The oversized watch trend started in the early part of this century with popular watchmakers TAG Heuer, Invicta, U-Boat and Breitling offering extra-large models for men with cases measuring more than 42mm in diameter and 15mm thick. The trend was soon adapted for women by watchmakers Techno Marine and Michele, who introduced larger scale women’s watches with chronograph dials and generously oversized cases. Prior to this, most men’s watches averaged 37mm to 39mm diameter in size, while most women’s watches were well under 30mm in diameter in size.
The unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel with a screened black enamel top ring surrounds the black dial with three subdials, date and day windows, luminous skeleton hands and markers. Features include 1/10th of second, small-second and 30-minute countdown timers.Additional features include a scratch resistant Flame Fusion crystal above the dial, a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet and premium quartz movement inside.
Breitling was one of the very first Swiss watchmakers to produce generously oversized men’s wristwatches in the early 2000’s and the Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT makes a bold statement on the wrist with a stout 47mm diameter, 19mm thick case in polished premium grade stainless steel. The handsome brown leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail adds distinction.
The unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the dark brown dial with a tachymeter outer dial, three silver-colored sub-dials, a red arrow GMT hand, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers.
The left-facing crown and push-pieces add distinction. The black dial features small-second, 30-minture and 12-hour sub-dials, an automatic date calendar and black sword hands. An smei-exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate movement inside.Features include a glare-proof, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.