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    My first foray into mechanical watches

    Hello!
    I’m not really sure if this is in the right place as I’ve just joined.

    As the title of the post suggests I’m looking at buying my first ‘nice’ watch. I have a shortlist but I think I’m fairly settled on the Heuer Calibre 02 autavia, do you guys think this is a decent choice?
    I’ve read a few articles expressing concern over the height of the watch, having tried it on I didn’t like too bad (IMHO). I’ve attached a pic of it on my wrist, obviously it’s not sized to me so it’s sitting a bit too low.
    What do you think? Too big? Too shiny?!
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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    It's an awesome piece and seems ok for your wrist size. It won't go under a shirt cuff easily, but if you don't wear it much in that situation, then go for it.
    Should be available for under $4000 new.
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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    The Autavia are great looking watches. Just think they are too thick and heavy.
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    Looks good, fits nice on the wrist. One of the things to watch out for with size as you may already know is the lug to lug distance, which is less than ideal if it starts to hang beyond the wrist. However, yours fits just right I think. I googled some side profile pictures, and it does not strike me as particularly over the top, but like others have mentioned might not be a smooth fit under the cuff.

    As I am sure you know Heuer has a rich history. I think it really comes down to personal tastes, dont necessarily think you can go wrong with this one - it's a very nice watch. What do you like about this particular watch? Hesitations?

    I generally prefer varying types of brushed finished, so this would be a bit too shiney for my taste. Although, I think putting it on a vintage brown leather strap might help tone that down / balance out the shine a bit.

    Also, it's quite an expensive watch by most srandards. In that range you have a lot of options, but sounds like you have already done some homework. If it were me, I would gravitate to Omega (Seamaster, etc). Again though, the Heuer is great, just my personal tastes.
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    Too big for me but certainly a high-quality piece; if they made a smaller version I’d definitely consider buying one (if I had the money). If the size and price work for you, it’s otherwise a hard watch to argue against.

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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    Start at the top I always say. Nice.

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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    That’s a good looking watch. It’s large but I think it fits your wrist just fine. It will wear better when the bracelet is sized.

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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    It shouldn't be too big, but it doesn't look right to me. I think it's wearing it all the way down by the hand...shift it above the bone and I suspect it'd look better balanced to me. But I do agree the thickness is an issue too, and that's another factor that affects the visual balance.

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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    Looks great on you. Love the bezel.

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    Re: My first foray into mechanical watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben- View Post
    What do you think? Too big? Too shiny?!
    Welcome to the forum!

    It looks fantastic! Great size, excellent watch, can't go wrong with an Autavia. If you're worried about how shiny it looks, put it on a vintage style leather strap. Problem sloved.


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