Tell me what's wrong with the Omega Aqua Terra Co-Axial Annual Calander. I looked at it in 38.5m and thought it looked and felt great. And technologically, it is impressive. I would probably prefer no date at all, but day counters make me ill and I have no problem with annual calanders. Some pics.
Its a good watch, but when I get something with an Oyster bracelet I want it to hold a Rolex watch case . For me, the Speedy is the only Omega that really captures my eye or interest. The AT is fine, but I'd be more likely to go with an Explorer and skip the date thing. I've never been interested in owning an annual calendar...I'd rather just have a standard watch with a date or no date if I couldn't get a perpetual calendar. Good luck with whatever you decide.
When I lived in DC, I think the nearest AP AD was Lenkersdorfer, at Tysons Mall in VA.
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.
The current 15202 is only offered with a blue dial. However, in the past it was offered with a white dial, salmon dial, or gray dial, in addition to a blue dial. However, the old blue dials from pre-2012 are a different shade of blue, and I understand AP has changed the color blue again on the 15202. There is a big jump in price from a 15400 to a 15202, but no watch can be everything to everyone. I had always hemmed and hawed when looking at APs in the past. I wasn't in love with the pre-2012 dials, the 15300 was nice but as small a detail as it is, I didn't love the shape of the seconds hand with the tail on it, and the clasp wasn't a great fit for me...the inner part of the clasp is different. The 15400 is a great watch, but not quite for me...and the 2012 15202 was perfect for me. Sure I wish it cost less, but I have no regrets about going with the 15202. I've had 2 years to think about it, I've seen other watches and other APs, and I'd make the same choice again if I were looking for a luxury sports watch.
Is it that unusual to desire a seconds hand on a watch? I know that sophisticated watch connoisseurs are supposed to appreciate the placid beauty of a 2 handed watch, but being able to glance at a sweeping seconds hand and sync it w/ my subjective time perception is probably my favorite part of wearing a watch.
I have enough watches with seconds hands that having a few without is a nice change. When I wear a 2 handed dress watch or my RO, I don't miss the seconds hands at all.
That's what the sapphire crystal back is for.
Best laugh of the day. Thanks!