There used to be a time when watches were worn out of necessity, and they were designed to be small for the wearer's convenience. With technology being incorporated more and more in our every day lives, it seems like there are clocks everywhere and the watch has become more of an accessory than a necessity.
Watch makers realized that the best way to attract new customers in these changing times was to design timepieces that were more stylish and bold than traditional timepieces. One of the most consistent strategies used across the watch industry was to make the watches larger. These big face watches are impossible to miss and also open up more space for innovative dials and complications in some cases.
If you are looking for a stylish new timepiece that is sure to get noticed, a big face watch is for you. Keep reading to see some of our favorite big face watches and what it is about each one that makes it unique:
David Yurman: Revolution Shelby
SKU: GSW2528 || Price: $8,600 || Case Size: 43.5 mm
When you hear the name David Yurman, high-fashion jewelry probably pops into your head before high-performance timepieces do. That's understandable, but if you haven't seen the Revolution Shelby 1000 yet, it will likely change the way you view David Yurman and their watches.
As a tribute to legendary American car designer Carroll Shelby, the 43.5mm case of this watch includes a racing stripe design as well as the Shelby Cobra logo on the watch's face. Also on the dial are two chronograph sub dials that measure up to 30 minutes.
Sticking with the Shelby theme, the watch features a tachymetre along the outside of the watch's case so you can measure the speed of anything you are in. Only a limited number of these watches were produced, so if you love watches and cars this is a great collection piece.
Rolex: Yacht Master II
SKU: GBWS0087 || Price: $18,750 || Case Size: 44 mm
Even if you don't know much about watches, you have probably heard of the infamous Rolex Oyster collection. Its industry leading craftsmanship has defined the collection as the ultimate combination of utility and style.
With a 44mm case, the Yacht Master II is the largest of the collection and arguably has the most unique looking dial in the collection. The large dial is used to house a second hand sub dial at 6 o'clock as well as a programmable 10 minute count down dial in the shape of a semi circle spanning from 8 to 4 o'clock. These features were developed to make this watch the ultimate time keeping tool for yacht racing. But for those who are still waiting to take on yacht racing as a hobby, it still makes for a handsome looking time piece with a great background story.
Tag Heuer: Aquaracer 500M
SKU: GBW4004 || Price: $4,150 || Case Size: 44 mm
The Aquaracer 500M is the result of a partnership between Tag Heuer and Oracle Team USA, who joined forces to design a watch that meets all of the high performance demands of the America's Cup. The watch's 44mm case provides plenty of space for its three easy to read sub dials, without giving the watch an over crowded appearance.
Having the extra space to spread out the features on the watch dial helps you to read time more quickly, but more importantly gives the watch a professional look. This is great for anyone who is looking for a big face watch that is sporty yet appropriate to wear at any occasion.
SKU: GSW2734 || Price: $600 || Case Size: 47 mm
Big watches can come with big boy price tags, but the Shinola Runwell is the perfect example of how you can get this look without breaking the bank. With a 47mm case, the Runwell's face is large and easy on the eyes.
Rather than filling all of its space with intricate designs and sub dials, the Runwell has a minimalistic look with large numerals and only one small sub dial for the second hand. This is great for someone who wants a watch purely for keeping time but wants to look fashionable as well.
Breitling: Bentley B06
SKU: GSW2907 || Price: $11,380 || Case Size: 49 mm
When Breitling set out to design a watch worthy of bearing the Bentley name, they knew it had to be big and bold. At a staggering 49mm, the B06 is exactly that and then some.
This big face behemoth is unique in the way that its second hand rotates a full 360 degrees in a 30 second time frame. This gives the owner extreme accuracy up to 1/8 of a second. If you are looking for something a little flashier than the stainless steel B06 pictured above, there are options to upgrade to a red gold case, have diamonds set into the watch, and trade in the strap for ones made of leather or crocodile skin.