Rolex GMT Master II 116710LN
Omega Seamaster 300 "Spectre" 007 Limited Edition 188.8.131.52.01.001
Omega Speedmaster Racing (rubber strap, yellow) 326.32..40.50.06.001
Watch Series 4 - 44mm Stainless Steel & Ceramic (Black) - Sapphire Crystal - GPS+LTE
Tudor 1959 Vintage Two-Tone Oyster Prince Automatic - Alligator Strap
I do like this watch quite a lot. If it had a gmt complication, I’d be all over it in a heartbeat.
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Along with other design characteristics that some might consider ugly or useless, the HEV is what makes the iconic Seamaster Pro so recognizable to many. I'm referring to the "outdated" bracelet, wave dial, and the scalloped bezel.
If OMEGA were to change or "update" all these characteristics, the Seamaster Pro would cease being...well, the Seamaster Pro.
ROLEX is highly respected and praised in the watch world for doing exactly the opposite of what some people think OMEGA should be doing. They can go for decades without making any changes to their iconic models. Then, when changes do come, they are so slight as to not change the time proven essence of the watch.
I personally think OMEGA are on the right track by trying to maintain the foundations of their iconic models. While the design of the Seamaster Pro isn't to everyone's liking, it's all part of the hobby. In my opinion, if OMEGA were to follow a lot of the design suggestions from us, all watches would start looking too similar.
There are enough other models and limited editions in OMEGA's line-up to please most people. And for the rest, well, you can't please all the people all of the time.
Last edited by Titan II; December 7th, 2019 at 05:19. Reason: Grammar, dear boy...grammar!
Momentum Supernova, Titan II (GONE--gifted to a friend's son), Aquamatic II (Blue Dial)
OMEGA 1957 Trilogy Railmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer (ref 184.108.40.206.01.002), Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch (ref 310.30.42.30.01.005), Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Chronometer (ref 220.127.116.11.01.001)
Seiko SKX007 (GONE--gifted to my uncle)
Steinhart Marine Chronometer II Roman (Unitas 6498), Nav. B-Chrono II DLC (ETA Valjoux 7750)(SOLD), Nav. B-Uhr II (Unitas 6497)(SOLD), Ocean One Vintage (ETA 2824-2) (SOLD), Ocean One Vintage Red (ETA 2824-2) (SOLD)
After having time to mull over this one for a couple of days I have some thoughts as to what would make it perfect in my eyes (not much relevance here, just some random musings):
--Go ceramic. Keep the brown "tropical" color, and keep it muted not shiny (if possible).
--Lose the HE valve
--I know I may be in the minority here, but I say sword hands
--For the bracelet, go for something classic, but with a rugged look. Something like the look of when people put 1171 bracelets on a Speedmaster, but with modern fit and finish and micro-adjust. Keep everything in Ti though, because I think the duller (for lack of a better word) finish of Titanium goes well with the brown and overall aesthetic.
--Finally, knock about 2k off the price
Now, would this still even be a SMP? Perhaps not, but it would certainly be on my want list.
Rolex Explorer II
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 8500
Omega Semaster Cosmic 2000 ('76/birth year)
Omega Speedmaster Racing
Omega DeVille cal 625 ('76)
Breitling Superocean Heritage
Seiko Tuna SBBN031
Seiko Pogue ('76/birth-year)
Seiko Turtle SRP777
Seiko SNZG17 (custom stonewashed finish)
G-Shock (mostly custom)
I really can't go that far. I love the Omega I have and wear most often. My wife loves her two-tone Constellation. Yes, there are more Rolex models I'd like to have than Omega models, but there at least are Omega models I might still acquire (although I am incensed that the models I like continue to be billed by Omega as "ladies" models, because I am through with wrist frisbees). And thanks to Topper, I can acquire those Omegas for a fraction of what I'd pay a grey-marketeer (like DavidSW, who once sold affordable Rolexes, but now milks the "SS-craze above-retail markups" for all they're worth).
These ridiculous paeans to James Bond have always evoked much eye-rolling here on WUSOF, but at least this is the last James Bond special edition (how they navigate "007" editions in the future without James Bond is anyone's guess).
Carl has some really nice Omegas. If he has tired of them (hey, it happens to all of us horological philanderers ), then selling them makes much sense. But if he still likes them, I hope he will hold on to them until the "Bond revulsion" has passed. They might then get years more wear.
As someone who has bought and sold well more than 100 watches in the last decade, I see Omega's design failings as a boon for my bank account. If they came out with lots of delectable choices every spring, my financial security in retirement might be threatened.
♛ Datejust 116233 • ♛ Datejust 16233 • Ω SMPc 18.104.22.168.01.002 • DOXA SUB1000T Project Aware 23/92 • ✚ T035.410.11.051.00
OMG I could never wear this. I can safely say there's absolutely nothing I like about this piece.
Dull titanium, skeleton hands, mesh not matching the style of the case, terrible/ghastly/dreadful fauxtina. MOD/007 and all that cheesy sh**.
Overall it looks so artificial. It's trying way too hard to look vintage and cool, but unfortunately fails miserably, not that it's a good idea in the first place. Don't be ashamed of what you are, a modern timepiece. Don't try to look older than you are, it's fu***** ridiculous.
Let watches age naturally and beautifully. Don't cheat time, don't jump the gun, OMEGA.
Full disclosure, I own a PO2500C 45.5 "Casino Royale" since 2005, my first and last Bond watch at this pace.
Those who possess a sense of entitlement are seldom satisfied.
I do feel very strongly that Omega is taking unfair advantage with the 007, of course if someone loves the watch and is willing to pay the price, and gets enjoyment out of it, then I am not criticizing them personally. I think that the morally correct thing for Omega to do (which, of course, will never, ever happen) is to admit they have grossly inflated the price of this model, and a fair price would be more like a grand or even two over the regular model (I am talking in Canadian$ here, where the price difference is 5 grand).
Anyway, I am sure you guys are tired of my rants, so that's it for now! Hope you all have a great weekend.
Those who possess a sense of entitlement are seldom satisfied.
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