Originally Posted by jbarwick
Went looking at watches today and finally put on a Submariner. It had wrist presence and felt nice on my wrist but two other watches caught my eye more. First was a green crystal Milgauss. It had similar wrist presence as the sub but I liked looking at the Milgauss more. The lightning bolt and colors made me want to just stare at my wrist. Second was a GMT Master II. Pretty much the Sub with a different dial and bezel. Not that I need the second time zone as I can easily calculate that but the little extra color of the green hour hand was nice against the black face.
Any thoughts on the Milgauss or GMT?
GMT Master all the way. Unless you work near MRI machines, the Milgauss doesn't give you anything more than a Datejust gives you. As for the green crystal, its novel for a while, but its just decorative. A friend of mine bought a Milgauss and tired of it within less than 2 years. To me, in its current form, the Milgauss was merely Rolex reviving an old name from a discontinued watch, to drum up interest in what is basically a Datejust, by using the name of a vintage watch that collectors and some newbies know is quite valuable. Sometimes newbies think that because a watch shares a name or similar theme that it will be as collectible and valuable as the original, but that almost never happens. Overall, its a fine watch but there are other Rolex watches I would rather own.
The GMT is a much more functional watch. It gives time in multiple timezones, and you can use the arrow marker on the bezel as a quick timing device, for example to mark when the time on a meter for a parking space will run out, or when something will be done cooking, etc. Its also a timeless classic that is truly a multi purpose watch. There are plenty of GMT style watches on the market, but almost all owe their design the the GMT Master. It was a true original when released in the 1950s.
In the end you have to buy what you like since you are the one that will be wearing it. Good luck.