Actually, Kat, aside from the Mid-Size Bond (2251.80) that I got as a graduation present from my dad, and which I eventually replaced, almost ten years later (with his blessing) with a 2531.80, I've only ever bought the "standard" sized Omegas, which they label, "Gents Size." Other than the first Omega that was a Mid-Size, I've never owned an Omega that was either larger than or smaller than standard. Their sizing works perfectly for me, as I think I have a very average wrist size and shape (7" around and flat on top and bottom). This new AT is not different. It fits me perfectly. I'm really falling for this watch. I already know it's my favorite Omega that I've owned, and by a long way.
I like the way it looks in your photos, with the chocolate brown strap, but I realized my dark brown strap was basically the same color, and when I mocked it up with the gray dial, I didn't immediately love the combo. I then tried the black strap, and to tell you the truth, it didn't look great on black either. Hmmm.
Thanks, enkrypt. I'll try and set it up for some better shots in the near future. I'm glad this quick one spoke to you, though. This watch is so much better in person... that's all I can say. In person, it looks like a stepped dial, which makes the teak detailing seem to make more sense as its own element. Overall, the finishing is just simply a step above the 2500 PO and (dare I say it?), the Speedy Pro. I'm not saying there's anything wrong — at all — with those fine, fine, excellently crafted watches, but rather that with the 8500 AT, Omega really made it a goal for it to feel more high-end. Mission accomplished, IMHO.
BTW, other 8500 AT owners, does your outer AR coating reflect a bit blue? Much more so than recently produced POs? I can't tell if mine does, or if it's just that the outer AR on these ATs are less "clear," less anti-reflective, than the PO's?
Anyway, thanks, guys for the new photos added to this thread. Please keep them coming!