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    Planning A Present To Myself.

    So, the new job's sorted, the Mrs has her new car, finances are nicely in order, this year's holidays are sorted and that means it's time I treated myself. 2014 was a rough year... To be honest I'm going to wait 'till November as I'll be secure in the new job by then, it's my birthday and the kitty will get a boost from a couple of policies which pay out. Still, these things take some planning and I now have a shortlist of 11 watches I keep on coming back to. I only want to get one, and I don't need any of them. So, this isn't about which best fits my needs or my budget, it's just a nice present to myself.

    The contenders are as follows.

    My usual "type" of watch I like. Sporty, no date and classic:





    A couple of my favorite divers:





    Some dressier pieces:





    And a number of interesting pieces of varying complication:











    So, nothing in common apart from I like them all. A lot. A few things to keep in mind; I prefer my autos to be no-dates (but like those here with dates enough to live with the date), I love the wrist presence of a Rolex, I have not tried a Reverso on (and I believe they fit some people and not others), the Astron fascinates me... I plan to buy a full gold Rolex when I retire. Probably a GMT. I am happy to spend a decent amount on quality Quartz watches.

    I strongly suspect that either the Explorer or Oyster Perpetual will find a place on my wrist. Not sure which as I prefer the look of the OP, but I prefer the history and clasp of the Explorer. So, I would love to hear from any owners of any of these. Good points, bad points, whatever. Part of me would like to be persuaded away from Rolex to a brand I don't already own, if the argument is strong enough.

    Look forward to your comments, but I am not really looking for alternatives. I've worked hard to get it down to 11!
    G-Shock: GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: Ocean GMT 39mm
    Certina: DS Super PH500M & DS PH200M
    Timex: MKI Mechanical

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    I would go for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual which is great piece or a Grand Seiko (just not the one you picked - a simple 3 hander instead)

    GS would really offer you something special, a level of finishing that is so exquisite and perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steppy View Post
    GS would really offer you something special, a level of finishing that is so exquisite and perfect.
    I thought that too, and they've always thrilled me when I've seen them in the metal. Recently I've heard a few stories that suggest they aren't quite as perfect as I thought though..

    Pierced lugs are a big plus!
    G-Shock: GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: Ocean GMT 39mm
    Certina: DS Super PH500M & DS PH200M
    Timex: MKI Mechanical

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    Of the pieces you listed I probably would choose the Explorer, with the JLC running a close second. The explorer is just a terrific all purpose watch. It is so versatile. Good luck with your choice!
    Last edited by pantagruel; Feb 28, 2015 at 10:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantagruel View Post
    The explorer is just a terrific all purpose watch. It is so versatile. Good luck with your choice!
    It's the perfect "one watch solution" isn't it?
    G-Shock: GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: Ocean GMT 39mm
    Certina: DS Super PH500M & DS PH200M
    Timex: MKI Mechanical

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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say I really quite like the MeisterSinger. Its different and a real looker.
    Regards Cam

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    Tudor Pelagos, Omega Speedmaster 3510.50, Oris 1965 Diver, Tissot Visodate, Junghans Max Bill Auto, Helson Blackbeard, Seiko PADI Turtle, Tag Heuer F1

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    It is, isn't it? Of course, I already have the Perigraph, but....
    G-Shock: GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: Ocean GMT 39mm
    Certina: DS Super PH500M & DS PH200M
    Timex: MKI Mechanical

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSport View Post
    It is, isn't it? Of course, I already have the Perigraph, but....
    Ah I didn't notice that you already had one!
    Regards Cam

    Watches
    Tudor Pelagos, Omega Speedmaster 3510.50, Oris 1965 Diver, Tissot Visodate, Junghans Max Bill Auto, Helson Blackbeard, Seiko PADI Turtle, Tag Heuer F1

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    It's not a deal breaker though. And it is a no date....

    And relatively inexpensive..
    G-Shock: GW3000B-1A
    Rolex: Submariner 14060M
    Accurist: 1961 Shockmaster (Gold) & 1965 Shockmaster (Steel)
    Omega: Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00
    Meistersinger: Perigraph AM1002
    Ben Sherman: S489.OOBS
    Rotary: 1990 Quartz (Gold)
    Steinhart: Ocean GMT 39mm
    Certina: DS Super PH500M & DS PH200M
    Timex: MKI Mechanical

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    My simplistic approach is:
    If you want a chronograph - Seamaster....
    If you don't - Explorer.
    The comfort level on both bracelets is right up there
    Some people have opinions - The rest of us have taste.

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