Excellent review, and great photos as well! Great that you went for something different, even though you are not normally a big Omega fan.
I think the move by Omega from vertical to horizontal on the teak dial is a good move. I also like that they look a bit uneven and adds to the interest and character of the dial. They have done a great job with the date window, moving it to 6 o'clock, coloring the wheel same as the dial, and the silver numerals to match the dial text.
After owning a few GS watches, I agree about the bracelet. It does feel a bit rough in comparison. Although I owned an AT, I never found it too uncomfortable, but edges did seem a bit sharp at times. It can be difficult to get a good fit on a bracelet with butterfly clasp. Can't remember if it has half links or not? Anyway, same with GS. I have to say I prefer the AT bracelet, though, as I like the more casual look and feel.
Actually, I owned two ATs. I got my first one when the new 8500 was introduced back in 2014. Beautiful greyish brown dial, which they don't even make any more. I just found the larger size too large for some reason, so sold it. A few years later, I got the blue dial Bond at 39.5mm, mainly as I was blown away with that dial! Even though I don't normally go for blue dials, the AT is a winner!
The sad part is, that I totally agree with you about the crown. And it was the main reason I finally sold my AT. It would unscrew freely - too freely, actually - and when I tightened it up, it was almost as though I had to force it to stay in position against the case. I was always afraid of using too much force. Regardless of how tight I screwed it in, it seemed to eventually loosen during the day. I never had that issue with another watch. And it did seem very stiff as well when screwing it in. I have really been interested in the new Railmaster, but I kind of get the same feeling with the crown as I screw it in.
And I never got to the point where the watch fit really comfortably. Possibly because I got the smaller size, it just didn't have the same surface area to settle into my wrist, and always seemed top heavy.
The rest of the watch, the looks are amazing. The dial clinches it! I really like the subtle use of the light blue accents as well. Finish on the watch is excellent, and I honestly would not say I find the Rolex any better. Possibly not GS quality, though. That is pretty hard to beat, even for other brands. I do really love the hands on the AT as well.
Anyway, I certainly hope you end up finding a comfortable fit. And I hope all the minor issues get settled and you end up loving the watch! Keep us posted with pics and comments.