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    Re: New 2018 SMP 8800's are arriving in the US this week...

    Gotta hit the hay but I will take comparison photos to my SKX and upload them tomorrow hopefully!


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    Re: New 2018 SMP 8800's are arriving in the US this week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajmercado View Post
    Hello all,

    Just wanted to inform everyone about the price of the rubber strap & buckle sold separately. I just picked up the blue steel on steel bracelet of this watch and I absolutely love it. The bracelet is incredible! However, I'm not one to stay with one strap/bracelet forever as I find that changing them is half the fun. It can totally change the look and on the rubber this watch has more of a sporty yachmaster look. Anyway, I recently contacted my AD who contacted an Omega representative and he relayed me this:

    New Omega Seamaster Professional 8800:

    032CVZ010127 - Blue Rubber Strap - $232

    025STZ010129 - Stainless Steel Tang Buckle - $45

    I want to get the fitted rubber for this watch because it has good reviews on comfort and style and costs much less than I anticipated (yes I've heard those crazy stories of $400-800 Omega straps). Even though it is objectively still incredibly expensive for what it is, I know my OCD self will pull the trigger on it eventually.

    I want to upload some pics of my blue steel on bracelet but I need to get the pics from my phone, will do soon! Otherwise please feel free to ask me any questions about the watch I've had it for around 2 weeks now :)
    Iím glad that the pricing for the strap is reasonable, since I still havenít decided on whether to go with the bracelet or black rubber. Hopefully I can get a good package deal from an AD. The blue and grey are nice, but the black is my favorite.















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    So I finally got to go check these out. Very nice upgrades, but I still donít like the dial.

    The case is absolutely the perfect size, the thickness wears about the same as my SMPc, which is great (was worried the 8800 would make it too thick). The watch is very comfortable on both the bracelet and rubber strap.

    I really wish I liked the dial. The grey dial is just awesome. For those that this watch appeals to, you are getting a fantastic piece, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is the new icon of the line. Enjoy!


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    Re: New 2018 SMP 8800's are arriving in the US this week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajmercado View Post
    Iíve handled both and seen them side by side and I would say maybe VERY little. Nothing that would stand out if you didnít see them side by side. They are almost identical in color. This watch is a chameleon, it can be royal blue, almost a turquoise blue, navy blue and sometimes almost black. Like everyone has said, it is VERY hard to capture this things color and quality in photos. Thereís been times where I see my watch and it looks cool and when I try to take a picture it comes out very different than what my eyes actually see. You really do need to see this in person and in different lighting, not just the ADís lighting and not just from pictures online. It changes color so much. Again these arenít exactly how the color looked in person but hereís some other examples:

    For reference my wrist is about 6.25Ē, so on the smaller size. I will say that it looks like itís really big on my wrist in pictures, but in reality it wears smaller than pictures suggests. Very similar to a Seiko SKX.

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    very nice! yeah same here with my Older SMP 300. I think since I have a blue one, I would need to get a black one just to have a variety. I seriously can't wait to see these in person. My AD still hasn't gotten them in yet. O well, I'll be leaving the country soon to NZ and I know they have some Omega Boutiques which I'll be checking out. Might just snatch one up and save on the taxes :)

    Plus one on SKX. I too have one and it was my first diver watch. I have one with a Oyster Bracelet and NATO strap. With steel on steel it was quite a hefty watch. Got me ready for the SMP 300 lol. SKX are a great watch. However, my SMP300 is even better and I haven't looked back. Most likely I'll be selling my SKX in the near future but man is it a solid piece.

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    Re: New 2018 SMP 8800's are arriving in the US this week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajmercado View Post
    Iíve handled both and seen them side by side and I would say maybe VERY little. Nothing that would stand out if you didnít see them side by side. They are almost identical in color. This watch is a chameleon, it can be royal blue, almost a turquoise blue, navy blue and sometimes almost black. Like everyone has said, it is VERY hard to capture this things color and quality in photos. Thereís been times where I see my watch and it looks cool and when I try to take a picture it comes out very different than what my eyes actually see. You really do need to see this in person and in different lighting, not just the ADís lighting and not just from pictures online. It changes color so much. Again these arenít exactly how the color looked in person but hereís some other examples:

    For reference my wrist is about 6.25Ē, so on the smaller size. I will say that it looks like itís really big on my wrist in pictures, but in reality it wears smaller than pictures suggests. Very similar to a Seiko SKX.

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    Great photos - love how you showed how the blue can vary depending on lighting and conditions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bber45 View Post
    very nice! yeah same here with my Older SMP 300. I think since I have a blue one, I would need to get a black one just to have a variety. I seriously can't wait to see these in person. My AD still hasn't gotten them in yet. O well, I'll be leaving the country soon to NZ and I know they have some Omega Boutiques which I'll be checking out. Might just snatch one up and save on the taxes :)

    Plus one on SKX. I too have one and it was my first diver watch. I have one with a Oyster Bracelet and NATO strap. With steel on steel it was quite a hefty watch. Got me ready for the SMP 300 lol. SKX are a great watch. However, my SMP300 is even better and I haven't looked back. Most likely I'll be selling my SKX in the near future but man is it a solid piece.
    Thank you! Unless you need the money, I would say keep the SKX :)

    Itís your first diver and shows your roots! Itís also in a way a supplement to the SMP, by having the skx you can see the comparison in quality and appreciate what you paid all that money for on the SMP but itís also nice to appreciate the skx for what it is, a great quality watch at its price point, and maybe youíll choose that over the SMP when you do yard work or something ruff with your buddies. Hypocritically i donít know if I can go back either, but my skx shall stay with me and maybe get lent to a friend considering mechanical :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by mav View Post
    Great photos - love how you showed how the blue can vary depending on lighting and conditions!
    Thank you! Not too bad for iPhone pics lol.

    I was stalking this thread for a long time before I bought it, that has to be my number one recommendation for someone looking to buy (because that was me!), is seeing it in person.

    Ironically I knew like everything about the watch and had scavenged the internet for any picture or video I could find, then I actually saw it in person and thought ďHuh. Interesting.Ē If you see pics of it in ADís it does accurately represent that color, but once you leave the store, go outside, sit in your car, your office, a night out - boy it takes on so many shades. Itís truly something you have to handle in person if youíre interested. Although if thatís not possible and one has to order online, I donít think theyíll be disappointed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajmercado View Post
    Thank you! Not too bad for iPhone pics lol.

    I was stalking this thread for a long time before I bought it, that has to be my number one recommendation for someone looking to buy (because that was me!), is seeing it in person.

    Ironically I knew like everything about the watch and had scavenged the internet for any picture or video I could find, then I actually saw it in person and thought ďHuh. Interesting.Ē If you see pics of it in ADís it does accurately represent that color, but once you leave the store, go outside, sit in your car, your office, a night out - boy it takes on so many shades. Itís truly something you have to handle in person if youíre interested. Although if thatís not possible and one has to order online, I donít think theyíll be disappointed


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    Here is a good example of how the blue changes color. At certain angles it can look silver!
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    Tried this one on yesterday at the Sydney Martin Place boutique. A real beauty. Shame ADs don't store it yet, because I'm VERY tempted...

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