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post #136 of 151
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Originally Posted by Mathew J View Post
As someone who owned a K series Explorer, A series datejust, and now a White/Blue Aqua Terra I would agree...the Omega cost me new less than my A Datejust, and a good deal less than the Explorer and is better in virtually every way.
Could you please explain how the Omega is "better in virtually every way" to the Rolex?
post #137 of 151
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I thought long and hard before I bought my latest watch. I just couldn't bring myself to buy a Rolex (and I didn't have enough money to consider looking at a Daytona!). I've previously bought Breitling's so it's nice to have a change.

Speedmaster Professional 40th Anniversary limited edition






Very nice - from John Pass?
post #138 of 151
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Very nice - from John Pass?

Goldsmiths. They are only jewellers that accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers - I had quite a lot of them
post #139 of 151
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Goldsmiths. They are only jewellers that accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers - I had quite a lot of them

Nice work :-)
post #140 of 151
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Goldsmiths. They are only jewellers that accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers - I had quite a lot of them
Goldsmiths accept Tesco Clubcard???
post #141 of 151
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Originally Posted by emakris View Post
Goldsmiths accept Tesco Clubcard???

Yes. You can change them on the value of £2.50 voucher = £10 to spend at Goldsmiths. So 1000 points = £40. I never understand why people use the vouchers in-store for discounts off of their shopping!
post #142 of 151
speedmasters are timeless timepieces,I personally like them over the submariners.
post #143 of 151
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Originally Posted by IBJanky View Post
Got one of these:





And I've been drooling over this one for a while now:

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean:



myke

That planet ocean is beautiful
post #144 of 151
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Originally Posted by emakris View Post
Could you please explain how the Omega is "better in virtually every way" to the Rolex?

Sure.

The Datejust I had felt like a piece of junk, the bracelet was almost a joke, I remember my wife asking if the watch was broken because it rattled so much. Sure it was functional but considering at the time the watch cost me 2.5k it was laughable. The finish work on the case/bracelet wasn't great either, the lugs were uneven, the clasp was sharp in numerous places...just wasn't made well.

The Explorer wasn't much better, the nice thing was the solid end link and the flip lock clasp, but that watch had material under the dial, and was butchered by Rolex warranty service in trying to fix it, not to mention the lack of a date with the black dial made the watch seem small for whatever reason, I chalk it up to an optical illusion.

I used to be a big Rolex enthusiast until I owned these two and then later a Sub, all three were relative let downs...they never seemed as nice as they cost.

The Omega on the other hand was a bit of a surprise, I always thought I wouldn't like Omega as I considered myself a Rolex guy, but given my poor experiences with Rolex I figured it was time to try something new...

The Omega is a good size, not too big not too small, also it wears much nicer on the wrist than either the Datejust or the Explorer ever did as they always seemed top/head heavy...I figure it was due to the hollow bracelet/stamped clasp and the thicker case, the Omega has a thinner case and a nice solid bracelet.

Also the fit/finish of the Omega is just in another league, everything is done right, all the lugs are the exact same size, the finish application is even across the piece, and the workmanship just looks much better overall, and this isn't even considering the movment as it appears presentable and decorated, the Rolex movements are not known for their finish so I won't bother drawing any comparisons but it is nice to have a movement that you can look at and enjoy.

The sapphire crystal is much nicer as well. It is domed and flush with the bezel which seems to cut down on glare and make the dial highly legible.

Timekeeping on the Omega is spot on, much better than any of my Rolex pieces I have owned. Some complain about the slower beat movement but personally I prefer it, gives the watch a vintage feel/look to it.

The hands and the hour markers on the Omega are truly wonderful to look at, the finish is amazing and I love the fact that it doesn't look cheap, which is a stark contrast with the hands/markers on the Rolex pieces I had...all which didn't seem that nice, which always threw me given that they are made of white gold.

The only areas that I am not thrilled with are the clasp, nicer than the Datejust, not as secure though as my Sub and former Explorer, but it seems to work, the holes for caseback removal, still think Rolex has one of the best systems out there, and the pins for the links...I used to make a bigger stink about this in the past but now it isn't as much of an issue, plus if I wanted screws that bad I could have spent more money (still less than any Rolex) and gotten the new Aqua Terra which really beats the comparable Rolex models out there IMHO given the new movement and overall build.

So with all of that above I also consider that the Omega cost me new last year about $500 less than I had paid for my new at the time Datejust back in 2001, and the Aqua Terra is a way way better watch.

Hope that helps.
post #145 of 151
I also prefer Omega to Rolex, but that's purely my personal preference and not a comment on quality of one over the other.
post #146 of 151
had the chance to try on the (green crystal) Milgauss and Submariner date the other day... I must say the Milgauss looks infinitely better irl and kinda grows on you.
post #147 of 151
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Originally Posted by Tidybeard View Post
Very nice - from John Pass?

Very nice indeed.
post #148 of 151
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Originally Posted by Mathew J View Post
Hope that helps.
Hi Matthew, I am not disputing your negative experiences but I confess to maintaining my reservations. The reason is that I too own watches from both brands and I can confirm that the build quality is on par with the Rolex seemingly being the more capable of withstanding daily abuse; I couldn't choose between the two. The movements are also tough as nails with the Rolex being by far the more accurate of the two. Regarding the lug issues you mentioned, Rolex (as well as Omega) are mass produced, machine made products. Therefore, the possibility of the lugs being different sizes is very small indeed and would most likely affect early adapters and an entire batch as such a problem would be attributed to problematic production machinery. The problem with this is firstly, that there are no early adapters of Rolex watches (well except, perhaps, last year) and secondly, the brand's QA is pretty stringent although, admittedly, not perfect. As far as servicing goes, I had nothing but problems since my Speedmaster came back from the Omega Service Centre (through the Omega boutique in Bond St.). The watch had to be taken back twice to rectify servicing errors; at one point I was horrified to see water in the case! And the damn thing was never submersed. I do agree with your assessment of the Omega watches regarding their attention to detail; it is surprisingly high for watches of their price range. Lastly and unrelated to your case, I would like to add that I have spoken to many people who had problems with their Rolexes. Most of them bought them second-hand for "600 quid mate" and have never been anywhere near a service centre.
post #149 of 151
Anecdotal 'evidence' is worthless, guys. Let's just call a spade a spade and admit that (insert watch brand) appeals to [your] particular idiosyncracies.
post #150 of 151
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Anecdotal 'evidence' is worthless, guys. Let's just call a spade a spade and admit that (insert watch brand) appeals to [your] particular idiosyncracies.
I couldn't agree more
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