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Omega vs JLC - X'mas watch recommendations

  1. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    Screen Shot 2020-10-11 at 12.13.49 pm.png Hello all, greetings from Sydney.

    I am looking at hopefully getting a watch for X'mas, and I have two options. I know this is pretty much apples vs oranges as these are two very different kinds of watches, but am confused nonetheless. They both cost $13,500 ish here in AUD. Both have a dial complication I don't have in my collection, i.e. one has a worldtimer and one a power reserve indicator. Both are blue, and I already have dress/sports/dive watches in my collection. I like them both equally, hence the question. Anyone experienced with any of these specifically? What do you think? Thanks and Cheers :)
     
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  2. arkman Oct 10, 2020

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    As you said, apples and oranges. I would ask yourself which will get more wrist time.

    One other factor to potentially consider, while the blue dial is relatively new for for the JLC, the Reserve De Marche line has been around for some time. There are going to be many less World Timers out there.
     
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  3. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    The JLC will get more wrist time now that I think about it, as wearing a worldtimer during Covid is kind of an oxymoron. We used to travel frequently before, so it made more sense. But for its price, that worldtimer not only is a stunner but very fairly priced IMHO. On the other hand, I don't have a JLC in my collection (unless I consider the movement used in another AP). Omega is more sturdy of a watch though, at least from a daily wear perspective
     
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  4. kip595 Oct 10, 2020

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    I haven't worn either, but have seen both - for my money, the World Timer would win just due to how interesting I find the dial.

    Now for yourself and what you would get more enjoyment or use out of...?

    Hard to go wrong, but if it was simply for the collection/my enjoyment, the World Timer.
     
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  5. arkman Oct 10, 2020

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    But, I think we are all hoping that we will get to travel again! :thumbsup:
     
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  6. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    That's like a dream now!
     
  7. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    Worldtimer dial is very interesting, that's for sure. It's just the JLC boutique/AD here in Syndey don't have the blue version in stock, and I wanted to see both before making up my mind. Since you have seen both, how bright is the JLC blue compared to the Omega version? In the pictures online it almost looks like a fume dial
     
  8. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Oct 10, 2020

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    Neither speak to me. But I’d take the world timer.
    Honestly I’d go for a reverso if you don’t have one.
     
  9. Vercingetorix Spam Risk Oct 10, 2020

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  10. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Oct 10, 2020

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  11. SkunkPrince Oct 10, 2020

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    You need to decide whether $13K is better spent on a watch or your family. A watch will never love you back.
     
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  12. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    True, but it's a gift from the family :) They are just letting me choose. Besides, this is rare, not often do I get the chance to get such lavish gifts from them :)
     
  13. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    Can't seem to like the Polaris on my wrists... It's a great looker, no doubt, just doesn't look good on me
     
  14. SkunkPrince Oct 10, 2020

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    So glad you can do that. I will be begging for food in a couple months.

    Want to buy a watch?
     
  15. WYGDAI Oct 10, 2020

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    I like Reverso Tribute Duoface, but can never settle on any example where I like both sides equally. And when it comes to reverso, I don't want the engraving, I would rather have two time zones.
     
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  16. bruin20 Oct 11, 2020

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    I have the aqua terra and have worn it more than any other watch in the collection since I picked it up right before lock down.

    a little tough to wind by hand but that’s no problem and the world time feature requires a bit of focus to tell different zones due to small text and numbers.

    other than that zero complaints and would recommend.
     
  17. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Ah, that's comforting to know :) Thanks!
     
  18. AntonisCy Oct 11, 2020

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    If i had to choose between those 2 i would definitely go with the JLC.
     
  19. gbesq Oct 11, 2020

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    As a real fan of Omega (I have had two Geneves, two Speedmasters, three Constellations and three Seamasters), I will tell you that I have recently acquired a JLC and it is in a different league. Omega makes spectacularly good watches that are also a great value proposition compared to other mass produced Swiss brands (I’m talking about you, Rolex) - durable, reliable, stylish and with cutting edge technology, particularly in the new METAS certified master chronometer models. That being said, I would not describe Omega as a brand that represents haute horology whereas JLC most certainly does. Really comes down to your personal preferences, but you can’t go wrong with either brand.
     
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  20. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Thanks, but any particular reason why, please?