I was at the, now defunct, Alpha Omega store near Harvard Square. I was shown a hideous Zenith Open Port Royal by the younger Handa. I thought the movement detail was nice, but overall wasn't for me. For those interested in a bit of boston cut and run business antics should google the shop name.
I remember the same experience there, with the Port Royal, pieces from Jaquet-Droz, BP etc. My father and I did business with them, and we got some great deals on VCs, Rolex, Lange, and JLC. As someone fairly local to the area it was astonishing seeing what happened to that business.
Unfortunitely, the BP looks far too large for you. It looks like you are borrowing a friend's watch. Either go with something else that is more reasonably sized, or look to other brands.
Me. I know its basically a rhetorical question, and I know its part of the design so pilots could use the crown while wearing gloves, but I've never liked the crown on them.
Definitely try on these others to see what you think. After trying on a BLNR, I knew it would be my next watch purchase. Go to some shops with an open mind and see what watches fit both your wrist and your needs, and which puts the biggest smile on your face.
The Pelagos doesn't seem to get a lot of love here (although I can see why though, given the history of Rolex subs). I've handled it in person and the watch feels and looks great. The bracelet is very comfortable/light and it has spring bars to adjust to your preference when worn underwater.
Just to digress a bit. Is it common for a guy to love the looks of a Rolex but is hesitant to wear one given the name of the company. I think wearing that name on your wrist sort of gives off a different vibe than say Omega, Tudor, Tags etc...This was one of the reasons (and price) why I was enticed by the Tudor brand. But yeah, Rolex looks amazing.
Actually, Tudor does get a reasonable amount of love here. I think if I were going to get a Tudor, I'd probably go vintage, and get an original Tudor Sub with the snowflake hand. The new Tudors just seem too bulkie to me. As for the spring bars and wearing them underwater, I think like most diving watches, most probably won't go diving...most will be worn by desk divers.
As for the vibe wearing a Rolex gives...it depends on where you work. In some places many employees wear a Rolex and they wouldn't notice of care if someone else did also. In other places Rolex is the only expensive watch many employees would have heard of so it will seem like a big deal. Not sure how old you are, but once you reach a certain age, it matters little what vibe a watch could give off, what others think of your clothing choices, or the car you drive.
@JezeC Go back a couple of pages and I think that's been touched on re. the diver conversation...
and perhaps aesthetically will always feel a bit like a Sub-substitute.
+1 Be it the Tudor or some other diving watch, many will always feel a bit like a Sub-substitute.