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Perfect! For me at least. I’m really tall and have 7.5in wrists and large hands (I usually have to buy like XXL or XXXL gloves ). The 35 would have felt too small. I know a lot of people think the 38 is pretty big but it works great for me.

I love how thin the watch is. Having really only had divers before, this is a nice change.
Thanks @Diogenes Laertius. You sound like a similar size to me. The lug size was something that I think @pmeis had mentioned previously and I have started to now notice.

But myself being a big unit with smaller 7.25in wrists, i also think the 38mm makes sense too.
 

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There is a fantastic magazine in Japan called Low Beat. Not sure how long it has been around, but I picked up the current No. 18 today. It’s probably the best reference I’ve seen. Rivals or betters Hodinkee reference points.

Multi page spread on Calatravas (many more pages than this):

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Same issue with multi page spread on 5513 and other Subs including bracelet specific info:

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And same issue covers dirty dozen:

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Pretty awesome. Only problem is you need to read Japanese. But tons of pictures so maybe worth regardless.
 

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There is a fantastic magazine in Japan called Low Beat. Not sure how long it has been around, but I picked up the current No. 18 today. It’s probably the best reference I’ve seen. Rivals or betters Hodinkee reference points.

Multi page spread on Calatravas (many more pages than this):

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Same issue with multi page spread on 5513 and other Subs including bracelet specific info:

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And same issue covers dirty dozen:

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Pretty awesome. Only problem is you need to read Japanese. But tons of pictures so maybe worth regardless.
Linguistically challenged. My school-boy attempts at language were frightening!

Rather than subscribing to tomes of infinite pictorials, buy one of the stand alone editions devoted to a brand you love, with legible scripture. Just a thought.
 

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Linguistically challenged. My school-boy attempts at language were frightening!

Rather than subscribing to tomes of infinite pictorials, buy one of the stand alone editions devoted to a brand you love, with legible scripture. Just a thought.
To each his own. It’s more than infinite pictorials and has way more specifics than something like Hodinkee reference points. Point me to a source on Calatravas that has dozen of references with model numbers, sizes and calibers for under 20 bucks. Same for the dirty dozen that includes pics of the movements. I don’t think many books exist for most of this stuff and those that do are hundreds or thousands of dollars and many are probably out of print. But hey man, we can always defer to unsubstantiated internet experts like TheFoo. He is my go to after all.
 

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To each his own. It’s more than infinite pictorials and has way more specifics than something like Hodinkee reference points. Point me to a source on Calatravas that has dozen of references with model numbers, sizes and calibers for under 20 bucks. Same for the dirty dozen that includes pics of the movements. I don’t think many books exist for most of this stuff and those that do are hundreds or thousands of dollars and many are probably out of print. But hey man, we can always defer to unsubstantiated internet experts like TheFoo. He is my go to after all.
I should add that, for every internet expert that claims to know everything, there is always some guy like John Goldberger or George Cramer that posts a picture of a watch no one has posted before. There are a bunch of people out there really doing their diligence unlike everyone on this thread. Most people on most internet sources know jack shit. So yes, something like Low Beat is a huge benefit even if you don’t understand the language. But then again, this thread is basically a circle jerk these days. On a quarterly basis we see like 10 different watches on average. And most of them are of the banal type. Lately it’s a race to suck off GeorgeRed. His collection is quite nice but rather pedestrian and nothing unusual if you have money. It’s all new and obtainable. Previously it was NoFrills or whoever the guy with the 3970 was. Suck suck suck. As much hate as Riva got, at least he was raising awareness of brands like anOrdain before all the blogs. I wish he was back to stir things up in a real way instead of TheFoo with his fake request for suggestions to just signal he is buying a Patek for turning 40.
 

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I should add that, for every internet expert that claims to know everything, there is always some guy like John Goldberger or George Cramer that posts a picture of a watch no one has posted before. There are a bunch of people out there really doing their diligence unlike everyone on this thread. Most people on most internet sources know jack shit. So yes, something like Low Beat is a huge benefit even if you don’t understand the language. But then again, this thread is basically a circle jerk these days. On a quarterly basis we see like 10 different watches on average. And most of them are of the banal type. Lately it’s a race to suck off GeorgeRed. His collection is quite nice but rather pedestrian and nothing unusual if you have money. It’s all new and obtainable. Previously it was NoFrills or whoever the guy with the 3970 was. Suck suck suck. As much hate as Riva got, at least he was raising awareness of brands like anOrdain before all the blogs. I wish he was back to stir things up in a real way instead of TheFoo with his fake request for suggestions to just signal he is buying a Patek for turning 40.
The gods of the forum have deemed me too dangerous for the wellfare of the participants thus the hellban. Ignorance is bliss :double thumbs up:
 

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Following chocomallo's request of different watches and in honour of Foo's self-present:

 

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Considering a first luxury watch purchase. Thinking of one of two options:

1. DJ 36, jubilee bracelet, fluted bezel - silver or blue dial

2. Omega Aqua Terra 38m (blue dial) with a steel bracelet + Longines Flagship Heritage

Initially, I was pretty much wedded to the idea of getting the DJ, but the more I look at the Aqua Terra the more I fall in love with it. It also doesn't hurt that it's cheaper and for the difference in price I could also snag something dressier like the Longines. What do you think?

Also, has anyone experienced AD availability issues with the DJ 36 recently?
 

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Considering a first luxury watch purchase. Thinking of one of two options:

1. DJ 36, jubilee bracelet, fluted bezel - silver or blue dial

2. Omega Aqua Terra 38m (blue dial) with a steel bracelet + Longines Flagship Heritage

Initially, I was pretty much wedded to the idea of getting the DJ, but the more I look at the Aqua Terra the more I fall in love with it. It also doesn't hurt that it's cheaper and for the difference in price I could also snag something dressier like the Longines. What do you think?

Also, has anyone experienced AD availability issues with the DJ 36 recently?
Which did you like better between the DJ and Aqua Terra when you tried them both on? That’s really the only way you’ll know for sure.
 

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Which did you like better between the DJ and Aqua Terra when you tried them both on? That’s really the only way you’ll know for sure.
Loved the DJ when I tried it on, I think it's very versatile and has an added touch of dressiness with the jubilee bracelet which I like. I haven't had the chance to try the Aqua Terra on given the ongoing lockdown in the UK. I guess this will be the real test.

I guess what I'm trying to ask is - for one's first purchase, is it a better idea to get the one 'grail' watch or get two very good watches for the same overall cost that complement each other in terms of their purpose (the Aqua Terra being more sporty and the Flagship Heritage being more dressy).
 

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Loved the DJ when I tried it on, I think it's very versatile and has an added touch of dressiness with the jubilee bracelet which I like. I haven't had the chance to try the Aqua Terra on given the ongoing lockdown in the UK. I guess this will be the real test.

I guess what I'm trying to ask is - for one's first purchase, is it a better idea to get the one 'grail' watch or get two very good watches for the same overall cost that complement each other in terms of their purpose (the Aqua Terra being more sporty and the Flagship Heritage being more dressy).
If you can afford both options, I would never buy the watch I like second best, even if it meant I could buy another watch too. The only consideration should be which you like better. If you like the DJ better you’ll just regret not getting it.
 

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There is a saying that "The most expensive watch is the one you buy instead of the one you really want." Buy the Aqua Terra only if you genuinely like it more than the DateJust.
 

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Thank you all, sensible advice. I guess the only thing left to do is go to a few ADs as soon as they're open again and see which one appeals most.
 

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