I wanted four watches, one white one black one blue and one gray. I've collected things all my life. Long enough to know that a) things don't really give any meaningful happiness, and b) there is no amount of money too large to fuel your hobby. My goal was not to buy as many watches as it took to sate my obsession, but to pick four that ticked all my checkboxes and satisfied my need to have a nice microcollection of automatics. A lifetime of collecting has taught me, if nothing else, to utilize the knowledge and experience of others and to choose wisely.
I got the gray in an Alpina Pilot Sunstar Automatic. I love everything about this watch and it's a keeper. Every aspect of how this watch is finished is superior compared to other watches I've owned. It's dressier, so it's my Saturday/interview/formal watch.
I got the white last week in my Boschett Harpoon. After wearing this watch all week I love it to death and it's a keeper too.
I have a blue preordered, the Borealis Seafarer II. I really like the look of this watch vs any other blue diver I've looked at and am looking forward to taking delivery of it.
Which leaves black, which to me is the most important selection of all, the linchpin of the collection.
I run the laundry of a 1450 bed county jail. I break up less fights than I used to when I worked housing units and security, but I still have one pop off every now and then and have to go hands on. Plus I usually work a couple of overtimes a week, security about half the time, which puts me in harm's way. So it is a potentially watch wrecking work environment, and my day to day job is physical. I have that unconscious watch lover's radar, I'm always protecting my watches without even thinking about it, but stuff happens. That's why I only wear my Alpina on Saturdays when my work load is lighter, and it's why I'll probably never buy my grail, the Ball Skindiver II. Wearing the Harpoon all week I wondered if I would even notice wear on it, or would I even care. I like that, and it takes away any worry I might have about my watches, because after all, if I can't wear them to work, what good are they to me?
I should note that for my wrist 44-46mm seems to be ideal, so anything under 43mm is out of the running. Bracelet is mandatory, I am a bracelet guy.
So that said, here has been my thought process in selecting my black dial diver:
I like but don't love it. I love and hate the bracelet. Polished links on the sides are deal breakers for me. It looks too dressy to wear to my job.
Delma Shell Star
Love the bracelet. Aluminum bezel insert is a deal breaker, but the bigger deal breaker is the fugly dial.
beautiful watch and ticks many boxes, but the deal breakers here are aluminum bezel insert and the complete lack of bezel lume
don't love it but it ticks many boxes, but then the deal is broken by the bezel insert not being ceramic or sapphire
Helson Shark Diver 45
my god those lugs. No.
I almost ordered one. I really do like this watch, but I'm a bracelet guy. No bracelet=deal broken.
other H2O products
Overdesigned, too much going on, the designer just could not help himself. Less is more.
Ball Skindiver II
My grail. Unfortunately, too much watch for my workplace and lifestyle. A watch that if I saved up for, I would have nowhere to wear it. I will have to content myself with admiring other people's.
The more I look at this the more I like it. Initially the single domed crystal was a deal breaker, but I've kind of warmed up to the idea of the quirky distortions it would provide. A current frontrunner.
Deep Blue Daynight Rescue Batman
it ticks a lot of boxes for me. I wouldn't be afraid to wear it. My concern is that it wouldn't live up to the watches that I already have, but that may be a brand prejudice I had in my head that I am wrong about. It is kind of a poor man's Skindiver, so points there.
So that is where I sit currently, trying to decide between the Poseidon and the Daynight Rescue. So I am coming to you guys to either push me toward the right choice or offer an alternative that I haven't yet considered. Sorry for the long, multi pic post. I look forward to your responses, thank you.