Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

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    Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Hey all. Looking to take my first jump into the deep end of watches. I've gleaned info from these forums over the years, but now have a specific question that I haven't found a forum addressing. This watch caught my eye, but it comes with questions.

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    Zenith Captain Port Royal (stupid name, but eh well). Its dead stock from the canned Zenith-Sellita deal, but as a result it's price point is basically 2k from gray market dealers. The watch itself seems legit, esp considering that its Elite movement twin, Captain Central Seconds, which is 4k gray and is 1mm thicker. (This one 40mm and only 8mm thick, which seems impressive for a central second auto). The movement is the Sellita, sw300, the eta2892 clone: makes it seem more appealing than the sw200/2824, but is this really an appreciable difference? Considering a Tag with a sw200 is like 2k, and a sellita iwc portofino is 4k, does this seem like a reasonable price? Is this a better choice than others I've considered in the 2-2.5k pricepoint, the Sinn 1746 (2892) or the Omega Deville Prestige (2500)?

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    My goal is to purchase a professional watch to celebrate my law school graduation, one of high enough quality to warrant passing down to my as yet unborn son, and appropriate to wear for the next 20 odd years, esp in work/formal occasions (I have a hamilton field khaki, a gucci pantheon auto diver, and a g shock to fill in the blanks until I upgrade the rest of my collection). Does this watch pass horological muster, in both a value and general sense? Or would I be better off waiting and spending 4k on an Aqua Terra or the upcoming Rolex Oyster Perpetual?

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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    I just bought two pieces with the Sw200 movement neither of them over $150. The one was a used Bulova though that retails for almost $1000. I've had very good luck with these movements in the past as well. I'd go for the Zenith looks sharp in my opinion.
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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Get the Omega you pictured. It fulfills all your stated goals better than the others.
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    Zenith with Sellita.
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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Thanks for the feedback so far, added a poll!

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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Go w Omega - it's the only one of these that meets heirloom requirement. As long as worn in business\formal environment it will be fine and 2500 movement is much respected around here.
    Zenith is a good watch and nothing wrong w Selitta, but w that movement it lacks certain something. Zenith mentioned here is the very bottom of Zenith lineup, while Omega De Ville is middle of Omega's lineup and uses an excellent co-axial mvmt.
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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Omega for me...
    If you are gonna go with Zenith, I would look for a chrono or one with Elite movement; preferably a chrono.
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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    The Zenith is the nicest of the bunch IMO. That said, I'd rather get a Nomos for 2k than any of these with an ETA. The Nomos gives you the look, very modern yet classic, and an in-house movement that is highly decorated rather than a solid plain metal backing like the Zenith or Eterna

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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Go for the Omega or Rolex if you plan to keep and pass them down to your son. The Rolex and to lesser extend the Omega will retain more value in the long run.

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    Re: Zenith Captain with Sellita SW300 for 2k (gray) - worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jilgiljongiljing View Post
    The Zenith is the nicest of the bunch IMO. That said, I'd rather get a Nomos for 2k than any of these with an ETA. The Nomos gives you the look, very modern yet classic, and an in-house movement that is highly decorated rather than a solid plain metal backing like the Zenith or Eterna
    Years ago I used to have a thing for Nomos, then I strapped one on and took it off, a let down.
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