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Your ideal watch size calculator

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Folks who receive the Stowa newsletter (there are some others here I know) will be across this.

So according to this, your wrist size in cm x 2.3 = the 'ideal' watch diameter in mm.
Make of it what you will, it's just a bit of idle amusement.
For my skinny forearm to hand connector, that would be 37mm...the gradual move towards smaller watches across the industry needs to gather some pace :)

What's yours?
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16.5 x 2.3 = 38

Certainly works for me. I’d go from 35 -41 but 38mm is a happy place :D
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19 x 2.3 = 43.7mm

No wonder I prefer the C60 Trident Mk2 to the slimline LightcatcherImage C60 Trident Mk3 and there has to be something special for me to have anything less than 41mm.

PS> I wonder if there is a correlation between waist size, in inches, and case width, in millimetres? :oops: :oops:

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Puts me somewhere in the 42-43mm camp :shock:

Personally I'd err on the smaller side normally (around 40mm is my happy place...) but I don't have a Flieger yet, so...
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7" wrist = 17.78cm x 2.3 = 40.9 = 41mm watches

Personally I prefer slightly bigger than this 42/43mm
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I don't think a linear formula lika that is going to work for all wrist sizes. I am like Guy, and 43.7 is too big for me. That's probably the very maximum that I would wear at all, and not a sweet spot.
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:06 am
PS> I wonder if there is a correlation between waist size, in inches, and case width, in millimetres? :oops: :oops:

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Gosh I hope not, I'd be wearing 30mm watches!
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As ever, this is pure generalisation and fails to take into account such things as style, function, relative size of functional dial to case/bezel…and personal preference.

But as you say it’s a bit of fun.
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7.25" = 42.5mm
I've got a couple at 42mm and one 43mm but that's the upper limit for me. I'm much more comfortable wearing 38-40mm watches with my 39mm Sealander and Ranger being my ideal size.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 10:12 am As ever, this is pure generalisation and fails to take into account such things as style, function, relative size of functional dial to case/bezel…and personal preference.
Absolutely and Stowa makes that point too.

I've been messing about this evening, as watch nerds do *cough*, comparing dial sizes on different watches.
My 35.5mm Stowa has a dial size 3mm larger than the 39mm BB58. All in the bezel, for example, which is functional to the watch.

Bit of fun for the 'enthusiast' :lol:
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Noush wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 10:27 am “Bit of fun...”
I’d call it arcane knowledge :thumbup:
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18.4 X 2.3 = 42mm ish

About right and certainly my visible limit, 43 cushion case at a push. The collection goes from 39mm to 43mm, with my absolute preference being 41mm.

As above, there's also the style to consider - I don't think I'd wear 42mm of full face watch, but a diver is fine.
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missF wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 8:51 am 16.5 x 2.3 = 38

Certainly works for me. I’d go from 35 -41 but 38mm is a happy place :D
Same calculation for me, however it doesn't compute into reality for me as I have found anything under 40mm is a no no for me.
My C9 SS is 40mm and to be honest that's very borderline, the 41mm case size and design of the C65 case is my happy place as is 42mm in general.
Saying that I don't have any issue with larger and have a couple of 43mm's and have had a 45mm Bulova Moon Watch before with no issues on size.

It's all relative ;)
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I know this is a bit of fun. But it's also complete rubbish! :)

It's not even trying to answer the right question. The question shouldn't be about what the ideal case size is for someone. It should be about what the ideal DIAL size is for someone. If there is a secondary metric, then it would be lug-to-lug size, not case size. Get those two right and it doesn't matter what the case size is (within reason). You can also avoid the debate about liking larger divers than sports watches - as the dial sizes are probably similar.

Rant over! :D
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The formula is starting to fall apart for me - 7.5" 19.05 cm x 2.3 = 43.8 ~ 44mm :shock: I would definitely not call that my sweet spot. I can pull it off, no question (Bulova Lunar Pilot as an example - 45mm). I'm happy anywhere from 35mm (with the right package) to that 44 mm.

As others have stated there are many other variables. The formula doesn't take into account the proportions of your wrist. One might be thicker but narrower than another but come up with the same measurement overall. And watches are a package of dimensions that all work together.
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