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Can't go wrong with the GMT.  I was contemplating the Milguass, but for the price and if you really need the guass rating, the Omega is a better value.  Omega has higher rating for electromagnetic field, but to be honest who's really buying the Milguass for magnetic field protection.  The GMTIIc and the independent hour change when traveling is brilliant.  Also it can switch from casual wear to formal very easily because of the polished center links.

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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. 

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i think the green milguass is awesome.

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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.

 

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Can't go wrong with the GMT. 

 

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GMT Master all the way. 

In the end you have to buy what you like since you are the one that will be wearing it.  Good luck. 

 

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i think the green milguass is awesome.
 

 

I have a friend who's obsessed with that green Milgauss.  Just the oddness of it.   I think the Milgauss is cool, and since when did the actual functionality of a watch really swing the deal?  Who doesn't want a rattrapante chrono, but at the same time, who'd actually use that function?  And I have to say, I find the whole aesthetic of it so clean and pleasing (maybe with the clear glass, personally), and those peculiar details make it.  . I like the GMT and fancy the new blue/black one quite a lot too.  Yet for me, of the three, the one that actually sings on the wrist and is just such an iconic design in my mind, is the standard Sub, black on stainless, no date, no nothing.  But like Dino says "buy what you like" :)

 

 

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I think the GMT is the only watch I'd buy from Rolex' current line. 

 

 

I keep thinking about this one: (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's big, blingy, and the overlapping subdials are troubling. Yet I keep wanting one. 

 

 

Hayward, I understand your weird fascination.  A couple of Zeniths caught my eye too.  None of them are exactly beautiful, but they do have a certain unique je ne sais quoi

 

 

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I have a friend who's obsessed with that green Milgauss.  Just the oddness of it.   I think the Milgauss is cool, and since when did the actual functionality of a watch really swing the deal?  Who doesn't want a rattrapante chrono, but at the same time, who'd actually use that function?  

While I agree there are many cool functions on watches that no one uses, someone with a rattrapante chrono could activate that function if they chose to.  What is someone with a Milguass going to do ...ask his health insurance company to let him get a bunch of MRIs he doesn't need so he can test out how highly anti magnetic his watch is?  wink.gif

 

No, functionality doesn't have to close the deal, however at this point, IMHO, unless you work in a hospital near an MRI department, its mostly a styling exercise.  Nothing wrong with that, hell there are several versions of GMTs, Daytonas, and Subs, and I suppose 1 version of each would be sufficient.  However, I just see GMTs, Subs, and Daytonas as being able to do something useful in addition to telling time...the Milguass not so much.

 

In the end whatever watch puts the biggest smile on the OPs face is the one to go with. 

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i think at this moment, the 2 rolexes i covet are the black/blue GMT and the green crystal milgauss. for purely aesthetic reasons.
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Partly because you're weird.  But I get you, because so am I (and I really like that GMT too).

 

Dino, you do make sense.  But given there isn't much difference in price between, say, a Datejust and a Milgauss, getting the latter just because you like the look of it doesn't seem at all silly to me.  And after all, the function of a watch at all is questionable these days, when my thirty dollar quartz Sekonda keeps better time than a Patek Philippe, and my ubiquitous Blackberry sets itself to the right time repeatedly and regardless of time zone, without my intervention making even that relatively redundant.  Yet for some reason I am spending money and headaches on repairing a scruffy old mechanical Omega, and even got my Saddam Hussain Rodania cleaned up recently.  Maybe saying "if I were to leave my watch by some magnetic device by accident, it would be protected from harm" is just as relevant as saying "my Submariner is water resistance to 300 metres", and probably more so!  I'm all for brilliantly-engineered theoretical uselessness in the name of art.

 

It's all about the love, isn't it?

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So this badboy is up for auction at the end of the month - and I'll be in HK, so if anyone needs a proxy, just wire me the money ($500k should cover the watch and expenses). You'll get the watch some day, I swear.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2011/11/3/introducing-the-greubel-forsey-gmt-complete-with-three-dimen.html

http://novelty.greubelforsey.com/default.html



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I am ever so slightyly nauseated, and thinking of all the other ways $500k could be spent. ;)

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mimo - personally, i also dont really get terribly concerned with the practicality of a complication or function on a watch. more the complexity of the watch as an art or achievement, and how the watch appeals to me aesthetically. the rest is gravy.

also, i would never buy a rolex for a complication. what rolex i would buy would be purely for that rugged rolexness (NEW WORD!!!) and what model i like the looks of best. i would turn to other makers for any kind of complication.

also, weird is as weird does.
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My submission to the discussion. Having had a sub ceramic on my wrist for several months I missed the simplicity, and size of the Explorer. Thanks to DerekS who took good care of her.
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That is quite the timepiece
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i think the green milguass is awesome.

+1 for the awesomeness of the GV. I think the regular models are just so-so, but there is something about the combination of the orange and green that makes the GV simply stunning. I like it because it's hard to recognize as a Rolex. A really ideosyncratic model. Definitely not as iconic as the Submariner or GMT, but again - that's making it even more interesting.

 

Speaking of the GMT, I'd fancy the Pepsi model, but that would be a weekend wearer for me. Definitely not business-worthy (unless you're a pilot). 

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