3 watches - which would you choose and why
Like Tree21Likes

Thread: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 55
  1. #1
    Member m35t's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    74

    3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Hey guys, an opportunity has come for me to purchase my first "great" watch (woohoo!!). All the watches I've bought thus far have cost less than $2k. In about a year's time I will be the first member of my family to enter a university and as such I've been given the green light to procure a watch below $10k as reward. Being the good son I am, I've decided to reduce the budget by about $4k thereabouts so I can still get a pretty solid $6k watch plus pay for a family vacation and maybe a couple of dinners.

    I'm looking for an automatic watch on bracelet that while not necessarily a 'beater', can still handle a fair amount of punishment (bangs against table tops, scratches). A chronograph function will be useful but not essential. I would also like a watch that I can swim with. I plan to go amateur diving someday so WR should be 200m<.

    I've shortlisted 3 watches that I've been pondering over for awhile, but please feel free to offer your suggestions if there's a watch I should be looking at instead. Otherwise, I would love to hear which of the 3 you would pick and your reasons.

    In no particular order:

    1) Sea-Dweller 16600 (2nd hand) (http://www.watchblog.dk/pictures/gal...625-210357.jpg)

    Pros - I'll like to own a Rolex. WR is off the charts. It can take a beating and look better with age. It doesn't say Submariner on it (I love the Submariner but I've seen so many that I'd prefer something similar but different. It's a personal thing so I hope Sub fans don't take offence. It's also the superior Rolex diver.) In-house movement.

    Cons - No other complication except date function. It may be hard to find a used one for $6k with all genuine parts (I think), and harder for one with box and papers.

    2) Breguet Type XX Aeronavale (2nd hand) (http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/epZSEw-hy8Y/maxresdefault.jpg)

    Pros - It says 'Breguet' on the dial. Flyback chronograph. It's the best-looking of the 3 imo. Archieluxury has one so it must be facking luxurious, fackers . Also did I mention that it says 'Breguet' on the dial?

    Cons - I don't like the Breguet bracelet so I'll have to change it. WR is only 100m. Technically not an in-house movement although technically it is (???). I think if I owned one I'll baby it a lot because it says 'Breguet' on the dial.

    3) Breitling Chronomat 41 (NIB) (http://www.qpx.nl/media/basel_2011/b...hronomat41.jpg)

    Pros - Chronograph AND 300m WR. Dad used to have a Chronomat when I was a kid and I remember playing with it so fond memories. In-house movement. Has the longest power reserve of the 3 at 70 hours. I can also get one new-in-box.

    Cons - I've heard people say that it's too 'blingy'. The dial looks odd for me with the square-shaped detail that they're trying to pull off. I'll be picking a Breitling over a Rolex and a Breguet and in some quarters of this forum that's mad, very mad.

    I've opted not to include a poll because I feel that your worded opinions are more informative than simply knowing which watch is most popular and which is least. So let me know what you think, leave your comments down below!
    Last edited by m35t; June 19th, 2014 at 10:59.
    I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. - Golda Meir

  2. #2
    Member Brisman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Brisbane, Australia
    Posts
    7,524

    3 watches - which would you choose and why

    SD by a mile.


    And a half!



    rfortson and TimelessFan like this.
    IG - watchbrisman

  3. #3
    Member BusyTimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,226

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    You have fine taste, sir.

    I would choose the SD. More durable and longer-lasting and possibly more versatile than the others too.
    TimelessFan likes this.
    Current Collection: Sinn U1; Omega Speedmaster 3570.50; Seiko SARB033; Casio PRW-3000-1A, G-5600A-7DR; Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso Grande Taille; Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical ref. H69429931; A. Lange & Sőhne 1815 UP/DOWN; Swatch Sistem51, and some others...

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member geoffbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Brighton, UK
    Posts
    17,054

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Congratulations on the uni position!

    I would choose the SD too because...I want one. I think you can find one in budget. It has the robustness and WR that you require. YOU like the Breguet most, but will baby it (which you don't want) and it doesn't have the WR you require. I don't think you want the Breitling - I think you're just finding a compromise.

    So I think you need to make the choice of form (Breguet) or function (SD). How much beating and diving are you really likely to do?
    m35t and BusyTimmy like this.

  6. #5
    Member hydrocarbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,846

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    Congratulations on the uni position!

    I would choose the SD too because...I want one. I think you can find one in budget. It has the robustness and WR that you require. YOU like the Breguet most, but will baby it (which you don't want) and it doesn't have the WR you require. I don't think you want the Breitling - I think you're just finding a compromise.

    So I think you need to make the choice of form (Breguet) or function (SD). How much beating and diving are you really likely to do?
    Considering that the all-time record set in an experimental dive was less than half the SD's tested pressure rating, absolutely nobody needs 1220 m of water resistance. There's only a handful of people on the planet who will ever go to a fraction of that depth — intentionally, at least — so a legitimate 100 m rating is sufficient for 99.9999999999% of situations in real life.

    I've personally used a old 50-m plexi Rolex plenty for swimming/snorkeling and have had zero issues or concerns. Unfortunately, guidebooks from cheap '80s digital watches have convinced some folks that you need a 300-m-rated watch to even approach a running water faucet, let alone actually getting anything wet. :|

    That being said, Sea-Dweller by a fair margin, even over that handsome Breguet.
    Last edited by hydrocarbon; June 19th, 2014 at 12:12.
    m35t likes this.

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    KL, Malaysia
    Posts
    6,127

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Congrats. SD vote here.
    BusyTimmy likes this.


  8. #7
    Member geoffbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Brighton, UK
    Posts
    17,054

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Quote Originally Posted by hydrocarbon View Post
    Considering that the all-time record set in an experimental dive was less than half the SD's tested pressure rating, absolutely nobody needs 1220 m of water resistance. There's only a handful of people on the planet who will ever go to a fraction of that depth — intentionally, at least — so a legitimate 100 m rating is sufficient for 99.9999999999% of situations in real life.

    I've personally used a old 50-m plexi Rolex plenty for swimming/snorkeling and have had zero issues or concerns. Unfortunately, guidebooks from cheap '80s digital watches have convinced some folks that you need a 300-m-rated watch to even approach a running water faucet, let alone actually getting anything wet. :|

    That being said, Sea-Dweller by a fair margin, even over that handsome Breguet.
    Would you swim with a 100m breguet chrono? I wouldn't...

  9. #8
    Member tempocalypse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Maldives
    Posts
    449

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Sea dweller is superb and versatile especially if you intend to take it diving. That said if you're particularly keen on the Breguet you could always pick up a cheap diver when you start scuba. I'm sure the Type XX can survive daily use without being babied and it is a fantastic looking watch and much rarer. I love the polished case and the coin edged side especially.

    I personally am not super keen on modern subs either which is why I recently acquired a late 60s vintage sub with a faded bezel so it looks different to the standard steel/black sub (for a price within your budget). That said I haven't had its WR tested yet, I am not certain that it still up to the rigours of diving... https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/firs...s-1043679.html

    Regardless, I brought it up because you were also considering the Breguet which does not have particularly strong WR and because of the potential difficulty of finding a Sea Dweller.

    I have to say I'm not keen on the chronomat looks-wise.

    Just based on my preferences my first choice would be a vintage sub (which I obviously went for having entertained thoughts of a Type XX for a while myself). However sticking strictly to the ones here, I would choose the Breguet plus a cheap diver later. I would choose Sea Dweller IF diving is particularly important.
    m35t likes this.
    Glashütte Original Panograph • Breguet Marine Rolex Daytona 116520 Rolex Submariner 5513 NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Omega Speedmaster '57 Broad Arrow re-edition Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Lemania Chronograph (c. 1940s) Breitling Navitimer • Azimuth Mr. Roboto • Sinn 356 Fleiger II • Tag Heuer Aquaracer Chrono Baume & Mercier Capeland Chrono • Casio G-Shock DW5600


  10. #9
    Member wuyeah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    USA + Taiwan + China
    Posts
    7,499

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Wrong Bregruet in this race. Otherwise I'll pick Bregruet over Rolex almost of the time.
    In this race Breitling will not even be in my consideration facing against Bregruet and Rolex. My Breitling picks are Navitimer, B1, Steelfish, SOH, previous Emergency.

    Rolex SD wins.

  11. #10
    Member hydrocarbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,846

    Re: 3 watches - which would you choose and why

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    Would you swim with a 100m breguet chrono? I wouldn't...
    If it passed a recent pressure test? Yes, absolutely.

    I'd also swim with a Speedmaster as long as it was leak-tested in the past year or so. You don't need much of a pressure rating for swimming, all you need is for the gaskets and seals to be in good condition. The mega-depth-rated diver's watches offer no water-resistance advantage whatsoever at shallow depths. The only issue with a chronograph is the extra two holes in the case, but that's only one more than something with an HEV, anyway.

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •