New in the house: CREPAS Cayman 3000: I'd admired the design and heard lots of good stuff about this 3000 meter dive watch. I though it was about the nicest, coolest, cleanest design I'd seen in a diver at any price. Purely on design I'd put it up there with the big boys, the ones with history, with heritage, with horological cachet, with 5-figure prices.
Just on design, mind you, though I have no problem with a $1200 watch with a top grade ETA 2824-2.
Made by CREPAS for serious divers (among whom, I do not belong, but I do love the aesthetic); and this baby was really beautiful. Thing is, its bezel measures 44.5 mm (the case itself is 43) and it's over 16mm thick. Thick. Big Domed sapphire crystal. It also has their logo lumed on back. How cool is that? And a beautiful beads-of-rice, grains-of-rice, bowl-of rice bracelet.
When Ana at CREPAS sent an email back in February to say that they were making the last 50 (out of 299), and if I ordered one right now, I could ... I could ... I could ... have one of my own. I just did it. And then the second thoughts invaded my mind. One in particular telling me that I had a small wrist anyway, and I had just dropped over 50 lbs. and it was going to hang like a clock on me.
By the time it came on Monday, I'd gotten myself convinced that it was going to be ridiculous, and I'd just have to put it up for sale.
Then DHL dropped it off. And MAN, it's really nice! Really, really. And frankly, though it's big, and boy, is it thick, I like the look of it. I put it on a zulu-style strap I had around (so as not to risk damage to the supplied straps in the event I would be sending it away), and, well, here it is:
Frankly, I think it looks great, and pretty damn good on skinny old me as well.
Pretty thick though, but I really like it.