IIRC, the manual wind version with small seconds is actually a little thicker than the automatic with micro rotor. Yup...just checked case of the automatic is 5.25 case (thinnest automatic with small seconds 2.35 mm) of the manual is 6.6mm (its movement is 2.5mm thick). For me the issue would be the automatic without the date is 43mm, which is too large and I don't like the 40mm automatic with small seconds because it has a date window. The date window ruins the design for me.
Agreed. For me the manual 40mm with small seconds and the 38mm manual wind time only are the best choices in terms of fit, proportions, and design. I find the 43mm automatic which is only 5.25 thick starts to resemble a pancake on a strap because its diameter is so large relative to its thickness (or perhaps I should say thinness).
i too prefer no date on the dressiest of dress models.