Today we look at a short but furious match between “heavy weights”…. I’ve selected some of the heaviest watches on todays market and boy, they are heavy. The weight is substantial and you could almost use them to train your biceps:

 

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Tool Watches

When we think of heavy watches we normally think of tool watches. Brutal heavy-duty machines with an impressive weight. Size seems to matter as well, but not always (read on for further explanation).

Attraction

Often, tool watches attract us because they (also) symbolize strength. Certain aspects can boost those “body-builder” watches. For example: rough and brushed surfaces, minimalistic lines and a fat tank-like masculine shape. For me, weight is another aspect to mark a watch as a tool watch. But what is the ultimate or ideal weight?

Ultimate Weight

I did some research on several watch related websites (forums) and the discussion about the ideal weight looks like one that never ends. The weight of watches is a difficult and subjective topic, but interesting nevertheless. I always like those discussions. You can be either wrong or right on facts like a reference number, but when it comes down to the more subjective topics like weight there isn’t a wrong or right. Everybody can participate in these discussions with their personal opinion about the topic.

Present and Past

Compared to the past, (ideal) weight has become even more difficult. The introduction of various standardized (case)materials and their properties has introduced more variations and options: titanium, tantalum, carbon, ceramics and tungsten to name some. The use of these (new) materials made comparisons between today’s watches and those of the past almost impossible in terms of weight. Now, you could produce an enormous and massive watch which weights almost less than a Flik Flak…. Personally, I find it a bit strange to have an enormous ‘light-weight’ on the wrist.

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Diets for the heavy-weight watch

What? Watches can also try to loose weight with a diet? Yes, they can! But, they can also can become more ‘fat’. Seriously:

Watch diet:
When you replace the stainless steel for titanium you could a 40% weight decrease. An effective watch diet!

Watch sumo-diet:
Let’s take the Omega Speedmaster Mark II for example. The original Mark II (ref. nr. 145.014) is 14.55mm thick while the newer re-issue (ref. nr. 327.10.43.50.01.001) is boosted till 14.85mm high. Of course this could be necessary because of a bigger movement for example. I don’t know, but the increased height does create a slight more impressive wrist presence. You could say that it suits the time of bigger watches, compared to the release-year (1969) of the original Mark II when “the standard” was a lot smaller.

One Watch Guy - Speedmaster Mark II - weight of watches

My Personal Top 3

Let’s keep things compact in this episode and head on to a top 3 line-up of popular heavy-weights*:

  1. Omega Seamaster Ploprof (224.30.55.21.01.001) – +/- 279 gram
  2. Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 3days GMT Power Reserve (PAM00347) – +/- 252 gram
  3. Rolex Deepsea (116660) – +/- 215 gram

* all-in weight per watch, with the standard stainless steel bracelet (no links removed).

The PloProf is winner in terms of weight! For me it’s the ultimate heavyweight watch on todays market. This tank has some impressive specs. To name some: water resistant to 1200 metres (~120 bar), screw-in crown and a bezel security pusher. Robert-Jan did a review of this watch a few years ago (view the review of the PloProf here). Although it is a real super-heavy tank I’m a little more attracted to the 600m predecessor (ref. nr. 166.077). Maybe because of the monobloc case which adds a bit more robustness to looks of the casing. Also, the addition of shiny borders around the indices to the newer model feels a bit odd and unnecessary on a watch which breaths functionalism and toughness. A comparison review between the original PloProf 600 and the current 1200M can be found here.

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Omega PloProf – a serious heavyweight (279 grams!)

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Old vs New PloProf

Recap

Of course the above top 3 is just an example of my on- and offline search. What is your top 3 of “heavy-weights”? Do you have a golden rule on the weight of watches? We love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below. See you next time.

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Teun van Heerebeek

Teun van Heerebeek

Contributor at Fratello Watches
Teun van Heerebeek is contributor and visual artist to Fratello Watches. With his Watches & Pencils illustrations and other articles he likes to explore the vast watch-lands in all its diversity. His love for watches mainly originates from his eye for design, but also adores the more technical side of watches. If you want to know more about Teun you can also visit his personal website: http://www.teunvanheerebeek.com
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  • benjameshodges

    I love these articles. A platinum Reverso Triptyque is the heaviest I’ve ever had on my wrist. Not sure weight but probably around 500g IWC Sidérale was pretty close as well as any full platinum Rolex. As far as tool watches I’d say the Breitling Chronomat or Navitimer with a steel bracelet feel pretty heavy. My perfect weight would be around the Daytona weight not quite as heavy as a Sub but not so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like a quality product.

    • TeunVH

      Thanks Benjamin 😉
      500g… King of the hill! Platinum is heavy, but not that ‘main stream’ as stainless steel. In my opinion you’re right on weight in relation to quality: a watch needs to have a certain weight to give you the feeling of a certain quality. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t like ceramic or carbon watches in general. Not the looks, but the weight 😉 It also depends on the category: I expect dive watches to be more heavy than pilot’s watches for example.

      Regards,
      Teun

      • Watchlords Forum

        this is another heavy one on the wrist.

  • Watchlords Forum

    You forgot the oversized saucers known as Invicta. Those are heavy weights.

    • TeunVH

      It’s just a personal selection. There are many other options, but this looked like a nice selection to me. But you’re right on the weight: I’ve also could have picked out one of those brutal Invicta watches 😉 Thanks for your comment!

      Regards,
      Teun

  • New platinum day date 40. I tried it on. A true heavyweight and, in my opinion, the finest Rolex produced in a very long time, maybe best they ever made

    • TeunVH

      Thanks for your comment. The white silver looks of platinum are stunning! Unfortunately I didn’t had the opportunity to try it on so far. Lucky you 😉

      Regards,
      Teun

      • It wears really well. Out of my price range, but it is stunning. Despite being a relatively uncomplicated watch for the price point if draws the eye and demands to be noticed by connesssieurs.

  • Riccardo

    Great article, but, really, is 0.3mm of difference between the new and vintage Speedmaster MkIIs really worth mentioning? Heck, that’s only 12 thousandths of an inch!

  • Botman

    My favorite heavy weight is the Ulysse Nardin El Toro: I don’t know how heavy it is, but is really big and heavy: 43 mm of platinum!
    But we cannot mention a real monster: Panerai PAM 341 “Egiziano”: 60 mm of stainless steel!