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Oyster Perpetual 39mm or Omega Seasmaster Aqua Terra

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I've been browsing the forum for quite some time now, loads of great watches/reviews/advice on here.

As I'm now in the market for my very first luxury time piece I thought it would make sense for me to ask for some opinions on which watch to go for.

Options

  1. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm - blue dial on steel bracelet
  2. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm - blue dial 

I absolutely love both watches, but can't afford both. So have to whittle it down to just one - hopefully some fellow watch enthusiasts can help me decide.

Did spend a lot time thinking if the black dial variants on each watch are 'better', am I making the right choice?

I've actually put a deposit down for the OP 39mm (it's luckily in stock) and now debating which to go for. Didn't want to lose it whilst making up my mind.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Welcome to the forum and in my opinion you've done the right thing putting a deposit down on that OP, it's a stunner:thumbsup: but on the other hand :laugh:

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10 minutes ago, zapot said:

Thanks for your thoughts!

I'm totally biased, so it's going to be the Rolex. Wear it with anything.

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Apart from the fact you will lose very little if anything on the OP come resale, one thing to bear in mind is the lack of fine adjustment on the AT clasp.

I've bought and sold three AT's because I just couldn't get a good fit on the bracelet, even with two half links and much experimenting. It was either hanging down the wrist like a bangle or would cut the circulation off – no happy middle ground. Although they look good on leather, I prefer metal bracelets. This isn't going to be the case for everyone but until you try it you won't know.

You'll have no such worries with the OP.

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4 minutes ago, Turpinr said:

Definitely blue and not black

You win !

rolex_114300-Blue-Oyster_1.jpg

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Wow - looks like there's a clear winner so far here! 

Do we think this will be a 'timeless' piece? In the sense that in 10 years down the line, the green hour markers and blue dial won't look outdated? This colour combination looks to be so different from other Rolex models that I'm worried it might 'go out of date' pretty quickly. But I don't know much about this, being recently interested in such watches.

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6 minutes ago, zapot said:

Do we think this will be a 'timeless' piece? In the sense that in 10 years down the line, the green hour markers and blue dial won't look outdated?

I'd give it at least 40 years. It's not really that far away from an Explorer, or Air King in its simplicity of design, and they've been about, albeit with the odd update, for decades. Personally I'd go for the 36mm one, but that's just me.

 

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I saw an Air King in a shop in Kendal about 12 months ago, in that blue colour.Much better than my white faces one :(

13 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

I'd give it at least 40 years. It's not really that far away from an Explorer, or Air King in its simplicity of design, and they've been about, albeit with the odd update, for decades. Personally I'd go for the 36mm one, but that's just me.

 

:hmmm9uh:mmmmm I think 40 years will see me out.

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sorry to follow the herd but has to be OP, ( abait white dial first and rhodium 2nd for me) but blue is class.:thumbsup:

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Thanks for the thoughts - blue it is! I'll speak to my AD tomorrow and let them know it's a keeper.

Sure you've all had more experience purchasing expensive watches compared to me. Do you know if there's anything I can negotiate/expect to receive if this is my first Rolex? Perhaps ask for 1 service as part of the total cost? Or a watchwinder? 

Just want to make sure I'm being looked after...

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You'll be lucky if they hold the door for you. 

Good choice though, the Omega is a beautiful watch but it's not a Rolex.

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Absolutely zero chance of a discount on the Rolex. They might let you clean the shop in gratitude for selling you the watch though. However, you'll have a stunning watch that will stand the test of time and be a future classic.

The Rolex every day of the week for me :thumbsup:

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The Rolex for me was underwhelming .... Nice watch, but just nice. The Omega Is a much better watch on almost all levels for me , apart from ( as mentioned ) the bracelet is illogical for a general "sports" watch. If Omega did the white faced vision on a 41mm without the daft "orange" ticker then I would already own one on a strap.... but hey ho.

 

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Agree - the 41mm AT version felt oversized to me and that orange second hand didn’t look right...

I spent a lot of time debating to go with either the AQ or OP. After discount the AT on steel bracelet could be had for £3.9k and OP £4.5k. Stretching and extra £600 felt worth it.

I’ve noticed that on sites like watchfinder and chrono24 that the same model OP are listed at £5.4k. Are people really buying these watches to make a profit? I know they are hard to get hold of, but is it worth the extra? Or is it an indication that the watch will hold its value in the future?

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I would go for the AT - I have a 36mm blue face OP that I want to sell as I don’t wear it enough. Lovely watch but just too small for my tastes.

It is in the classifieds if you are interested


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6 hours ago, zapot said:

Agree - the 41mm AT version felt oversized to me and that orange second hand didn’t look right...

I spent a lot of time debating to go with either the AQ or OP. After discount the AT on steel bracelet could be had for £3.9k and OP £4.5k. Stretching and extra £600 felt worth it.

I’ve noticed that on sites like watchfinder and chrono24 that the same model OP are listed at £5.4k. Are people really buying these watches to make a profit? I know they are hard to get hold of, but is it worth the extra? Or is it an indication that the watch will hold its value in the future?

I was offered a white dialled 39mm OP at a dealer last month and declined it after trying it on. The dealer was astonished I didn't buy it to make a quick few hundred quid. He said as much.

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I don't think there's money to be made on OPs at the moment. But it will certainly hold its value in the short term and perhaps gain slightly over the longer term.

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Sorry to be late on this one, @zapot. :)

I must admit that I am not that keen on the Omega Aqua Terra; it just doesn't quite have the look of something truly classic for me; a little bit not quite perfect aesthetically, partly perhaps because of the horizontal bars across the dial. I would therefore plump for the Rolex which just has classic "written" all over it, even with the secondary green markers on the blue dial. 

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Just curious to know why the choice is limited to omega and rolex. many other nice brands around at that price point ...

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3 hours ago, GASHEAD said:

I don't think there's money to be made on OPs at the moment. But it will certainly hold its value in the short term and perhaps gain slightly over the longer term.

I could have made a quick £600 on the white dialled one ..... all lined up if I agreed etc etc ,,, but its just not my bag. The guy second on the list for AD to phone for me had dibs on it. I don't like throwing money away, but also don't like making money the "wrong" way. 

The black and white dialled OPs are very sought after currently so are a certain purchase if residuals are important.

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39 minutes ago, Rotundus said:

Just curious to know why the choice is limited to omega and rolex. many other nice brands around at that price point ...

I initially wanted a Tudor BB58, but the waiting lists were too long for my liking. What else should I consider? 

3 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

Sorry to be late on this one, @zapot. :)

I must admit that I am not that keen on the Omega Aqua Terra; it just doesn't quite have the look of something truly classic for me; a little bit not quite perfect aesthetically, partly perhaps because of the horizontal bars across the dial. I would therefore plump for the Rolex which just has classic "written" all over it, even with the secondary green markers on the blue dial. 

I think the date at the bottom looked like it was in the wrong place too. 

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