Swung by the Pop-Up Flea in Soho this weekend and met Ben and Stephen from Hodinkee at their booth. Great guys as I expected and bought a couple straps (patina'ed Italian calf and navy shell cordovan) and a waxed canvas watch roll. They had some great vintage watches on sale and I really enjoyed checking them out and learning more. Was also honored that my humble 15202 was included in Hodinkee's recap of wrist shots.
Thanks for sharing a photo. Looks great!
Hi. Was hoping to get some thoughts / opinions on the Omega GMT? I'm considering this one:
Other recommendations for similar watches appreciated.
While I'm sure they are nice watches, I'm not too fond of Rolex. The "speedy" I guess is ok, but I prefer a combination of practical and looks.
As JB asked, do you need a GMT function? As you go from talking about the Omega AT GMT to then saying a Speedy is ok. As for the Omega you posted, I don't care for it. I find the dial busy, I don't like the date window in line with the 2nd timezone markings, and you say you don't like a Rolex, but you are choosing a model of Omega that basically is fitted with a bracelet that looks like a knock off of a Rolex Oyster bracelet. I also don't like the AT in such a large size. Personally, I like some of the Seamasters, but not the GMT version, and the main attraction to me from Omega would be the Speedy.
As for GMT watches, is the a price range you are looking to stay within? Also does the watch have to be new?
Personally for second timezone watches, my favorites for new under $10,000 are the Rolex GMT 2 or Explorer 2 (the GMT's design is essentially what most other companies borrowed from), although I know you said you don't like Rolex. I would also consider a JLC pre-owned older generation JLC Geographique or Master Hometime, or possibly an old IWC UTC on the original pyramid style steel bracelet (although that's a watch with a design that I sometimes liked and other times I found a bit bland...but the bracelet was fantastic).