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OK so I have an omega speedmaster.

Thinking of adding in either:

- Rolex Submariner (No-Date)
Pros: Classic, works with any outfit, won't look dated in the next 50 years
Cons: Already have a black speedmaster and this may be too similar in a small collection, slightly ubiquitous.

OR

- Rolex GMT-Master II (Blue/black)
Pros: Unique world first two tone ceramic, GMT/date function, in the context of starting my collection it adds more interest with the color scheme, less common
Cons: Will the color mean it is less classic, or will I get bored of it after a few years?

A no date Sub C is about 2k less, so if you want to go on the cheap.....smile.gif

All things being equal, I'd go for the BLNR seeing as you have the Speedy. If you do get tired of it you can readily sell it.

Either one will be an excellent addition to your collection, IMO.
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Very nice! Blue or black dial? I'm actually thinking about flipping my Explorer II for a DJII as I'm finding the 42mm ExpII a bit too 'top heavy'. 

Thank you. It's blue and I share your feeling about the ExII. If you don't need a tool watch then the DJII is an excellent all arounder.
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Speaking of going on the cheap.. Took my new beater out for a night on the town with one last visit to my favorite restaurant. I said I'd start with a half a dozen oysters and the manager brought out this with a complimentary splash of white Sancerre.

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Thank you. It's blue and I share your feeling about the ExII. If you don't need a tool watch then the DJII is an excellent all arounder.

 

You're welcome! 

 

Have you owned an Exp II? If so, do you find that the DJII wears 'lighter'?

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mimo, that's a tough match. As you know, red dials are fairly uncommon; but if you're already there, then why not fully commit and get your lady a red strap for it as well?

Red on red, I say.

Perhaps in lizard grain .... Amazon should provide you with some options for the after-market Michele / Philip Stein crowd.

Or here's a link to DeBeer: http://www.debeerwatchbands.com/lizard-watch_band-qr.html

Good luck my friend.

 

Agree with the red on red - or perhaps a white strap that has red contrast stitching.  

 

I've found that white straps tend to be a bit sporty/summery, and might not be appropriate for all seasons.  YMMV.

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In re straps for the red woman's watch:

 

Could look into a taupe as well.

 

e.g.

 

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Thank you gentlemen.  I've found it difficult to locate examples online.  I think she might end up with a small selection!

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Mimo, better stock up on several colours wink.gif

So, vintage.... No, I didn't get the $5m Patek last weekend but something more affordable:



Zenith Respirator X, around 1969-70. The cheap strap is the first one to go, but otherwise all original. Cal 2552PC automatic.

As with all vintage stuff, good story is always essential. Origin of this watch is not fully known, so I don't know if this was sold in Finland but it ended up to a Zenith collector and was very lightly used. A local vintage watch dealer bought the whole collection and this has been serviced and the case has been slightly polished. Dark blue dial is all original and as far as I'm concerned, flawless. Even the indexes and hands are original, I don't see much oxidization there.

I mentioned earlier that I'm looking a dress watch after JLC, this has been on the backburner for a few years. I've been checking the vintage stuff as I use suit very little so a vintage dress watch might also work as it's not a daily beater. eBay and other sites are infested with Omega frankenwatches and there is also a steady stream of fake cases, so Omega has been kinda on the radar. Zenith being the other "high mid-end" watch in the 50's through 70's was the other option and while the dealer had several Omegas, this was probably my fastest watch deals ever. Comparing to prices and condition in eBay, I'd say I got a decent deal, extra bonus for this being real close to my age. Have to try to verify the manufacturing date, it's probably 1969 so slightly older than I am.
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Brilliant kop, I'm envious! I think Omega's up-branding over the last few years has created a monster in the used market, so picking Zenith as a lower profile serious maker was masterly.

Love the blue dial and 60s case. Beautiful pick.
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@kimmo

 

Very nice! I love the retro-yet-enduring case shape and the before-it-was-cool 4:30 date. Bet the indices catch the light nicely too.

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Zenith Respirator X, around 1969-70. The cheap strap is the first one to go, but otherwise all original. Cal 2552PC automatic.
 

That's a beauty!  I love seeing vintage pieces with interesting case shapes.  Its also nice to see something we didn't know existed.  I tend to think of them as mainly producing chronographs using the famous El Primero movement, but its nice to see something a bit dressier from them.  Congrats and enjoy!:cheers:

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There are plenty of Zenith dress watches around. This was my first vintage buy and I still have it

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Speaking of going on the cheap.. Took my new beater out for a night on the town with one last visit to my favorite restaurant. I said I'd start with a half a dozen oysters and the manager brought out this with a complimentary splash of white Sancerre.

I'm always looking for new places to try in your neck of the woods.  Which restaurant?  

 

Here are a few more quick pix of the BLNR from the weekend.  

 

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You're welcome! 

Have you owned an Exp II? If so, do you find that the DJII wears 'lighter'?

I've tried on the ExII and it is certainly bulkier than the DJII. Feels more like a Sub.

So, yes, the DJII wears lighter. good luck
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I'm always looking for new places to try in your neck of the woods.  Which restaurant?  

 

 

 

 

Nowhere fashionable. Eastern Standard, outside the Hotel Commonwealth (about three blocks from Fenway Park). Good service, non-hipster New American menu, spacious 1930s-ish interior. It's that place you keep going back to when the flavors of the month get tedious. The manager, Andrew, has always been very good to me. I've never found a piece of grit or broken shell in one of their shucked oysters. That's a pretty rare level of care. 

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