I'd like to share an experience I had at an Omega boutique store. No doubt similar to many others on this forum, I have an interest in watches, but cannot afford or will not allow myself to buy all the watches that look cool or interesting. About three years ago I started my first thread on WUS asking for information on watches in a thread titled https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/new...ls-704964.html. The generous folks at WUS shared their opinions and expertise and in no time I had a new Seiko SARB017 Alpinist on my wrist. This proved to be my everyday watch for two years until a Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time was purchased last year. The Cocktail Time now regularly resides on my wrist and I finally got around to writing a review of the Alpinist in this thread https://forums.watchuseek.com/f304/se...w-1660586.html.
I don't really view myself as a collector of watches, after all it has now been three years and only two watches have been purchased, but I do like to read this forum and I regularly check out watch images to find pieces that call my name. A watch that I always thought was really cool and that would someday be on my wrist is the Omega Speedmaster Professional. There is an Omega boutique relatively near us and I have stopped in there at least a half-dozen times over the last three years. Each visit has been quite nice and the good folks at Omega have allowed me to try on the Speedmaster while we leisurely talk. However, even though I adored the Speedmaster and thought it would someday be mine, I always left the store without the watch and with an odd feeling that it wasn't meant to be. Finally, two months ago during a previous visit, it clicked; I felt phony or fake wearing the watch.
It's a wonderfully built and great looking watch with terrific history and outstanding marketing, but I'll never use many of the features of the watch and I felt as though each time it was on my wrist that there was a big sign above me stating that I would never appreciate what this watch could do in the hands of someone who knew how to fully use it. I felt hollow. Oddly enough, this freed me to think more about other watches and about what it is that I appreciate in a watch. Essentially, it allowed me to unwind the paradox of what I appear to gravitate toward vs. the Omega Speedmaster ideal that I constructed in my mind. I prefer a well-made watch and lean toward dials with fewer complications that might even be considered plain. The Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time that I wear daily certainly has little in terms of dial complications and it might appear plain, but it has delicate features and one heck of an understated elegance-
Other watches that I like are-
1) Seiko SBGW033; but this is pretty darn similar to the Cocktail Time and costs perhaps $6,500.
2) Seiko SBGR095; similar comments to the SBGW033, but I do not know what it costs (it will definitely cost a bundle, however).
3) Glashutte Original Senator Sixties; the blue dial with the date above the six o'clock position looks incredible and is priced similarly to the above watches.
4) Zenith Elite Captain with Central Seconds Hand; the black dial version with date at the six o'clock position is killer and is priced significantly less than the others listed already.
5) Breitling SuperOcean Heritage; the 46mm version with black dial and bracelet might be awfully large and it is a diver, but it doesn't look to me like every other dive watch out there.
6) Omega Aqua Terra; the blue dial at 42mm felt and looked terrific while the other color dials looked odd to me.
One or two of the above might end up with me at some point in the not-too-distant future and I would be okay with that as a change of pace for the Cocktail Time. You will note that none look like the Speedmaster. This afternoon I returned to the Omega store and explained my epiphany to the three folks there; while all three of them were wearing the iconic Speedmaster Professional. I mentioned to them that the watch looked great on them (it did) and that I had no assumptions or judgments about them (I don't). Regardless, I had thoughts of Rodney Dangerfield from "Caddyshack" in my mind when he says "Oh, it looks good on you though".
Oddly enough, and I thought this was pretty funny at the time, when I walked into the Omega boutique and asked to try on an AT I removed my Cocktail Time and placed it on the tray. The older sales representative didn't flinch at the watch, but the younger sales representative (in his late twenties or so) was standing about ten feet away from me and jumped out from behind the counter to grab my watch and he exclaimed-
"You have a Cocktail Time!"
As I tried on the AT, the younger sales representative walked over to the older one and held out my watch while rotating it under the light. He then enthusiastically stated-
"Look at this dial...it's insane!"
This was in the Natick Mall outside of Boston, MA and the folks who work there have always made me feel quite comfortable, have been patient with me and have taken all the time I have needed to answer any questions. It always feels comfortable in that shop and today was no exception.