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Initial post: May 28, 2012, 8:18:30 AM PDT
Brad W. says:
Hi all,

Just discovered this forum while looking over a few watches. Your comments are extremely helpful, and so I thought I'd see if anyone had any thoughts on my upcoming purchase.

I'm looking for a sport watch and am attracted to driving watches--mostly for style (though I'm not a diver in any event).

I'm considering an Omega Speedmaster (3570.50.00, among others) or a TAG Heuer Carrera (CV2A10.BA0796). Thoughts? (I recognize that some folks are anti-TAG Heuer, but the Carrera seems like a classic.)

I like both, but I'm not wedded to the models. I've also looked at a Breitling Navitimer (A2133012/B571), though the prices are higher and the size edges toward too-big-to-wear. Any advice or suggestions (including for makes I may not have considered) would be a great help--thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 9:03:39 AM PDT
Hi, Brad, and welcome. While both the TAG and Omega are very nice watches with dependable movements and good finishings, if you are indeed attracted first to divers then I would take a serious look at the Breitling Steelfish. It is no longer in production, but places like TimeZone's Sales Corner have them being sold as used for $2000 and under. Might even look at Longines' HydroQuest, or a used Omega Seamaster, in all of its various forms.

Cheaper still, but still fine watches in the diving category are the Deep Blues, Helsons, Marathons, Ocean 7s, used Doxas (thought these will run you more), Benarus, Steinhart, Dievas, and quite a few others.

Back to the Carrera and Speedmaster, the Speedmaster has a richer history, but in my book both are worthy of consideration, with my nod going slightly toward the Speedo. Good luck. LP

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 9:09:09 AM PDT
GRiM says:
Brad, I agree with LP on all counts. Note that I wouldn't consider either of the watches you cited as a diving watch, although both Omega and TAG do make diving chronographs.

Here's another option:

Baume & Mercier Men's 8723 Riviera Chronograph Date Watch

But as LP says, there are tons of possibilities.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 9:55:50 AM PDT
Brad W. says:
LP and GRiM--thanks for the thoughts (and the quick replies!). Just to clarify my original post, I'm looking at the Carrera and Speedmaster because I like the style of driving (motorsports) or pilots' watches. I'm actually avoiding divers' watches (and, since I'm not a diver, don't need one anyway).

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 10:03:43 AM PDT
GRiM says:
Oops, sorry, misread "driving" in your original post.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 10:08:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012, 10:12:36 AM PDT
GRiM says:
This one has a sort of interesting automotive theme. I have a non-chronograph version of it:

May be hard to find, though...

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 10:36:50 AM PDT
Ditto. Sorry Brad, I mistook it for diving, too. Should of had my reading glasses on (lol). In that case, belay my last and again, between the two I lean slightly toward the Omega, but not by much. I really do like the design of the TAG better, but going primarily on tradition here. Still would suggest that you look at TimeZone's Sales Corner. See a lot of what you are looking for there. Also, would still give Dievas a look and Steinhart/Debaufre. LP

Posted on May 28, 2012, 11:16:33 AM PDT
GRiM says:
What about something like this:

Posted on May 28, 2012, 5:24:52 PM PDT
Brad W. says:
Thanks, GRiM. I hadn't looked at Oris. Really like the looks of a few of the brand's pieces! I know Oris by name but don't know a thing about the brand. What do you think of it generally? How about in relation to Omega or TAG? Thanks again!

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 6:30:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012, 6:30:58 PM PDT
GRiM says:
Brad, as we use the term watch tiers on this forum (which basically just means median selling price, and should not really be interpreted to mean very much else), Omega is a higher tier than TAG, and TAG is a higher tier than Oris. However, a lot of watch collectors have good things to say about Oris and they have some interesting designs - I'm personally partial to the Artelier line. I would think of them as generally similar to Raymond Weil, nicely finished, generally with basic ETA movements.

Posted on May 29, 2012, 6:14:43 AM PDT
Brad W. says:
Thanks. That was my basic understanding, too. I do like the design and will try to check them out in person along with the other two. One more that popped up on my radar just yesterday (after talking to a friend) was the Chopard Mille Miglia.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012, 7:22:36 AM PDT
GRiM says:
Brad, I've never found a Chopard whose design I really liked, but obviously that's a matter of personal taste and, as Luca Pacioli noted, there's no accounting for it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 6:31:40 AM PDT
Bulova Men's 98B142 Precisionist Champlain Black Dial Rubber Strap WatchEveryone needs to read Brad W's post carefully. He said he wants "DRIVING" not "DIVING". So all discussions that replied denoting diving watches miss the mark. For an inexpensive yet excellent driving watch, look at the new Bulova Precionist with carbon fiber look to the face. It's not a chrono though, but if you're driving hard, someone else will be keeping timing and scoring......
Otherwise, own a piece of history with theOmega Speedmaster.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012, 1:02:35 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 6, 2012, 3:33:40 PM PDT
Brad W. says:
Thanks, all. Still debating. Another make that I've come across is Ebel--the 1911 Discovery line (1215796 or 1215795) at least look nice. Thoughts on the brand?

Posted on Jun 6, 2012, 4:31:08 PM PDT
David Wolfe says:
My two cents it that Ebel is a long established reputable brand which generally ranks just below Rolex and Omega, and many place on the same level as Breitling, Chopard, Baume & Mercier, and Bvlgari. Well made, great fit and finish, top notch. Also, my boss, who can basically afford any brand he wants, wears a Ebel and always has........if you really like it, I don't think you'll get any dissenting opinions regarding that are a couple of interesting reviews linked below:

Posted on Jun 7, 2012, 7:15:28 AM PDT
X says:
David: Spot on. If you like the design of an Ebel and the price is keen, go for it.
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