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    Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

    This is a wide-open discussion I've been having with myself lately. Seems that now that the used and gray market for a modern Submariner is between $8500 and $11,000 (depending on date or no date options), I've been contemplating what you can get as an alternative in the range. Lean more toward sport (while still dressy enough with coat), not necessary a diver (although at least 100m is necessary) could be a chronograph. Just overall that one watch that can could be considered a collection killer.

    What's your take on it?
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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

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    Blancpain Bathyscape. That’s what I bought when I was shopping for a submariner even back when subs were discounted and available at AD’s.

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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

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    Blancpain Bathyscape. That’s what I bought when I was shopping for a submariner even back when subs were discounted and available at AD’s.

    I love the looks of it. I used to be a bracelet guy, but its so difficult to find a decent one (Rolex being the exception) and if your wrist swells your screwed, scratches, etc.

    I would probably consider the Bathyscape over the Fifthy Fathoms due to size (and looks).
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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Armstrong View Post
    This is a wide-open discussion I've been having with myself lately. Seems that now that the used and gray market for a modern Submariner is between $8500 and $11,000 (depending on date or no date options), I've been contemplating what you can get as an alternative in the range. Lean more toward sport (while still dressy enough with coat), not necessary a diver (although at least 100m is necessary) could be a chronograph. Just overall that one watch that can could be considered a collection killer.

    What's your take on it?

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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

    I have owned an older model submariner since the 80’s which is really my primary daily wear watch. This year I picked up a Grand Seiko Snowflake, and have been surprised at how much I like the watch. It walks the line between a sport and dress watch, and has absolutely insane accuracy. I think it makes a pretty good “all rounder”.

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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Armstrong View Post
    Just overall that one watch that can could be considered a collection killer.

    What's your take on it?
    Very difficult question at this price point.
    The most versatile watches with at least 100M water resistant for me would be: BP bathyscaphe as mentioned, VC overseas (2nd gen can be had for those prices, 3rd gen is more expensive), and the steel sports watches like Breguet marine, GO Seventies Panorama Date, GP Laureato (and the new absolute line), and Piaget Polo (Fortyfive or S line).

    I am actually looking for a watch with those specifications + a GMT complication ideally. Still looking.

    All the best,
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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

    Quote Originally Posted by horrij1 View Post
    I have owned an older model submariner since the 80’s which is really my primary daily wear watch. This year I picked up a Grand Seiko Snowflake, and have been surprised at how much I like the watch. It walks the line between a sport and dress watch, and has absolutely insane accuracy. I think it makes a pretty good “all rounder”.

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    My only reservation on the Grand Seiko's is the quality of bracelet. I do like both the Snowflake and the regular black dial Spring Drive Watches (Hi-beat is nice as well, but at a premium).

    I looked at early 90's Submariners, but wrote them off at the current prices (given they have hollow endlinks and stamped clasp) - if it was more in tune with something under $5k I'd be all over it.
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    Re: Alternatives to a Rolex Submariner

    Wonder why no one suggested the Omega Aqua Terra... Am I missing a point here ?


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    The seamaster has so many models which can give the submariner a solid competition......


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