This Gigandet Wakmann was dubbed the ‘Big Boy’ by online collectors a few years ago due to the lack of a reference number/model name and the fact that it is an oversized watch. With its huge 40mm case, thick inner tachymeter ring and enlarged details, the proportions really are accentuated and I can see how this watch got the name.
One thing to mention is that the term Big Boy covers a lot of variations. You see, Wakmann made the ‘Big Boy’ with many different dials, movements and even a few case variations. The case you see today is the most popular one, reminiscent of watches such as the Heuer Autavia and the Breguet Type 20 (Later Gen). This example is a much rarer example as most Big Boys were made in chrome cases whereas this one is housed in a stainless steel case. The design overall is quintessentially 70’s with its orange accents and navy blue dial. The outer tachymeter ring in white provides a nice contrast with both the dial and the black aluminium bezel.
Beating inside this Gigandet Wakmann Big Boy is the workhorse Valjoux 7734 movement. With the skyrocketing prices of the Heuer Autavia and Later generation Breguet Type 20s, these Big Boys present great value for the individual looking to wear a watch with a similar feel without breaking the bank.