The announcement of the Black Bay 41 this week has put me into a bit of a tailspin. My back story: The Explorer was the first watch I fell in love with when an uncle let me try his 1016 on when I was 15 or so. Fast forward a decade, and when I tried on the 36mm Explorer in-store, it felt a little too small for my grown up wrist. The original 39 was dead to me as soon as someone pointed out to me how disproportionate the hands were. Then came the revised version announced last year at Baselworld. 39mm, the correct sized hands and lumed numerals to boot. Anyhow, the new Explorer has been at the top of my next-to-buy list, but now that the Black Bay 41 has come out, I'm thinking it gets 95% of the way to what I love about the Explorer 1 for 50% of the price. Anyways, can't wait to see it in the metal - hopefully that will help me make my decision. I'm interested to hear what all of you are thinking!