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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by walmark View Post
    What about the 2220.80?
    I've had the 2531 and the 2220 and ended up liking the 2531 more and selling the 2220. The 2531 is simply the classic one and looks nicer than even the 2220. I also had the black pre ceramic SMP 2500 (long reference number I'd have to look up). That one is nicer than the 2220 I thought, and I could easily have another one of those. At the moment I'm just finally content (for now ) with my Ti SMP.
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

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    I noticed it from day one of the SMPc being released, the slab sided design of the bezel, compared to the beautiful streamlined and low profile look of the original bezel. And that is what has always stopped me from getting one. I love the look of both new and old dials and bezel inserts (either aluminium or ceramic, and even stainless steel on my Ti SMP), but the original case and bezel proportions were definitely so much more aesthetically appealing. I also don't like Omega's screw links, fiddly little things they are. Give me good old, solid and easy to use pins and collars any day! Or at least do the screws right (kudos to Rolex and their big meaty link screws, now those I like).
    Exactly what I been saying, those mirco screws are just asking for trouble down the line. Unlike the friction pin which yiu can always punch out even if its seized shut, I dont know how you going to extract a mirco threaded screw once it is seized or stripped. Unlike the rolex oyster bar which is actually much bigger and way more robust.

    Just another example of marketing team running product development with bag full of marketing BS. The newer panerai is using a quick release system for the lug bar. The new QR uses a small spring loaded pusher, seems like a great and fun concept until it seized. Which you will need to replace the entire case because it is integrated into the case. Thats what happen when they tried to improve the old screw in lug bar, which was more than bulletproof.
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by walmark View Post
    What about the 2220.80?

    I loooooove my 2220.80 and prefer it to the 2531 in a vaccum (I dig the applied markers), but I'm honestly considering trading it for a 2531 and making some $$$. The 2500C is a double-edged sword - definitely unique, but more complicated/expensive to service as opposed to the 1120. One thing people seem to forget about the 2220 is that it still is a "real" Bond watch, even though the 2531 is the original.
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by walmark View Post
    What about the 2220.80? I've been looking at all 3 of these (2531, 2220, and SMPc), and chose the middle one as a perfect compromise.

    Here are the pics from the sale thread where I bought it: SMP 2220.80

    To me, it strikes the perfect balance in the middle between the other two, but being much thinner than SMPc. Plus, it still has the symbolic wave dial I could not live without!

    As SMPc:
    - co-axial escapement
    - raised indices
    - longer hands
    - pretty case back
    - AR coated sapphire
    - "Seamaster" in red

    As 2531:
    - beautiful wave dial
    - old thin bezel (I think watch is only ~1 mm thicker than 2531, mostly due to case back)
    - old font on the bezel
    - old bracelet design with all elements enclosed in clasp

    Quote Originally Posted by 850csi View Post
    I loooooove my 2220.80 and prefer it to the 2531 in a vaccum (I dig the applied markers), but I'm honestly considering trading it for a 2531 and making some $$$. The 2500C is a double-edged sword - definitely unique, but more complicated/expensive to service as opposed to the 1120. One thing people seem to forget about the 2220 is that it still is a "real" Bond watch, even though the 2531 is the original.
    ^^^^^ this is the reason I don't want the 2220.80. Believe me, I've given it much consideration, but I just don't want that movement.
    I just sent my 2531.80 in for service today. New dial, bezel and hands as well. It's gonna look like a brand new watch!

    Would it be a good idea to get 2220.80 hands installed instead of the shorter ones? Thoughts?

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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by 850csi View Post
    The 2500C is a double-edged sword - definitely unique, but more complicated/expensive to service as opposed to the 1120.
    I don't think that would be the case for much longer. I've seen the 2500c disassembled, and it is really not that much different than ETA 2892/Omega 1120. Fifth wheel and the funky lever are pretty much the only real differences, and they are not that much harder to work with. Everything else appears the same. I don't believe there is a reason to charge more money for servicing it. I know Omega charges the same for 1120 and 2500c service.

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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Since 3 months ago I was hunting for a 2531.80 in the pre-owned market but their prices suddenly rocketed sky high. Was wondering what the hype was all about so suddenly.

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    I prefer the newer, more pronounced bezel. If only they offered it on a Speedy style bracelet with sword hands...
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJacobLee View Post
    Since 3 months ago I was hunting for a 2531.80 in the pre-owned market but their prices suddenly rocketed sky high. Was wondering what the hype was all about so suddenly.
    People are scooping them up man!
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by JP Chestnut View Post
    I prefer the newer, more pronounced bezel. If only they offered it on a Speedy style bracelet with sword hands...
    The closest thing I can think of to what you describe is the Great White (or black dialed variant) SMP GMT model. Thicker bezel, sword hands, speedy style bracelet
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    Re: Omega SMPc vs. SMP 2531.80 (mainly thickness)

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJacobLee View Post
    Since 3 months ago I was hunting for a 2531.80 in the pre-owned market but their prices suddenly rocketed sky high. Was wondering what the hype was all about so suddenly.
    Are the prices going up? I never noticed, there always seems to be a plethora of them on the sales forum AFAIK

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