watches in America for a long time, but doesn’t have the same name recognition as say, Shinola. They make awesome field watches, though, including the Combat Field X3, which is 44mm, but wears much larger thanks to its very loud coin-edged bezel.
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Sellita SW200
Price: $925

Seiko SNJ025 “Solar Arnie”

When Arnold Schwarzennegger got to da choppa, he could tell he was on time thanks to his Seiko H558, a 45mm beast. Seiko recently announced this modern update, nicknamed the “Solar Arnie,” since it’s powered by the sun. And it’s only gotten bigger.
Diameter: 47.8mm
Movement: Seiko H851 digital solar powered
Price: $525

Alpina AlpinerX 2019

Alpina launched the AlpinerX hybrid smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2018. The 2019 versions use the most popular colorway combinations from the customizable Kickstarter options, and still have a fiberglass case, digital readout with analog hands, plus tracking for sleep, heart rate, altitude, temperature, UV and more.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: MMT-283-1
Price: $995

Casio G-Shock MT-G B1000RB

Yes, the ridiculous model names for G-Shocks (and other watches) are hard to parse and don’t mean much. Just know that the RB in this watch stands for “rainbow.” That’s right: to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Metal Twisted line, they created a G-Shock made of colorful ionized steel. And at over 55mm, it’s loud enough that everyone will notice it.
Diameter: 55.8mm
Movement: G-Shock solar-powered quartz
Price: $1,000

Shinola Runwell 47

An automatic version of its popular Runwell series watch, the Runwell Automatic has classic looks, but is housed in an enormous 45mm case. Available in black, blue or white, it also comes in a 39.5mm size for smaller humans.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Sellita SW200-1 automatic
Price: $1,095

Gorilla Mirage

Gorilla Watch was created by Octavio Garcia and Lukas Gopp, two designers with experience at Omega, AP, and IWC between them. Their new microbrand makes watches like the Mirage, with candy colors and campy, modern designs. They also don’t design for small wrists, with large diameters and monster crown guards.
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Miyota 90S5
Price: $1,150

Seiko Prospex Marinemaster “Tuna Can”

The SBDX013 is the descendent of the legendary Seiko “Tuna Can,” the ultimate professional’s dive watch. The original was made in 1975 at the request of professional divers — Seiko’s solution involved a monster of a watch, complete with a titanium shroud that indeed made it look like a can of the chicken of the sea. Today the SBDX013 can go 1000m down. And it’s a realy big fish.
Diameter: 52.4mm
Movement: Seiko 8L35 automatic
Price: $2,500+

Sinn EZM 10 TESTAF

The German brand flies below the radar, and so does the EZM 10 TESTAF, its first watch to be tested to the Technical Standard for Pilot’s Watches (TESTAF). It’s massive size is offset by a titanium case
Diameter: 46mm
Movement: Modified Valjoux 7750
Price: $5,290

Vortic Chicago Railroad 019

Vortic was one of the first microbrands to build custom case housings for vintage pocket watch movements. It’s brilliant business, really — celebrate heritage, get a piece of watchmaking art, and keep the construction and assembly in the US. It also requires some damn big watch cases. The Chicago Railroad 019 is one of Vortic’s pre-made watches, housing a 1920s Elgin movement in a 51mm case.
Diameter: 51mm
Movement: Vintage manually wound Elgin railroad
Price: $5,495

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”

Want a massive watch that does multiple things well at once? Omega’s Big Blue is a ceramic-case leviathan that’s both a dive watch and a GMT. Add a blue-and-orange colorway and you’ve got a do-it-all, get-noticed watch.
Diameter: 45.5mm
Movement: Omega 8906
Price: $11,700

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch

Big Pilot’s watch, indeed. At 46.5mm, it’s got plenty of space on the dial for a power reserve sub-dial and date window. The line is a longtime favorite of a certain guitarist whose last name is “Mayer.”
Diameter: 46.5mm
Movement: IWC 52110
Price: $12,900

Halda Space Discovery

A monster in two modules, this watch was created specifically for use on the shuttle Discovery. The digital Space module has a G-force sensor and particle counter; the mechanical module is for wearing to dinner back on terra firma.
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: Halda digital; H1929-SA “new old stock”
Price: $13,200

Breitling Emergency

What the hell do they need 51mm of diameter for? It’s driven by a quartz movement, anyway. Oh, what’s that, you say? It has a dual-frequency distress beacon that you can turn on if you need help? Oh, gotcha. 51mm. Not bad.
Diameter: 51mm
Movement: Breitling 76 quartz
Price: $18,695

Ressence Type 5

Ressence continues to produce a line of watches that completely unique, thanks to an oil-filled case that makes it appear as if the dial is printed on the crystal itself. Part of that design involves being large and in charge; the Type 5 is 46mm. If you’re buying something this cool, you’ll want to show it off, anyway.
Diameter: 46mm
Movement: ROCS 5 powered by a custom ETA 2824-2
Price: ~$29,500

Panerai Submersible Chrono PAM00983

This special edition Panerai Submersible was dropped at SIHH 2019. It’s 47mm, with a titanium case blacked out with DLC and a blue-and-black dial. It’s also got a special gimmick: owners can use it to time a dive with freediving world champion Guillame Nery, in the form of a trip that comes with the watch. Get noticed and have a story to tell — the ideal big-watch duo.
Diameter: 47mm
Movement: P.9100
Price: $40,000

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

The Royal Oak’s octagonal design is the stuff of watch legend. But even the “Jumbo” versions are a relatively small 41mm. That’s where the Offshore, an oversized chronograph, comes in. But hell — even those are just 44mm. To get to the big boy size here, you’ve got to go loud, with this insane, openworked dial tourbillon chronograph. May we recommend it in pink gold?
Diameter: 45mm
Movement: AP 2947
Price: ~$331,000

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater

Lange is legendary in the watchmaking world for, among other things, fitting an insane amount of horological mastery inside relatively reasonable case sizes. The one exception is their Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, which includes a massive bridge on the dial, plus a time readout in the digital style (“8:52”) — it also crams in a minute repeater, which chimes out the time with the press of a button. At over 44mm in diameter and 14.1mm thick, it’s a big, beautiful chunk of horology.
Diameter: 44.2mm
Movement: L043.5
Price: ~$508,050

Panerai Luminor Daylight Slytech

“But it’s only 44mm!” you yell. Yes. But Sylvester Stallone commissioned the special edition — simply a white-dialed Luminor with the words “Daylight” and “Slytech” on the dial — after wearing one during his epic action movie “Daylight.” That, my friends, is big.
Diameter: 44mm
Movement: Unitas 6497
Price: Varies

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