Well, I have turned the corner...... For over 20 years I have owned a Rolex and at times up to three at once, these days I have a Z series Explorer and that's it. The other day my Rolex AD wanted me to come by and look at a vintage Rolex GMT Master and with reference books in hand I went to have a look. First they told me that the price was around 4900 to 5K, without even seeing the watch I told them that might be a tad ambitious. Then when they brought the piece out it looked pretty much beat up, certainly not what I was after- a 1970s very generic, very mass produced 1675. Nothing cool like pointed crown guards or gilded chapter ring etc..... Yes, the Rolex service center can do miracles but at a price.
My point, why would I buy fairly common 1970's tech just for the sake of the look. Certainly there is the investment standpoint IF the GMT was a rare version- this was not. I can't do it, while I doubt that I'll every be without a Rolex my exposure to the finery of Seiko has made me re-think what I value. For now, it's a MM300 that has my eye, great history dating back to the late 60s, great modern movement. There was a time when I may have been so blinded by the marketing genius that is Rolex that I would have flinched, but the Seiko has steadied my resolve. Soon that MM300 will be mine-