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    ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    Hey guys,

    Hope you can welcome me here as a first time poster in the Pulic forum. I usually post in the Dive Watch, Seiko, or Omega sections of WUS, and quite often at TRF, but I didn't think that I'd get many unbiased answers to this question in any of those.

    So, I have a Rolex Milgauss in excellent condition, and here it is....




    and right now I have a chance to trade it in for a GS SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 also in near mint condition + some cash, in what I feel is a pretty even trade. This one...




    I don't have, and never have had a Spring-Drive, and I have a Rolex Sub-C (no date) and two Rolex Air-Kings.


    So, would you do it? which one would you choose, and why? Thanks, guys!
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    I would stay with the Milgauss. I had a GS (non SD) but it left me pretty cold after a week or two.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    I second holding onto the Milgauss. The GS is a bit boring for me stylistically. However, I am a big fan of brand diversity, so you may or may not want to shake the collection up a bit.

    I'm going to catch hell for this, but I'll be honest- every time I get close to pulling the trigger on a GS SD, I find myself being stuck on the name. I can't bring myself to spend $5k on a watch that is a Seiko (NB: I love Seiko and own a few of their '5' models and love them). I'll call it the Hyundai Effect- I'd never spend $50k on an Equus because the brand is watered down with Elantras. Is the high end product from each brand (Seiko and Hyundai) good? Yes. Would I rather take that $50k and spend it on a BMW, Audi, MB, ect? Yes.

    A Hyundai Equus will never be a JLC Master Control, no matter how you slice it.

    Not to mention the general affect of some of the GS fanboys and their 'Best watch under $10k' rhetoric, which only further distances me from the SD.

    As always, your experience may vary, good luck with your decision!
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    You do mean the GS will come up with cash?
    Because you put, you would come up with the Rolex and cash...It works the other way...Seiko + cash for
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by movet22 View Post
    I'm going to catch hell for this, but I'll be honest- every time I get close to pulling the trigger on a GS SD, I find myself being stuck on the name. I can't bring myself to spend $5k on a watch that is a Seiko (NB: I love Seiko and own a few of their '5' models and love them). I'll call it the Hyundai Effect- I'd never spend $50k on an Equus because the brand is watered down with Elantras. Is the high end product from each brand (Seiko and Hyundai) good? Yes. Would I rather take that $50k and spend it on a BMW, Audi, MB, ect? Yes.

    A Hyundai Equus will never be a JLC Master Control, no matter how you slice it.
    I do hear everything you're saying, and I'm a big Seiko fan, too. I love all things Seiko vintage, have a SBBN015 Tuna can, and work with Seikos or Seiko parts every day of my life, but I still don't know if I can do it.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    For some reason the spring drive movement leaves me cold. If it were a high-beat Grand Seiko, I'd be really tempted.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by movet22 View Post
    I'm going to catch hell for this, but I'll be honest- every time I get close to pulling the trigger on a GS SD, I find myself being stuck on the name. I can't bring myself to spend $5k on a watch that is a Seiko (NB: I love Seiko and own a few of their '5' models and love them). I'll call it the Hyundai Effect- I'd never spend $50k on an Equus because the brand is watered down with Elantras. Is the high end product from each brand (Seiko and Hyundai) good? Yes. Would I rather take that $50k and spend it on a BMW, Audi, MB, ect? Yes.

    A Hyundai Equus will never be a JLC Master Control, no matter how you slice it.

    Not to mention the general affect of some of the GS fanboys and their 'Best watch under $10k' rhetoric, which only further distances me from the SD.

    As always, your experience may vary, good luck with your decision!
    I agree with you, but I think in the case of this OP it's a bit different. Since he already has a handful of Rolexes (Rolexi? ) I think it would be acceptable. While I'm not the biggest fan of the Spring Drive movement (Again, I echo the sentiments of an earlier poster to said Hi-Beat > SD) I think creating some diversification in your collection would be nice. It's not like its a one for the other kind of deal where you would no longer own your Rolex... you're just expanding your collection to new brands which I think is a smart move.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    Head to head I would have to say Milgauss. Since you are looking to experience another brand, maybe try the GS.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    If you want to diversify your collection, I'd sell off an air king or two (keep one of them) and use the money to go for a GS. I wouldn't get rid of the Milgauss.
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    Re: ROLEX MILGAUSS OR GRAND SEIKO SPRING-DRIVE SBGA003 ?

    With GS, bear in mind your resale will significantly drop (unless you dont plan on selling then just forget that)

    The question is...do you want to lose the brand presence for an exquisite movement? Or go for the recognition for something with less of a movement?

    I was close to getting that same GS but i went for a Blancpain in the end. The only reason i wanted it was because it was the best piece i could get which i can wear everyday and no one would know it costs an arm and a leg.

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