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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.  

 

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I've wanted a BP for a long time but have held off on purchasing. What do you think of the watch's size relative to my 6.5" wrist?

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.  

 

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I had a IWC BP 5004... And who doesn't love that distinctive crown. 

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.  

 

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Yeah I also really like the Rolex BLNR and the IWC Port Auto. Not sure what I want. I wish the IWC BP came in perhaps a 43mm version...

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. 

 

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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.   

 

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@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. 

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I've wanted a BP for a long time but have held off on purchasing. What do you think of the watch's size relative to my 6.5" wrist?

 

 

 

 


Might pair well with this conservatively-sized necklace.

 

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I think it looks massive.  Of course it's going to at that size, but I'm not a fan.  I think if you're going to go with a watch like that then wear it actually over a jacket sleeve like they used to back in the day.  Of course how one feels about that and actually needing a jacket much in Los Angeles is another story, but were I looking for a pilot for the wrist I'd look at a smaller reference.  The Mark XVIII for example, or the 36mm watch, though if you were to go with a "Mark" I'd go for an older version with either no date or a date that's laid out better if you're looking IWC specifically.

Fellow small wrist here. I like the BP a lot and have flirted with it on and off for a while. Here is my take: It is a large watch and supposed to be one. That (with its big crown) is the aesthetic. Unless you are NFL lineman sized, it is going to be big and not proportional to your size. On you, it does look big, but I am OK with it.

Speaking for myself, the main reason I haven't moved on one (besides all the other things that come before indulging in watches) is that it has limited use for me. For work, I mostly wear suits/sport coats with dress shirts and the BP just doesn't work with them. So it would it would be a weekend watch and I have just enough watches in the rotation as is.

If I could wear it regularly, I would think much harder about getting one. So, if you like it and it fits comfortably, which is always a consideration with large watches, and you are Ok with how it looks on you, I'd say go for it.
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I had a IWC BP 5004 that I traded to @SteveH35 a number of years ago. 
 

Blast from the past!

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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.  

Amit was a nice guy and obviously very knowledgable about watches. I recall they had a really nice collection of pieces you couldn't see anywhere else. He had a PAM 127 (Fiddy) which I thought was the tits. Being a graduate student at the time, this was way out of my price range. I eventually got a 177 from him that I enjoyed for a number of years before moving on to other things.

@ktown You should just buy the BP and move on with your life. It's only money.
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Wrist sizes are an interesting thing.  It's equally about how flat/round the wrist shape is. and how your wrist tapers up into your forearm, arm and overall body dimensions, as it is about the absolute measurement, I think.  

 

I have a scrawny 6.25" wrist, but given how it's shaped I feel like my 42mm Snoopy Speedmaster "hangs larger" on me than my 44mm 17.5" thick DSSD.  I'm equally comfortable wearing 36mm case size pieces as well as "sportier" 44mm "monster" dive watches, although I've never grown fond of anything larger than 44mm.

 

With that said, @ktown, from the pics you shared, that BP does look a bit too large for you.  My two cents worth.

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Amit was a nice guy and obviously very knowledgable about watches. I recall they had a really nice collection of pieces you couldn't see anywhere else. He had a PAM 127 (Fiddy) which I thought was the tits. Being a graduate student at the time, this was way out of my price range. I eventually got a 177 from him that I enjoyed for a number of years before moving on to other things.

@ktown You should just buy the BP and move on with your life. It's only money.

Yea, Amit was a good guy. My wife and I went to parties at his parent's home, attended several events he invited us to, and always had fun with him...and yes he really knew a lot about watches.  I was mostly looking at stuff there in the 90's as I was also a student.  However, by the early 2000s I was buying stuff there, as was my father. 

 

I heard from him a few times after he moved out to Vegas, but I haven't seen him since he left Boston.  

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Wrist sizes are an interesting thing.  It's equally about how flat/round the wrist shape is. and how your wrist tapers up into your forearm, arm and overall body dimensions, as it is about the absolute measurement, I think.  

 

I have a scrawny 6.25" wrist, but given how it's shaped I feel like my 42mm Snoopy Speedmaster "hangs larger" on me than my 44mm 17.5" thick DSSD.  I'm equally comfortable wearing 36mm case size pieces as well as "sportier" 44mm "monster" dive watches, although I've never grown fond of anything larger than 44mm.

 

With that said, @ktown, from the pics you shared, that BP does look a bit too large for you.  My two cents worth.


So your arm is like a drop 18?

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0db9bde6cfeb50e748506b152780b31a.jpg sporting the Explorer 2 on Rubber B as my vacation watch

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So your arm is like a drop 18?

 

Hahah - more like a drop 10 or 11...

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 sporting the Explorer 2 on Rubber B as my vacation watch

 

Can't condone the fruity jewellery, but that looks fantastic.  For one reason or another, that watch never quite gets the love of the GMT or Sub, or even the other Explorers.  But that looks seriously good on a rubber strap.  Great pic!

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So your arm is like a drop 18?

Frilly has pretty impressive arms; I would re-post one his acrobatic pics here if I could find it...
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No Rolex Baselworld teaser discussion?  It is Daytona related according to their Instagram.

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I found something interesting for a pretty fair price, but purchasing from overseas has me wary. It's not a Rolex FWIW.
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Now that's a teaser...

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