Having owned 2 I would say - the 45mm on bracelet was THE most uncomfortable watch I have ever owned. The 42mm was much more comfortable. Both were beautiful but I had to let the big one go
Those were the best. I too sold mine. But I had too many movements issues and it lost its charm. 8900 has been good to me this far. Except for the bracelet screw falling outGo for it. I had the 43.5 2500 with orange bezel and black dial. I regret selling it and looking to buy another one. You won’t regret it.
Damn man. You've almost convinced me to buy one, and I already bought and sold mine off years agoHi Pirateninja
Have you considered the 2500 PO? - it's not as much of a 'chunky and hefty boy" but rather more a classic diver size, & IMHO the 42mm version doesn't loose any of its appeal in the smaller (than the full 44.5) size.
I have a couple of 1st generation 2500 in 42mm. I got my first one yonks ago, around when Daniel Craig as 007 wore 2500 POs back in "Casino Royale" etc days....
( ... though it was Jeremy Clarkson wearing his to Burma, the North Pole etc on BBC Top Gear that convinced me. He still wears it, on The Grand Tour, Clarkson's Farm etc.)
The 2500 PO is not as thick as the iterations which followed, and wears slimmer to the wrist than those that I've tried.
I have both of mine on the later 8500 bracelet for various improvements, ease of adjustments (screws instead of pins & sleeves), & both have 117STZ001154 micro-adjustable steel clasps fitted. Common mods awhile ago.
Although I wear mine on a strap (or single-pass NATO) ½ the time, I also wear it on the bracelet a lot, & have never once "found it to be freakishly thick."
Apologies for the horrendous glut of pics, but hopefully gets the point across better than any more words :
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Find whats best for you, Pirateninja - just trying to illustrate the 2500 PO is not "freakishly thick", but a very comfortable and wearable classic dive watch. Good luck whatever you decide
EDIT : - Pics on my 7" wrist
( ...but can swell to 7.25" in the summer heat & humidity here).
I wish that model fit my 6.75" wrist in a way I felt comfortable with. It's fantastic
It's everything on your wish list tommy_boy!Have you considered the most desirable PO LMLE, perhaps the Holy grail of the line, that featured the very first use of Liquidmetal?The 42mm 2500 is perfect for me.The 8500 series is not anything I'd consider, however. The larger case and hand set don't talk to me.