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    Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    With regards to my collection, not an even trade (obviously). The Steelfish is great, but bulky. The Explorer II is a nice piece and the one I'm looking at is in mint condition. Any thoughts would be outstanding.

    If I'm being foolish, please don't hesitate to tell me. My skin is thick!

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    The new Explorer II or the old one?: (not my image)

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    Older model. Circa 1991/1992.

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    Personally I wouldn't. I don't like the older Explorer IIs much like the Omega SMPs I think they look rather dated. I'd rather have the Steelfish.

    I would however trade it and some cash for the new Explorer II in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    Quote Originally Posted by Athram View Post
    Personally I wouldn't. I don't like the older Explorer IIs much like the Omega SMPs I think they look rather dated. I'd rather have the Steelfish.

    I would however trade it and some cash for the new Explorer II in a heartbeat.
    100% agree...especially after seeing the side by side photo posted above, even though the changes may be "subtle" I think the new Explorer is drop dead sexy vs the ugly step sister (old explorer)

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    It really depends if you like your breitling or the Ex2. The breitling is definitely more bling and has presence on the wrist.

    The Ex2 is definitely more slimmer, but the Rolex oyster bracelet is flimsy.

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    Is this a straight up trade with no added cash? Doesn't the exp2 go for around 4200 used and the fish goes for around 1800? That's a decent gap in price...My Fish is my favorite watch and if I had no sentimental attachment I might do it even though the exp 2 is not my favorite Rolex.
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    Calm down.....It's just a watch....

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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    Steelfish gets my vote.


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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    I, personally, prefer that particular Rolex to the Steelfish. I just think it's a cleaner and more attractive design (not really a Breitling guy.)

    As far as the old-vs-new Explorer IIs, I prefer the older one. I think it's better proportioned and the changes that make the newer model seem, well, "newer" are going to turn around and look dated down the road.

    On the other hand - are you considering a trade because *you* really like the Explorer II or because one happened to come along and it's convenient?
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    Re: Would I be foolish to swap a Steelfish X-Plus for an Explorer II?

    For me, Older Explorer II > Steelfish >>> Newer Explorer II. The older explorer is very well balanced, elegant, and tough. Add in the great value retention and if you like it, it's a no brainer. The only issue might be maintenance cost, with the Explorer's going for a good bit more than the Steelfish. The Steelfish, although a very different watch, is also well proportioned and a great younger man's watch. The new Explorer is a design abomination: disproportionate hands, hideous dial, ugly stumpy case. The bracelet is a little better on the new one, but it's hardly worth all the regressions.
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