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Old 24 July 2017, 10:40 AM   #1
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43 or 38

I have a 165mm wrist size and I'm looking for advice on a Transocean chronograph. I prefer the 43mm case diameter with the Breitling in-house movement, but I'm a little concerned about the size. Does it wear large, small, or just right? Anyone else have this with a similar size wrist? My first Breitling.
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Old 25 July 2017, 05:20 AM   #2
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I can tell by looking at the lugs that it wears like a 44 or a strong 43. I am a big guy with an 8.5" wrist and I plan on getting the 43mm Transocean in the near future. For you and your wrist, I would get the 38mm.

Let it be a dressy alternative for you.
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Old 25 July 2017, 06:33 AM   #3
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Jon is correct, the longer lugs make the watch feel slightly bigger.
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Old 26 July 2017, 01:08 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I saw a video review yesterday and the reviewer's wrist was a little smaller than mine. His take was that because of the way the lugs curve downward, he felt comfortable wearing it and didn't think it wore too big. Of course, that just boils down to personal preferences, but in the video, it looked okay and I hope it's not just my wishful thinking. lol So, I ordered the 43mm and it should arrive today. We'll see how it fits and if I'm comfortable with it. I can return it if need be, but it was too good a deal to pass up to at least give it a try. Thanks again for your observations.
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Old 30 July 2017, 02:42 AM   #5
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So, here is the 43mm Transocean Chronograph on my 165mm wrist. A little larger than I prefer, but it actually looks larger in photographs than in person. On the wrist, it doesn't look too big at all and has a very nice presence. The lugs are a little long, but the curve of the lugs follows the curve of the mesh bracelet, so that sort of minimizes their length. Would I prefer that it was 41mm, or 42mm? Probably. But it's a compromise I'm willing to make for the movement and aesthetics of the watch. Also, spot-on accuracy, within 1 s/d on the wrist. Definitely a keeper.
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Old 13 August 2017, 08:30 AM   #6
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43... if you don't you will regret it imho.
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Old 13 August 2017, 12:46 PM   #7
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Old 15 August 2017, 12:26 PM   #8
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43 for me cheers
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