Yes they are indeed.
They arrived today, in excellent condition.
I was surprised how well they fit.
I may just have to get more shoes or boots on the 82 Last.
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As a watch ignoramus, I need to ask a question. I suspect it might be "sensitive" to some, so all the more reason:
How big is too big? I mean, the obvious answer is "whatever you like" and "depends how it looks on the wrist", etc. But I sense there is a stronger orthodoxy than that among the real wit-stolen watch lovers. The ones who spend more than they can afford and, well, "collect", in their own words. Well, you guys no who you are. The Watch Appreciation Thread Royalty!
It seems to me that way back in the day, a man's watch was about 33-36mm. Now 36 is considered small, 33 is for girls, and something like 38-40 becoming the "moderate". Meanwhile 40-42 is just a bit obvious, but not excessive, and mainstream makers are offering 45+ in established models. And of course, the girls no longer wear girl watches all the time - small and medium "man" watches are now their thing.
The impression I get is that for those who have serious collections, or a decade or two of active collecting and learning, the big monsters are considered inherently bad form. Would that be fair to say? As well as all you Patek-flashing high rollers out there, I'd be interested to hear from Mr Stitch, who as both a dealer and Panerai lover, might have a different slant.
So come on, spit it out: are big watches silly, and where do you personally draw the line?
(One of the reasons I ask is that I tried the above watch on yesterday, while taking my old (35mm!) Omega for repair: this felt like a real blunt instrument. It also appealed to my inbuilt affinity with excess, and didnt' look entirely stupid against my vast cow-eating body. But...is it just wrong?)
Much depends on a) the type of watch, b) your wrist size, and most importantly c) your personal aesthetic preference.
For a dress watch, 36-39 mm is my preference. For a sports watch, 40 to 44mm works for me.
That Omega Planet Ocean is gorgeous and there's not the slightest thing wrong with it so long as you like the way it looks on your wrist.
I like that GO in white.
Also check out the Panomatic Reserve - similar of course but I like the tweaks, I love a good moonphase complication but feel like the execution of it on the GO isn't as good as a Blancpain or Breguet. Still - amazing, amazing, amazing watches.
The model shown is the titanium version which at present only comes in the 45mm size. The steel version comes in a 42mm size, but you can't get it with that blue dial.
Another option to consider would be the Aqua Terra with the same terrific cal. 8500 movement. More versatile than the PO, it's a terrific beach-to-boardroom watch:
Yes, the AT is 42mm. Not a dive watch, not a tool watch, but I thnk it straddles the sporty / dressy fence in the same way that, say, a Rolex Datejust II does. It is by no means delicate, and has enough water resistance for anything short of actual diving.