Masculine, dignified and strapping — large watches have a presence bigger than themselves. In recent years, we’ve seen a spike in the creation and collection of large and oversized timepieces. These watches seemingly enter the room before you do, grabbing the attention of anyone who steals a glance. Besides that, these sturdy watches feel just as great as they look strapping your wrist.
But, as we’ve seen watches grow bigger and bigger, we’ve settled on the fact that the once ‘oversized’ 44mm is now just a standard, large watch. The substantial dials are big enough to make a statement, yet, aren’t massive like their counterparts that stretch out upwards of 50mm. Despite the large modern size, there’s something classic and inherently masculine about any 44mm timepiece.
And because we keep seeing these stunning watches fly off our shelves, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite 44mm models and styles for you to admire. We think there’s a 44mm watch for everyone.
Rolex Deepsea D Blue Dial ref. 116660
The Classic 44mm Rolex Deep Sea Sea-Dweller 116660
This Rolex Deep Sea Sea-Dweller 116660 is a more classic example of a large 44mm watch. Outfitted with matching black dial and bezel, the stainless steel frame and Oyster bracelet offset the considerable size with understated features. But, that’s not to say this watch isn’t a stunner.
Of course, it’s outfitted with an automatic 3135 movement, Quickset, a 5mm scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and of course, a screw-down crown with a triple waterproof system to keep your movement safe at deep-dive depths. This sportsman’s watch is just as big and powerful as the tasks it’s built to handle, and for that, we love it.
The Yacht-Master II has a 44mm case size.
The Eye-Catching 44mm Rolex Yacht-Master 116681
Now, if you’re already going to go for a large, eye-catching watch — why not go for something a little fun, too? Off the bat, your eye immediately moves to that sapphire blue bezel that purposefully emphasizes the tremendous size of this 44mm Rolex Yacht-Master 116681. Rolex also simply outdid themselves by outfitting the bezel with rose gold numbering that matches the rose gold accents on the frame and bracelet. From first glance, you simply can’t look away from this timepiece.
Besides being an oversized and exceptional example of this already luxurious Rolex model, this Yacht-Master boasts all the features you’ve come to expect like a 31 jewel quickset movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and waterproof screw-down crown that can go up to 300 feet deep safely. There is also an hours, minutes and seconds countdown function alongside the new 4161 caliber perpetual movement that they were able to fit inside this bigger model.
Let’s not forget Panerai’s large watches like this Luminor GMT.
The Cool & Casual 44mm Panerai Luminor GMT Acciaio Pam 01088
The large frame and face of this 44mm Panerai Luminor GMT Acciaio Pam 01088 is offset by that slender yet masculine leather band. The weathered leather bracelet adds an effortless cool and casual look to this dark, intricate face and stainless steel frame. Luminous Arabic numbers shine off of the black face, as do the other markers which make this diving watch easily readable underwater — and easy to spot from onlookers across the room.
Believe it or not, the large 44mm face is actually smaller than the 47mm originals from the 1950’s. Despite that, the substantial size still makes a bold statement on the wrist of any man who sports it. Plus, it is equipped with an automatic mechanical movement, 50-hour power reserve, a crown guard, and water-resistant technology that will take it safely to depths of 1-thousand feet. We can’t get enough of a watch that makes form and function look so good.
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