So, I finally pulled the trigger on a Helson Shark Diver 42mm. Didn't click. So to make up for that purchase, I'm looking for something else. My two top choices:
Bathys 100 Fathoms Silver PVD/Ruthenium dial:
• Size: 41.1 mm case diameter, 12.1 mm case height
• Weight: 96 grams with strap
• Movement: ETA-2824-2 25 or Sellita 26 jewel automatic running at 28’880 vph
• Crystal: Domed sapphire with antireflection coating
• Case: PVD coated with TiCN at 2 microns; engraved caseback; Hardness 3200 Vickers
• Water Resistance: 200M (110 Fathoms, 660 feet)
• Caseback: Screw down type, engraved
• Crown: Screw down type, engraved
• Strap: Comes standard on a waterproof 22mm leather strap with PVD-coated deployant clasp and a 22mm Rubber Divers strap with matching PVD-coated buckle
• Packed in a black Pelican® 1030 waterproof Microcase
• 2-year warranty from a US-based company
• Impeccable Customer Service
Rotor is engraved "Marathon Watch Co"
Made by the Marathon Watch Company by contract to the Canadian and now the U.S. Government
Movement: ETA 2824-A2
Dial: measures 27.7mm and utilizes Tritium Gas Vials for Night Illumination
Crystal: sapphire - 2.8mm thick x 30.50mm diameter
Case: is cut from 316L stainless steel
Case diameter is approximately 46.0mm
Bezel diameter is 41.10mm, milled engraved and filled
Case Height is 13.85mm
20 mm lugs with drilled holes
Crown: 6.5mm dia x 5.50mm long, deep knurled
Weight of head 93.1 grams
Rubber Strap is Swiss Made Natural Rubber (not to be confused with plastic or composite bands)
Warranty: One year parts and labor (watch must have legible serial # and invoice)
Both watches are about $700 on strap (bracelet for the GSAR is currently $100 more, but since neither come on bracelet and I'm not really a bracelet guy, I'm not too concerned, though I like my Aquaracer on its bracelet). Now, what would be more desirable is the original SAR with luminous paint instead of tritium and no date magnifier, but the GSAR will do.
Don't worry about overlap with the current collection with the Marathon.
As you'll notice, both these watches are a bit smaller than what I normally wear. But big watches are still in! I'm just looking for something a little more understated this time around, something I can wear basically anywhere.
My pros and cons list is going to be different from all of yours, but I am being honest in saying that I don't know which one I want.
Which would you take if you had my collection of watches?