I have the opportunity to trade out an Omega Seamaster 300smp (white dial), Seiko TunamSBBN031, and a Halios Universa for a Carteir Santos Large size.
My question is would you make that trade
I would not. You’ve just listed two of my all time favorite watches and a highly respected micro for, admittedly, a great watch in the Cartier. But you’ll have more fun and versatility with the trio.
Nope. Quantity, not quality, is the way to maximize utility in life. Just ask Wilt Chamberlain.
Depends. Is the Cartier and "exit watch" for you? Will you miss the ability to swap between several watches, or do you fancy yourself a one-watch person? The fact that you're asking for advice tells me you have some degree of attachment to the pieces you already own and maybe a small bit of hesitation regarding the Cartier. Given these details, I'd keep what you have and admire the Cartier from afar.
Do you wear those other watches regularly or do they sit in the watch box? Money wise looks like a deal in your favor. I would say if you don't wear the watches you have, a trade is good to try something new.
It seems to be a fair or fair-ish trade objectively.
Unfortunately, trading watches is NOT all objective. Subjectively, it depends on if you want the Santos more than what you already have. Only you can answer that.
Let us know what you decide. Oh, and photos. We need lots of photos. :-)
I would have a hard time trading three for one. It's a good trade though. Assuming condition of the watches are all good. Maybe two for one and some cash...
I have sentimental value with 90% of my watches so I would say no. I browse the web endlessly to find the watch I want so I don't think I can't do it.
I haven't done a trade in a dozen years or more, and have not regretted it. If you want to sell something, go ahead and flip it, and put that towards something you really want.
I probably would, but that’s because:
a) I’m in a reductive phase of my collection and would welcome the opportunity to move 3 pieces for 1, and
b) I like Omega, but I’m not a huge fan of the 300SMP. The hard to use bezel, the non-tapering blingy bracelet…not my thing.
But to best answer your question, I do not think the trade is so uneven that this alone would prevent me from making the trade.
I would 100% make that trade. I traded a Speedy Pro and three desirable Hamiltons for a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe and I couldn’t be happier about it.
While each of the pieces I traded was desirable in it’s own right, the opportunity to step into a new, higher level of build quality at no out of pocket expense has been very rewarding.
Cartier is a big step up from the models you are trading, imho. It’s a step into another league of collecting and watch appreciation.
I would say that it depends on the way you dress,
Do you prefer sport watches or dress watches?
As a seamaster owner myself I wear it everyday and I love it and plan my next watch being a dress watch and decide between Grand seiko snow flake or Cartier santos large,
Since sport watches are much more multitask and go with everything except VERY ELEGANT and cartier are more to the dressy side,
Id say ask yourself about your styling and see from there.
This. You do what's right for you. But if it was me, the Santos for Seamaster, Halios and $1300 cash. Keeping the Tuna for variety in your collection.
I’m not a Santos fan but if you are then do it. YOLO
I love the Santos de Cartier Large and recently purchased one myself. It's an awesome watch, and I'm extremely happy to have it as part of my collection, however in my opinion it isn't quite versatile enough to be an ideal choice for an only watch. If the watches you are considering trading represent your entire collection, then you'd have to think really hard about the loss of versatility, but if you have other watches in your collection as well, I think you'd be happy with the trade.
I specifically opted for the black dial WSSA0037 version with the SS case and ADLC bezel, as it appeared to be the most versatile of the available options. It comes with both the SS bracelet and a rubber strap, and with the Cartier QuickSwitch system, changing between them is a breeze. The finishing is great, and mine is keeping time well within COSC specifications.