Firstly, I know. "Buy what YOU want". I want both. That's the problem. I can't afford both, at least right now. I'll will clearly end up getting the one I ultimately want. But I'm looking to hear from people who own both, have owned one or the other, etc. Or just anyone who wants to chime in.
I've googled this exact thread title. I get results. But it's usually clearly biased one way or another, depending on where your reading. I'd like non-biased responses, hence posting in the public forum. Not the Omega or Seiko sub-sections. And it seems that Seiko and Omega are two of WUS's favorite brands. And if I was asked what's my favorite brand, I'd say Seiko. Number two is Omega.
I have MANY Seiko's. Mostly divers. SKX007 and 009, OM, Tuna and Sumo. The MM300 has been a major attainable grail of mine for awhile. I had the money to buy one, but I went with a Speedy Pro instead (wearing it now actually). The Speedy Pro was on my mind for a few weeks and I couldn't get it out of my head until I just broke down and bought one. But it had no competition. This time around I was looking at the 2254.50 and then it hit me, if I'm spending that much, I could have the MM300 I've always wanted.
Let's weigh the pro's and cons (as far as I'm concerned)
-It's unique and rare in the wild
-8L35 movement is "essentially" a Grand Seiko movement
-Case design is really cool and unique
-Classic diver deign and very bold
-It's a $1500+ Seiko
-It's thick and may smack doorjams and snag on sleeves
-Case design requires special servicing
-It's thinner than the Seiko so it's not as chunky and will slide under sleeves and jackets easier
-Dial design is not the typical circle circle dash like many divers are. And the little waves are cool :)
-Brand perception over Seiko
-Service will be much easier
-Difficult to find a good one under $2k
-MUCH more common than the MM300
My main thoughts are, the MM300 is much more rare and interesting, and the SMP is common, and boring in comparison. But the Omega is an Omega. And the Seiko has the "Just a Seiko" feeling. Being a huge fan of Seiko's, I know this feeling should not matter. I'm buying the watch for myself. I know what the watch is and what it represents. But having never spent this much money on a Seiko, I start to think, why when I can buy an Omega for only a few more hundred dollars? The designs, looks and dimensions of the watches are dramatically different. One being thin and sleek, the other being thick and bold.
Either way, I'm looking to likely sell my least worn Seiko diver, my SKX009, and maybe my Citizen Nighthawk as I really like it, but rarely wear it. Not so much to raise the money, but to make room.
Are these watches comparable? Again, I realize they're drastically different. As far as quality, I'd likely rate them on par with each other. Uniqueness, the Seiko wins, but the Omega has a more unique look in terms of divers. Wearing the MM300, I will feel excited about it's rareness, how special of a Seiko it is, BUT.... it's not an Omega. Wearing the SMP, I'll likely feel excited mainly that it's an Omega, with a less then typical dial design, BUT it's not special like the Seiko.
And what's a thread without pictures?
(Pictures sourced from the Googles. If you are the one who has taken either of these pictures, thank you)
If I could afford a 42mm PO, I'd probably just go that route. But I'd still have the MM300 lingering in my thoughts....