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    Small but perfectly formed - my 10 watch, <39mm collection

    Iíve been collecting watches since 2009, starting with affordables (my first watch after getting into watches was an Orient Mako) and buying and selling hundreds of pieces over the last 12 years. My wrist is about 6.25Ē so Iíve always had an upper size limit of 50mm lug to lug.

    Iíve owned and enjoyed a number of watches at the top end of my size limit, but what Iíve come to realise over time is that I much prefer smaller pieces. 36mm diameter is my absolute sweet spot, but even then lug length is important. I loved my Nomos Club but flipped it because the lug to lug was just too long.

    After lots of experimentation I think Iíve reached the end of my journey (famous last words, I know). Iíve ended up with a core collection of 10 watches which I love. All are between 35 and 38mm.

    Rolex Explorer 114270 - 36mm
    The stealth Rolex.



    Omega Seamaster Midsize Quartz - 36mm
    The everyday diver.



    Rado Captain Cook 1962 - 37mm
    The funky diver.



    Grand Seiko SBGX259- 37mm
    The yang to my Explorerís yin.



    Longines Conquest Heritage - 35mm
    The dress watch.



    Baby Speedbird - 36mm
    The pilotís watch.



    Smiths Everest Expedition- 36mm
    The tool watch that doesnít look like a tool watch.



    Seagull 1963 Reissue - 38mm
    The sentimental piece (it was a 40th birthday present from my wife).



    CWC G10 - 36mm
    The field watch.



    Seiko SKX013 - 38mm
    The Seiko diver (my collection doesnít feel complete without one).



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    Master
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    Nice collection. Whatís next? BB58?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Nice collection. Whatís next? BB58?
    Too big!


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    All proportionate and look great in the photo's on your wrist. Do you have a favourite?

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    Nice selection, having flipped 100s along the way. The sizes fit the wrist well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    Too big!


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    Try one, they wear well on normal sized people like us.

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    Love the Seagull. What strap is on it


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    All proportionate and look great in the photo's on your wrist. Do you have a favourite?
    The Explorer is the one Iíd keep if I had to choose just one


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    I also own the Seagull.. love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandanthewatchman View Post
    Love the Seagull. What strap is on it


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    Itís a cork strap from some place in Portugal (I forget where now, Iíve had it for ages)


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    Master
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    Lovely collection. I’ve owned three of those watches and considered two others. Perfect sizes as well, at least for me.

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    It is funny how we measure wrist sizes in inches and case sizes in mm. I am a 6.75Ē wrist, and most of my watches are 40-41mm. I have a Nomos Orion, which is 51mm lug to lug, and it is about the limit size wise for me.

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    Master
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    Nice collection! I have 3 of your 10 currently and I also owned a 36mm Nomos Club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatters View Post
    It is funny how we measure wrist sizes in inches and case sizes in mm. I am a 6.75Ē wrist, and most of my watches are 40-41mm. I have a Nomos Orion, which is 51mm lug to lug, and it is about the limit size wise for me.
    Thatís a very good point and had never occurred to me!


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    Very nice collection. Great to see an old Seamaster midsize. The automatic version was my first Ďproperí watch almost 25 years ago. I sold it 10 years or so ago, to Ďupgradeí to a coaxial. Of all of the watches that I have moved on over the years, that is the one that I regret the most, probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    Itís a cork strap from some place in Portugal (I forget where now, Iíve had it for ages)


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    Great combo

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    A fine and well rounded assortment. I think you've inspired me to down size and consolidate, I rarely wear at least half of my watches.

    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    Too big!
    I just measured, my BB58 is 47mm lug to lug. FWIW, it also wears smaller on a strap compared to the bracelet.

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    Nice varied collection. Just like you I've consolidated my collection down, in my case to 6 pieces. Had too many watches that I rarely wore and most recently was caught up in the hype surrounding a couple of watches so I moved them on while I could still break even.

    All of the pieces I sold on were over 40mm size. I've come to realise that the sweet spot for me is 36-39mm depending on the lug to lug & things such as dial to bezel ratio.

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    Iíd echo these comments. A lovely collection and great to see that you know what you like and what works for you!

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    Some great choices there and the Explorer works really well in that pic

    I think sub 40mm is the sweet spot for most people but generally it's just great to have so many options available, in such a range of sizes.

    I particularly like the Captain Cook, and if they bring over the applied indices of the ceramic version to the standard line, I think it'd be the diver of choice for me.

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    A very nice collection , they all look nicely proportioned in the wrist shots .

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    A very nice collection, some watches for me to think about there.

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