What would you choose?

I'm facing a serious decision to make! I can sell my Omega SMP and add some extra cash to buy a used Sub, or I can choose not to sell anything and purchase a brand new Santos from the boutique. The price difference is negligible. What would be your thought process in choosing between these two options? Alternatively, I can work harder, resist this temptation, and slowly save up for a Royal Oak 馃槄

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I would definitely go for the Santos. The Sub in my opinion doesn鈥檛 deliver anything that other brands can鈥檛 except for the crown on the dial and the brand history. The santos has a way more individual design language in my opinion. Also as a SMP fanboy I would never sell that one.. (if I had one 馃槳) 馃槣

My vote was for the Santos. Why would you sell the Omega to spend even more on an inferior product?

The way your post is written, you don't seem to be really interested in any of those watches.

I have a Sub and a Seamaster. I love both but I鈥檇 pick the Sub all day, every day. Not a fan of the Santos at all. I was interested in buying one, but as soon as I tried it on, I knew it wasn鈥檛 for me. However, in your case, a Seamaster and a Santos is a great 2 watch combination. I can鈥檛 argue that.

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caktaylor

My vote was for the Santos. Why would you sell the Omega to spend even more on an inferior product?

The way your post is written, you don't seem to be really interested in any of those watches.

I actually like all of them, but I gotta choose as money is not infinite. 馃榾 The Sub might be inferior in some areas of comparison, while it may be superior in others. So why would I sell the SMP? Just to try something new and see how that feels! I think that's a part of our watch journey. I've had my Omega for a while, I like it, but I've never had a Sub before. Who knows, maybe I'll like it even more?

I have the SMP and a Santos and I wouldn鈥檛 swap both out for a Sub.

2 individual pieces which offer way more in terms of design and versatility, as well as quality being on par if not better than a used Sub.

Don鈥檛 get me wrong I鈥檓 not anti-Rolex as many people are. I鈥檇 swap them both out for a Pepsi but not a used Sub.

Get a Santos. Less basic and a bigger flex 馃挭

Save the money. The Submariner is too expensive on the aftermarket and the Santos is alright. But you can always get that and if you have you eyes set on an AP that will clash in its function with the Santos I would say.

WatchN

I have the SMP and a Santos and I wouldn鈥檛 swap both out for a Sub.

2 individual pieces which offer way more in terms of design and versatility, as well as quality being on par if not better than a used Sub.

Don鈥檛 get me wrong I鈥檓 not anti-Rolex as many people are. I鈥檇 swap them both out for a Pepsi but not a used Sub.

I agree that the design is much more distinct and unique for the SMP and Santos. But there's always a Rolex factor, which is not only about the brand image and recognition, but also the value retention as well

Variety is always better IMO. And paying over RRP for a sub seems mad to me. That's a nice Santos model, but I'd get from a non boutique (Authorised Dealer) and try and get some discount.

Santos for sure (I鈥檓 biased given my ~20 yr old SMP)

I have both the No-Date and Santos Large. I love them both. But to maximize your $$$$, buy the Santos @ 2nd-hand market. Don't buy it from the boutique brand new (MSRP with little discount + tax). You can find almost brand new Santos for much better pricing. I probably won't buy a No-Date Sub which is 15+ years old (wear and tear and potentially service in the near future).

MetaGame

I agree that the design is much more distinct and unique for the SMP and Santos. But there's always a Rolex factor, which is not only about the brand image and recognition, but also the value retention as well

Yeah I get you. To be honest I bought mine just before the price increases so I can still sell mine very close to what I paid. I know it鈥檚 probably gonna change over time but I don鈥檛 plan to sell them. So it鈥檚 not something I concern myself with.

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Well I DID go for the Sub No-Date and I couldn鈥檛 be happier. The Santos is a dress watch in my eyes, the Sub a sports watch. Both quite versatile, but I think the Sub does that better

my personal purchasing philosophy (and i don鈥檛 expect others to agree) is that i will never pay more than MSRP for a watch in the secondary market. if i had to pay that kind of price i鈥檇 rather pay it to an AD and build some buying history than pay it to a third party i鈥檒l never buy from again.

but that鈥檚 just me.

and that might mean getting the Sub is harder because you can鈥檛 just walk into an AD and buy it readily. but if you really wanted a Sub you鈥檇 have put your name down on a list and at least started to wait for one. the fact that you haven鈥檛 put your name down on a list at an AD (i鈥檓 assuming you haven鈥檛) means that you don鈥檛 really want the Sub anyway.

so my vote is to either get the Santos or save the money for the AP. i have the Santos and it鈥檚 a terrific watch. and it鈥檒l be a great companion for your SMP and the two together gives you a lot of versatility. but if your future goal is to get the AP, then you鈥檒l end up having two integrated bracelet watches and you might not wear the Santos as much. you can always sell the Santos in the future but you won鈥檛 recoup your money on it.

Go for the Santos, That watch is an icon as (well as the Rolex) but if you鈥檙e going to get a used sub &

If it鈥檚 more than 10 + years old you鈥檙e just not getting the same watch. I would get the Santos and a San Martin homage of the Rolex and see if you really do like it first. You can get out the door on a SM Replica which is pretty much identical other than the logos for about three 400. After wearing that I felt no need to add a submariner. Plus I already have a Sea Dweller And the submariner just felt a little cheaper to me then my sea dweller.

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