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Gnomon's Shop Highlight: Big Watch Collection for Men
One of the fastest-growing trends in the watch industry is the development of large-face watches that tower over traditional sizes. While many people disagree on whether or not this style is attractive, it is undeniable that it has a niche. As a result, I've decided to put together a list of the best big watch for men on Gnomon Watches. Below are some of our favorite big watches, both from specialized brands and from the industry's biggest names.
Alpiner Regulator Automatic Black Ref. AL-650BSS5E6B
The Alpina Alpiner Regulator Automatic Black Ref. AL-650BSS5E6B takes a dressier approach with a circular stainless steel 3-parts case with smooth curves that looks wonderfully elegant. One of the main focuses of Regulator watches is legibility, which is seen in the wide 45mm case diameter, which exudes the confident wrist presence of modern sports big watch. The watch fits to the wrist wonderfully for a comfortable fit on the wrist, with a lug to lug distance of 51mm and lugs that softly curve down.
The finishing is expertly done with great attention to detail, presenting a sophisticated blend of finishes that showcases Alpina's skilled Swiss watchmaking prowess. A hefty highly-polished beveled edge contrasts well with the subtle and precise satin brushing on the bezel and case, providing an incredibly refined appearance. The big watch comes with a robust 22mm stainless steel strap to complement its sporty look.
Regulator watches were created in a time when very accurate wrist watches were unheard of, and they were designed to prevent time misreading by displaying hours, minutes, and seconds on the dial independently. Regulator watches, which date back to the mid-eighteenth century, take their name from regulator clocks, which were frequently used as master clocks for other timepieces to synchronize with. Although regulator watches became obsolete as timepieces got more accurate, they remained an important part of watchmaking history.
The Alpiner Regulator Automatic BlackRef. AL-650BSS5E6B, which traditionally had registers aligned in a straight line down the centre of the dial, has its own distinct style with sub registers at the 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock positions. This allowed the Alpina emblem to be printed crisply at 2 o'clock, resulting in a dial layout that is pleasingly balanced and harmonious. An magnificent Guilloché ornamentation engraved vertically on the deep black dial brings the dial to life, an extremely eye-catching element that Alpina executed not just to look visually spectacular, but also to successfully prevent unwanted reflections so that the focus can remain on telling the time.
All three of the hand-polished sword style hands and indexes are sprayed with white luminous paint for uncompromised nighttime visibility, keeping the dial visible even in the absence of light. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal sits above the dial, allowing you a crystal clear view of this magnificent dial.
The AL-650BSS5E6B is driven by Alpina's in-house calibre AL-650 Swiss automatic movement, a 31 jewel movement with a power reserve of 38 hours and a high frequency beat rate of 28,800 beats per hour. This ensures that the movement continues to function smoothly and precisely. This big watch is water resistant to 100 meters thanks to a signature screw-down crown and a finely engraved screw-in caseback (330 ft).
The return of Alpina's Regulator collection after a more than ten-year sabbatical is sure to please fans, especially with such a fantastic product that has a slew of appealing enhancements. Allow the Alpiner Regulator Automatic Black - Bracelet Ref. AL-650BSS5E6B to transport you to the 1980s with the everlasting nostalgia of the iconic Regulator design.
Seiko Prospex 1975 Professional Diver 1000m Tuna 55th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 1100pcs Ref. SBDX035
This timepiece's casing is similar to the original 1975 design. Best of all, it comes in a nearly same 52.4mm size, allowing for improved visibility and a true-to-life wearing experience, exactly as in the 1970s. With a measuring length of 53.5mm and a height of 17.2mm, the faithful re-creation maintains a legless silhouette. The same Seiko Tsunami insignia appears on the case back of this big watch as it does on the 6159-7010 diver. The engravings honor the original timepiece's timeless elegance while also commemorating the 55th anniversary of Seiko's and Japan's first saturation dive watch.
The SBDX035 features a deep matte blue-grey dial that is exclusive to Seiko's 55th anniversary line-up, while maintaining the 6159 diver's clean style. Its dial is composed of pure iron, which allows the big watch to project magnetic fields up to 40,000 A/m, making it a true overbuilt tool watch. Furthermore, its handset, bezel markings, and dial markers are made of long-lasting Lumibrite, which glows green in the dark and has an ivory green tint under normal lighting settings, providing for exceptional readability.
This diver has a water resistance of 1000 meters, up from 600 meters in the 6159-7010. It includes a screw-down sterile crown as well as a bordered and bevelled date display at 4 and 3 o'clock, respectively. The date window's elegant metal accents, as well as the font style and format of the dial, are all reminiscent of classic 1960s-70s design. A flat sapphire crystal is also included in this clock, giving it a more utilitarian appearance.
The SBDX035 is outfitted with a blue accordion rubber strap that matches the dial's ocean blue tint. The athletic style of this silicon rubber strap originates from its distinct folded patterns, which perfectly match this big watch. To top it off, this magnificent diver comes in a black 55th anniversary box with Seiko's trademark dolphin insignia proudly displayed.
Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Green Sea Special Edition Ref. SBDC077
These Seiko Prospex timepieces have the same design as the original from 1965, but they are fully functional and meet Seiko's high requirements for diver's watches. Seiko also released the Prospex 200M Automatic Green Sea Special Edition, ref. SBDC077, to commemorate the occasion.
The Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Green Sea Special Edition Ref. SBDC077 is powered by Seiko's automatic 6R15 caliber, which runs at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) and can be hacked and wound by hand. It boasts 23 jewels and a 50-hour power reserve thanks to a Spron 510 mainspring.
The stainless steel case is 200m water resistant and measures 42.6mm without the crown. It has a lug to lug length of 50mm, a height of around 13.8mm, and a lug width of 20mm. Seiko's DiaShield coating is applied to the case and bracelet, making it water resistant to 200 meters. This provides scratch resistance as well as increased corrosion resistance. It does not make this big watch scratch resistant like Dievas and Damasko, but it does greatly decrease scratches and scuffs.
In a clockwise orientation, the glittering blue bezel spins buttery smooth into 120 positions with minimal free play. The entire watch has a combination of satin brush and Seiko high polishing on the sides, and the Zaratsu polished line on the case side gives a touch of contemporary sophistication.
The three o'clock screw down crown is sterile. The screw down case back on the back of this big watch is 200m water resistant and brushed, with the unmistakable tsunami emblem that is a hallmark on other Seiko divers. The case does have lug holes, which make replacing straps a breeze.
On the dial, the design is heavily influenced by the 62MAS, but in a colorway that Seiko fans adore. With a fuming dark green dial and attached markings, the color is most likely the focal point of this limited edition watch. The gradient dial progresses from a deep black tone to a sunburst light green tint as it gets closer to the center. It's a thing of beauty to look at, and you could easily stare at it for hours. The hands are larger and carry Lumibrite that lasts for a long time, making them highly legible even in dark water. Furthermore, the second hand is painted in a bright yellow that contrasts wonderfully with the green background and is easily readable.
The steel bracelet has a smooth look and feel that complements the watch well. The bracelet of Prospex collections is a step up from the Sumo and Shogun. The SBDC077's link has an angled design and a more substantial overall feel than a standard flat bracelet.