Thanks for the feedback!You're welcome, though having never served in combat, I always feel a little undeserving of anyone's thanks. For me, for the most part, it was a job, just one that I couldn't quit, which sometimes sucked, but as my old friend Sgt Mack once said, "Doc, some days it's just a long way to drive for breakfast."
As for the Azores - you'll think it's huge.
On paper, the dimensions are nearly identical to the Subs' - 40mm diameter, 48mm lug-to-luck, and a reasonable ~12mm thickness. But with the internal bezel, the crystal opening is ginormous by comparison. The Subs' crystal is 29.5mm. The Tropics' is 36.5mm. Also, whereas the Subs' mid-case is pretty sleek, and gives the Subs a wrist-hugging shape, the Tropics' profile is more "pot-with-legs", making it feel taller.
They're not really big watches. But they wear bigger than the Subs, and bigger than their dimensions would suggest. I'd say more like a 42mm than a 40mm.
Well, I also want a brown Barracuda, but I think I'd like this more. There are a few dial styles that have smacked me upside the head like a thunderbolt over the years since I got in this hobby, and this is one of them. I'm sure I could brainstorm a few others, but off the top of my head:
1) This on the Azores
2) The Rolex Submariner
3) The typical Damasko dial with Arabics and a crosshair
4) Omega Railmaster
Also, with my eyesight on the slow decline (nothing serious), the slight uptick in size to 40mm is fine on a watch as long as it still wears OK - the slightly bigger size is welcome on the readability front. I appreciate your honesty on how this wears, but I suspect it will be fine with the 48mm lug to lug. Wearable size, but reads like a bigger disk is a good thing with me, if that's how this would work out.