Gentlemen of the Force, This is by no mean a review or technical post, but rather a story to share among fellow enthusiasts of the marque. A while ago, I was hopelessly trying to unload an Omega Railmaster XXL (49.5mm!!) of my collection, considering it massive for small wrist and my penchant for Tag Heuer. Online classifieds did not lead anywhere, albeit a close one on watchuseek. Well, you know when sometimes you itch and just want to move on to the next watch? I gave up on the internet and went to a place called Shola, here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where I am an expat working. This is basically a shopping center with jewelers and used watch traders; you’ll find all the royalty gifts, princes giveaways, Rolexes of all kind, in shapes and forms you would never imagine. Mostly high-end luxury watches: Rolex, AP, Chopard, Cartier etc.. with precious stones and what have you, you know the genre. Rarely would you find a Tag Heuer, IWC or Omega for instance. We’re talking watches that are closer to jewelry than timepieces. But there was one; a Link Calibre 16 (CAT2010) in a LNIB condition. I had never considered a Link but there was an Omega to unload. Done deal. A couple of days ago, I started itching back from a Longines Master Collection Maxi Chronograph, 44mm, that was just sitting there in the watch box. Drove back last night to the Shola. Scouted the shops; thousands of Rolex. One Aquaracer chornograph in meh condition, and the guy wasn’t too excited at the sight of a Longines. Headed back to the shop were I got the Link. There it was; a big, day-date Carrera with a black dial on a bracelet. It still had the factory blue protection stickers on the bracelet and the back case still covered. New old stock or probably a gift that was sold for cash. Or traded for a Rolex… I immediately ask Google to find “CV2A10 Calibre11” to browse over David’s review. He said Alpha Male. The Longines wasn’t enough to cover for a Carrera, especially an almost new one. The Link was on my wrist; he agreed to take it back. Not that I didn’t like the Link. It was classy, understated, and looked great on my wrist. But I am more of a Carrera guy. I just crave their timeless shape. I went back home to get the box and bracelet links to complete the trade, and read back in depth Calibre11’s review. He said Alpha male. The day-date looked like the offspring of my CV2014 and Carrera Monaco Grand Prix Limited edition. That’s three watches that are from a distance, very similar. I didn’t nudge; it’s not every day you’d find a NIB Carrera – let alone slightly less than 3K – with an extra alligator strap. Deal done again. It’s heavy, it’s charged, it’s busy; but it exudes a higher premium feel that its two siblings I mentioned above. Would I have preferred it to be white? Perhaps, just to mark a change. Had I wished it was an 1887? Oh yes, but again, unless I am in the market for a Rolex, the odds are dim in this part of the world. I snapped the bracelet for a chunky leather strap I found in my watch parts box; I think it offsets nicely the thickness of the watch on a small wrist as opposed to the original alligator. Thank you all!