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    Question Advice on a new diver

    Hey everyone, I bought my first nice watch, an Omega Speedmaster Professional sapphire sandwich, a couple years back. That was followed up by a Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer that I received as a gift last Christmas.

    It's time for something new and I think I'm going for a diver. My workplace is fairly casual (think Silicon Valley startup), so I don't want something too dressy. With an engineering background, I really enjoy utilitarian pieces.

    So far, I'm keen on the following: Omega Seamaster 300m Master Co-Axial 41mm, Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 gauss (bumblebee), Tudor Black Bay, Tudor Pelagos, or (of course) Rolex Submariner. Obviously, these are at a variety of price points. I'm really trying to focus on overall value per dollar. I'm also not limiting to just these models, but they've caught my eye.

    I'm leaning toward the Aqua Terra, though I wonder if it's too dressy given my casual wardrobe. So, I thought I would get some opinions from folks more knowledgeable than me. Any advice or opinion is welcome. Thanks!
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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    I own both the Aqua Terra and the Pelagos, both with blue dials.

    Yes, the Aqua Terra is dressier, especially on a leather strap. I keep it on the bracelet during the summer, and leather in the winter. It is my Monday-Friday watch, and great for work, which takes me from bedside to boardroom. I am an MD/MBA, and this straddles both worlds well.

    I'm still getting used to the Pelagos, which I wear on weekends and leisure time. It is the most comfortable diver I have owned, likely due to titanium build and innovative clasp. It is a great value, considering the "in-house" movement some WIS desire. It is more of a tool watch than the others you have mentioned. Completely brushed in appearance, it is devoid of bling.

    These two watches are a great two watch rotation for me. I break out my vintage chronograph from time to time.

    Enjoy your hunt!

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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    The Omega Aqua Terra is not a diver ('only' 150m WR, no diving bezel, poor lume). It's a nice watch though

    How about a Planet Ocean..?
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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    The Speedy is a great watch. I own a Sub and had a Pelagos, the Pelagos wears pretty big so just be ready if you have small wrists. I've handled the BB and it's very nice. Never had an AT, but personally just don't care for the looks of it. Go with the pelagos if you can pull it off.

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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    That's a good list
    But I would definitely consider the planet ocean too

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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    Pelagos. I used to not like the frames date, but it is growing on me rapidly.
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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    The AT is really not a diver as mentioned. Its more of a dressy sport watch, dont get me wrong, I love mine but it may not be what you are looking for. The Pelagos, BB, SM300, or PO would be great choices.

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    Thank you all for your comments.

    I had disregarded the Planet Ocean because it doesn't feature the Master Co-Axial movement yet -- I assume they'll switch in the next year -- and lots of people complain about the thickness (I have small-ish wrists). Thoughts on the movement situation?

    The comments about the Pelagos are interesting. I might be fine with a bit bigger of a watch if it's as light as everyone says.

    I know the AT isn't much of a diver, but it has enough of the aesthetic that it might satisfy a desk diver like me. Hmm.

    Hopefully will hit an AD soon and check some out side by side.

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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    Background in engineering you should get this over-engineered watch:
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    Re: Advice on a new diver

    PO. Or SMPc300. I woudnt worry about the coaxial issue. Has been a great watch the previous 25yrs+.

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