I'm really wanting to pick up a blue-dialed watch with a high accuracy quartz movement. I've already tried the Grand Seiko SBGX065 but found the blue dial to be too bright and flashy. The only other options i've been able to find in my budget are these two.
The SBGX007 is an older model from the early 2000s with the 9F62 movement. The case and dial design is slightly different than the newer SBGX models. Also, the sapphire is domed rather than flat. Then there's the AB9000-52L, which forego's the lume of other Chronomasters and uses the A660 movement. The whole package is very reminiscent of the SBGX065, with a darker blue.
Which one would you choose? There is a price difference, with the SBGX007 being a little over half the price of the newer Citizen watch, but it's harder to find an example in excellent condition. Is it worth paying the premium for the new Citizen, or does the charm of the old Grand Seiko and lower price tag make it worth waiting around for a good copy?