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Be Bold: 7 Of Our Favorite Oversized Watches

Paul Altieri

Contrary to popular belief, we think oversized watches are for everyone. These timepieces are about making a statement, starting a conversation – and let’s face it – showing off a little. If any of those don’t appeal to you, you’re lying to yourself.

The thing is, not all oversized watches have to be in your face (although it is fun when they are, isn’t it?). So here, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite oversized watches – from enlarged classics to vintage-inspired timepieces, sporty models and eye-popping innovations. Check it out.

Rolex Datejust II ref. 116334
Rolex Datejust II ref. 116334

Datejust II – 41mm

The Datejust II ref. 116334 is the classic watch you already know and love, just bigger. With a 41mm case, the Datejust II is significantly bigger than the 36mm class Datejust — giving this newer model a contemporary look and an extraordinary feel on the wrist.

The model here showcases a fluted white-gold bezel and a striking blue Azzuro dial which is guaranteed to steal glances. Of course, it’s also outfitted with the classic features you’d expect from a Datejust like a sapphire crystal ‘Cyclops’ lens over the date at 3-o’clock, a waterproof Oyster case and stainless steel Oyster bracelet. Inside you’ll also find a COSC-certified automatic Caliber 3163 with a 42-hour power reserve.

The titanium Tudor Pelagos
The titanium Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Titanium Pelagos – 42mm

If you’re into the vintage look that’s trending right now but you still want a substantial statement piece, the 42mm Titanium Tudor Pelagos is what you’re looking for. Inspired by old-school Tudor dive watches from the 1950’s and 1960’s, this timepiece meshes vintage design alongside modern sensibilities.

The large 42mm case sits substantially on the wrist, especially since it’s made from titanium and steel. But they’ve managed to elevate this sporty watch with small, but noticeable touches, like a satin finish, a matte black dial and a matching bezel. We also can’t gloss over the fact that this watch is a dive watch, after all. It’ll keep its waterproofness up to 1,640 feet, it’s outfitted with a helium escape valve, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and has easy-to-grab serrated edges. Inside there’s also a COSC-certified Self-winding ETA 2824-2 movement.

Rolex Explorer 216570
Rolex Explorer Ref 216570

Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 – 42mm

You can spot a Rolex Explorer II watch from a mile away. Not just because of it’s large size — from the 42mm bezel to the oversized hour markers — but because it is one of Rolex’s most popular watches ever produced.

It’s easy to see why. This stainless steel watch is imposing without being flashy. Take a closer look at the black face and you’ll notice luminous hour markers a 24-hour GMT fixed bezel alongside a bright orange GMT second time zone hand. This sturdy, waterproof watch will effortlessly travel to the world’s most far-flung destinations with you while still looking great peeking out from a suit jacket.

the ref. 5377, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique
Ref. 5377, the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 “Grand Feu” Enamel – 44mm

This isn’t your typical oversized watch — and that’s what we love about it. While the case clocks in at a grand 44mm, it’s one of the thinnest automatic tourbillon watches ever made at just 3mm thick and housed within a 7mm thick case.

This watch also has a vintage feel with that milky-white face, rose gold case, and those signature Breguet Arabic numerals. But, contemporary elements like the blue steel open-tipped hands alongside a peep-hole that allows you to look directly at the calibre 581 brings this watch right into the 21st century. If you’re not into the bulky look but still crave the feel of an oversized watch on your wrist, you’re going to want to reach for this one.

Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph
Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph

Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph – 44mm

This oversized watch will make your heart beat a little bit faster. Also known as the Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, this sporty timepiece has that classic big watch feel – the stainless steel case resting sizeably but comfortably on your wrist.

The aesthetics of this watch are just as eye-catching – with a black Tachymeter bezel and two black outlined sub-dials popping against the white face. Did you notice that slick, red Speedmaster signature on the dial, too? A true racing watch, you’ll be able to measure speed on the Tachymeter bezel and keep small seconds on the subdial. This watch also features the date, a transparent case back, and is even anti-magnetic. With all that extra space, this watch packs in a ton of great features.

An oversized Breitling Chronoliner B04
Breitling Chronoliner B04

Breitling Chronoliner B04 – 46mm

This watch might be tailor-made for pilots, but jetsetters and weekend travelers alike are going to be clamoring over this model. This is one of those oversized timepieces that makes a real statement. That stunning blue just pops against the whopping 46mm rose gold case, doesn’t it?

Everyone who lays their eyes on this watch (and let’s be honest, it’s hard to miss) is going to want to know more. Upon closer inspection, you’ll get to show off the 28,800vph B04 automatic chronograph calibre that keeps three time zones, the blue and rose gold accented rotating bezel, and those elegant red-tipped hands. The watch is also waterproof up to 330 feet, meaning you really have no reason to ever take this stunning oversized watch off.

Panerai Lo Scienziato
Panerai Lo Scienziato

Panerai Lo Scienziato – 47mm

At 47mm, this watch is truly oversized. But before you write it off as too big, consider how it’s made. Panerai actually crafted this watch via 3D printing using titanium, and it’s the only watch on the market of its kind. And while large, this timepiece isn’t hefty. The case is remarkably thin and skeletonized, and the design was made specifically to keep the weight light.

What you’re really looking at right now, though, is that face that allows you to look right at the P.2005 caliber inside. The watch can count hours, minutes, small seconds, a second-time zone, and features a GMT, power reserve indicator, and tourbillon.  And while this watch is highly functional, there’s no doubt that it’s just insanely fun to look at. If you want to get your hands on this one, you’ll have to get in line – as the holongeries is only releasing 81 of this limited edition blue-accented timepiece.

Paul Altieri