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post #61 of 3962
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

You're welcome.  If you have a tritium preference for a more "Vintage look" I get that.  I'm big into originality and a nice vintage dial can be very beautiful.  However, from a practicality standpoint, most Tritium dials will offer little to no lum at this point in their lives (if that matters to you).  I think the longest one of my tritium dials continued to glow at night was about 20 years old.  It wasn't super bright, but still quite visible at night or in a dark room.  If tritium is still visible, on a dial you will largely need your eyes to adjust to the darkness before you see anything.  They don't recharge with exposure to light like superluminova or other lums (once its lum is dead, it stays that way).  I have some vintage watches with tritium dials and some newer pieces with luminova & superluminova, and I like all of them.  Good luck with whatever you decide.    

Yes, definite preference for tritium. Looking for something that will develop a nice patina, and not concerned with (or expecting) any remaining lume. At the price point, if I wanted good lume I'd grab a barely used ceramic no date sub and get the benefit of a few years of remaining original warranty and the glidelock bracelet.
post #62 of 3962
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

Seems like there's a near-unanimous consensus on keeping the Daytona, GMT, Sea-Dweller and OQ. I was thinking pretty much the same.

The GMT and Daytona are easy picks. However, I'm pleasantly surprised to see the amount of affection out there for the Oysterquartz. It's been an unexpected favourite for me, as well, considering that I started out not being into 36 mm watches, quartz or Rolex... and I used to think the Cyclops thing was pretty lame too. Things done changed.

My only dissenting opinion is that I find the white Explorer II is a spot-on casual and travel watch for a big wrist, adds some dial-colour variety, and has a bit more personality than the Sea-Dweller. Having a diving-specific Rolex isn't a big deal to me; they're all plenty waterproof, and I also have a groovy Vulcain Nautical that doesn't get worn nearly as often as it deserves to be. That one will be a tough call.

So bye-bye Deepsea, either the SD or Exp II goes, and as much as I like the OP, it does look pretty much the same as the OQ and is much more easily replaceable.

Choosing four isn't so bad, but narrowing it down to three (or two ) becomes quite a bit more difficult. One watch has to be the 1675; I should have just stuck with that one and not become hooked on the modern stuff. Unfortunately, a luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity.

It's good to hear from everyone and I appreciate your thoughts: cheers!

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Originally Posted by eton97 View Post

My current line up; 5711 & 1680 (Click to show)



And hoping to hear some opinions. I'm struggling to know which way to go.....steel or leather?


dive watch on leather
makes cognitive dissonance;
brac'let can't be beat

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Originally Posted by francisco_bt View Post

I am in the market for a new watch and wanted SF's thoughts on the options below. I plan to wear it with navy/charcoal suits at work and also use it for casual wear. I am in my late 20's, working in finance in NYC and looking for something classy yet sleek/modern. My budget is ~$7,000, which is a limit not a goal (if no significant style/quality difference then I would go for the cheaper option). Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I am deciding between the Rolex Oyster Perpetual and the Omega Aqua Terra. I am also including a trio of long shots in case they get some love: a Baume et Mercier (my 3rd option), a Tag Heuer and a Movado, which I like it but might be too casual and designed for younger people.


Which one would you prefer and why?

Rolex Oyster Perpetual (Rhodium)


Rolex Oyster Perpetual (Blue)



Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (Blue)



Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (Black)



Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (White)



Baume et Mercier Classisima



Carrera Calibre 16



Movado

i would recommend
previous-model datejust:
perfected wristwatch

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A friend in London has this exact watch and I think it's brilliant; it's one of the few that handles both smart and sporty equally well in real life, it would easily suit all your criteria, and it should keep away any upgrade-itis. Although you may add more watches later, there's always a place for a simple steel Rolex.
post #63 of 3962
I'm biased as I was never a fan of the original Ex II and don't like this iteration either. I don't think it'll age gracefully. If it was an ExII Polar 16570 I would say keep for the white dial. This is clearly such a personal opinion that it wasn't worth really bringing given how you have stated that the SD has grown stale for you and how much you were enjoying the ExII. But I figured I might as well add it just in case. I certainly agree though that having a diver for water purposes is kind of redundant within your line up, however you are missing some of that Sub DNA if you choose to let the SD go. Regardless, this is an envious position you find yourself in, good luck!
post #64 of 3962
Thanks everyone for the detailed feedback! My #1 option was the OP Rhodium, so I am happy to get validation from such a knowledgeable crowd (spending $6k will create this necessity for some of us).

Will post pics once I buy it. One last all-important question:

Where is a good place to buy it in NYC? Are online or Delaware option worth exploring? Thanks again!
post #65 of 3962
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Originally Posted by francisco_bt View Post

Thanks everyone for the detailed feedback! My #1 option was the OP Rhodium, so I am happy to get validation from such a knowledgeable crowd (spending $6k will create this necessity for some of us).

Will post pics once I buy it. One last all-important question:

Where is a good place to buy it in NYC? Are online or Delaware option worth exploring? Thanks again!


If buying a Rolex, it is best to do it from an AD.  I was able to save tax by buying the watch then having it shipped to another state so Delaware to NYC would work.  The OP Rhodium is a good choice for a Rolex.

post #66 of 3962
Thanks! I definitely will buy it from an AD, although with the dollar so strong and having to travel a lot for work I am exploring buying in another country.

I presume the warranty could be fulfilled in NYC no matter where I buy as long as it is from an AD?
post #67 of 3962
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Originally Posted by Winot View Post

Nice. Which PAM model is that?

Thanks, it is a PAM0027B (Tritium) from 1998.

The previous series (the A-series) was all Tritium, the series afterwards (the C-series) was all Luminova. The B-series was transitional, some came with Tritium dials, most with Luminova dials. The model was discontinued with the C-series in 1999. Only a few hundred were made over all series with T-dials around 800 and around 3000 with L-dials, so you don't see these very often. The exact number of watches made is not exactly clear because the A- and B-series shared their mile estimation with the PAM0028 (a similar model but then PVD coated and with hobnail dial).

My B series PAM28 says hi.
post #68 of 3962
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Originally Posted by francisco_bt View Post

Thanks! I definitely will buy it from an AD, although with the dollar so strong and having to travel a lot for work I am exploring buying in another country.

I presume the warranty could be fulfilled in NYC no matter where I buy as long as it is from an AD?

Rolex (and many other manufacturers) do not allow ADs to sell their watches online or even by telephone.  They don't want ADs competing with AD's outside their regions.  

 

You could always take a trip and buy from a place that doesn't have sales tax, or travel to and buy from a place that does not have a branch in your home state ship it home (in which case they do not charge tax).  

 

Yes Rolex NYC will honor your warranty if you buy it out of the US.  The only half issue with that after dealing with customs and paying any applicable duties, is that if you have a problem with the watch you can only resort to bringing it to a Rolex service center and dealing with it under warranty.   That can be fine, and you may have no issues ever, as most of these watches are just about perfect...but in one instance where a friend did have an issue, the AD simply took the watch back and gave him another brand new one, rather than sending it into Rolex, him being without it, them having to open it etc.  Everyone is different but for a big purchase, I feel more comfortable building a relationship with ADs here in the US, rather than dealing with a place I might never buy from again and which will have no interest or ability to assist me if there is an issue.  Just my 2 cents.  Good luck with your watch journey!

post #69 of 3962

Another couple of questions related to AP ROs; is the 15202 'worth' the considerable price difference over the 15300? Finally, what are thoughts on the white dial 15202? Thanks.

post #70 of 3962
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

My B series PAM28 says hi.

Wow, nice piece! It's in amazing condition for its age. Wear it well!
post #71 of 3962
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


Choosing four isn't so bad, but narrowing it down to three (or two ) becomes quite a bit more difficult. One watch has to be the 1675; I should have just stuck with that one and not become hooked on the modern stuff. Unfortunately, a luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity.

Narrowing it down to three would be easy for me, ditch the Daytona, but as Dino always says it is only my personal point of view.

I. I do not like chronographs.
2. I do not like the polished/satin bracelet.
3. I do not like the lettering on the bezel.

I know it is a wonderful watch but just not one for me.
Edited by culverwood - 2/15/16 at 6:02am
post #72 of 3962
Thread Starter 

Hello chaps; thanks for all the kind words.  Nobody wanted this thread to change much - me included - and it's nice to see the momentum continue uninterrupted with this quick refresh.  All the "mega-threads" have to do this once in a while; it's just a measure of success.

 

@Belligero I would have picked the same three/four as everyone else.  I get you on the Ex, but I think there is something so definitive about a black dialed Rolex diver that it would be a shame not to have one in the collection.  I think the real question is Ex vs Pepsi.  And I'd still go the latter.  And you could keep five... As for the OQ, really everything you've said: I've always loved the case and bracelet, and how scarily contemporary it looks considering its age.  The great irony, and another reason not to get rid of it, is that despite its being unique in the Rolex line up, it's pretty much the cheapest men's Rolex you can buy still.  Therefore to me, the reasons to keep it far outweigh any gain from selling it.  

post #73 of 3962
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Originally Posted by eton97 View Post

My current line up;
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



And hoping to hear some opinions. I'm struggling to know which way to go.....steel or leather?

 With Rolex...the answer is ALWAYS steel. 

 

 

 

 

 

Nope, sorry. Always. 

 

 

 

I mean it.

post #74 of 3962
Lol. Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback.
I think it's clear I need to get the steel back on pretty damn quickly. I think I preferred the steel but was looking for something new to do.
Evidently a mistake. Comes back to 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it....'
post #75 of 3962

^There's no 'mistake'  I prefer the stainless too but variety is the spice of life!

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