I have been mulling this over and just can't figure this out. Sure, there are those out there that like hockey pucks on their wrists, but from a lot of the comments I have read, most people aren't big fans of the thick and chunky.
As it relates to the new Skindiver, I can't understand why Ball has chosen to go so thick. Their new movement is in other, thinner watches with a good WR rating, so it can be done. But they decided to stick the caseback below the case, space the bezel a couple mm above the case, and added a domed crystal. I understand the crystal - for that vintage vibe - but don't understand the other design elements. Did they raise the bezel for easier manipulation underwater with gloves? Since the bezel overhangs the case a little, it's still easy to grip. And why make such a protruding caseback?
I really like the look of this watch, but the size just turns me off. IMHO, they could have hit an absolute homerun if they had made it a true 40mm or 41mm watch no more than 12.5mm (which would have been very easy). Now it seems as if they'll get a few orders, but won't be the big seller they were hoping for.