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    Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    The Submariner C is still listed as 40mm. Is it? Have any of you measured it?

    I have a PO 2201,50 and holding them together they look the same size. There is also a thread in the Omega forum about PO LM v 8500, in which 'gippo' has a picture of a 42mm PO next to a Sub C, and the look same size. I know it is about bezel size, and that it is an optical illusion. But, still, have any of you measured it yourself?

    On a secondary note, I need one of those tools. Its called a caliper of some sort I guess. I assume they have them on OFREI/Amazon? I can look myself after I feed my kids this morning, but a heads up on the part name/number makes it faster for me to find it. Thanks for help.

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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    Perhaps the PO isnt 42mm and is actually 40mm ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs12 View Post
    Perhaps the PO isnt 42mm and is actually 40mm ;)
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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    i have a caliper from the homedepot, i think it was $8, no need to spend $40 or more.

    4 in. Pocket Caliper-2783 at The Home Depot

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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    Digital caliper from Harborfreight - $8

    6" Composite Digital Caliper
    Chronic flipper...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Memphis1 View Post
    i have a caliper from the homedepot, i think it was $8, no need to spend $40 or more.

    4 in. Pocket Caliper-2783 at The Home Depot
    Got a store around the corner, thanks.

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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    I have measured a Sub and a GMT with calipers. They are both 40mm.

    When I was trying on Omegas, the 42mm Seamaster and Speedmaster, they looked the same as my GMT (in fact Speedmaster wore a little smaller). I doubted the 42mm size, despite the saleperson's assurances, and compared the two by resting my GMT and the Speedmaster on their edges (non-crown side) with crystals facing each other. Neither the salesperson nor I could see a difference, yet he showed me on paper it was 42mm.

    I do wonder if companies list their watches as being larger than they are for marketing purposes?

    At the end of the day I care most about how the watch looks on my wrist (and the Omegas were fantastic) but it did prove to me how important it is to try watches on first.
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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    Often, bezel diameter is slightly larger than case size to allow for adequate grip. Manufacturers specs can be misleading to that point. Cushion-cased dive watches are the opposite.

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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    Quote Originally Posted by marchone View Post
    Often, bezel diameter is slightly larger than case size to allow for adequate grip. Manufacturers specs can be misleading to that point. Cushion-cased dive watches are the opposite.
    True on some watches. But on the Sub the diameter of the bottom of the case is 40mm and it tapers slightly at the top such that the bezel (also 40mm) hangs over a bit for gripping.

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    Re: Is it really 40mm? The optics of the Submariner C

    I do wonder if companies list their watches as being larger than they are for marketing purposes?
    I was recently looking at a Tag Aquaracer that is formally 42mm, yet was clearly and undeniably several mm wider at its narrowest point than my 42mm VSA chrono. That was a case of a listing making the watch smaller than it really is.

    (I can only assume that the formal measurement was 10-4, measured from inside the grip-indents on the case, and completely excluding the bezel. It's an incredibly unhelpful way to measure a watch, though.)

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