I'm interested in the Explorer (who isn't!) but am worried about how the 39mm wears. Obviously I'd love to go check one out but unsurprisingly all my local AD's have are OP's, DJ's and occasionally a lady Yacht-Master or Cellini or two.
So my question is how are you guys deciding on what to buy if you don't have a chance to try one on? If an Explorer can't be found what chance do you have seeing a Submariner in person to check!
Are second-hand options the only way to go at getting a feel of the watch? Maybe this is stupid to say but that feels a bit weird to me, to go into a Pawn shop and act as if I'm interested in some watches but treating it like a showroom.