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First time posting (on any forum, ever), but I've thoroughly enjoyed the last several hours(!) reading various threads about Omega watches. Here's my happy problem: I have entered that stage of life where I want to, and can afford to consider some of life's finer things, but am completely new to quality timepieces. For dress-wear I currently own a simple, thin, smallish, gold-coloured Seiko from the 1980s that is nice enough, but NOTHING like (in looks, performance, build, size or cost) the modern high-level watches I've started looking at in stores, or just read about on this forum.

It so happens that, just as my mind has opened up to a truly great watch, my local jeweller has directed me to an estate Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chrono 2500 with red leather? box and full docs/cards (Ref#23033000, Watch#81918198, Circa Nov 2008) at what seems an interesting price Cdn$2k (=~US$2.1k). The jeweller knows the watch semi-aficionado who owned, but never/rarely (gasp!) wore it, so its near-new/mint condition seems plausible. The watch looks superb to my rookie eye. Photos attached (sorry about quality):
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I have checked with nearest AD (because I want to set-up a service connection if I buy), and they said last current AT steel-redgold model they sold was $5.95k. Independently, the jeweller professionally contacted a USA-based watch specialist who said $6k would be his selling price.

My main interest is for a somewhat-understated (hence not the Rolex which jeweller also has from estate) dress watch, clean/elegant design (most important), but mildly sporty (or at least capable, as in showers, moonlit beach strolls, shallow snorkelling, sweaty pillow fights with wife, etc.).

In an ideal world (money no object, lots of time and choice) I've thought I MIGHT prefer slightly different features, such as a non-gold and blue/black face variety, but not overly important, plus I think that variety MIGHT not be so dressy (or versatile?) as this one's steel & red gold with white-face effect. Nor, frankly, would I be willing/able to justify full price (6k?) for a current red (or any flavour of) gold AT.

So that's the long-winded (sorry) story. I would sincerely welcome any detailed opinions you amazingly-knowledgeable types could offer about the opportunity before me: Is it a steal, a pretty good choice, a neither good nor bad beginning, a mildly stupid idea, or bumbling idiot territory? Many thanks.
 

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Welcome! That's a nice looking watch, and lots of members like the AT. If you want my opinion I'd look for a newer model with the caliber 8500 inside instead of one with the caliber 2500. They can be found pre-owned also. Might cost a bit more, but worth it in the long run.
 
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