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    Re: Omega SMPc consideration.

    Certainly looks and works great on every occasion

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    I have the Omega SMPc.....the watch is stunning and is great for diving and formal events. IMO, this looks better than many of Omega's PO watches. You can't go wrong with it!

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    Re: Omega SMPc consideration.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dougiebaby View Post
    I LOVE mine. If I could only have one watch ... it would be the SMPc. A perfect GADA watch. This was never more evident to me than when I took it with me on my 2-week European cruise this Spring. It went from ship pool, to excursions through Italy, Greece and Malta; and "formal events" in the ships' casino and dining rooms/bars. It did it all. The deep lacquer dial and ceramic bezel add just the right amount of bling and the brushed case, bracelet and hearty movement are tough as nails.

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    From ship's pool...

    To excursions wearing shorts (this is Santorini Greece)...

    To dressing for dinner (works just as well with a jacket too)...

    It even looks great on a nato if you are so inclined...

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    Puppies dig it...

    And, so do chicks...

    So, get one -- I'm sure you will LOVE yours as much as I LOVE mine!
    Good post. The SMPc is very versatile, and I consider mine to be on par with any of the three Rolex Submariners that I've owned and sold. That being said, I do tend to spend more time with my blue Ti Planet Ocean 8500 and 9300 than I do with my SMPc. In fact I took my Ti Planet Ocean 9300 on a cruise and many excursions with my wife last month.

    But for someone (aka the OP) who doesn't want to spend "Rolex money on an Omega" (like I did with my Ti Liquid Metal Omegas), and isn't charmed by his Tudor Black Bay, the SMPc is a good bang for the buck that's different and a classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jalfreem View Post
    I've asked about the quality of the Omega SMPc and the servicing options, and have received good recommendations...

    ...I think Omega is going full Boutique model.

    So, what say you. I think I can pick up a grey market SMPc for a little more than the mm300 and or Doxa. Is it a good buy and does it still the "restless diver wanna be" in search of a cool watch soul.

    Kind of a GADA watch that flys under the radar, yet more appealing than the Tudor black bay...
    might help if you gave us other alternatives to the SMPc (if you have any, aside from 1200T and MM300).

    i find the SMP case to wear well on all sorts of straps, but i'm not personally a fan of the bond style bracelet.

    another consideration is that an older ETA-based SMP may be cheaper and easier to maintain in the long run outside of the OSC network. bear in mind boutiques will come and go...

    i've not owned a new style tudor dive watch, but having worn the tudor and rolex sub in various iterations, the oyster case's wrist comfort ranks highly.

    i find omegas to wear heavier, even if it's of comparable weight, and not a good thing in my books. YMMV.

    as a result, i tend to end up wearing my speedy or seamaster on a rubber strap - this is not to my liking. i like bracelets but cannot find an omega i can wear non-stop on the bracelet for extended periods.

    having said all that...

    i've always kept an omega (speedy or seamaster) in my rotation - they are generally not expensive, easy to find service WW (co-ax models should go to someone who has received training on lubrication), and dresses up/down as needed.

    i find i reach for it more regularly than my MM300 when i am looking for a "one watch" to accompany me on extended work trips (usually 2-3 months at a stretch so i take the opportunity to fit some recreation in).

    to me, it's far more acceptable to beat up my seamaster than the MM300. i would however not classify the SMPc as an under the radar watch - it's quite reflective and eye catching. my "under the radar" watch is a seiko or a digital.

    beyond weight and bond bracelet, my critique of the SMPc include lack of fine adjustment on bracelet (you can buy the parts for a DIY upgrade) and odd black date wheel on blue dial (get the black dial version?).

    if you want additional recommendations, i would suggest you consider the following as well (i've not read your other threads):

    an older sword hands seamaster (with or without GMT) or perhaps a watchco 300 even (must be well sorted without crown issues).

    looking outside of omega, the following are reputable, VFM but under the radar models with decent heritage: the original hydronaut (and maybe the 200m hydronaut ii), longines legend diver (dateless would be pre-owned only), zenith elite 200m divers, and if they come up well priced: blancpain FF trilogy divers (with or without GMT - used to be available used for omega money).

    a cheaper option would be the upsized squale - i've not handled them, but found the 50 atmos pleasing to the eye but not when strapped on my wrist as it wore small. bought and sold mine before the bigger version came out.

    after rambling: i do think the SMPc is a good buy preowned/grey. i think it may not end your search but it can amuse you for some time.
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    Lovely watch, come close a few times but a couple of things turned me off it. Entirely personal, but the black date background needles me and I think it would look better on the speedy style bracelet as its a very modern look with the glossy bezel and dial but the bracelet looks a bit more classic to my eyes. Not knocking the watch at all, its low profile, accurate, reliable and bomb proof but I need to be 100% about a watch. For roughly the same price, have a look at the Tudor pelagos. The blue version is similar to the SMP performance wise, ceramic bezel, micro adjust bracelet etc. Apologies for posting this recommendation in an Omega forum! Im sure ill be back here at some point with a new SMP Attachment 12418485
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    Re: Omega SMPc consideration.

    I currently own the black ceramic version. Heres my thoughts:

    It LOOKS great and I've actually received quite a few compliments on it and usually is not confused with a Sub. The movement is dead accurate which I love and it wears very comfortably. There are a few things that I don't like that may mean parting with it in the near future. The scalloped bezel, while looking cool, is almost impossible to grip and turn. In certain lighting the numerals on the bezel sort of disappear into the background and cant be seen. It has a date and lately I have been realizing I don't really need the date (personal). My biggest pet peeve though has got to be where the endlinks meet the case. They dont sit very flush with the case and wiggle around very easily. I feel like on a watch with an MSRP of over 4 grand should pay attention to that level of detail. It makes the watch feel cheaper to me.
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    Re: Omega SMPc consideration.

    My first Omega was the blue version. I regret selling it and hope to get another soon. My question is: stay blue or go with the black this time?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougiebaby View Post
    I LOVE mine. If I could only have one watch ... it would be the SMPc. A perfect GADA watch. This was never more evident to me than when I took it with me on my 2-week European cruise this Spring. It went from ship pool, to excursions through Italy, Greece and Malta; and "formal events" in the ships' casino and dining rooms/bars. It did it all. The deep lacquer dial and ceramic bezel add just the right amount of bling and the brushed case, bracelet and hearty movement are tough as nails.

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    From ship's pool...

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    To excursions wearing shorts (this is Santorini Greece)...

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    To dressing for dinner (works just as well with a jacket too)...

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    It even looks great on a nato if you are so inclined...

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    Puppies dig it...

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    And, so do chicks...

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    So, get one -- I'm sure you will LOVE yours as much as I LOVE mine!
    That's what I hope to do someday. That watch looked cool. Doing some cool things. Thanks for sharing.

    My Seiko thread has gone off the rails to the mm300 vs Sub thing. Which I can't seem to avoid no matter where I post. This thread is going better. I think the SMPc is a much more versatile watch in regards to its profile.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kec16 View Post
    My first Omega was the blue version. I regret selling it and hope to get another soon. My question is: stay blue or go with the black this time?


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    The blue can be black at times, but the black can never be blue...

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    Omega SMPc consideration.

    SMPc brings a lot of bang for the buck IF you buy it with a reasonable discount. New with Omega warranty can be purchased for about $2800-3000 and used as low as $2k, hard to beat either way as has ceramic bezel, beautiful glossy dial, great coaxial movement and reasonable thickness


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