A few years ago, we put together a list of some our favorite watches coming in at 40mm and under. At the time, the industry was trending toward larger watches, but we found that our audience often shared our preference for smaller timepieces, and that was ultimately the impetus for the original guide. We maintained that preference over the years, and it seems pretty apparent that the industry by and large is following suit today.
We’ve since owned, played with, and reviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of other watches from all sorts of brands big and small, young and storied. That level of exposure doesn’t come without consequence; our tastes have changed in subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—ways, and our guidelines for what make a watch objectively good or bad have matured, or at least we’d like to think so.
Given that progression and what we know now, we thought it was time to give that list another go. So today we present our guide to some of our favorite watches 40mm and under. These are pieces that we’ve had a chance to experience in the metal and they’re all currently available on the market, so you don’t have to worry about jumping down the vintage rabbit hole or digging too hard to find them.