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    GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    Can't decide between these. I'm a serial flipper with an average hold length of about 6 months. I'm hoping whatever I get next will last me 10 years (but realistically more like at least one year). I like the lighter weight of the Rolexes (due to the different steel they use). Love the look of the Explorer. But GS Quartz is so much beauty for for about $1600. And GS Auto seems like a reasonable compromise. Please help. Thanks!
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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    GS auto at least check ot out once in a lifetime before you let it go again in 6 months.

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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    ExpI is classic but I really like the new OP39 with color dot markers. I would still place my money on a classic ExpI. Actually, I would get a Sub.

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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    Those are all handsome choices (for real!). Personally I like the OP best, it's pretty much a perfect one-watch, if you were crazy enough to only own one watch :P

    Second, I like the GS quartz, if you're gonna get a GS might as well get one with an interesting movement. Now... I've never own an Grand Seiko so I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but I did read a great writeup on how they make these and it's truly fascinating (found it....see below). I'm sure the regular mechanicals are great, but if you are going to dive into this I would pick a quartz, high beat, or spring drive as the engine for my watch since it just seems more interesting.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/not...t-1025487.html

    The Explorer seems to get a ton of love, but I'm just not feeling it. It would be more balanced if the 12:00 marker said 12 instead of a triangle, just doesn't look right to me for some reason. Anyway, probably not a bad choice in the bunch but I think the best values lie in the GS quartz or OP (especially if you go used). Just my personal bias/opinion so please don't put much stock in it :)
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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    I am almost certain to purchase a Grand Seiko QUARTZ. I love the nature of the movement and you get the fine fit and finish at a price that frankly is just unbelievable for the entire package. Wish when I was buying multiple $1000-$1500 watches I had simply bought the GS Quartz and enjoyed it.
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    Base on your own admission of serial flipping. Just get any of the four, in 24 months you will had all four.


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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    I can't understand how the explorer made this list, the 3 5 9 layout looks really out of place in a world of LOVELY indexes! At least for me but that's an ugly layout and I couldn't do it. Given you like the rest of the watches it's pretty clearly that's not your go to either.

    From there do you like dates? I do so the Rolex for me is out. If you don't care the OP's are actually are the only Rolex I'd buy in a second. From there quartz vs mechanical? Also we're talking a HUGE price range. If a GS quartz is in the discussion and it's pretty close, get the quartz, it's 1/3 the price of the Rolex. If you decide you made a mistake you could even KEEP it and add the rolex without much cost.

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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    Quote Originally Posted by DustinS View Post
    I can't understand how the explorer made this list, the 3 6 9 layout looks really out of place in a world of LOVELY indexes! At least for me but that's an ugly layout and I couldn't do it. Given you like the rest of the watches it's pretty clearly that's not your go to either.

    From there do you like dates? I do so the Rolex for me is out. If you don't care the OP's are actually are the only Rolex I'd buy in a second. From there quartz vs mechanical? Also we're talking a HUGE price range. If a GS quartz is in the discussion and it's pretty close, get the quartz, it's 1/3 the price of the Rolex. If you decide you made a mistake you could even KEEP it and add the rolex without much cost.
    I'm a big fan of 3 6 9 watches. The price range is wide because if the higher priced watch keeps my interest longer than the cheaper choices it might be cheaper as I won't lose money flipping.

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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    They're all really nice watches but I'm getting a bit sleepy looking at any of them. If I had to choose, the SBGR053 in your post is easily the best watch there: 5 link bracelet, 3 days PR, screw down crown, date, GS-standard accuracy, display caseback, and so on. A popular enough model to flip later on too.
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    Re: GS Quartz vs GS Auto vs Rolex OP vs Rolex Exp I

    What's your wrist size? The GS quartz is one of the best modern watches I've come across for a smaller wrist. Case-wise it's pretty much the same as the OP with 2 important differences. First, at 10mm it's noticeably thinner. It won't seem quite as bulbous and will have a nice profile. Second, it has curved lugs. Whereas the 36mm OP has a pretty big backside with flat lugs and rides a bit higher. To me wears like a smaller watch made for a smaller wrist whereas the OP wears like a smaller watch made for a larger wrist.

    I'd go for the GS quartz given your flipping history. It's a good way to wade into GS waters and I definitely think GS is worth a try at some point.
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