Wanted to say hello to everyone at this great forum. New here but hopefully not for long. As you'll soon see I have the bug like all you guys!
I guess I'll jump right in and post one of my recent "dilemmas" of late (notice I said ONE of).
Currently, my collection consists of some Hammies (2 38mm Field Autos & 1 38mm Field Quartz), a Fortis Flieger GMT, and a Seiko 200m Diver (vintage or thereabout). The dilemma is this: There was a while when I felt that anything above 38mm seemed huge to me. I remembered years ago that a 42mm Field Auto dwarfed my 6.5" wrist . But then I was at my AD one day recently and in an act of defiance I tried on a 42mm Fortis B-42 Auto Diver (awesome watch btw). It looked ok!! B-), I thought, maybe a whole new market I believed was off-limits was suddenly opened to me!
The problem was that now 38mm began to look small. My Fortis GMT still looks "right" to me at 40mm because it is mostly dial. Likewise anything 42-44mm with some case or bezel showing to "absorb" some of the size. My trusty Hammies, however, seem to have shrunk!
My original intro to watches came via Hamilton. At the time I knew next to nothing about watches, let alone lug-to-lug (LTL) measurements. But I think maybe the reason I thought >38mm was taboo for so long was because Hamiltons have notoriously long lugs. With all the focus usually on case diameter, I was deceived into thinking that was the important measurement. What I realized was that my arm can accomodate a big watch diameter-wise, but not so LTL. With hindsight, my memory of a 42mm Field Auto being enormous had less to do with its 42mm diameter, and everything to do with its 52mm LTL specs.
Anyone out there had this dilemma, and specifically, with the 42mm Hamilton Khaki Field Auto? Just how big does this baby wear?
:thanks Anyway, thanks for listening to my story. Glad to be on the board finally, and again, hello to everyone! :-D