15 Best Big Face Watches for Large Wrists

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Men wear watches not only for time-telling purposes but also for boosting their self-esteem and presenting a fashion statement. Since a wristwatch is the only accessory that a man can proudly showcase, it is more than logical to look presentable and noticeable.

And how else to achieve it if not with a big face watch?!

However, being fashionable is only one reason men go for oversized watches. Another reason is as straightforward as it gets – because of large wrists. 

Since a 40mm watch on a big wrist would look awkward and wouldn’t help boost self-esteem either, it’s inevitable for those men to go for big face watches instead.

Hence, we’ve decided to help in this matter by presenting you with oversized watches.

big face watches

But before heading to the watches, we need to clarify the term and everything that is to do with oversized timepieces.

What Is Considered a Big Watch?

In broad terms, watches are divided into three size categories – small, contemporary, and oversized. Numerically, it is as follows:

Small watches – 40mm and under

Contemporary watches – 41mm to 44mm

Oversized watches – 45mm and above

Therefore, a big face watch is a timepiece with at least 45mm case diameter. 

Note: This measure doesn’t include the crown. So, make sure to check the dimensions without the crown, not including it, as some retailers tend to add it to the overall dimensions. 

Who Should Wear Oversized Watches?

Oversized watches became a real hit ten or so years ago when fashion brands flooded the market with impressive timepieces that had all the whistles and bells one could imagine. However, in recent years, the trend has gradually slowed down. 

Albeit the decline, there are still hundreds of watches that measure well above 45mm.

But who should wear them? And what is considered a large wrist? 

The general rule of the proper watch size is that it should take up approximately 70% of your wrist’s cross-section and 90% including watch lugs.

It means that men with a wrist’s cross-section of at least 2.5 inches or a wrist circumference greater than 7.5 inches measured below the wrist bone should go for oversized watches (45mm+). 

Anything smaller, and it will most probably look out of place.  

A large watch is also a fashion statement when a noticeably large timepiece with appealing looks draws more attention than a typical mid-sized watch would. 

However, don’t overemphasize it as an abnormally large ticker on a slender wrist will look out of place.

Feel free to refer to our watch size chart for more information regarding suitable case sizes.   

Top Big Face Watches

Our post consists of large watches that will fit like a glove on large-sized wrists. These timepieces will also be worthy additions to men wishing to occupy a little more of their wrist area than a standard norm suggests.

Without much delay, here they are in no particular order.

Bulova Precisionist 98B312

Case Diameter: 46.5mm
Case Height: 17.5mm
Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
Movement: UHF Quartz
Water Resistance: 300m (660ft)

high-frequency quartz watch with oversized dial

Our first entry comes from the American powerhouse Bulova. Now under the wing of Citizen Watch Co., the brand has placed great emphasis on high-frequency quartz movements that excel in terms of accuracy and flamboyance. 

Furthermore, the majority of these exquisite timepieces are large. As is the Bulova Precisionist 98B312. With a case diameter of 46.5mm and a lug-to-lug distance of 55mm, it makes it quite a beast on a man’s wrist.

Another dimension owing significance in watches is the case height. This particular Bulova measures 17.5mm, which means the watch is not only large but also thick. So overall, the Precisionist strikes in all three dimensions, making it an outstanding physical presence.

Bulova Men's Stainless Steel Quartz Sport Watch with Rubber Strap, Black, 22.1 (Model: 98B312)

Besides the size, the Precisionist is outstanding in terms of accuracy as well. Namely, it holds an accuracy of about 10 seconds a year, which is an astonishing result compared to standard quartz watches that deviate 15 seconds per month.

It is down to the higher frequency of quartz crystal vibrations that enable the second to be sliced up into smaller increments. Consequently, the second hand of a Precisionist has some of the smoothest sweeping motions when 16 steps are fitted into one second. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the watch comes with a chronograph feature with a 1/1000-second accuracy and a 300m (1,000ft) water resistance rating. Hence, it’s not a surprise this piece is regarded as one of the top watches from the brand

Unfortunately, legibility has been sacrificed for the abundance of features. Due to the multiple subdials and design solutions, it is not easy to differentiate the watch hands from the busy dial – they don’t have enough contrast, except for the second hand.

So if legibility is not the most important prerequisite you’re considering, the watch is a stunner. It offers heaps of astounding functions for the money and looks very impressive both visually and dimensionally.

Tissot Supersport Chrono

Case Diameter: 45.5mm
Case Height: 12mm
Lug-to-Lug: 50mm
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Tissot big face watch with black dial and chronograph

While Bulova has quite an extensive selection of oversized watches available, the same cannot be said about Tissot. The world-famous Swiss manufacturer is best known for subtle dress watches that hardly stretch above 45mm.

However, some of the sportier chronograph watches do, including the Tissot Supersport Chrono. Standing at 45.5mm in case diameter, it narrowly qualifies as an oversized timepiece.

This fairly large Tissot watch is a complete chronograph with dedicated subdials and a tachymeter ring where the stopwatch’s second hand lies on the main dial and counts in 1/10-second accuracy on the right-hand-sided subdial. You’ll also have a date window at the 6 o’clock location. 

In terms of quality, Tissot never disappoints. As such, the watch runs on a reliable Swiss ETA caliber, is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and comes 100m (330ft) water-resistant. There isn’t more you could wish for from a Swiss watch for the price.

Complementing the masculine black face is the embossed cow leather strap. It is fairly stiff initially but will eventually adjust to the wrist’s contours.

In case you wish to replace it to a more favorable one, though, you’ll have the chance because the straps come with a convenient quick-release function.

Not quite into black dial? No problem. Check out our hands-on review on the Tissot Supersport Blue version.

Citizen Promaster Navihawk Pilot Watch

Case Diameter: 47mm
Case Height: 15mm
Lug-to-Lug: 54mm
Movement: Solar Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

Large-sized aviator watch with atomic time and solar power

The trend for large-sized watches originates from the early days of pilot wristwear that housed several essential functions while being highly legible. These days, pilot watches have maintained their dimensional domination over the other types and are the best source for anyone wishing to engage in oversized watches.

Our next oversized watch is precisely a pilot watch that is visually impressive and has a comprehensive set of functions that an aviator might find helpful up in the air. 

The Citizen Promaster Navihawk may seem too busy at first with all the numbers, markings, and subdials, but it will offer plenty to appreciate when mastered. Alongside the slide rule bezel that takes up most of the space, there are also a 24-hour window, 1/100-second stopwatch, and two small digital displays.

However, the most impressive features this timepiece employs are atomic timekeeping and Eco-Drive solar-powered technology. These two innovations guarantee atomic precision in 43 cities worldwide and infinite power without the need to replace batteries after every two to three years.

On top of the already feature-rich nature, the 48mm Citizen Navihawk is also water-resistant to 200m (660ft), features luminous hands and markers, and comes with a power reserve indicator.

In terms of size, the watch is not as bulky as the Bulova Precisionist but still very prominent on the wrist. The case has a 47mm diameter and 15mm thickness, while the lug distance stands at 54mm.

Diesel Mr. Daddy 2.0

Case Diameter: 57mm
Case Height: 14mm
Lug-to-Lug: 63mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Golden Diesel oversized watch

When the previous watch strikes with its functionality, then our next one impresses with its size.

The Diesel Mr. Daddy 2.0 is the largest widely available timepiece with a case diameter of astonishing 57mm. It is the kind of watch that won’t suit even medium-sized wrists, not to mention slender ones. Hence, consider the Diesel Mr. Daddy 2.0 if your wrist circumference exceeds 8 inches.

Luckily, the watch lugs are curved, which won’t add too much to the overall dimensions.  

When it comes to appearance, you’ll find four separate time counters that all have unique designs. When the primary dial on the right is pretty much a standard, the others count hours and minutes in the so-called disc style. 

While the practicality of four different times (time zones) is questionable, I have to admit the setup looks stunning. 

Diesel Men's 57mm Mr. Daddy 2.0 Quartz Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch, Color: Black/Gold (Model: DZ7333)

Another impressive characteristic is the golden tone of the case and bracelet that makes it even more eye-catching.

However, the Diesel watch has quite a significant drawback compared to other oversized watches on this list. Namely, it features only 30m (100ft) of water resistance. For a non-dress watch, it is a serious drawback. Therefore, make sure to keep it away from water exposure.

Invicta Aviator Watch

Case Diameter: 49mm
Case Height: 15mm
Lug-to-Lug: 56mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Blue-faced fashion watch from Invicta

The Invicta Aviator Watch we have up next is a hybrid of a pilot and dive watch when characteristics of both types are represented. However, in spite of its inspiration for aviation, it is more suited to water sports than flying. 

The watch can accompany the wrist while swimming and snorkeling as it comes with a 100m (330ft) water resistance, unidirectional bezel, and luminous hands. However, this Invicta is not meant for diving as the crown is not screw-in. 

All things considered, this shouldn’t be much of a problem anyway because the overall aesthetics suggest its use for everyday wear. With a rose-gold toned bezel and deep blue dial, the Invicta Aviator makes it a spot-on wearable for fashionable men.

Its size at 49mm also follows the fashion trend for larger timepieces. Though, it won’t look too chunky on the wrist due to its 15mm height, which is well in proportion with the diameter. 

When it comes to the strap, it is made from silicone and feels pleasant while wearing. In addition, it harmonizes perfectly with the navy blue dial. 

If you’ve already started to wonder about the interesting Flame Fusion crystal the watch employs, it is similar to the standard mineral glass in reality – it is decently scratch-resistant and withstands impacts pretty well.

Thus, for a little less than $100, this oversized Invicta is a flamboyant option for men wishing to showcase their sense of style.

G-Shock G-Steel GSTB100G-2A

Case Diameter: 50mm
Case Height: 14mm
Lug-to-Lug: 58mm
Movement: Solar Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

one of the best big face watches from G-Shock

Speaking of large watches, G-Shock has probably the largest selection available. Built to withstand various shocks, the timepieces come knobby and knurly in construction, making them visual and physical beasts.

Among the entirely or partially digital watches G-Shock typically produces, there are also fully analog models, such as the G-Shock GSTB100G-2A. And you can expect this watch to occupy a decent amount of real estate as any other G-Shock with its 50mm case size. 

However, it’s worth noting that G-Shock provides case dimensions including the crown. As such, this particular model has a marketed case diameter of 54mm, not 50mm. 

When it comes to the aesthetics of this G-Steel watch, it is more than just a rugged outdoor piece. Covered with rose-gold toned and blue accents, the timepiece can freely decorate the wrist while wearing smart outfits or even a suit and tie.

The solar-powered watch offers plenty of functions as well, for example, LED light, stopwatch, and alarm. In addition, this G-Shock is Bluetooth compatible, enabling it to connect to an internet time server for accurate timekeeping. 

What could’ve made the watch even more appealing would have been the sapphire crystal instead of the lower-quality mineral glass. For a non-automatic watch that costs four to five hundred bucks, it’s a slight letdown.

Seiko Prospex Solar Tuna PADI Diver

Case Diameter: 48mm
Case Height: 15mm
Lug-to-Lug: 51mm
Movement: Solar Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

Oversized Seiko watch for professional diving

When G-Shock has the largest selection of oversized timepieces, the same cannot be said about Seiko. Like Tissot, the Japanese manufacturer is known to produce moderately sized timepieces and not so many large ones. 

One that measures above the 45mm size is the Seiko Solar Tuna PADI Diver when the biggest contributor to the 48mm diameter is the oversized Pepsi bezel that takes up a large portion of the face. 

The watch is a purpose-built tool watch for professional diving with approval from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). ISO-certified to 200m (660ft) and with a screw-down crown and caseback, the Solar Tuna is as watertight as a watch can go these days.

One feature of this watch deserving extra credit is the solar-powered quartz movement.

When fully charged from any light, the secondary cell can freely last for up to six months without any light source applied to it. Moreover, you won’t have to replace batteries or wind it to keep it running, making it an utterly convenient timepiece compared to mechanical and quartz watches.  

Also, a neat extra typically missing from dive pieces is the existence of a digital screen displaying alarms, calendar, and digital time, adding to the versatility of this Seiko. However, it can sometimes be difficult to read due to the low contrast between the digits and background.

The Seiko Solar Tuna is also noteworthy for its extra pushers on the left side of the case. It means the watch can be worn on the right hand, especially because it doesn’t require frequent crown operation for manual winding or time adjustments like the automatics.

Fossil Nate Watch

Case Diameter: 50mm
Case Height: 13mm
Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 50m (165ft)

big face watch with an all-black appeal

Fossil is the uncrowned king of fashion watch brands. The company’s line-up consists of hundreds of models catering to younger audiences who appreciate glamorous looks and fashionability rather than horological masterclass and the complexity of calibers.

The Fossil Nate is one such timepiece that is nothing spectacular in terms of build but offers an attractive visual appeal. And if it’s sized at 50mm in case diameter, there’s a lot of ground to make it appealing with various design elements. 

The underlying feature of the Fossil Nate is its all-black design covering the brushed steel bands and matte-finished dial. The hands and markers are painted grey, making time readings somewhat complicated but works brilliantly in terms of style. 

The watch is also equipped with a chronograph and a date window. 

Fossil Men's Nate Quartz Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch, Color: Black Stainless (Model: JR1401)

The watch is built on a stainless steel case, with Japanese quartz movement ticking inside. The crystal is mineral, while the water resistance stands at 50m. These are all standard materials and specifications typically found on $100-$200 fashion timepieces. Hence, nothing spectacular but will do the job.

However, what makes Fossil watches stand out from the crowd is the possibility for free-of-charge engravings in one of the Fossil stores. It opens up a nice opportunity to personalize them and buy them as gifts for loved ones. Also, feel free to check our watch engraving ideas for the perfect message.  

Citizen Promaster Diver 300M

Case Diameter: 48mm
Case Height: 19mm
Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
Movement: Solar Quartz
Water Resistance: 300m (1,000ft)

Large-faced Citizen piece for diving

Besides pilot watches, Citizen is also famous for its top-notch dive pieces. And similarly to aviation watches, these highly water-resistant timepieces are often oversized.

The Citizen Promaster BJ8050-08E is one of the chunkiest models from the brand, stretching 48mm in case diameter and a whopping 19mm in height. However, unlike fashion watches with no practical reason to be oversized, this model does. 

The watch is guaranteed a 300m (1,000ft) water resistance, making it an ultimate dive piece for professional submersions. Moreover, it is ISO-certified. In addition, you’ll find oversized luminous hands and hour markers that offer great legibility both on the land and deep in the sea.

Supporting its very tool-watch-like nature is the crown’s placement at an unusual left side of the case, ensuring that it won’t become uncomfortable when bending the wrist. The left-sided crowns are also spot-on for men preferring to wear watches on their right hands as operating the crown is much simpler.

What’s unique about this watch is that it comes without the watch lugs. This fairly unusual characteristic means it doesn’t add to the watch’s dimensions and makes it smaller than other 48mm timepieces that have the lugs. 

The unequivocal letdown of this Citizen “Ecozilla” is the date feature. It is so small that even finding the designated window is complicated, not to mention the date itself. However, compared to the overwhelming pros, it’s nothing significant and doesn’t affect the functionality of this watch. 

All things considered, the Citizen BJ8050-08E with a price tag below the $500 mark is not only one of the top oversized watches but also among the best dive watches for the money.

Casio Pro Trek Bluetooth Connected Sports Watch

Case Diameter: 51mm
Case Height: 17mm
Lug-to-Lug: 57mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

A bluetooth-connected Casio watch with red and black appearance

The Casio Pro Trek Sports Watch represents another fabulous line of wristwear from the Japanese powerhouse. The watches are primarily meant for hikers, campers, trekkers, and climbers, which means they have to be of large size to house all the essential functions for these activities.  

Therefore, it’s no wonder this Pro Trek has a 50mm case size and an imposing build. 

The watch features a Quad Sensor technology comprising an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, compass, and step counter. The technology gets even better when connecting to the app via Bluetooth, enabling detailed and improved information regarding locations, weather conditions, and workouts. 

The Bluetooth connectivity also makes sure the Pro Trek is always accurate when the watch is reset regularly four times a day by the smartphone. And if you’re a frequent traveler, the timepiece can easily be adjusted to the correct timezone within seconds.

In visual terms, the Pro Trek is a sweet spot between a sport and casual everyday watch, going well with different outfits and suiting for various occasions.

When it comes to the comfort of wearing, the watch won’t disappoint you. It weighs only 2.6 oz (73 g) and features a comfortable resin strap. And although the dimensions are significant, the watch won’t feel chunky or out of place even on an average-sized wrist. 

Shinola The Runwell 47mm

Case Diameter: 47mm
Case Height: 13mm
Lug-to-Lug: 51mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

A casual Shinola timepiece with a chronograph function

The Shinola Runwell is quite a straightforward big face watch for casual everyday wear. It does not come with any bells and whistles but stays true to its simple yet practical nature. 

The 47mm watch is equipped with a unique Argonite 5021 quartz caliber – a hand-assembled movement made in Detroit with Swiss and other imported parts. The caliber also fuels a stopwatch feature, as well as a date function.

Quality-wise, the Shinola is protected against daily wear and tear with a high-quality sapphire crystal and a 100m (330ft) resistance to water pressure.

The watch might be a tad too expensive, but it will be different from widespread Seiko, Citizen, and Casio watches. Furthermore, the American background of Shinola adds particularity and prestige.

Seiko Neo Sports Chronograph

Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Height: 14mm
Lug-to-Lug: 51mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

An all-metal oversized big dial watch with stopwatch subdials

The Seiko Neo Sports SSB355 is the smallest watch on our list, but its all-metal construction provides a much larger impression. 

The core of this Seiko piece is the 1/5-second chronograph function that counts the stopwatch’s seconds on the primary dial for up to 60 minutes. Alongside the chronograph’s minutes and the watch’s main seconds counter, there’s also the third subdial that reads the time in 24-hour format.

The watch is powered by quartz movement, has a 100m (330ft) water resistance, and is covered with curved Hardlex crystal. So, specs-wise, there’s nothing to complain about.

Many owners are especially satisfied with the upscale looks and feel of the watch that doesn’t reflect the actual price tag. Hence, the Seiko SSB355 is a great value-for-money proposition with excellent functionality and expensive looks.

However, one thing about this watch that doesn’t reflect the oversized characteristic is the bracelet. For a 45mm watch, it is just too short. So if you happen to have closer to 8-inch wrists, consider other options as no additional links come with the watch.

Invicta Grand Diver Automatic

Case Diameter: 47mm
Case Height: 14.5mm
Lug-to-Lug: 51mm
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistance: 300m (1,000ft)

Professional dive watch with luminous hands and black face

Invicta watches have always been on the larger end of the size spectrum. Thus, finding more than a couple of large watches from the line-up is not much of a surprise.

One source for oversized Invicta watches is the Grand Diver family, which is meant for marine activities. The Invicta Grand Diver 27610, representing the larger-end timepieces, measures 47mm in diameter and 14.5mm in height.

The watch is not as large as several others we’ve covered, being appropriate for a broader array of wrist sizes and shapes.

The automatic movement powering the watch should also go well with the public, especially considering its very attractive price. It’s the Seiko NH35A with appreciated hacking and hand-winding features. You’ll also get 40 hours of power reserve and a 21,600 vph frequency (6 ticks in a second).

On top of that, the Invicta Grand Diver is water-resistant to 300m (1,000ft), which is quite astonishing for the money. However, the non-ISO ratings should often be taken with a grain of salt. The reality is that the watches with high resistance withstand water pressure for no deeper than 40m in real-life conditions. 

But to be fair, 99% of us would never use such watches for nothing more than just swimming and snorkeling. Therefore, the 300m resistance is more than enough, even though it doesn’t come with ISO 6425. 

Invicta Automatic Watch (Model: 27610)

This Invicta watch is as stunning visually as it is in terms of specifications. The black bezel ring and dial harmonize with the silver-toned case and bracelet, while the large hour markers and bold hands provide both legibility and sought-after dive-watch-like aesthetics.

All in all, the Invicta Grand Diver is a suitable timepiece for anyone who’s into dive watches that look like a million bucks. 

Nixon 51-30

Case Diameter: 51mm
Case Height: 15mm
Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 300m (1,000ft)

Fashionable dive-inspired piece with silver hour markers and hands

The Nixon 51-30 is a white-dial dive watch with very fashionable looks to it. While hardcore dive and watch enthusiasts overlook such timepieces, the regular Joes often find the aesthetics of such watches more appealing than what they get from typical tool watches.

And we have to admit the Nixon timepiece has enough presence to appeal to wider audiences. 

First off, it comes in a 51mm case size, which is hard not to miss in the crowd. Also, the white tone of the watch is something you don’t often find when the prevalent tone is typically much darker.

And finally, this Nixon has a left-sided pushers location, adding both uniqueness and practicality for left-handed people for wearing it on their non-dominant hand (right).

And, surprisingly for a fashion watch, it offers plenty to admire in terms of quality as well. 

For instance, it has a 300m (1,000ft) water resistance rating, ensuring its use for serious water activities (but not for diving since it is not ISO-certified). Further, the watch is equipped with a 6-hand Swiss quartz chronograph movement, which is already self-explanatory in itself. 

The biggest concern with this Nixon is the legibility. The watch is excessively white when even the hands and numbers on the bezel are white-toned, which won’t help to read the time at a glance. 

All in all, leaving aside the low readability and the tad too high price, the Nixon 51-30 is a decent option for a fashionable big faced watch. It will surely turn some heads.

Swatch Big Bold

Case Diameter: 47mm
Case Height: 12mm
Lug-to-Lug: 50mm
Movement: Quartz
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Large-cased Swatch piece with orange accent

Our last oversized watch comes from the most affordable Swiss brand there is – Swatch. 

The Big Bold Quartz is a simple time-telling wearable with a youthful design. It stays minimalistic, yet it offers a little flair with a grey textured dial and large hour numbers.

The case may be of inferior plastic and the crystal of acrylic glass, but, on the other hand, the movement comes from the famous Swiss production that rarely lets down. 

In terms of size, the Swatch Big Bold is not too large at 47mm, but the bold numbers make the perceptible size much bigger.

Unlike the case diameter, the height stays on the small side (12mm), enabling it to be worn conveniently under the sleeve.

Closing Words

The list of big face watches we presented is not limited to these watches only. There are hundreds of different timepieces that measure well above the 45mm diameter and come in various styles. 

However, if you want to search for other watches than the ones represented here, make sure to evaluate the quality first and foremost, as ending up with a good-looking lemon is not a situation to end up. 

Therefore, we suggest going for acknowledged brands, such as Bulova, G-Shock, and Citizen. Also, some fashion watch companies, such as Fossil and Diesel, offer decent value for your money if you want an eye-catching and fashionable oversized timepiece.

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1 thought on “15 Best Big Face Watches for Large Wrists”

  1. Awesome choice of watches – I’d like to point out the fact that bright-colored watches appear larger compered to matte-black watches. I own a silver Casio Edifice EF-527D which is quite large watch for small wrists (45.5mm).

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