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Why not Zoidberg
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

Hmmm… I'm completely the other way on these Rollies @academe. Daytona just looks gimmicky to me and all YG anything is not my bag.

I'm not big on the YG Sub, either, but have you ever handled a platinum Daytona in person? It's a thing of beauty... What do you find gimmicky about it?
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Thanks everyone for your advice, much appreciated!

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Welcome!

Something like an Omega Aqua Terra would make a good "one-watch"; Rolex Datejust or an Explorer I would make another; perhaps an AP Royal Oak (time & date only) if you have a bigger budget. What's your price range?

As for budget, I wouldn't move that far away from what a aqua terra costs -- consider my very first intention, as a naive watch outsider, was to reach for something nice enough in the 1k range (sinn for example), but reading these pages is, as someone correctly said, a first step to want more and more watches of different kinds.

The RO,however beautiful, still remains out of my league. I also think I'd need to learn something more about watches before being able to fully appreciate it beside its design.

The Explorer I might be a good alternative, especially if I can find a used one in good state (and this would be necessary, since they're out of production in favor of the II, if I'm not mistaken?), but I tend to appreciate number-less dials more. The datejust is more appealing in my eyes.

The IWC ingenieur seems too bulky for my wrist, but I might be wrong, since I never had the chance of seeing it in person. I like its plain, classic and clear dial though.

Lastly, I didn't know of the Cartier Roadster, which, after a quick glance, I like. However, I think its particular style and design might tire me after some time... It's a niche watch tough, and I'll certainly consider it when it will be time for my next purchase! Oh, no, wait...
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Wise thought on the Roadster - it's cool and versatile for sure, but too bold to be a one watch for long; I think,you're right that it needs to be more neutral.

The Ingy at 40mm isn't toi bulky, try one. but personally I think the AT id just what you want it to be.
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I'm slowly getting towards my first watch purchase, which will probably be an Omega seamaster aqua terra, white dial, 39mm, and I'm looking forward to your educated advice.

My purpose is to get an all-around watch which can last me a long time, with a simple design and a style I can fancy for said long time. Probably a vain intention, though: since I started following this thread, I'm progressively appreciating the fine watches some of you post in here.

Also, as a side question: do you own a "one-watch" (i.e. one watch suitable for most venues/attire/occasions), regardless of your other possessions?
Omega makes a great watch. The 39mm is a great size and I think you will find that watch quite versatile and easy to enjoy for a loooong time.

I do have a "one watch". My 36mm Rolex Explorer. It goes everywhere and does anything.

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No chance to do the family pic I promised but while we're talking Explorers...

 

 

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Omega makes a great watch. The 39mm is a great size and I think you will find that watch quite versatile and easy to enjoy for a loooong time.

I do have a "one watch". My 36mm Rolex Explorer. It goes everywhere and does anything.

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Always looking great Tif.

However, if you had the RO that you've been coveting, you wouldn't be a one watch guy.

 

Speaking of the 15300 discussions last week, I decided to grab mine this morning.

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Damn, the explorer is beautiful, too.

What is your opinion of white dial vs black dial? I guess white is considered more dressy whereas black has more of a sporty vibe?
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Love it, b.

Also, the Explorer really is a great watch. Worth considering, wootx, imo.
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While I do agree that the AP RO does make for a good "The One Watch" - I find myself reaching for mine more often than anything else I have at the moment - it's quite a stretch for the budget to go from an Omega Aqua Terra to an AP RO , especially for a first watch. Though that being said if one is only ever only going to buy one watch, a case can be made for saving up for the RO..
 

I mentioned the RO being a versatile one watch specifically for myself in answering what the OP described as a "Side question," when he asked, "Also, as a side question: do you own a "one-watch" (i.e. one watch suitable for most venues/attire/occasions), regardless of your other possessions?"    His calling it a "side question" seemed more like he inquiring about our own experiencea rather than suggestions for him, especially since he asked the question stating,"regardless of our other possessions."   I realize that there is a big price difference between an AT and a RO and I wasn't suggesting he change his budget to buy a RO.  

 

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Thanks everyone for your advice, much appreciated!

The RO,however beautiful, still remains out of my league....

The Explorer I might be a good alternative, especially if I can find a used one in good state (and this would be necessary, since they're out of production in favor of the II, if I'm not mistaken?), but I tend to appreciate number-less dials more. The datejust is more appealing in my eyes.

Lastly, I didn't know of the Cartier Roadster, which, after a quick glance, I like. However, I think its particular style and design might tire me after some time... It's a niche watch tough, and I'll certainly consider it when it will be time for my next purchase! Oh, no, wait...

As mentioned above, I mentioned the RO not as an alternative to an AT, but merely in responding to what you described as a side question inquiring as to whether we own a "One watch."  If I misunderstood and you and you were seeking suggestions as to a one watch kind of watch, then I apologize.  At one point I did have an Explorer as a do everything watch (but I still had other watches).

 

With regard to the Rolex Explorer I, it is not out of production in favor of the Explorer II.  It is a current production model, so you can purchase a brand new one.  

 

The Cartier Roadster is not a current production model.  It was discontinued several years ago.  Anyway, good luck with your journey!  Cheers!

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Originally Posted by wootx View Post

Damn, the explorer is beautiful, too.

What is your opinion of white dial vs black dial? I guess white is considered more dressy whereas black has more of a sporty vibe?
I really don't consider a while dial dressy if it is in a sports watch. IMO. I always gravitate to black or dark dials. While dials (depending on hands) usually don't generate enough contrast for me to be able to easily tell the time. A while dial with silver hands and white(ish) lume doesn't do it for me.

The Explorer is sports watch perfection. It just works. I greatly prefer the 36mm version over the new 39mm, but that is personal opinion. If you like 39mm is it easy to get new. A 36mm version is discontinued and can only be had pre-owned and in the $3.5-$4.5k range.
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With regard to the Rolex Explorer I, it is not out of production in favor of the Explorer II.  It is a current production model, so you can purchase a brand new one.  

You did mean NOW, correct? I thought it might generate some confusion.
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You did mean NOW, correct? I thought it might generate some confusion.

Nope, I meant the Explorer is NOT out of production as the 39mm Explorer 214270 is in production and was not discontinued in favor of the Explorer II. *

 

Yes, the older 36mm Explorers are out of production.  But even those were not discontinued in favor of the Ex2.  They were simply discontinued as Rolex was appeasing the masses that want larger watches.  If someone doesn't mind the 39mm updated size they can purchase a new Explorer, but if they favor the 36mm case, then they will need to go pre-owned.  Cheers!:cheers: 

 

*edit:  Unless there was news I missed about the 39mm Explorer being discontinued.  

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Originally Posted by wootx View Post

Thanks everyone for your advice, much appreciated!
As for budget, I wouldn't move that far away from what a aqua terra costs -- consider my very first intention, as a naive watch outsider, was to reach for something nice enough in the 1k range (sinn for example), but reading these pages is, as someone correctly said, a first step to want more and more watches of different kinds.

The RO,however beautiful, still remains out of my league. I also think I'd need to learn something more about watches before being able to fully appreciate it beside its design.

The Explorer I might be a good alternative, especially if I can find a used one in good state (and this would be necessary, since they're out of production in favor of the II, if I'm not mistaken?), but I tend to appreciate number-less dials more. The datejust is more appealing in my eyes.

The IWC ingenieur seems too bulky for my wrist, but I might be wrong, since I never had the chance of seeing it in person. I like its plain, classic and clear dial though.

Lastly, I didn't know of the Cartier Roadster, which, after a quick glance, I like. However, I think its particular style and design might tire me after some time... It's a niche watch tough, and I'll certainly consider it when it will be time for my next purchase! Oh, no, wait...

One more - Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000. Your choice of bezel and face.

This is my favorite:

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Nope, I meant the Explorer is NOT out of production as the 39mm Explorer 214270 is in production and was not discontinued in favor of the Explorer II. *

Yes, the older 36mm Explorers are out of production.  But even those were not discontinued in favor of the Ex2.  They were simply discontinued as Rolex was appeasing the masses that want larger watches.  If someone doesn't mind the 39mm updated size they can purchase a new Explorer, but if they favor the 36mm case, then they will need to go pre-owned.  Cheers!cheers.gif  

*edit:  Unless there was news I missed about the 39mm Explorer being discontinued.  
Oops. Sorry I did not see the "II" after Exporer. I thought you were referencing the 36 and 39mm. I should have read it again.
So just to clarify:
36mm Exporer I: Out of Production
39mm Exporer I: Current model
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