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I've been following this Forum for a month or so and am delighted to join you all at last. Up until a few months ago I was the happy owner of an Omega Seamaster bought fourteen years ago. It was a nice watch with a silver bezel and blue face and the signature helium release valve. It had loads of sentimental value too which I won't go into here! Sadly the watch was lost but I was fortunate enough to have most of it's replacement value covered by insurance. However, it transpires that Omega are discontinuing Quartz movements - the net effect of which is that in the UK the cheapest Omega watches are now in excess of £2,000. (Whereas the quartz models retailed at about £1,500). The effect of all this was to make me reconsider what I actually wanted from a watch before committing to an exact replacement (There are a few quartz Omega versions still in shops, but it irks a little to be asked top dollar for something that is on the way out...). And so I determined that what I wanted was great daytime and nighttime visibility, something reasonably stylish but not too flashy and that can be worn for business and pleasure equally. I don't dive anymore either. I do work in different time zones so a GMT type facility would be useful. An automatic movement would also be a bonus if I could have that too for under £1,500. Finally, I felt that it would be great to have something on my wrist that is a little different to the usual UK high-street chain brands (Omega, Breitling, Oris etc - The UK is swamped with them). A relation showed me his Lumix watch - and that made me realise that visibility really was the most useful feature a watch could give me, in addition to the obvious time-telling!

And so after much research, my choice was - Ball Engineer Master II Aviator GMT

Now, the story took a slight twist in that the watch was sourced through the insurers and I ordered a black face with Steel Bracelet. What arrived was a brown face on a leather strap! Oh dear... after waiting six weeks for delivery that was a little disappointing. But... after a couple of days looking at the brown watch, it really grew on me and the leather strap does actually go very well with the watch design. So I am keeping the watch but have ordered a steel bracelet for a time in the future when I might want to switch from leather.

I think this is a fantastic watch that meets my spec. perfectly, superb design and nicely proportioned - strangely the photos I see of it don't do it justice - in the flesh it is a terrific looking watch (my wife thinks so too) and of course at night it has now become my bedside clock with its terrific lume!

I hope to post some pics soon. Best Wishes.:thumbup1:
 

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I've been following this Forum for a month or so and am delighted to join you all at last. Up until a few months ago I was the happy owner of an Omega Seamaster bought fourteen years ago. It was a nice watch with a silver bezel and blue face and the signature helium release valve. It had loads of sentimental value too which I won't go into here! Sadly the watch was lost but I was fortunate enough to have most of it's replacement value covered by insurance. However, it transpires that Omega are discontinuing Quartz movements - the net effect of which is that in the UK the cheapest Omega watches are now in excess of £2,000. (Whereas the quartz models retailed at about £1,500). The effect of all this was to make me reconsider what I actually wanted from a watch before committing to an exact replacement (There are a few quartz Omega versions still in shops, but it irks a little to be asked top dollar for something that is on the way out...). And so I determined that what I wanted was great daytime and nighttime visibility, something reasonably stylish but not too flashy and that can be worn for business and pleasure equally. I don't dive anymore either. I do work in different time zones so a GMT type facility would be useful. An automatic movement would also be a bonus if I could have that too for under £1,500. Finally, I felt that it would be great to have something on my wrist that is a little different to the usual UK high-street chain brands (Omega, Breitling, Oris etc - The UK is swamped with them). A relation showed me his Lumix watch - and that made me realise that visibility really was the most useful feature a watch could give me, in addition to the obvious time-telling!

And so after much research, my choice was - Ball Engineer Master II Aviator GMT

Now, the story took a slight twist in that the watch was sourced through the insurers and I ordered a black face with Steel Bracelet. What arrived was a brown face on a leather strap! Oh dear... after waiting six weeks for delivery that was a little disappointing. But... after a couple of days looking at the brown watch, it really grew on me and the leather strap does actually go very well with the watch design. So I am keeping the watch but have ordered a steel bracelet for a time in the future when I might want to switch from leather.

I think this is a fantastic watch that meets my spec. perfectly, superb design and nicely proportioned - strangely the photos I see of it don't do it justice - in the flesh it is a terrific looking watch (my wife thinks so too) and of course at night it has now become my bedside clock with its terrific lume!

I hope to post some pics soon. Best Wishes.:thumbup1:
Congrats and welcome! I have the Aviator Dual Time and LOVE it. It is my favorite of 4:cool1:
Mike
 

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Sad to hear you lost your much loved Omega, but it looks like you've replaced it with something that will serve you well for years to come :thumbup1:.
And welcome to WTF - always great when lurkers turn into members.
 
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