Christmas/birthday window shopping

Hello all! I'm slowly but surely saving up for a new luxury piece for Christmas/my birthday this year since my birthday is just a few days separated from Christmas. I'm currently leaning towards a GADA type blue dial sports watch. The Tudor Blackbay 39 on the jubilee, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M on the strap, the Grand Seiko SBGM245 and the Longines Spirit Zulu Time GMT 39mm are the front runners right now. I can't figure out how to do a poll on here so if you have any thoughts or experience with one or more of these I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

  • Tudor Blackbay 39: probably the front runner overall right now. I love the size as I have 39.5mm GS currently and I think 39mm is the perfect size for my wrist. To me it also has the best bracelet of the bunch. It would also be my first Tudor.

  • Omega Seamaster Diver 300M: this is a bit of a grail for me. The James Bond connection is what hooked me on watches at a very young age. It'd be my first Omega as well. The price tag being higher and the size of 42mm are my only sticking points. I keep telling myself one day Omega will listen to the people and make a 39-40mm Seamaster with an updated bracelet.

  • Grand Seiko SBGM245: I'll confess, I love Grand Seiko. I am 1/4 Japanese so I have a bit of a heritage connection to the brand. This 40.5mm GMT looks gorgeous to me. That said, I already have two Grand Seikos though both are on the dressier side. It also is more pricey than the Tudor or Longines and of the four would be the only one I likely wouldn't be able to try on before purchasing

  • Longines Spirit Zulu Time GMT 39mm: like the Tudor this would be the perfect size for my wrist and I love the new Longines bracelet even if it's not quite on the level of Tudor's. This one would be the smallest dent in my wallet though and I've already had the chance to try on once and liked it a lot.

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I own a Tudor BB GMT and have tried on the Longines and Omega. I also have a 6.5 inch wrist. Here's what I think.

The GS looks good but I wouldn't sacrifice the rotating bezel (I would go with the Longines instead) and the GS rotating bezel models are too large. I vote pass.

Speaking of size, it makes sense to pass on the 42mm Omega. Maybe there's a vintage model worth looking into?

Back to the Longines- it looks good on the wrist, and I like the sunburst dial. It would have been a close decision had I not bought the Tudor before seeing it.

But looking at your collection, between these four, I agree with you- the Tudor adds the most diversity to your collection, both in style and brand.

Very tasteful list. There are no wrong answers. I am not saying I would buy it, but that Zulu time grabs my attention.

Very nice options. I鈥檇 think hard about your wanting the GMT function v the non-GMTs. I鈥檇 also prefer a rotating bezel on a GMT. I鈥檇 choose the Longines if that鈥檚 the path. Otherwise, the Tudor

If money were no object, I would get the Omega (but white dial and on the bracelet). Of course, money is an object and I would probably go with the Longines. I have a non-GMT version of that watch and it is great. I actually do travel for work regularly and would find the GMT function useful. Aesthetically, I prefer it to the Grand Seiko.

I also have a Black Bay 36 (on three link bracelet). It鈥檚 a very good watch, but it鈥檚 a bit plain compared to your other choices. I think it would be a good choice if you really don鈥檛 want or need GMT functionality.

caktaylor

If money were no object, I would get the Omega (but white dial and on the bracelet). Of course, money is an object and I would probably go with the Longines. I have a non-GMT version of that watch and it is great. I actually do travel for work regularly and would find the GMT function useful. Aesthetically, I prefer it to the Grand Seiko.

I also have a Black Bay 36 (on three link bracelet). It鈥檚 a very good watch, but it鈥檚 a bit plain compared to your other choices. I think it would be a good choice if you really don鈥檛 want or need GMT functionality.

Thank you for your insights! Yeah it's really hard to say no to the Omega since I've wanted one for so long. I need to head down to the AD and try it on because of the size though most reviewers say it wears smaller than the 42mm case diameter. Biggest hang up is the price, and the fact it would be my 4th "nice" dive watch whereas the Tudor would kind of have it's own category in my collection. I have one diver-ish GMT and one dress GMT already so that is why the Tudor is currently in a slight lead. That said the Omega was in the lead only a month ago haha

Powwow

Very nice options. I鈥檇 think hard about your wanting the GMT function v the non-GMTs. I鈥檇 also prefer a rotating bezel on a GMT. I鈥檇 choose the Longines if that鈥檚 the path. Otherwise, the Tudor

Yeah of the GMTs I'm leaning towards the Longines, having already tried it on once. Price-wise the Longines and the Tudor are more attractive as well.

Ooh, lovely dilemma to have! For me, Omega. That is one lovely watch and no wonder it's your grail.

If finance doesn't allow for it just yet, then my 2nd and 3rd choices would be GS and Longines respectively. GS, we all know they are gorgeous watches and pictures do them no justice. And that Longines is a bloody nice looking timepiece!

The Tudor is nice too, but it seems a bit, well, if it's gonna be a Black Bay, then it has to be a Black Bay, and not this Black-Bay-thing-without-a-bezel.

Wristory

Very tasteful list. There are no wrong answers. I am not saying I would buy it, but that Zulu time grabs my attention.

Thank you for your thoughts! Yeah the nice thing is the local watch shop has ADs for all four brands but the GS selection is lacking. I can try on the Omega, Tudor and Longines though so I need to go do that and compare them all in the metal

ChuffedBrah

I own a Tudor BB GMT and have tried on the Longines and Omega. I also have a 6.5 inch wrist. Here's what I think.

The GS looks good but I wouldn't sacrifice the rotating bezel (I would go with the Longines instead) and the GS rotating bezel models are too large. I vote pass.

Speaking of size, it makes sense to pass on the 42mm Omega. Maybe there's a vintage model worth looking into?

Back to the Longines- it looks good on the wrist, and I like the sunburst dial. It would have been a close decision had I not bought the Tudor before seeing it.

But looking at your collection, between these four, I agree with you- the Tudor adds the most diversity to your collection, both in style and brand.

Thank you! Yeah the Tudor would occupy it's own category in my collection and would be great at the office, at the brewery or even some easy hiking trails here in Colorado, though I usually wear my Doxa for camping/backpacking. December is a ways away still so plenty of time to shuffle the leader board or even swap some others in/out but so far it seems the most fitting choice

Loving the longines