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Okay - which watch would you get if you were in the market for a mid range (MSRP of $3500-$4500) chronograph: Option A: Omega Speedmaster Option B: IWC 3717-01 Classic Pilot's Automatic Chronograph Casting away brand preference (I know IWC is a forum favorite and considered to be a tier higher in prestige) - which one would be your choice and why? Thanks!
 

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To my eyes, the IWC is clearly the more beautiful watch.

I am not a big fan of these big metal-banded sportswatches in general, so perhaps I prefer the cleaner, less cluttered look of the IWC. I know that Omega Speedmasters and Seamasters are quite popular - but I've never quite gotten the look. I say this even as the owner of 2.5 Omega watches (one is a Patria, which is an ancient pre-Omega brand name, but the same company) but mine are more dress-style watches than sports watches.
 

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I checked IWC. Only because it looks better.
 

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Speedy is one of the most iconic chronographs ever. I'd go with a clean non-chrono if I was going for an IWC pilot (e.g. Mark series)
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Speedy is one of the most iconic chronographs ever. I'd go with a clean non-chrono if I was going for an IWC pilot (e.g. Mark series)
+1.

I love the Mk XV and Mk XVI but somehow the chrono version doesn't work for me, while the speedy is (rightly) an iconic wristwatch.
 

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IWC 3706 if you want an IWC chrono.

But if between those two, probably the Omega. I can't abide the 3717.
 

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I don't think you can go wrong..



Love the Speedy too.
 

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The Speedy is a classic, but the IWC KO's the Speedy in the second round. NO CONTEST!
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Speedy is one of the most iconic chronographs ever. I'd go with a clean non-chrono if I was going for an IWC pilot (e.g. Mark series)
+1.

Also am I the only person who doesn't like having to set the day or date on my watches?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Speedy is one of the most iconic chronographs ever. I'd go with a clean non-chrono if I was going for an IWC pilot (e.g. Mark series)
+2, or whichever. Looking at the dials, it's clear to me that the Speedy was planned and designed as a chronograph from the start, while the chrono functions on the IWC look slapped on, like an afterthought. I vote for the Omega, but then again, a good vintage one (cal. 321, please) is one of my grail watches.
 

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I like the IWC in RG; I've had a Speedy for many moons.

 

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Originally Posted by Tomasso
I like the IWC in RG; I've had a Speedy for many moons.



ugh... there is so much that's wrong with this watch I don't know where to start... It even looks fake - is it?
 

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ugh... there is so much that's wrong with this watch I don't know where to start...
Now you know how many of us feel about Panerai.

Originally Posted by gdl203
It even looks fake - is it?
Possibly, the pic is off the net.
 

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Originally Posted by Tomasso
Now you know how many of us feel about Panerai.
I guess...?
Do you own this ugly thing? Sorry if I offended your immaculate taste (I'm referring to the many of you, of course)
 

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