The paradox behind my Airman No. 1

My 40mm Airman No.1 confuse me. On one hand it's an almost perfect replica of a vintage watch worn by pilots that was used to help them co-ordinate flight plans, hence it's a tool watch. On the other hand it's delicate looking, it has a very thin profile, it's light on the wrist, and has a WR that is basically nil, so it's not a tool watch. 

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Its also the only watch that gets noticed when I wear it, despite being a bit plain looking and not looking particularly expensive.

it's an Airman and I like it a lot because there are no other watches like it, and because it's so comfortable to wear on its incredibly supple leather strap.

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I'm guessing it gets noticed because it looks complicated.  I think people tend to notice watches that are big or with a lot going on.  Obviously, most people aren't cultured connoisseurs of watches like the average Cruncher.  I try not to hold it against them.  Anyway, I'd still say it's a tool watch, even if you can't take it in the water.  It's meant to be in the air after all.

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It is a very cool watch, I can see how it would catch people's attention. 

Just one correction, it most certainly is a tool watch. Not all tools are hammers, just like not all tool watches are diver's watches. 

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I think your mistaken, that's a watch, this is an airman

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