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  1. #1
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    Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    I am having a heck of a time trying to decide what my next purchase is going to be. I think I have it narrowed down to a Blue Tudor Black Bay and a Omega Planet Ocean 8500 (both pre-owned). My current collection is as follows:

    Rolex Sub C
    Breitling Avenger Seawolf
    Omega Speedmaster Pro
    Breitling Navitimer
    Omega Planet Ocean 2500

    Current grails would be Rolex Exp II 42mm & GMT II BLNR (but those are little out of my price range at the moment)

    I originally wanted the Black Bay on the fabric strap because I thought it would be different from my other watches. However, I know that I didn't love the snowflake hands at first sight. I think I have somewhat convinced myself to like the Black Bay . However, every time I see pictures of the new 8500 PO, I think "Now THAT is a good looking watch." I am torn, though, because I know how similar the 8500 is to the 2500, and in fact people prefer the 2500 for certain reasons. I am not interested in flipping the 2500 (for sentimental reasons), so I am stuck trying to figure out whether I should get the 8500 despite it being so similar to my current watches...

    Any advice or thoughts?

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    I normally don't reply "neither", but in all honestly I think you should hold off. Nothing to do with the watches, but I get the vibe that neither of them are truly what you want. I learned a while ago not to settle, and I think that is what you would be doing if you chose one of these two. You even said that the BLNR and Explorer are what you really buying one of these just puts those further out of reach. I definitely think you should take your time and not rush the purchase.

    edit: Plus you already have a PO & several other very nice sports watches. The Tudor would just blend in with your collection, and the PO is somewhat of a duplicate.
    Last edited by bar2020; July 21st, 2015 at 05:24.

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    Get the Black Bay. You already have a PO 2500. Besides, the 8500 is thick. Really, really thick.
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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    I am going to suggest a different Tudor and Omega based on your current collection. The new blue Pelagos would compliment your others very nicely. You get titanium, vibrant blue dial, lumed bezel, new in house movement, great adjustable clasp and an optional blue rubber strap. The Omega I would recommend is the blue SMP. Not sure what colour your Breitling dials are but you should go blue!

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    Black Bay. It complements the SubC nicely. The Snowflake hands really make the watch!
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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    Neither. One is similar to a watch you already own and don't want to part with and you don't sound convinced by the BB. Put the money towards your ultimate grail or find something else that you really want.

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    Don't buy just anything just for the sake of it, you will lose money when flipping in future.

    Keep saving and buy one of your grails instead - just my opinion

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    As above - neither

    Buy what you really want not what you've convinced yourself you want

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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    I think a vintage diver would go well, Omega, Breitling, Tudor or Rolex. Just my thoughts
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  11. #10
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    Re: Black Bay vs Planet Ocean

    Also, neither. But out of those two I'd pick the Black Bay every day and twice on Sundays. Its more interesting and much less flashy/showy than the Omega, which is all shine, size and thickness.

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