Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

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    Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    After reading the $800 GMT thread, I decided to add a GMT in my collection. The two that caught my eye were the Steinhart OV GMT and the Orient Star GMT.

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    Aesthetically, the Steinhart checks more of the boxes for me (especially like the 24 hr bezel and the legibility of the GMT hand) but I'm weighing it against the quality of Orient Stars that everybody points out. Tough choice for me. I'm also a sucker for blue dials. That said, I'm afraid it will be too much like my Skyfall AT and GS SBGA105. Otoh, I love both, so maybe a third one won't be so bad...

    I won't be able to handle these watches in the metal before I buy, so please help me sort this out.

    I also know these two watches have very different prices but that's not going to be the deciding factor. And no, I don't need 2 GMTs...

    Thanks!
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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    The Steiny is nice enough but the Orient will just blow you away.

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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    The Steiny is nice enough but the Orient will just blow you away.
    lol so... guess we'll just have to take that on faith : P

    Never handled the Orient, but to my eye it looks like a somewhat messy cross between an Omega Aqua Terra and some Grand Seiko...

    I own (actually for the second time) the Steihnart, and although it obviously uses the classic Rolex 1655 design, it's a great design and a very solid and versatile watch. I'd recommend it whole-heartedly. Do it.





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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Far and away the Steinhart! I've owned watches by both and I'm way more impressed with the Steinhart (sold the Orient Star). But it was mostly aesthetics for me. Just didn't care for the Orient on my wrist but my OVM has become a regular in my rotation.

    BTW....I just picked up a watch that can handle two time zones.....I'm not a huge fan of the GMT's so I went with a watch with a rotating inner bezel.....the Magrette Dual-Time PVD and I really like it. Very easy to read both time zones and it has great lume.

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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Quote Originally Posted by Astropin View Post
    BTW....I just picked up a watch that can handle two time zones.....I'm not a huge fan of the GMT's so I went with a watch with a rotating inner bezel.....the Magrette Dual-Time PVD and I really like it. Very easy to read both time zones and it has great lume.

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    That's a really good looking watch. Love the dial and since I only have one PVD watch, I'm going to add this to the wish list.

    Thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Love the Steinhart but I'd put Bernhardt into the mix. Available in other colors too.

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    Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    If you didn't have a blue AT, the choice would be tougher. I think the AT is the better watch (should be for the price difference!), And you'll find yourself comparing them a lot since they're so similar. Go steinhart, it's much different than your others.

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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Personally don't like fixed 24h bezels such as the Steinhart and TAGs.

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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    These 2 both have ETA-2893, a really great movement.







    All get about equal wrist time. The bezel on the Ward is uni-directional, The Seeker bezel is internal with a second crown and it has the surprisingly useful gas gauge.

    All 3 are great GMTs.

    Including these Seiko in the discussion because, even though they are kinetic quartz movements, they have one hugely useful function the automatics above do not have.....the regular 12 hour hand can be adjusted without stopping the movement which is fantastic for travelers and sailors like me when changing time zones. Just change the hour and the fourth GMT hand stays put, and the second hand keeps on truckin'. The autos have to be stopped to adjust and reset.

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    SUN023 kinetic GMT

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    Re: Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT or Orient Star GMT?

    Of these two, I prefer the steinheart design.

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