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Those reasons might be even more valid today...
I bought my 5002 back in 2003 when it was first introduced. I wore it very often and regularly and loved every moment of it. Today, while I still love the watch, I seldom wear it and usually for no more than one day at a time. As it turns out, I am a bit less a fan of bigger watches and am wearing mostly 39-42 mm sizes which now feel just right on my wrist.
That said, and if you are still attracted to the Big Pilot, I suggest you try on the newer 43 mm. IWC even has a titanium version which feels quite light even for a 43 mm pilot watch.