After purchasing my first "real" watch (Omega 2254.50) I've got hooked on the idea having more than one watch (a dangerous road to take I know), and am thinking of getting a Pilot style watch next. An IWC mark XVI (on a strap) is an obvious choice and has a nice "dressy" quality that would compliment the sportier diver I already have.
Since I am posting in this forum, I've obviously discovered the Stowa brand and the Airman Auto and Airman Orginal present themselves as an interesting alternative to the Mark XVI.
So my main questions are:
1. How "dressy" do folk think the Airman line is when matched with a non Flieger style strap (e.g. a nice black croc)? I realize the Marine line is inherently dressier (and could make it in line for a third watch one day), but for the moment it is the Airman that has my eye and the need for a dressier watch that is my justification for a second watch. This is not to say that it wouldn't see wrist time on the Flieger strap, just that it would have to be able to step up to a suit and tie on occasion.
2. How big do the Airman Auto and Airman Original wear? The IWC has a 39mm diameter, making it smaller than the 40mm of the AA and the 41mm of the current AO (very sad that the 40mm 2801 AO is no longer available). I'm still getting used to the larger style of modern watches and the 41mm of my Omega is right on the limit for me (my wrist size is 6.75" or so), but the 2254 does wear larger than it's 41mm. This does come back to my first question really, in that I think that if I am intending the watch to be my dress watch (for the moment) my guess is that a smaller size will look more understated and classier.
3. Does the Unitas movement in the new AO hack?
I realize that these three watches do have widely different price points, however I'd be looking to pickup a second hand Mark XVI, which would make it more comparable to an AO.
I'm in no rush (otherwise the AO would not be an option ), so just gathering as much information as possible beforehand. I'd love to be able to try a AO or AA on in person (hey anyone in SF with one?) as that would make the whole decision process much easier