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    Question Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    Hello everyone. As stated in the title I'm looking for advice on my next watch purchase(s). I am relatively cash-flush after selling my entire previous collection (Hamilton, Longines, Invicta, Omega SMP) and am already anxious to get my hands on my next timepiece. The idea was to reset my collection to one or two nice timepieces instead of three cheap ones and one high"er" end one. So now comes the decision on what that next one or two might be.


    All total I have between $6,000 and $7,000 that I can spend. Here are a few plans-of-action that I've thought out:

    1. Omega Planet Ocean ($3k-4k pre-owned). I've always liked the PO and it would leave me room in my budget to buy another nice timepiece (I was thinking pre-owned Breitling). I thought about a Speedmaster instead of the PO, but as of now I'd really like to stay all-automatic.

    2. Zenith. I love the design and exclusivity of the El Primero 42mm (~$4.7k pre-owned), but there are some issues with this idea. First, there is no Zenith AD within 300 miles of me, so I can't try it on. Second, I like to keep a rotating door on my collection, and the relatively-low market demand could make reselling difficult and costly compared to an Omega or Rolex.

    3. Rolex Explorer II ($5.8-$6.1k pre-owned). What attracts me to this idea the most is the low depreciation and high market demand of the watch, and that it looks incredible. However this also would burn up all of the cash in my budget and I'm questioning if I really want just one watch, albeit an incredible one, and no cash leftover.


    Have any advice for me? All replies are very much appreciated.


    If you'd like to suggest a watch, or perhaps a pair of them, my qualifications would be:
    • 41mm+ case diameter
    • Healthy resale market
    • "Sporty" design. Divers, Chronographs, etc. I don't need a dress watch.
    • (Combined) value of less than $7000 pre-owned (I only buy pre-owned).





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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    I like that Zenith, but just my opinion, this is my holy Grail and it's in your price range. Large watch though

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    hmmm... Never cared for planet ocean - too blingy and bulky. Explorer 2 is very understated - to a point of being boring and dull.
    Zenith is nice, but why get preowned if can get new in GM for < $4K. But Zenith is a tough one for one-watch

    I guess that doesn't help, but for what it's worth - try what you can on in person just to be safe.
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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    I like #1. Having owned all of the ones you're considering, I'd think the PO and Breitling combo is hard to beat: two upper-midrange classics, which, if bought pre-owned, will owe you nothing if and when the time comes to move on.

    And I absolutely love my PO, both on strap and bracelet.

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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    I like like the three you listed, but I'd get the Explorer II. I may be slightly biased since I just bought one.

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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    Well I like all three and I own 2 out of the 3 but the el prim has always been on my radar but it is not as versatile as the exp II. The PO is not as discreet imho as the exp II and thicker.
    So really depends what you like most and what you will use it for.








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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    ExpII. In my opinion, it's the easiest to resell, as you note this is a consideration, and the most versatile of the three options. Office, weekends, vacations, etc. Seems like it would be a solid watch to have in a one watch collection. I like and own a PO 8500, but it's thick and not nearly as comfortable as my Sub. I also don't find it to be as well finished as a Rolex sport model. I like the Zenith, but I wouldn't want a leather strapped chronograph as my one and only.

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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    I really really love the PO. Miss mine.
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    Re: Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Seaswirl View Post
    ExpII. In my opinion, it's the easiest to resell, as you note this is a consideration, and the most versatile of the three options. Office, weekends, vacations, etc. Seems like it would be a solid watch to have in a one watch collection. I like and own a PO 8500, but it's thick and not nearly as comfortable as my Sub. I also don't find it to be as well finished as a Rolex sport model. I like the Zenith, but I wouldn't want a leather strapped chronograph as my one and only.
    Well it probably won't be my one and only for long, but maybe a few months.

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    hmmm... Never cared for planet ocean - too blingy and bulky. Explorer 2 is very understated - to a point of being boring and dull.
    Zenith is nice, but why get preowned if can get new in GM for < $4K. But Zenith is a tough one for one-watch

    I guess that doesn't help, but for what it's worth - try what you can on in person just to be safe.
    Thanks for the opinion. But I'm curious, how is any Rolex understated?

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    Your advice for my next purchase? Omega, Rolex, etc. I'm stuck!

    Thanks guys.
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