This is my first H2O purchase. H2O checks off more boxes for me than some of the other brands, mainly the 24mm lug width, great looking bracelet, and larger dive watches to list a few. I have a few questions about the size of the Kalmar 1 vs Kalmar 2. I like them both, but I am concerned about the LOA of the K1 at 59mm.
Did you go back and forth between the K1, K2, and Orca, and what made you choose one over the other? Does the K2 6000 wear like a 42.5mm watch? Is the K1 LOA too intimidating at 59mm?
I read statements collected from several threads on the K2 that it wears smaller, and as a result, this is making my decision difficult. I typically purchase 2-3 of an item in different sizes, try them on, keep the one that fits the best, then return the others when it comes to big purchases. The K1 and K2 are custom watches, so I cannot do that in this situation. All I can do is read your comments, ask questions, and create models in photoshop. I have attached a photo I made to estimate the size of the K1 and K2 to scale, compared to two watches I own. I am thinking the K2 looks good on my wrist, assuming the accuracy of my scale.
I measured my wrist at 7.25" (186mm) without any slack in the measuring tape. I will say I am 7.25" to 7.5". The length overall of the Kalmar 1 seems long at 59mm. That will pretty much cover the entire top of my wrist, with about 3mm to spare. I do like the K1 bezel width of 45mm (50.27mm including the crown).
I like the K1 for its case back, bezel options, and 45mm width. I like the K2 6000 because it is not 59mm LOA, but it has fewer bezel options, and it may wear smaller according to the comments below. I have ruled out the Orca for now because it cannot change bezels. I like the 24mm bracelet option and lug screws, which is why I am steering towards H2O instead of other brands. The H2O community is great too!
Here are some of the comments below, causing me to go back and forth between the K1 and the K2.
"K1 is a watch only for people like Schwarzenegger."
Regarding the K1, "It is the biggest in size / diameter on the paper; but wearing it on my small wrist I do not see big difference with K2 or Orca."
"I purchased an Orca dive first and absolutely loved it. It fit my 7-1/4" wrist like it was made for it."
"The Kalmar 2 (3000m) is very well designed, but to me I would like to say no: it does not wear bigger than its 42.5mm diameter; saying that a very nice watch, I love it. Maybe if you select the Kalmar 2 in 6000m version having a bigger/taller bezel it wears a bit bigger (but again less than the Kalmar 1)."
"I thought the bezel of the Kalmar 2 had some overhang meaning while the case was 42.5mm the width with the bezel is 44mm. I could be wrong of course. H2Os are not oversized per sey but they do have relatively long lug to lug measurements and are on the thick side (again not over the top but thick). To me they present as large watches when compared to most of their contemporaries."
"You wouldnt be disappointed with the Kalmar 2. I find that it wears very close to the wear the Orca dive case wears (which is 44mm). If you get the 3k version, it'll have a very sleek feel to it. If you choose to go 6k, it'll make it wear a bit larger as itll have a thicker bezel and flat sapphire. Either way, it definitely doesn't wear the way a 42.5mm watch is expected to feel like."
"I have a 8" wrist and have a Kalmar 2 8000 m, it has a diameter of 44mm and wears rather small for the size because of the short L2L distance, approx. 47mm."
Thanks for your help.