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    Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Ceramic

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    In the next 3-4months or so, Iíll be looking to add a new piece to the collection. I know this is a ways out, but I take a considerably long time before deciding to spend additional funds on a new watch (Trades are different donít ask me why ). I was initially looking for a Rolex Milgauss, and as much as I love this model, I see them quite often where I live, and I donít really ďNEEDĒ something that dressy as I primarily wear jeans to the office.

    I was looking for something with great wrist presence, not a black dial (Iím currently a little oversaturated here) and definitely something I wouldnít see everyday in Greenville, SC. A white or blue dial is what Iím missing. Tried on a Zenith El Primero today and didnít fall in love with it as much as Iíd hope. Tried these 2 on, and was blown away! Wife really love the Cartier, and Iím torn as I love things about both models. Thoughts? Any other things in this class I should be considering? Went to an a few ADs to get some ideas, and had to drive to Charlotte and visit a couple to narrow it down too these two. Iíd consider buying used, GM, or AD. Need some input on the decision, or some other ideas I might have not considered. Just Incase my signature doesnít post, I currently have an IWC pilot Chrono, Tudor Heritage Chrono, Vulcain Cricket, and an Omega Speedy MKII vintage. Not really into Breitling anymore, as I see one every other day here. Thanks for the help! Here are the pics I took at the AD




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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    2 really nice options. FF is the forum favorite, so I predict it will be the big winner here, but Iíve seen that Cartier in person and itís impressive.

    Iíd probably lean FF here, mainly because I donít love the mix of Roman and Arabic numerals on the Cartier, but I do like them both.

    Also, Iíd consider Rolex options as well in this price range - Hulk sub, or blue, white or silver Datejust would give you several good non-black options


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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

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    2 really nice options. FF is the forum favorite, so I predict it will be the big winner here, but Iíve seen that Cartier in person and itís impressive.

    Iíd probably lean FF here, mainly because I donít love the mix of Roman and Arabic numerals on the Cartier, but I do like them both.

    Also, Iíd consider Rolex options as well in this price range - Hulk sub, or blue, white or silver Datejust would give you several good non-black options


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    Thanks for the reply! If I had one complaint about the Cartier, it was that. It was an extremely comfortable watch, and the way the lugs curve makes it very wearable.

    Iíve owned a Sub before, and I found myself having a hard time bonding with it. The Datejust is a little too dressy for me.


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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    I actually really like the calibre diver. It's a proper dive watch with a totally unique look to it, and it wears quite comfortably.

    The 4:30 date on the FFB ruins the watch for me. The dial is too beautiful to suffer that flaw...

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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    The Cartier is well made (I love the brand), but I think the movement specs in the BP are well above that of the in-house Cartier. Romans are a personal taste, but my personal pet peeve with divers are sub second dials, which means I can’t use the bezel as a makeshift stopwatch in a pinch. Also you would not get to experience the sweet NATO that you can get on the BP.
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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    Honestly, while i have ordered the Blancpain because of its history (I am a diver), I think the Cartier is a far interesting watch if you are looking for something for daily wear and not as a pure tool watch.

    Cartier's design experience shines through there - it is a fairly complicated dial, as far as divers go, but Cartier has managed to put all the design elements together really well while retaining their house signature (they doesnt make tool watches, so if you want a watch for timing stuff, this is not it. They make elegant/classy watches).

    The case and dial work, the larger-than-normal Roman numerals and the larger date slot all take what is normally a "tool watch" look and makes it look a lot more elegant/classy than a typical diver, but without losing that basic undertone of sportiness.

    I am a HUGE fan of the new Cartiers, FWIW. I have the new Santos and could be just as happy with both this diver or with the regular Calibre de Cartier, or the new Drive Ultrathins.
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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    Obviously it is a wrong Blancpain FF to go after.

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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    I've not seen either of these in person and don't particularly like either in these pictures. However, I think the Cartier is a design mess, and the BP a nice, if over conservative, option. Things I don't like on the Cartier:

    1. The mix of fonts from the bezel to the dial. Looks like they installed the wrong bezel on the watch.
    2. The date window is bad. A date window can be a distraction on a lot of dials, and making it three times the size doesn't help.
    3. Again, the date window-- three times the size and in black.
    4. The whole effect looks like someone's first attempt at modding an SKX.
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    Re: Need some Advice! Cartier Calibre Blue Diver versus Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Blue Cera

    I would go with the WhitePain. But don't mess around, get the "50th Anniversary" !
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    Blancpain hands down
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