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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

I am not a fan of the the Seamaster personally but think the basic 42mm Planet Ocean is a flawless classic diver - everything seems superior to the Seamaster to me: dial design, case, bracelet and movement. I know we all have different tastes but I can't quite see how someone would hold these two watches in his hands and decide to go with the Seamaster.

I could see going with a SM 300 over a PO

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Thread Starter 
Well duh... yeah ! smile.gif

That said, even that is a close call if you put aside the collectability aspect and focus on the aesthetics only.
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I don't know a lot about pricing and collectability of these watches, but isn't about $3500 for Watchco's NOS SM 300 pretty decent?

I agree that the PO is nicer looking than any of the other current SM offerings.
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Thread Starter 
You mean "NOS". There's been a lot written about these watches being assemblages of (mainly original) Omega parts, with a few fake parts (bezels) thrown in the mix
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You're right. Should've put that in quotation marks. That said, are vintage SM 300's very expensive or hard to come by? When looking for the pics above I came across a listing for what looked like a very nice one for $1600 IIRC. I believe the listing was about 3 years old...
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

You're right. Should've put that in quotation marks. That said, are vintage SM 300's very expensive or hard to come by? When looking for the pics above I came across a listing for what looked like a very nice one for $1600 IIRC. I believe the listing was about 3 years old...

I believe the Watchco ones usually are under 2.5k and if all original, probably around 3k or so. Not sure what the group think is on Watchco. There are mixed claims as to whether Omega will service them. That said I love the look of the SM300 but the a modern PO is probably a safer purchase if you don't have a good watch guy for repairs. Given your size constraints maybe you should veer away from divers other than vintage.
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I originally looked for the blue Seamaster Pro but instead jumped on a 2298.80.00 300m Titanium Chrono diver since I'm a big chronograph fan. I considered the current stainless version from an AD (with almost 30% off list) but decided to save $1K, buying it used without cards from a very reputable seller on TZ. It's bigger than my other watch but I'm already getting use to it. The below pic is my Breitling Navitimer Premier (36.7mm - about 39mm including crown) next to the Seamaster Chrono (41.5mm). Now I need to get the bracelet sized and perhaps find a cordovan strap for the Omega.

BTW, I've seen a number of SMPs on TZ in the $1500 range recently.

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^ Nice Speedbird strap

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Baume and Mercier Chrono

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Never had a problem with the skeleton hands on my Omega Seamaster.
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^ Nice Speedbird strap

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Question for you guys:

So my dad wants to buy a watch for my mother, in or around $10,000 (although I am sure preferably less than more). She wants something that can withstand some abuse, that she can wear daily, and that has enough water resistance that it could withstand daily water-based activities. Something more on casual lines is definitely what she is going for.

My suggestions:

Cartier Pasha
Chopard Imperiale
Bvlgari (something?)
Rolex Datejust
Perhaps Piaget?

It has been difficult to find something with about 100m of water resistance. I don't think quartz or automatic matters. But I am sure she does not want a "fragile" automatic.

Any other suggestions? I am not too well versed in the world of teh womenz watches. I think as of now, Chopard and Cartier are what I think of as the best options. The Datejust is a nice back-up.

Josh
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My sis has one of these

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nice, but rather small. If it doesn't have to be small and dressy, I always thought the older, 36mm Explorer could make a nice lady's watch. It'll certainly be rugged enough for pretty much anything she can throw at it.
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For the SMP midsize/PO debate, here's a pic:

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I wore the midsize SMP for years with a 6.5" wrist and thought it fit just about right. I gave it to a sibling after I got a 42mm PO. The PO was initially, I thought, gigantically too big in comparison. It grew on me gradually, the more I tried on larger diameter watches. However, I still like the size of a vintage Calatrava or Reverso Duo--I can't conceptualize wearing anything bigger than 42mm.

edit: I like the suggestion of the 36mm Explorer I. Much more classic and hardy of a watch. Cartier and water are like oil and water in my head.
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