I was hoping I could get some advice regarding a dilemma I have: I would like to purchase a watch for my wife and I'm torn between the Omega Seamaster and the Longines Prima Luna.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Automatic (old or new model would be OK; they're fairly similar)
Longines Prima Luna
Aesthetically, I prefer the Longines. The Omega has a better reputation, however, since the Longines costs about 1000EUR less, I don't know what to go for.
Another concern I have pertains basically to the quality of the Longines watch. The movement is an ETA 2000/1 which, according to Timebooth.com, is sensitive to oil dryout. Their suggestion is to perform preventive maintenance every six months! The article can be found here: http://www.timebooth.com/wordpress/2008/06/23/2763.html
I think that a semi-annual maintenance schedule is unacceptable for a mechanical. My 1968 Rolex GMT Master, despite its age, requires maintenance only every 5 years or so.
Should I really expect problems with the Longines or does the article exaggerate any problems?
The Omegas, on the other hand, do not seem to have any problems. I've not been able to find any substantive reviews of the Omega movements, other than the marginal efficiency increase of the coaxial escapement.
For that matter, is the coaxial escapement worth 1000EUR more than the older Seamaster model and 2000EUR more than the Longines?
I know I've rambled a bit, but I would honestly appreciate any help on this subject.