The Omega Seamaster is probably the highest quality in and out swiss automatic watch you can get for your money when diving into the depths of entry level luxury watches. It has all you will need for everyday use, diving, and much more packed inside this $3,000 watch.
Case And Dial
The Ceramic Seamaster is available in both black and blue color schemes. The case diameter is relatively close to its’ older brother, the submariner-coming in at 41MM. In terms of thickness we are looking at 13MM while the lugs are 20Mm. The case is finely brushed with hints of polishing comprised of solid 316L steel. The finishing is very good, but not Rolex good. This diver is capable of diving to depths of 300M and even has the typical Omega Helium Escape valve at the 10:00 position, if you would ever need it. The shiniest detail has to be the Ceramic polished bezel insert which sits on top of the 120 Click Uni-Directional dive bezel. The tints of blue shining off of the Anti Reflective coated Sapphire crystal really play nicely with the bezel.
Omega is known for packing a lot of punch into their movements at relatively affordable prices in the luxury sector. This model utilizes the Omega 2500 Co-Axial movement which is a really great movement, and two steps ahead of something like an ETA or Selitta. It contains 27 Jewels, Accuracy within +2 seconds a day usually on examples I have handled, and beats at 28,800 VPH. It also features beautiful geneva striping on the rotor and bridges.
The bracelet is your typical solid steel bracelet with screwed links and a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. The clasp is signed with the Omega insignia and features a nice milled clasp as well. A dual button deployment is utilized for extra security.
Where to Buy?
So, Yearning for the best price on an Omega SM300? I certainly would never pay full retail on a watch like this and neither should you. I do purchase luxury watches on the grey market, and have been doing so for a few years now after getting ripped off by Authorized Dealers. The thing is, if you pay full retail (20% Higher)
when you go to sell your watch, you will lose a lot of money. I do reccomend JomaShop located here
in Brooklyn as they have a wide selection of luxury and entry level timepieces in stock daily. They are the largest grey market watch dealer online, and for good reason.
I have left a link below where you can check them out and browse their inventory. Thanks for reading!
Case and Dial
The 2018 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 features a slimmer profile slightly , and of course a diameter of 41MM. The case is also highly polished , comprised of the infamous Rolex 904L stainless steel. The sloped 18K fluted bezel sits over the nude sapphire crystal ( No AR Coating ) , while the caseback remains sterile and screwed down for 100M of true tested water resistance. In between the lugs we have a very average 20Mm, which makes this jubilee swappable with any two tone oyster models.
The dial is configured with your typical Rolex applied Lumed stick markers, 18K applied crown logo below 12:00, and your 2.5X magnification over the date window at 3:00. This 126333 is the white dialed version if you have not noticed, and the gold sits nicely alongside this palet. A small detail which is new is the placement of a crown between swiss and made at 6:00.
The Rolex In-House COSC certified and Rolex certified 3255 movement resides inside this beauty, featuring 70 hours of power reserve, blue parachrom anti-magnetic hairspring, and Paraflex shock absorbers. You WILL get around +2 seconds a day guaranteed out of the store with this watch.
The Jubilee bracelet was first introduced in 1945 by Rolex and is a modern day classic. However, these new and improved solid jubilee bracelets are much, much better. The bracelet contains screw links and is comprised of 18K solid yellow gold and 904L steel. The newer bracelets do not stretch nearly as much as the previous ones, and are much more durable. The clasp itself contains a flip lock with a classic Rolex polished millee clasp. Another feature is a slight adjustment underneath the clasp for comfortability if your wrist happens to swell up during the hot months of summer.
The Datejust 41 line is certainly an appealing line for the modern man. First of all, the size difference is definitely
notable when comparing this watch to a generation of older 36MM cases. All of the movement upgrades are definitely shown in this quite expensive price of $12700 retail from an authorized dealer. However, Rolex does produce high quality, accurate, and nearly perfect watches that will last a lifetime if serviced and properly taken care of. For me, I do like this watch enough to reccommend it to my viewers, and I must admit - I am a two-tone guy!
The new revised and updated “Pepsi” GMT master was released this past baselworld and has the watch community in shock. Prior to this release, the only Blue/Red GMT variation available was the solid white gold version on the oyster bracelet. With the addition of a stainless steel GMT Pepsi on the new Rolex Jubilee bracelet and clasp, this watch is a classic in the making, and the prices already prove that.
Retail Price : $9250 USD
The case is your typical oyster style case with a case diameter of 40MM and a thickness of 12.3MM comprised of the elite Rolex 904L stainless steel. The lug width measures 20MM and we get a nice mix of brushed tops and polished sides. The GMT is water resistant to 100M and has a trip lock screw down signed crown. The caseback is sterile as usual and fits in with every other model besides a couple.
The Black Lacquer Dial is quite typical of your newer ceramic GMts with applied Chromalight blue lume, Mercedes style hand with long pointed arrow lumed GMT hand. Our cyclops date magnifier is over at 3:00 with a white date wheel:black numerals. Three lines of simple text above 6:00 stating the Chronometer certification and model name is all you really need and I am glad they did not overdue it with text. I do like the addition of the crown between Swiss and Made at 6:00 which is seen on the newer Rolex models. If you didn’t know, the hands and bezels surrounding the markers are made of 18K white gold. The BiDirectional Blue/Red Cerachrom insert looks good, but the colors are a little off in my honest opinion. The red appears slightly pinkish and does not match the original GMTs. However, the bezel allows us to hold two time zones at the same time making this a great travel companion.
The In House Calibre 3285 is one workhorse of a movement. This movement is COSC certified of course and will run accurately within -2 or +2 seconds a day with no error. Rolex movements are some of the most consistent and reliable mechanical movements I have seen. From the Blue Parachrom hairspring, to the beautiful chronergy escapement, increased shock resistance and 70 hour power reserve - you are definitely getting your moneys worth with this inside your Rolex. A near function related to the GMT function is the independent hour increments the hand can flip for easier time zone movement.
Furthermore my fellow Rolex Fanboys, the new GMT is certainly appealing and has the momentum in the market at the moment with prices seen at 18K+ which is completely rediculous, and I would never pay that much over retail for a new piece. The movement upgrades are a big plus in my book, as well as the addition of the new super comfortable Jubilee bracelet. I would wait until things cool down a bit before purchasing one and see if the prices come down...At retail $9250 It is definitely worth it if your on the hunt for a Pepsi style GMT and do not want to go down the vintage route.
The breitling SuperOcean Heritage II is a vintage inspired dive watch dating back to the early days of the Superocean breitling line. This iteration has received some great upgrades in terms of materials utilized, movement, and overall look.
Case and Dial
The 42MM case on this version ( 46MM available also ) is comrpsied of highly breitling polished 316L steel. Now if you did not know, Breitling makes some of the best cases out there in terms of fit and finish, so this is no surprise here. The lugs are 22Mm and the width measures 14.3MM. The case Itself weighs around 90 grams and is certainly not super heavy when compared to other divers in this category, but rather average. A very easy to grip mid sized crown with knurreling sits over at 3:00 which is screwed down of course for the 200M of water resistance this case can take. I really wont get into the caseback, because well it is screwed down, quite plain and boring. The dial is where the action is at on this piece which pays excellent homage to the original 1950s superocean. The highly polished and sharp applied silver indices and broad arrow hand help to achieve a vintage, yet bold and daring look. There is lume on the hands and small pips behind each applied marker, which honestly is not enough...for me atleast. A nice upgrade is the 120 click UniDirectional bezel which is comprised of Ceramic in a high polished black colour. I must say the action is fairly good, with minimal backplay nor alignment issues. Now it is nowhere near Rolex bezel good, but its good enough for what you can expect from Breitling.
The most noticeable upgrade is the integration of the new Tudor/Breitling collaboration movement. The in-house Breitling Calibre 20 contains 28 jewels, beats at 28,800 BPH, and has a very long power reserve of 70 hours. This movement is also chronometer certified and gains around 2 seconds a day.
Strap Options - Rubber / Mesh / Leather
Now I tried on all 3 variations of the straps options for the HII and found out three things. The black catachouc rubber strap with integrated clasp is super
flexible and comfortable, and great quality. The Mesh bracelet version is also very comfortable and suits the watch just fine. Although, the same breitling deployant is used on previous models from the years behind us...and they need to upgrade them! Do not get me wrong they are well made, adjustable, and have enough micro space for a perfect fit. I just wish they can integrate some kind of easy adjust system. The leather straps from Breitling are of course superb quality as always , but who wants a leather strap on a watch your going to be swimming with?
Furthermore my fellow addicts, the 42MM Black SuperOcean Heritage II is a great watch if you really take a look at what you get for the coin. From the new in house movement, ceramic upgrade, quality straps as usual, and flawless case cut/finish - You are getting your moneys worth with this one. I can feel quality when I pick something up for the first time, and while I did not feel it with the original Superocean One, I certainly felt it in this upgraded newer model.
Welcome back to another review my fellow Watch Addicts. Today on the table is the all new JS9 automatic dive watch from Swiss watch manufacturer Armand Nicolet. Armand has a history dating back to 1846 and originated in the Tramelan area of Switzerland. They are a relatively small company with 20 or so employees, but definitely put out quite a decent watch for the coin.
To see the Packaging please view the video review on my YouTube channel
The JS9 is a very nice looking watch at first glance with its solid 316L brushed steel case, along with nice chamfered polished edges which go around to the backside of the 24MM lugs. In terms of diameter, we are looking at a bit of a larger diver at 44MM wide and 13MM thick. The case has a rather unique design considering the “Claw” style lugs which depart downwards for comfortable placement on the wrist. The caseback is something also that quite surprised me with a really detailed brushed engraving of specification and a fish emblem. This IS a diving watch considering the 300M water resistance with screw down crown/caseback. A nice feature that I found is the awesome grip on the black rubberized signed crown. I must admit, the grip is very good, and this is also unique as very few watch brands implicate this design besides Audemars Piguet and a couple others.
The dial is a Matte black with a slight grainy substance in texture. Applied markers surround the dial and are flipped which give the JS9 its’ own design. This watch certainly does not homage other popular divers such as the Submariner, which we see way too often. Inside these markers lays evenly applied Green SuperLuminova which I found to be quite responsive and gets the job done ( Pic Below ). Although, this is a true dive watch, the whole style of design and logo in a typical Armand Nicolet always reminds me of dress watches or fancier functional everyday watches. Standard features at this pricepoint of $1700 CHF include an Anti-Reflective sapphire crystal, a 120 Click Ceramic Unidirectional bezel which is pretty decent in terms of functionality and feel. Paddle style brushed grey toned hands blend in with the black/white color scheme and look in place on this piece. One odd thing I noticed is the absence of lume at the 12:00 Triangle on the bezel, which I wish they would have added for easier timing in dark settings. Lastly, I like the white background date window at 3:00 and feel it does look in tune with the white elements on the JS9.
Inside the JS9 resides an automatic ETA 2846 Swiss movement which A.Nicolet calls the AN-2846-9. This movement beats at a lower rate of 21,600 BPH, features a custom AN rotor, 21 jewels, and a 48 hour power reserve. This watch doesn’t have a COSC certification and runs within the ETA standard at around -10 seconds a day on my example. We all know ETA makes reliable and easy to service no nonsense workhorse movements , so no need to really worry about issues if a service is performed every few years.
The 24MM brushed steel bracelet is of good quality and has those swiss fluidity characteristics. Do keep in mind that this bracelet uses double screws, so if you are
not accustomed to sizing this type of bracelet which requires two flathead micro screwdrivers in opposite motions at the same time, please do see a watchmaker. I, myself had no issue and sized it fairly quick, removing 3 links and the half link that the bracelet comes with. I do wish they did include another half link so I can have a perfect even fit on both sides. A dual button butterfly clasp is incorporated which provides a seemless clean look when on wrist. The bracelet does feature some nice perlage on the inner clasp and a safety fold over signed clasp for finishing touches. The articlulating links really do make a big difference in terms of comfort, and I am overall happy with the bracelet on my 6.5” wrist. There are also options with rubber straps which do look pretty appealing and in my eyes would look a bit more sporty, or “diver-like”.
In conclusion, the JS9 is certainly an appealing entry level luxury dive watch from Armand Nicolet. It checks all the boxes and stacks up to other competitors divers in this price range such as Oris, Raymond Weil, Rado, and so on. I do like the semi-dressy look and believe this can be a very versatile watch whether wearing it with your suit or a day at the beach. The overall design and cut of the case definitely sets it apart from other brands and having more options in this segment is certainly needed. Thanks for taking the time to read another Watch Addict article.