fair enough to you guys who slated me for the slimane comment- it was very much an afterthought to put it in there. i think the point i was trying to make is that a pared down, slimmer design goes well with the fitted clothes i like to wear- just looks wrong to me with a big dial-covered shiny panerai or breitling or whatever.
it also explains, rather obliquely, why i like the air king. i have a datejust that i was given but find the dial rather busy and the cyclops date window just plain ugly.
i am no horologist but why should i not be able to appreciate other things about the watch? its beauty and also the 'wabi-sabi' feel of its age. rather like a beautiful functional pair of denims or tweed jacket that have only gotten better over the years. i tend to look for that quality in all my things, i just prefer it.
thanks also for the suggestion of the explorer- i actually agree that they are more beautiful. again i would go for the older explorer 1 model. however i travel a lot, brazil, russia, china- and just dont want to be wearing a watch that expensive. again and again im told that if a mugger approaches you, you just need to hand stuff over. a friend of mine was slashed across the face in sao paolo when he hesitated in front of a knife-wielding mugger.
anyway bought the watch and i love it!