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My only real objection is the aesthetics. Like most Omegas other than the Speedmaster, it is a bit too blingy for my taste, what with the chunky hands and hour markers and flashy dial. But if you like the way it looks, that's all moot.
I hear you, though it doesn't bother me, and I have been looking at Omegas for a very long time and both the hands and the arrowheads are mainstays of their Seamster line. What would die me nuts is deciding whether I really want a blue dial or is that too flash. I think its ok, and most of the time, I really like it.
But what I really want is a time only master co-axial in a sport case. They do that in one of the Seamasters but it is a dive watch and I don't want that either. They will get to it eventually, I think.
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Turns out there are no AP dealers in Bmore as far as I can tell. Not cool.
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Interesting that you mention you're considering the AP and a JLC ultra thin moonphase.  Very, very different watches, but both have silver, non-white dials!  What led you to those two watches, and what else might you be considering? 

 

On the 15202: I thought that it only came with the blue dial.  Tried it on at an AP boutique and the salesperson said it didn't come in silver/white.  The 15202 is fantastic, but is more understated than the 15400 with a silver face.  I think I'd have a tough time paying the premium for the 15202. 

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Interesting that you mention you're considering the AP and a JLC ultra thin moonphase.  Very, very different watches, but both have silver, non-white dials!  What led you to those two watches, and what else might you be considering? 

On the 15202: I thought that it only came with the blue dial.  Tried it on at an AP boutique and the salesperson said it didn't come in silver/white.  The 15202 is fantastic, but is more understated than the 15400 with a silver face.  I think I'd have a tough time paying the premium for the 15202. 

They are all pricey, though. In my opinion, if you are going to get a Royal Oak, you might as well get the Royal Oak.
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I do like that Nomos a lot - and the Ahoi Atlantik as well.  But even Nomos' 'sporty' models have something of a delicate dress-watch look to them.  And at present I am looking for something on a bracelet.  Think along the lines of a Seamaster Aqua Terra for another example of the type of watch that like the DateJust and Oyster Perpetual kind of walk in the middle of the road between dress and sport.

There are actually a few non-Rolex models that appeal (including trying to dig up an old IWC Mark XV) but I was really curious to see if I could find a Rolex that speaks to me enough to buy it.  Sadly, it seems all my very favorite Rolex dials are reserved for precious metal or two-tone pieces regardless of model. 

And if I decide I can live with the date bubble (which I did for some time with a lovely vintage 1803) then my options open up. I've tried on the model posted immediately below and quite like it but for the bubble. But I was hoping to get just exactly the watch I want from them - which is surprisingly hard given their vast array of options.  That just got smaller if @TheWraith
 is right and this blue dial example I posted earlier has been discontinued.


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mimo is right, @RogerP . That model has only just been discontinued, so most (or certainly a lot) of ADs would still have it in stock. I checked a few days ago and my local dealer still does.
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Well, if you wanted a white-dialed, new RO or you liked a bit more bulk, you'd stick with the 15400. 

 

Have you received both of your new purchases yet, or just the Cartier? How are you liking them?

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mimo is right, @RogerP . That model has only just been discontinued, so most (or certainly a lot) of ADs would still have it in stock. I checked a few days ago and my local dealer still does.


Not to mention that it isn't exactly a best seller.


It is kind of weird that they pretty much dropped the blue 36mm OP and made it the 34mm by simply removing the "Air King" on the dial (though ref# is still the same as AK). I predict a bigger Air King coming in the future.
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^ I know, strange decisions coming from Rolex in that regard.
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I predict a bigger Air King coming in the future.

 

 

Oh God. Please don't let them come out with an overpolished bauble. 

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Originally Posted by yls2012 View Post

Interesting that you mention you're considering the AP and a JLC ultra thin moonphase.  Very, very different watches, but both have silver, non-white dials!  What led you to those two watches, and what else might you be considering? 
On the 15202: I thought that it only came with the blue dial.  Tried it on at an AP boutique and the salesperson said it didn't come in silver/white.  The 15202 is fantastic, but is more understated than the 15400 with a silver face.  I think I'd have a tough time paying the premium for the 15202. 

Indeed they are quite different watches. For me, all my watch purchases start with visuals. It has to grab me visually, and from there, I backtrack through the specs and see how it holds up for me.

Both the JLC MUT moon and the AP RO have been on my radar for a while, as I find them both to be simply stunning. From there, the specs on both more than hold up for me. The clear difference is that the AP has a more casual look while the JLC is a pretty clear dress watch, and if I am going to be honest with myself, I dont really have a great need for a strictly dress watch. Its main draw is the fact that its rose gold, not steel, but that should not really be a deciding factor I dont think.

The AP at present wins out for a few factors. Its movement is one of the top automatic movements ever made, its perfectly designed (according to those who it appeals to), its iconic. Also, in the vein of being honest, I am a brand whore and AP > JLC.

As far as I know the 202 is blue dial only, and that is a deal breaker for me. I much prefer the white/silver and my ToG has a blue dial. Which would land me with 3 steel watches with blue dial, I need more variation across my watches. If I get the AP I will need to get a leather strap for it to swap from time to time. Also, I prefer to have a seconds hand, and the 202 is I think super thin, I want something a little heftier. I'm not sold on the great importance of getting "the" Royal Oak. I know that to some that is the main point, but Im not a purist in that way, so its really the 300 or the 400 for me, and perhaps the 450, but I think it will wear to small for me.

I dont have anything else I am considering at present, its complex enough just with what I am considering now, and nothing else in the price point grabs me the way these two watches do.
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Turns out there are no AP dealers in Bmore as far as I can tell. Not cool.

Interesting… what does that say about Baltimore? shog[1].gif
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Interesting… what does that say about Baltimore? shog[1].gif

There are a number of places that don't have an AP dealer. But then again APs production is nowhere near Rolex so this is to be expected. The investment to become an AP dealer is fairly high you can imagine. Indianapolis has an AP dealer, but considering where they are located they really do a pretty good business in watches. I believe this is due in very large part to the gentleman who manages that portion of that jewelers store.

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There are a number of places that don't have an AP dealer. But then again APs production is nowhere near Rolex so this is to be expected. The investment to become an AP dealer is fairly high you can imagine. Indianapolis has an AP dealer, but considering where they are located they really do a pretty good business in watches. I believe this is due in very large part to the gentleman who manages that portion of that jewelers store.

Your point is well taken… but I was just joking with Stitchy. happy.gif
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[...]As far as I know the 202 is blue dial only, and that is a deal breaker for me. I much prefer the white/silver and my ToG has a blue dial. [...]

The current model is blue-only, but an earlier 15202 version that was produced until 2011 has that white/silver-coloured dial as an option (ref. 15202.ST.OO.0944.ST.01):


image credit: royaloakclub.com

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Your point is well taken… but I was just joking with Stitchy. happy.gif


Ah, I see.

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