I have the SMP 2531.80.00 and the waves on that version did tend to jump out at me at first. They almost seemed to vibrate, especially in direct sunlight. Now I don't really notice them. I don't dislike the 8800, but maybe because I'm wearing my Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 today I am in a more muted mood. I'm unlikely to pick up the SMP 8800, in any case, because I am way overdue buying a Speedmaster. But I can appreciate the excitement of everyone here getting a pre-holiday gift in the post.
For those that own or have handled a SubC, I’m curious what your thoughts are on the quality of this Seamaster vs a SubC. I know someone commented on that just a few posts ago and I would like to hear more from people.
I’ve only handled a Batman GMT and I can for sure say the bezel action is superior to the Seamaster, but that was no surprise. Otherwise the size at 40mm was nice. Obviously a very different watch but that’s all I’ve handled Rolex-wise
The crystal on the Seamaster is almost nonexistent due to the AR coatings. The clear caseback is a neat plus (IMO). The brushing and finishing looked pretty similar to the Rolex as far as I can tell. Both great quality. I like the twisted lugs on the Seamaster compared to the chunky lugs of the newer Rolex models. The ceramic bezel inserts I think are comparable and the enamel inlay on the Seamasters bezel makes for a super clean look, and no dirt buildup in the grooves of the numbers like the Rolex. On paper the 8800 movement seeems superior, but in all honesty I’m sure this and the Rolex movements perform the same in real life, I doubt you could tell a difference.
I don’t want to turn this into a “WHICH IS BETTER???” thread, but instead just objectively compare features of both and get insight for those who have handled both. One big reason I got the 8800 SMP is because of its incredible value prop, it punches way above its price point imo.
So I’d love to hear from others how they compare the two, not necessarily which is “better” overall but more from a quality stance how do they stack up. Happy Monday!
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Just picked up, excuse the phone pic quality. My first OMEGA, and first two tone.
Will try and write a review after a week or so of wear.
Early signs are good. Feels top quality and is super comfy.
The rubber just goes so well with the aesthetics of the two tone.
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Ck13 im thinking between the sub no date and this new omega which one do you love the most and do they wear similar.
To be honest as I've only spent a day with the Seamaster vs a couple of months with the Submariner I can't say at this stage which one I'm more fond of. Although they are both 300m divers, they have such different personalities. After a couple of weeks of constant wear with the SM I'll have a better idea on how to answer that one.
They do wear pretty similar. On paper the SM is ever so slightly bigger, but that hasn't compromised wearability. Lug to lug the sub is around 47, and the SM is 50.
Height wise I've noticed no difference on the wrist. My wrist is 7.25 inches.
You have a great combo with the no date subC and your new SMP!
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Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium PVD (Stolen)
Squale 50 Atmos 1521-026-BLR (Sold)
Omega Seamaster Professional 2220.80 (Sold)
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss (Sold)
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 8500 XL (Sold)
Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial (Sold)
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^^^Thanks Ben! Yeah it's priced too high with the bracelet. Even though they did have the blue two tone version on the bracelet, I just thought it looked really sharp on the rubber. Also I'm abit spoiled with the Sub's bracelet.
I think the rose gold two tone would look better on a full steel bracelet instead of the two tone bracelet
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