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    Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    As the title says.

    Other watches:
    Omega AT 41.5MM in blue (do it all dress/sports)
    SKX007 (do it all)
    Maurice Lacroix Masters Les Classique Moonphase (work/dress, will prob sell this or the Oris)
    Oris Artelier Moonphase (work/dress)
    Steinhart Ocean 2 (for sale)

    Want to add a weekend, sporty piece that goes better with jeans/sweater, t shirt, etcetera. Being able to dress up a bit is nice but not a must, have the AT for that. I am open to other suggestions I have not considered.

    Between the two, I prefer Omega as a brand, and as an engineer the space 'stigma' is attractive and iconic to me. However, I 'get' the Rolex thing as well and the Explorer 2 is the only attractive piece to me. Looks wise I think they both look great. Size is preferable on the Explorer as I like 40mm and minimal thickness, but the bubble of the speedy is unique. Also, really like the display back of the Omega. Price wise, obviously I can get a better condition speedy for $3k, the Rolex I'll have to stretch and be patient, but i have seen them.

    So, WUS, lend me your thoughts.

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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    These are two watches I would love to add to my collection in the next couple of years. If it's any help to you, I'll be going for the 16570 first, for a couple of reasons:

    1) I don't own a Rolex yet, but already have an Omega (2254.50).

    2) My collection is currently very black dial dominant, and I don't have a single pure white (as in, not silver) dial.

    Your way of thinking may be different than mine, and your current collection is indeed different from mine, but as someone with the exact same 2 watches in mind, that's the way I'm approaching which to get first.

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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    Two really nice watches both I would happily own if I had the cash.

    I voted for the Polar explorer. I generally prefer black dials but that has one of the most beautiful white dials out there.

    I also prefer sapphire over hesalite and auto over hand wind.

    Also not really sure how well Id get on with a chronograph...and the second hand always on 12 Oclock.

    Do you want a chronograph?
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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    I've owned both the exact model of that exp 2 and speedmaster. The only one that stays in my collection till now is the exp 2. Speedmaster is awesome and such but exp 2 IMO is more comfortable to wear, lighter and more low profile. Also I find the GMT complication to be more appealing than chronograph so that's something for you to consider as well. Personally I find the speedmaster pushers and crown to be digging into my wrist all the time while the exp 2 crown isnt.

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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    Get an Omega Seamaster Great White - perfect compromise (I'm biased lol). Also an engineer.

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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    Polar will be a good addition to your collection to give some colours as you have mostly blacks.


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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    I vote for other, maybe something like the Sinn 756 DIAPAL Tegimented (~$3500):
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    The engineer in you must respect the German work. 40mm, UTC/GMT complication, 80,000 A/m antimagnetic, unique dial color and layout, tough as nails, fits in your collection nicely.
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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    Much respect for the Rolex but I would take the Speedy. I prefer the case, dial, hands, and bracelet.

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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    I had a 3572 and found it comfortable on a small wrist as well as light even on the bracelet. The dimensions never let it be imposing - I think it's only 48mm end-to-end and the lugs curve down.
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    Re: Quick Poll: Help Me Decide. Speedmaster 3572 Hesalite/Sapphire versus Rolex Polar Explorer 2

    Tough choice. Unless you really want a chronograph then I'd go for the explorer.

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