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April 27, 2015

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Ulysses

Do you really think you could hold off on buying new watches for that long though? Seems like an awfully long time to go without a purchase. On the other hand, you'll have eighteen months in which to decide if your love for the Planet Ocean burns as brightly as when you started saving. You may even find that your tastes have changed, steering you towards something else.

Personally, I find the PO handsome but "safe" in design terms. It's a great watch and very popular, but popular for the same reason that everyone's favourite ice-cream flavour is vanilla. If it were me, i'd go for a Tudor Pelagos. You get the Rolex build-quality, stripped of any and all pretentious flourish. This thing is entirely matte, with a brushed finish. The dial is very stark, "flat" looking and easy to read. No chrome-edged indices, no fancy polish. In fact, it's built with the same unwavering focus on practicality and precision as a high-quality tool from Germany, like an adjustable wrench or something. You'd have to like tools to appreciate such a sober-looking thing in a market filled with sparkling jewels, but that's precisely what makes it stand out. What's more, you wouldn't have to worry about scratching it, because a brushed finish is so easy to restore. It's solid titanium with a clasp that automatically adjusts to your wrist size, and very "toolish".

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/tudor-pelagos-review

Angelo

Funny that Ulysses brings up Tudor. The woman I've mentioned before---one of my company's executives from NY, visited my region again today for meetings. She and her husband own a few jewelry stores around New York/New Jersey. She knows I'm into watches---always curious to see which one I'll have on. Today, she wore a new "Michele" watch---oversized case, rose gold and black---very sharp watch. For the record, I was wearing a very understated watch---35MM 1950s Omega Bumper dress watch. Anyway---to the point----she told me that their stores are now taking on the Tudor line. We've talked about Tudor before because I mentioned seeing some ads in Car and Driver magazine for Tudor watches---and the new styles are really nice. I don't think I've seen the one that Ulysses linked to---and that looks like a solid piece.

herculodge

When I saw the Omega Planet Ocean on Silicon Valley, it looked less vanilla and more bold and classic. What a transcendent piece.

jonnybardo

Tudor has grown on me, especially the Black Bay and Pelagos, and I prefer them to the Submariner in terms of looks, but as far as dive watches go I still greatly prefer the Omegas.

I also agree with Jeff - the PO isn't vanilla, either the chrono or non-chrono. It has its own unique look.

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