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    New Diver Suggestions?

    Hey Guys,

    My daily wearer for the last year has been a Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 42 in black with a black rubber strap. I also have a brow croc band I throw on. However, I miss a metal bracelet and as such am looking for a change. I do not like the mesh bracelet that can come with the SOH.

    I don't need two divers, so would probably be trading in my Breitling and maybe some cash for a new watch. Assuming I can fetch around $2,000-$2,500 for the Breitling, I'd like to stay in the under $4k range. New or pre-owned. Must have a metal bracelet, but also look good on leather.

    Any ideas? Thanks,

    Quinn

    Edit: I know I cant get $2,500 for a trade on the SOH.. I was offered $1,700 by my AD as they said they'd list it for sale at $2,500. So, I'd hope to sell it to someone and take the bulk of the profit.

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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    I know it’s my fallback position but I’d be looking at an ever so slightly used Sub.

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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    A sub would be great.. A little of everything I'm after. However I really can't justify more than $4k and I doubt I'd find a decent quality Sub in that range. It's not really a matter of spending more than $4k, I just would feel odd in my position in life being a young person wearing something that costs much more.

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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    I would look at the Tudor Pelagos. You can get them for around $3kish.


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    Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean or 300.

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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    I think you're kinda in a dead zone when you talk $2500-$4000. You're generally talking about (probably) Swiss watches with pedestrian movements found in $200 Glycines.

    I'd look at the Grand Seiko SBGA029, the new Seiko MM300 that should be coming out this fall, the Pelagos as mentioned previously, or move down to the $1000-$2500 category.

    I just feel like, for the most part, $2500-$4000 is category of $1000-$2500 watches with a lot of branding success.
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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    It's not a traditional answer - but I'm a confirmed doxaholic on here, so what the hell. I had a Doxa Sharkhunter (vintage) briefly. And it was a hell of a piece. Get it on a metal bracelet, or switch it off for a strap and it still looks awesome.

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    If you get the new 300 Re-issue from Doxa (well under $3000), it comes on a genuine Beads of Rice Metal bracelet - which is one of the greats.

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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by rdigate View Post
    I would look at the Tudor Pelagos. You can get them for around $3kish.


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    This. The bracelet on the Pelagos is Rolex quality - and not old-school Rolex quality, but new Rolex bracelet quality. The watch is extremely well balanced with the bracelet and has micro adjustments so that in a few seconds you can adjust it if your wrist shrinks or swells.

    I often think, if it all had to come down to one watch, this would definitely make it in the top 3 I'd have left to choose from. Tudor is Rolex's playground and they test out ideas and concepts that they don't dare test themselves for fear of affecting their brand image. The Pelagos was definitely a success.
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    Re: New Diver Suggestions?

    Tudor is the place to be.

    I would choose one of the ETA Black Bays (used only now, for the most part--you might be able to find NOS in a jeweler's case, maybe; my guys had one a year ago when I got my Submariner from them). Looks great on the excellent bracelet and works really well on leather or on a NATO. Why the ETA over the newer in-house? I think the older, non-rivet bracelet looks better, it's 2.1mm thinner, it's a better value for money, and dial has much more retro charm the colder, Rolex-like in-house dial. I never wear mine on leather, but that's mainly because I don't really put leather on divers.

    Pick a color combination you like the most and go to town--vintage burgundy, vintage black, or my favorite, white blue.


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    Alternatively, the Pelagos is a great choice, if you want a more tool diver, something that's matte and capable. No real shiny bits on there (though that's not to say the Black Bay doesn't also fly under the radar). So is one of the Doxas TheWalrus mentioned.

    Pennsylvania is a big place, but if you're near the PA/DE border, give Sidney Thomas Jewelers a call in the Christiana Mall in Newark, DE. It's worth the drive; I've always been treated well there and there's no sales tax.

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    Tudor is the place to be.

    I would choose one of the ETA Black Bays (used only now, for the most part--you might be able to find NOS in a jeweler's case, maybe; my guys had one a year ago when I got my Submariner from them). Looks great on the excellent bracelet and works really well on leather or on a NATO. Why the ETA over the newer in-house? I think the older, non-rivet bracelet looks better, it's 2.1mm thinner, it's a better value for money, and dial has much more retro charm the colder, Rolex-like in-house dial. I never wear mine on leather, but that's mainly because I don't really put leather on divers.

    Pick a color combination you like the most and go to town--vintage burgundy, vintage black, or my favorite, white blue.


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    (Not my pic)


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    Alternatively, the Pelagos is a great choice, if you want a more tool diver, something that's matte and capable. No real shiny bits on there (though that's not to say the Black Bay doesn't also fly under the radar). So is one of the Doxas TheWalrus mentioned.

    Pennsylvania is a big place, but if you're near the PA/DE border, give Sidney Thomas Jewelers a call in the Christiana Mall in Newark, DE. It's worth the drive; I've always been treated well there and there's no sales tax.
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    Tudor Black Bay 58.
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