Oversized watches soared to popularity several years ago and then seemed to fall back to Earth as the inevitable backlash set in. Now, however, they peacefully co-exist beside smaller pieces, offering those interested in making a bold style statement a commanding way to do so.
So what is oversized? It can be a bit subjective but to our way of thinking anything 44mm wide and over qualifies, and what you probably think of as a "large" watch is 42mm. Here are 10 of the best:
Panerai kicked off the oversized watch trend with their military-derived pieces designed to be visible under water; this 44mm classic is a total steal.
Also clocking in at 44mm is one of our favorite retro-flavored Breitlings, balancing the best of its aviation heritage with a modern movement.
Omega's Planet Ocean series presents a great bargain in its category and this is one of the best 44mm diving watches you can get at this price.
Chopard's racing watches pack plenty of style and at 44mm are among the largest watches in the automotive-inspired zone – in this case the Mille Miglia.
At 45mm, IWC's yachtsman's tool watch will mark you out as a serious, and seriously stylish, sailor – or a serious sailing enthusiast at any rate.
Breitling has gone big (literally) on oversized watches lately as this 46mm beauty shows, and there's a (ahem) case to be made for getting more watch for the buck.
This 46mm blacked out diver is one of the most underrated pieces from Jaeger, best known for their Reverso tank watches but capable of so much more.
Panerai owns the 47mm market and you should be prepared to pay a premium for their most impressive pieces "clocking" in at this size.
At 46mm this elegant dress watch from IWC is much larger than most but that doesn't detract from its appeal – or it's ability to impress colleagues and friends.
At a whopping 49mm, this watch advertises the fact that you drive a Bentley – or aspire to - with little room for doubt. And that's a good thing.