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Watch Fashion for the Outsize or Large Man

Even the best-dressed outsize men can get tripped up when it comes to buying the right watch. Watches are complex, can be expensive and there are a lot of them out there. So just what should you know when shopping for one? Look at your wardrobe and budget, and ask yourself a few questions.

1] When will you be wearing it?
2] What will you use it for -- work, going out, lounging around, playing sports?
3] How do you feel about high-tech gadget watches?
4] How much money do you want to spend? While you can get any style of watch for little money, some watchmakers and brands are very expensive.

Next, as a big guy, you must consider the fit. Whatever its type, your watch should fit snugly WITHOUT leaving an imprint on your wrist. Be sure you have a wide enough wristband ! Then consider colours.
Silver watches go best with blacks, grays, silvers, and blues, and ideally, you should wear them at night.
Gold watches go with browns, beiges, greens, and other earth tones. They are most fashionable when worn during the day.
Digital watches (no matter how cool) are for casual clothes or fitness gear and don't go with business suits or formal wear.

Having considered the fit, and questions above, let's look at the main types of wristwatches.

Analog, digital or analog/digital
An analog watch has a face that holds hour and minute hands, and either numbers, markers or Roman numerals that display a 12-hour day. It is for business, dates and formal events.
Digital watches either have an LCD (liquid crystal display) or LED (light emitting diode) face that displays the time in numeric form (for example, 14:30). They're considered very casual.
Analog/digital watches have both an analog and a digital face. They can be worn to work and for normal everyday wear (though they are not a fashion choice for formal events).

Battery, quartz or mechanical (hand-wound)
Digital watches are powered by a small watch battery (the kind you usually see beside the checkout in electronic stores).
Quartz watches are analog timepieces that run on a tiny, vibrating, electrified quartz crystal. They keep extremely accurate time (within a minute each year).
Mechanical watches are powered by a mix of gears and springs. Although these watches can be expensive, hand-wound watches remain imperfect, most lose about an hour a year and all must be wound regularly.

This is the watch's frame. When it comes to analog watches, the case can be round, rectangular, square, and sometimes even polygonal. The case finish can be shiny, matt , patterned, or inlaid with jewels and other crystals. ( We consider highly patterned and jewel/crystal finishes as a pimp or chav look )
Most analog watch cases are made of a metal -- steel, titanium or gold, silver, and platinum being common. Precious metal cases and bands will be expensive.

Watch crystal
This transparent cover protects the watch face. It can be made from plexiglass, traditional glass or synthetic sapphire -- an ultra-hard, clear, man-made crystal. Plexiglass is the cheapest.It's the least likely to shatter, but scratches easily. Traditional glass, on the other hand, is more likely to shatter, but less likely to scratch. Synthetic sapphire costs the most, is almost scratch resistant but breaks quite easily.

Band type
Analog watchbands (whether quartz-powered or hand-wound watches ) will either be made of leather (usually black or brown) or the same kind of metal used on the case. Digital watches, such as sports models and gadget watches, usually have plastic bands. Outsize guys need to measure their wrist, and know this measurement, especially if shopping online

Unusual watch types

Sports watches are usually thin, very durable and made from high-quality plastic composites. The most common sports watch is the classic water-resistant diving watch. Sports watches can incorporate odometers, altimeters, compasses, GPS technology, blood pressure and pulse monitors, and a range of other gadgets for the man leading an active lifestyle. Unless you want the medical benefits, they usually look out of place on an outsize man

Gadget watches contain even more tech features (such as calculators, digital cameras or e-mail applications) than their sports model cousins. They are a man thing, and most women find them a real turn-off, so be warned.