Mate, dunno what happened. Didn't see this till alerted by a post elsewhere.
Looks special to me, very impressive
Congratulations, Wraith, that really is beautifully proportioned (my 3 o'clock date aversion notwithstanding!). You're totally right about the size, especially with this dial colour and the bracelet, it's plenty solid and masculine enough and just the right kind of subtlety for a regular dress watch.
Exactly. Happy to be in the Understated Omega Club.
As usual, my thoughts turn to ze Germans. Stowa's at the bargain end (Flieger Baumuster?), Sinn already mentioned. But when you mentioned your outdoor activities, then how about something like this from Mühle? The "Terranaut 1 Trail" would be especially awesome on a NATO, I feel, but easily within your $2k budget (new!), the II or III would hit the mark for simplicity, especially in the brushed steel versions.
I really like them, and with shock protection, 10 bar water resistance and that finish, I would have thought it fits your outdoor image pretty well. This would be my pick - on a NATO, like you said, but I think also on some worn brown leather or suede to fill that casual role just as well as a Big Pilot or a Panerai. Alternatively, I think it's pretty fly for both uses on the nylon:
N.B. It's only a 40mm case, so might not be "bruiser" enough in that respect, but a whole lot more versatile for it I think. If you want more chunk, the II is 44mm and available in just this configuration too.
N.B. If I win the $5k dress watch challenge (which I must, for including a 36mm Rolex alone), Mr Fok has generously agreed to label me "Pernicious Enabler". That is all I wish to say, other than to think my fellow TWATters for their sportsmanship. :)
Nice watch, mate!
Question. Just to be a bit less ignorant... what's the point of the movable bezels? I can't quite understand yet for what reason watches have them.
Congrats! Enjoy your new Omega, looks great!