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Maybe I am not fully understanding the Purist version. It seems to me it would be difficult to just quickly tell the time. The dial seems a bit confusing. Any advice before I go ahead on the 12 hour verson?
I had the same struggle. I ended up going with the purist version because I didn't like the look of the GMT hand on the 12 hour version. However, I'm still worried that I won't be able to get used to reading from the 24h dial.
Any owners of 24h watches can comment on how easy it is to adjust (and switch back & forth with 12h watches)?
The 'Purist' version of the watch is what makes it unique. Of course there is a utilitarian drawback to that--will you be able to tell the time on it in a pinch?--especially if you have a collection of standard 12-hour dials that you regularly use. I imagine that most of us are not military pilots and will not be synchronizing our watches Mission: Impossible-style. The 24-hour dial is a conversation piece, something different and interesting, if that is your thing. With a standard 12-hour dial and GMT hand, it is a lot like many other watches in form and function, and maybe not as special. I may buy this for my son as a gift, and if I do, it will be the 12-hour GMT version, because he would wear it as an everyday watch, not as a collector's piece.
That is exactly my concern. Time is winding down and I'm leaning towards the 12 hour.
The Purist version is sold out by the way ...
I think it's a matter of knowing what you're looking for:
- The purist version should definitely take you some time to get used to it, as it's an unconventional dial setup on a watch. Will you ever get "fully" used to it and be able to read time in a snap after some adaptation? That depends on many things I guess, like how easily you adapt to new things, how often you wear the watch in your rotation, possibly even your age (the older we get, the harder old habits die). So there are chances you will fully adapt sometime, and a risk you won't, like in any novelty
- On the other hand, the 24h dial is the cherry on the cake making this watch so original imho. I love the overall vintage look of it, on the GMT version also, and would have gone for it had the purist not been available. But I want a "special one", one that will really stand out in the rest of my collection, and am willing to pay the cost for it - being a little effort when I read time in the beginning, to get used to it. This will probably be and remain my only 24h dialed watch in my collection
So yes, I think in the end of the day, it depends son what you're looking for. Do you want a "vintage looking" watch that is stylish and would make your day to day life the easiest possible? Go for the GMT! You want something special, with a bit of interesting complication in your daily routine? Go purist! You want both? Buy both! :p
Thanks for all the input guys. I'm in for the 12 hour. I might have done both, but I already did the Combat Sub and I'm waiting for the next really good chrono to come up, preferably auto not quartz. And I wouldn't want to push my luck too far with my (so far)very tolerant wife.
Hope you enjoy it! I've hesitated a lot between the GMT and the purist, as I personally like the GMT hand and the watch seems more legible than the purist. My main worry with the purist is not so much the 24h indexes, but the very short distance between 2 consecutive hours (in example between 2 and 3 am). I hope it won't be too confusing to read, particularly around 6 am where the cyclope is placed - and at that time my vision is usually blurry :p
In the end of the day, it's curiosity that sold me on the purist. I hope I won't regret my choice, if I do and you do also we'll just swap them :p
I think you chose wisely. The purist seems to be the critics choice and the more collectible of the two. In the end the decision was made for meas by the time I was ready to pull the trigger the purist was sold out. No regrets, though. Perhaps if you wear the purist for a month straight rather than in rotation reading the dial will become second nature.
Good idea on the swap. It would be a useful thing for Massdrop to provide a forum for resale and trading of items.
I hope you are right my friend. The drop has now ended, can't wait to receive my watch and see what it looks like in real life, hope they pack and ship it fast. Expected delivery is June 19th, I'm in Europe between the 15th and the 27th before returning to Congo so I hope they don't have big delays.
June 19th is the expected shipping date, not delivery date...
Since you're in Europe: from the help center:
International members can expect longer shipping times, depending on the country in which they live:
- Canada: 1 to 3 weeks from the date of shipping.
- Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, and the UK: 2 to 4 weeks from the date of shipping
- Other countries not listed above: 3 to 6 weeks from the date of shipping.
Ah what a bummer! Thanks for highlighting this, I guess patience is a golden virtue... So I'll wait for it to arrive, then for someone to travel to Congo with it, which may take a while. Bummer, I wanted to try it out while in Europe, and eventually put my SBDC003 Blumo on the Bay before I leave if I enjoy the DC4 (if I keep both I can't buy any other watch in 2017, while if I sell my Blumo I can get myself an SARB033 and a Marathon pilot watch only adding less than 50 USD!)