A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

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    A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    Hi Guys,

    I recently had the opportunity to try on a Mad Cow, which, of course, has the titanium case and the ti and steel bracelet. I loved how the Cow's curved lugs seemed to make the case hug my wrist, perfectly, and the overall weight of the watch(and bracelet) felt just right to me. The AD didn't seem to have any of the all steel HCs with bracelets in stock, so I wasn't able to try any on to compare the weight difference "feel" between them. I've tried on the all steel HC Classic II, before, but that was some time ago.

    So I was wondering if those of you who own both could possibly comment on this.

    How would you compare the difference in their weights, in terms of "feel"?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    I don't own both models - and I don't know the exact weight of either.

    I know how difficult it is to buy a watch without being able to try it on.

    I bought a SS hydro classic 2 last weekend. At the time I did compare the titanium mad cow w/ the SS hydro, they both are 'hefty' watches - I was surprised not to 'feel' a 'substantial' difference in weight while handling either.

    That being said, the SS hydro is a 'heavy' watch, certainly the heaviest that I own in a large family of SS and titanium divers. You know it's on your wrist - all the time its there. But I find it's like most things, it takes a little time to get used to, and then you're used to it.

    I find the 'fit' of the watch case and the 'form' of the bracelet and clasp to be the most important factors.

    There are some watches that weigh less but feel or wear heavier - believe it or not this was the case for me w/ the rolex sd, even though it was only 1-2 mm thicker than the sub and a small bit heavier, it wore much bigger and heavier.

    I believe my next may be a titanium ball, but not really for weight purposes.

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    Re: A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    Well the steel hydrocarbons are 40mm while the Mad Cow and HC Chronograph are both 42mm and have a SS/Ti bracelet. Weight is about the same on the two models, as I could not notice any substantial difference.

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    Re: A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    Having owned a 40mm HC GMTII and Alligator in SS, and now own a Mad Cow. The GMT was a great weight, not too heavy, but substantial. The Alligator is a heavy watch, no doubt about it, but the curvature of the lugs and the comfort make the weight feel substantially less. The Mad Cow is just about the perfect weight, very similar to the GMT but at a larger size.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks very much for your helpful comments and points!

    I know that, when the time comes and I'm ready to buy a Hydrocarbon, I definitely need to try both types on and see which feels best to me.

    But I must say that I sure did like the overall feel of the Mad Cow...and I do prefer the 42mm size over the 40mm. It really did look and feel just right!

    Thanks again!
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    Re: A question for those who own both ti and all-ss Hydrocarbons

    Hi.

    I have both the Classic I in SS and the Mad Cow. Both bracelets are the same size (surprise ). I think I have either 2 or 3 links removed to fit my wrist.

    Classic I in SS = 188 g
    Mad Cow in Ti/SS = 178 g

    I first bought the Classic I and was a bit disappointed about the size. I had hoped it was a bit larger...or at least seemed to be a bit larger. Then I decided to buy the Mad Cow because it was 2 mm larger. They both fit very nice around my wrist and the weight difference is so small that you don't notice this.

    On the other hand...because the Classic I is more compact/dense (2 mm smaller but 10 g more) today I actually prefer the Classic I much more than the Mad Cow. The Classic I gets much more wrist time.

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