So I picked up my AP RO today. The model I bought is the 15450 (37mm) in SS with a grey dial.
Sizing - Know b4 you buy:
- If you have large wrists (I don't) and go for the 15450, be sure to order an additional link. My wrist is 7 inches, and out-of-the-box, the watch is tight, too tight.
You can buy a single link or you can buy a link and a half, the latter configuration being one whereby you can remove the whole link and add the half-link to your bracelet (or you can add the whole link or both). The AP boutique will give it to you for free, but it still has to be ordered, so if you know that upfront (I didn't) when you order the watch, they can arrive together and you can avoid a trip somewhere (any old watchmaker, the boutique, etc.) to have the link installed. (If you have the tool needed, you can do it yourself. I haven't such a tool.)
- As for whether the 37mm is too small overall...It's not. Not at all. On the contrary, it's perfect!
- This bad boy reflects a lot of light. The base of the case, the rehaut, the edges of the "railroad track" small links, the angled sides of the "porthole," the screws and the edges of the large links, along with the markers, logo and hands are all polished and they catch and reflect oodles of light, making the watch eye-catching. Even the RO's brushed surfaces seem a little bit more reflective than are the matte surface of, say, the Rolex Oyster bracelet and case.
The result is that this is a watch to wear when you're tony, IMO. I wore a running jacket and pants when I picked up the watch and, looking in the mirror, I couldn't help but feel the watch was wearing me, not the other way round. When I got home, I tried it with several outfits (jacket and slacks, long sleeved shirt and jeans, suit, and dinner jacket w/white shirt and links) and it's fine with those clearly not sporting outfits. (Maybe the RO is fine with swanky sports outfits too, but I don't have any such threads, so I'll never know.)
FWIW, peeping partially out from under the cuff of a sweatshirt, the RO is just fine. It's just when I had my sleeves pulled up from having just finished running and could see the whole watch vis-a-vis my whole (grubby and cheap) workout outfit.
- IDK how tall the case is, but it sits nice and low on my wrist, making it look fittingly elegant. That's what it's supposed to do.
- If you want some color, well, the bezel screws may occasionally give you small touches of it. For instance, the ceiling in this room I'm in is blond wood and the screws are reflecting their hue, making the watch sort of appear to have yellow-gold screws rather than white-gold ones. I suppose on a sunny cloudless day, they may appear blue when you're outside.
- The text of the date is tiny & the black numerals, juxtaposed against adjacent silver dial & silver/grey date wheel background, are hard to see, even wearing my glasses. C'est la vie; I didn't buy it for the date, so this doesn't matter to me; moreover, I knew I couldn't see the date when I tried on a RO before ordering mine.
- My version is not a high-contrast one. The highly reflective nature of the hands and markers combined w/the grey dial make it hard, in certain lighting conditions, to see the end of the minute and seconds hands when they're just before or after a baton. The glare from the marker just gets in the way. It's not that the hands can't be seen; it's that the very ends of them are hard to distinguish against the background. You have to tilt one way or another to make out the ends.
That said, this isn't a real problem for me because there's nothing I'm gonna be doing that, while wearing the RO, demands I have the most precise reading of time. I can see the hour and most of the minute hand in any lighting situation I'll be in and that's plenty good enough.
- Could I wear this watch everyday? Pretty much, yes. The only reason I wouldn't wear it on a given day is because I'm so far dressed down that the watch too much outshines the rest of my attire. I wouldn't wear the watch backpacking, but I wouldn't have an issue wearing it to play tennis, bike or participate in other non-contact sports. By AP's reckoning, it's a sport watch, so I'm gonna use it as I see fit, save for in the most extreme of activities.
- This watch, with its ingot links, feels solid and yet, holding the bracelet in my hand, I notice it has a fluidity of articulation, likely accruing from the near silence with which the bracelet links move, that I haven't encountered in other watches. There's a softness to the way it feels. (Obviously, as the thing's steel, it's not soft at all.)
- The bracelet is mostly smooth feeling; however, the edges of the openings of "railroad track" links, those links themselves, and the clasp are "razor" (laser?) sharp.
- Now I see a point of the beveling on the link edges and the case bottom: it keeps the watch from being uncomfortable when it's snug against one's wrist. You'll recall I mentioned that the bracelet is too small for me. I can put it on, but it's a tad tighter than it should be...not uncomfortably so when my wrist is straight out, but too tight when my wrist is bent. I can see how, were the edges "razor" sharp like on some other watches, that'd be very uncomfortable after not much time at all.
So those are my initial thoughts about the watch. Once my link and half arrive, if something of note (and that doesn't strike me as something that's been said over and over before) comes about, I'll share it.