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Omega vs JLC - X'mas watch recommendations

  1. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Cheers! You are right. Omega is exceptional value for money, especially in this case. I think if I pinpoint my issue, it's 60% heart, 40% brain = JLC, and 40% heart, 60% brain = Worldtimer. Since I know I won't be getting another piece for a while, I do want something that will last more on a daily wear basis. Just as a ref. point, I do have a CK2998 but no JLC.
     
  2. gbesq Oct 11, 2020

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    Here are photos of my daily wearer (Omega SMPc) and my dress to impress piece (JLC Master Ultra Thin Moon). Very different watches, both great.
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  3. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Both nice, though that JLC is stunning as a dress watch
     
  4. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Another aspect that is to consider is the service costs, Omega has an added worldtimer complication. Anyone experienced in this? A normal Omega chronograph costs roughly 1000 AUD to service here
     
  5. queriver Oct 11, 2020

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    You didn't say whether you've tried both on the wrist for size comparison, 39 vs 43mm I think? IMHO the JLC is more elegant, Omega more "smart casual". If you wear a business suit 5 days a week, the JLC might make more sense because it gives you another option. If you mainly wear smart casual or casual, then the Worldtimer.
     
  6. gbesq Oct 11, 2020

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    On average, an Omega will cost less to service than a JLC, but with any brand the more complications on a given watch, the higher the service cost.
     
  7. AntonisCy Oct 11, 2020

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    I have owned a lot of Omegas but not a JLC which i would like to own. Also although Omega is my favorite brand, JLC is on another level.
     
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  8. Charlemagne1333 Oct 11, 2020

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    I think the World Timer may be of more practical use to you, despite the Covid. I also think the Omega would make a much more interesting addition to a collection, especially down the line.

    As fine as the JLC is, the power reserve indicator only makes sense if it’s to be worn every day - probably not, as you’ve indicated that you have a varied collection.

    It’s very difficult to offer a reasonable, or logical response when this kind of question is asked, especially as an opinion is being sought. The maxim here, and it’s usually a good standard, is to imagine which one would get the most wear.

    Have a good one
     
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  9. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    More smart-casual to be honest. I have tried the Worldtimer but not this particular JLC as it's not available in any Ads / boutiques in Sydney last I checked. The 39mm would be closer home on my wrist size as I usually prefer under 40mm watches, and the worldtimer does look a bit big but has heaps of personality to it and its rather large size of 43.5mm makes it a bit different for my collection. Looks like I am inclining towards the Omega WT
     
  10. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Yeah I release that, but figured maybe someone has serviced a similar JLC recently and know of the rough cost...
     
  11. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    Omega WT would hands-down
     
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  12. Evitzee Oct 11, 2020

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    Neither one of those does much for me. For just a little more you could get the JLC Master Control Calendar, a classic triple date moonphase with thoroughly modern specs.
     
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  13. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Oct 11, 2020

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    $13.5K AUD
    Boutique 119 King st Sydney

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  14. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    This would be awesome but can't do silver/white dials. If this had a blue base, oh yeah, no doubt!
     
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  16. dstfno Oct 11, 2020

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    You don't need to travel to make use of the world timer complication. If you work with people living in other parts of the world or have family/friends there it's useful too.
     
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  17. platogsd Oct 11, 2020

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    I absolutely love the world timer! The only issue is it is a little larger than I venture into - 44 - I'd love to see some wrist shots! I actually haven't seen too many!
     
  18. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    It is large but the way the lugs are designed doesn't feel too big on the wrist. Here's a photo of it on my 6.5-inch wrist for reference IMG_20200614_130453.jpg
     
  19. WYGDAI Oct 11, 2020

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    It would be useful for work, that's true
     
  20. jsducote Oct 11, 2020

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    They both have their downsides. The World Timer doesn't instantly teleport you to the timezone of your choice, but the power reserve on the JLC doesn't directly correlate to YOUR power.

    But seriously, I don't think there's anything particularly unique about JLC, so between those two I'd choose the WT. But as others have pointed out, there are other choices and a duoface reverso would be a cracking one.
     
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