Compared to modern watches, vintage timepieces are absolutely tiny. The original Rolex Submariner from the ’50s (and the one that manly-man’s-man Sean Connery would wear in Dr. No), for example, was 37mm. Today’s version is 40mm — and even that’s small enough to be a deal-breaker for some buyers. The upsizing trend that took hold in the ’90s is still going strong; the bulk of watches on offer today more often than not are usually 40mm and up.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with a bigger watch — it’s all a matter of what you feel best fits your style and your wrist. But there’s an allure to the more classically sized watches of old. And downsized cases have become more common in the industry. IWC recently released a 36mm version of their Pilot’s watch (the same as the original), and Tudor now offers a 36mm version of the Black Bay.
So, if you’re a fan of this trend, it’s time to show your support on your wrist. Here are four conservatively sized modern watches to keep on your radar.
The Small, Square Watch Is Back, and It’s Perfect
The NOMOS Tetra is only 29mm, but it’s square — and for looks and style on your wrist, that makes all the difference.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36mm Returns to RAF Authenticity
The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36mm may have been overshadowed by its bigger brethren, but it’s arguably the most authentic pilot’s watch IWC builds.
Germany’s Most Sought-After Watchmaker Has a New Entry-Level Timepiece
A downsized case and price have made an A. Lange & Söhne watch more attainable than ever before.
The Kent Wang Bauhaus V3 Is a Class Act in Black
The Bauhaus Watch is a classically styled, mechanically sound, formally inclined timepiece. And at $395, it’s a steal.