You know over the last year or so there’s been a trend towards slightly smaller watches. The 40/42mm case width has a great deal in its favour, with a visual punch on the wrist, plus the space it gives manufacturers to add chrono dials, logos, tachymetre tracks, or big lumed markers etc onto that blank dial canvas.
But starting with Maen a few years back, NWC mag noticed a slew of 38mm case watches arriving all over the web.
Last year saw other watch makers jump on that trend, launching more compact, everyday watches, that didn’t sit too high, or wide on the wrist. The Christopher Ward C60 Trident for example, is a bold, striking design that works well even at 38mm. The Omega Aqua Terra and Rado Captain Cook also share 38mm case diameters.
But you can go smaller, like Rolex do with their Datejust, down to 36mm. Sometimes that fits better with a shirt and suit, sometimes you don’t need a big beefy dive watch. Nowt wrong with that.
Long ago a 35mm watch was the benchmark size for gents watches and for some, it still feels about the right side. Unobtrusive, yep, that’s the vibe.
So the Enoksen Deco is a watch that travels back in time to the 40s and 50s, when smaller watches were perfect for the job. It has a VK meca-quartz movement inside, sits 11mm high and has a 316 steel case. It also has a screwdown crown, plus sapphire crystal so it’s good for 200m of depth too – that’s handy.
The mesh bracelet means you can wear this on holiday, go swimming, snorkel around the bay and wear it in the evening too. It looks understated, although there is a gold tone model if you want to make a more dress watch statement. Retails at £185, more info here.