Look, I knew smartwatches were just going to keep getting bigger as device makers try to cram more stuff into them, and I knew fashion and tech joining forces would lead to ridiculous stuff, but a smartwatch with a 2.5-inch display is too much—I mean even 2.4 inches was too much! The original iPhone’s display was exactly 3.5 inches wide. So something with a 2.5-inch display is basically a smartphone—one that I assume can block bullets or be used as a club in a self-defence emergency. Neither of those features are touted in Diesel’s new Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch though. And as it’s a WearOS device, it also requires your phone to actually function.
The Full Guard 2.5 (as in inches of touchscreen display you must peer at each time you want to check the time or your steps) was announced today, and beyond its sheer size, it’s a fairly standard Android WearOS device. It can handle NFC payments via Google Pay and has Google Assistant built in. It’ll last one to two days on a charge, and has 4GB of storage. It also has other more fitness-focused features usually found in much smaller devices like the Fitbit Ionic or Apple Watch Series 3—such as GPS and heart rate tracking.
Even in this busy photo the loudest thing is that watch. (Image: Diesel)
But really the star of this show is that 2.5-inch display, which probably looks nice if your wrist can support it. As I struggled with jumping from a 28mm dumb watch to the 38mm Apple Watch I can safely say I could never wear the Full Guard 2.5. Diesel says it has a case size of 47 by 56mm. While that is technically a watch size a person (almost exclusively men) could wear, it is...super ostentatious. That’s the kind of watch you wear when you want to distract people or woo other watch enthusiasts. It’s not something a normal person wears day to day.
But Diesel would like you to! The Full Guard 2.5 will come available in three colour combinations: a gunmetal grey case with a brown strap, a black case with a black strap, and a black case with a gunmetal grey strap. All three watches will go on sale in October of this year and can be found where equally loud Diesel products are sold.