Watch Size–A Test (Answers)

Extras September 23, 2002 admin


The Official Test Answer

As you may have guessed, these watches are all the same size. Want to take another look?

Lug and strap width vary, but the diameter of the case is identical for each watch, disregarding crown protectors, etc.

To me, B and E seem subjectively the largest, because they have the largest dials. A and F seem much smaller because of the small dials, and because of their dial-to-case-size ratios. The point I am trying to make here, is that it is dial size rather than case size that makes a watch look big or small. Most watches with big cases also have big dials, but between watches with the same dimensions, the one with the biggest dial will appear largest. When looking at the face of a watch, you tend to focus on the dial; the case is merely the frame around it.

The case design has a lot to do with this also, of course. Some designs like the Ventrua line have flat-sided cases with flat tops, to emphasize their large, bold shape. A more rounded design looks smaller (and actually takes up less volume) than a slab-sided one, even though the dimensions might be the same.

Just an observation that I though you’d find interesting. I’d be very curious to hear any comments, and to see how TimeZoners did on the test.


C, D, and H are based on identical artwork for the bezel and dial; only the straps, strap attachments, crowns and crown protectors differ. Because of this, I believe that they all look about the same size.

In real life, C would have a huge bracelet and case, and would appear very massive, but looking at them from the front as flat graphics, C doesn’t look that much bigger than D or H.

Except for the crown protectors, C and G have the same silhouette, yet G seems smaller in spite of its massive case.

Appendix A

Here are some of the same graphics, with only one variable changed in each group:

Once again, I believe that this demonstrates that dial size is the most significant variable.

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