I have an early Omega PO that I really like, but it's not appropriate for every occasion - there are times I think it's too showy - so I've been looking for something more subtle. I thought an AT would be perfect, tried it on - meh. Grand Seiko, same. I mean, intellectually, I can really appreciate these watches and want to like them, but they don't do anything for me on my wrist. What was my favorite from that shopping trip? A Breitling! Kind of the opposite of "not showy", and this isn't going to work any better than the PO in terms of subtlety.
I went on another shopping trip to a different AD. Looked at many Hamiltons, Baume & Mercier, Raymond Weil and Rado. The winner was the 45mm Rado Captain Cook. Again, not subtle at all. I'm a big guy with big wrists so the watch isn't objectively "too big" (nor was the Breitling), but I can't imagine too many scenarios where I'd feel the Rado/Breitling is appropriate while the Omega is not. Against those two, I think the Omega would win the subtlety contest.
I guess I just don't like subtle watches... at least not in the store. However, once bought, there are many times I'm sort of embarrassed to wear them as I don't want to draw attention that way. I know most people don't notice watches, but that doesn't help with my fancy watch phobia. Maybe this is a good problem since it keeps me from buying watches...
Anyone else experience this? Attracted to watches that you'd prefer not to wear in public?