Thanks, stichy and Cleav. Much appreciate the kind words.
I feel very lucky to have such a great and accomplished sister and now such a lovely timepiece. It really is awesome on the wrist - the blue dial really is dynamic.
Just wanted to share a belated pic of my Christmas/wedding gift from my little sister - I know the Mark XVII doesn't get lots of love here, but considering the context and the fact that it was a thoughtful and charming gift (the Le Petit Prince tie-in), I really do love this watch. Even with my Reverso 1931 and 15202, this will get a ton of wear. I really love it.
Maurissio, I guess if you have a single pair of shoes and are walking around barefoot it would be stupidity. Otherwise, I get what I want at 2010 prices whenever they show up. I have enough shoes to get by.
Swung by the Pop-Up Flea in Soho this weekend and met Ben and Stephen from Hodinkee at their booth. Great guys as I expected and bought a couple straps (patina'ed Italian calf and navy shell cordovan) and a waxed canvas watch roll. They had some great vintage watches on sale and I really enjoyed checking them out and learning more. Was also honored that my humble 15202 was included in Hodinkee's recap of wrist shots.
Agree totally with above posts - I always tailor my Walts down to a 7 3/4 inch leg opening and the rise is perfect. So a smaller leg opening would be great.
The rivet chino's lower rise is the deal breaker for me personally.