Hello Omega enthusiasts.
As the title suggests, I am seriously thinking of adding an Omega Planet Ocean 600M to my collection, especially after trying a few on at a local AD on Friday here in the UK.
However, I am finding the choice a little overwhelming as a relative newcomer to the Omega brand and was hoping you guys may be able to point me in the right direction.
I have been an admirer of watches all of my life and two years ago I only owned a couple of old Seiko Kinetic watches, one of which I still have. After watching an unhealthy amount of YouTube videos I started hankering after something a little better and in no time at all I acquired a collection of automatic watches, including a Squale, Junghans Max Bill and Glycine all of which I have now sold. I still have a Hamilton Khaki Field, Christopher Ward C60 Pro 600, Sinn 104, Longines Flagship Heritage, Ball Engineer II Marvelight and Oris Divers Sixty Five Bronze Bezel (all of which I love)
The problem is (and I assume that this common to many watch enthusiasts) that I started looking at the next level up and spotted a good deal on ebay for a pre-owned Tudor Black Bay GMT. Once this landed and I appreciated the feeling of a higher end watch and how it made me feel, I then acquired through the grey market a Zenith El Primero and Omega Speedmaster Professional (purely because I wanted a manual wind in the collection).
Fast forward to now and there is still a space in my watch box, that I would like to fill with an Omega Planet Ocean 600M.
I will probably move the Christopher Ward on if I get the PO as it is quite similar in style.
So on Friday, I spent a very pleasant hour in my local Beaverbrooks trying on various colour and bracelet combinations. This in itself was a totally new experience as all my previous purchases have been made online after reading reviews and watching videos.
I would really appreciate your input into the following as you guys have far more knowledge and experience than me on these matters!
- FINANCE / COST
I am not the best at negotiation, especially face to face, but I was refused any sort of discount twice, and was told that all they could offer was 48 Months interest free credit. I then had the 'you can walk out of here with your dream watch for a 10% deposit' sales talk. I am not particularly looking to finance a watch in this way and would prefer a discount for full payment, but this was refused outright, which I found a little disappointing. The watch is priced at £4,970, which is by far the most I have paid for a watch and the exact same watch is available through Chrono24 at £3,900.
I was very impressed with the time given to me in store, and can see the added value of buying instore from a Bricks and Mortar AD.
Am I being unreasonable to expect some kind of discount, or is this common for Omega AD's?
And should I be looking somewhere else or maybe waiting for a better deal?
Yes, that old chestnut again!
I have 6.5 inch wrists and had assumed that my only option would be the 39.5mm watch. However, the store only had the 43.5mm models in stock. Actually, the sales assistants kept referring to these as 42mm?? Anyway, I was quite surprised to find that the relative compact lug to lug distance meant that the 43.5 didn't overhang my wrist and looked and felt OK. Am I right in saying that the 39.5 tends to be preferred due to it being a little thinner? I didn't feel as though the case diameter was an issue at all. Yes, it was a hefty piece and I was aware of the thickness, so am I better going for the smaller size?
I was really taken with the Blue and once they had peeled the film off the dial it really 'popped'.
However, my eye was also taken with the Black and Orange, which unfortunately is only available in the 43.5. Most of my collection is quite restrained and I thought it would be nice to add something a little different.
The Blue is a classic and quite dressy but the Black and Orange is obviously more on the sporty side.
I don't think I could carry off the Rubber Strap version with the bright Orange highlights, especially at my age (60 next Birthday) and maybe I would be a little uncomfortable wearing something that would draw too much attention! But the bracelet version of the Black and Orange may be OK.
I know this is purely a personal thing, but what are the experiences and thoughts of you guys.
I realise that colour and size are both personal preferences, but I would still appreciate any nuggets of wisdom born by experience that you guys can offer.