Some of hate these 'help me choose' threads so if that is you, nothing to see here, keep right on walking!
Some background: I'm trying not to buy any watches at the moment, saving for a holiday instead. And after the holiday I'm intending to save for a Marinemaster 300. But as fellow watchenthusiasts, a lot of you know what it's like... So I'm considering sating the urges with a relatively affordable purchase. Luckily, there are two watches which not only are afordable, but which I really really want, and have wanted for a long time now:
Citizen BJ8050-59E (aka Stainless Steel EcoZILLA)
Citizen JW0051-55E (aka Stainless Steel Promaster SST (Australian market))
Two very different watches, the main similarities being that they are both big ecodrive powered chunks of steel by Citizen. This thread needs some pics...
EcoZILLA S/S (Pics courtesy of A MattR of Time)
Promaster SST S/S
I like everything about the SST. It just works for me. If I'm being really picky, the bezel action could be a little smoother but that is all. It'll set me back AU$545.
I've never handled an EcoZILLA but I love what I see in pics and, from everything I've read, I've no doubt it's a great watch. At AU$300, it seems like an absolute bargain for a serious dive watch.
Possibly I'd prefer the MM300 to the SST but I'm not sure. I know it's crazy but I like it that much. Build quality is out of this world on these. But I definitely DO want the MM300. And they won't be around forever. I'm pretty sure I prefer the MM300 to the ZILLA, but at $300 it's not a big chunk out of the price of the MM300.
On the other hand, AU$300 is a lot of tasty meals in Hong Kong, and the ZILLA will be around for a while.
What do you think I should do???