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Watch weights (eg Black Bay Fifty-Eight)


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I recently bought my first mechanical watch - a Seiko Prospex SPB149J1. One thing that surprised me, as I had not considered it before, was how heavy it was - 168g with the steel bracelet. For someone who was used to wearing smallish digital watches, the weight of the Seiko was a bit of a shock. I have got the weight down to a more acceptable 98g using a NATO strap, and generally I am happy with the watch. However I am now wary of buying any watch that might be too heavy for me.

Watch retailers usually give a lot of information about watch dimensions, except for the weight. Christopher Ward is an exception. Lately I have been trying to find out the weight of the Tudor BB 58. I believe with the bracelet it is about 129g, but I have not been able to find out the weight with a strap, or just the case weight, to which I can add the known weight of a NATO strap. 

Do any of you have similar concerns? When I see the size of some the current 42mm watches I wonder whether some people are walking around with bricks hanging off their wrists. 

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I see what you mean, but for me it is all about the watch design. 

What I mean by this is that you can get a heavy watch that has a great lug to lug, and is on a good bracelet so that it feels heavy in the the hand, but not on the wrist.

A well 'designed heavy' watch with a great bracelet disappears on the wrist.

p.s. I bought this 'brick' because it is just about the oddest watch I have ever seen, the benefit is that if I wear it is like wrist weights so I can loose some extra pounds. It is about the same weight as wearing a dog or small child on your wrist. :biggrin:

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I find I get used to a watch after a day or two whatever the weight, in fact I quite like the feel of a heavy watch! But you are correct not all manufacturers disclose the weight, you can usually find weights in watch reviews.

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1 minute ago, BondandBigM said:

It’s something I do think about as I like a watch with a bit of weight to it. I can’t remember what but I tried a titanium watch once, possibly a Corum, it just felt cheap even though it was far from it.

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It always comes as a bit of a shock when I fasten the Aerospace on my wrist, weighs next to nothing, about 50g on a bracelet!

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13 minutes ago, JoT said:

I find I get used to a watch after a day or two whatever the weight, in fact I quite like the feel of a heavy watch! But you are correct not all manufacturers disclose the weight, you can usually find weights in watch reviews.

I have found it rare for a review to mention the weight, same as retailers. I assume watch enthusiasts are used to the relatively heavy weight and I don’t give it a second thought. A quick email to the retailer or manufacturer often gets the info though. 

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Wow...the height on that first one is amazing! I think the height adds to the feeling of the weight, because it will have a higher centre of balance.  Congrats to you pulling that off. Isn’t it great how we all like different things? I quite like the fat face and Timex dials though. A lot of detail there to admire. 

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