I've enjoyed reading posts here on the GS forum and, after extensively researching the brand and seeing several in the metal at my local AD over the past couple of years, have decided to take the plunge. I'm torn between two models, though, and want to ask those of you who own Spring Drive and 9F your thoughts, please.
Yesterday I visited my AD and physically handled the SBGA375...absolutely love the watch! Everything about it sings to me and I was ready to break out the credit card. My only reservation is I also like the looks of the new 60th anniversary 9F 2020 blue dial with blue ceramic bezel (SBGP015) that hits stores in April. My only real criteria is that the watch must have a blue dial. The SBGA375 is stunning, no doubt; although from pictures it looks as though the SBGP015 would be a real looker, too. Plus it's got 200m water resistance and is insanely resistant to magnetism (16,000 A/m). Then there's the issue of Spring Drive v. 9F. As someone who already owns several nice Swiss automatics, yes, the Spring Drive is mesmerizing to look at; yet there's something about the surgical precision of the 9F ticking each hashmark that is equally if not more astounding than the smooth sweep of the Spring Drive. The AD actually had another 9F in the case and, getting to see that tick in person, really floored me. In regard to quartz, I also like the peace of mind knowing that I shouldn't have the downstream maintenance/service costs associated that I would with Spring Drive.
So if blue dial is my "must have," should I wait and see the SBGP015 in April and then decide between it and the SBGA375, or should I jump on the Spring Drive now? Because this is my first foray into GS, I want to make a sensible purchase because, let's face it, if I love my first, I know I'll buy a second, as our "disease" mandates. :)
Thank you in advance for your guidance.