Yes, basically the same watch...August 7 2012 at 1:09 PM
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Response to OT:IWC Big Pilot 5004 vs 5009
....my 5004 had a crown issue earlier this year (it basically broke and wouldn't wind) and it was fixed with what I assume were the changes made to the 5009 (although I can't prove this). Either BP is great, but the bias on this forum is the 5002. Try both on; I felt the 5002 was a bit too "militaristic" for my tastes, but the size, presence, and feel of any BP is amazing. If there wasn't a 5004 in '06 when I got mine, the 5002 would be on my wrist.
I had the original Hublot Ice Bang that I sold over a year ago. I sometimes regret it as it was an excellent, versatile watch and not as "in your face" as some other Hublots. I have a bit of seller's remorse with any of the few watches I've sold, but that Ice Bang is a cool watch.
It's probably the Paneristi in me, but I change the straps on the BP too which really adds to the enjoyment of wearing this watch. I've had it 6 years this month, and I'll have it for sometime. When I've thought of parting with it to make funds for something else, I just wait longer and keep the BP. It's timekeeping isn't as good as a basic ETA-based watch, but it's a great piece to wear.