I’ve been reading about time pieces for over 2 years now and have always been meaning to purchase one. Upon hearing Omega was raising prices again, I decided I need to make the jump now. I was on the fence between the Omega Speedmaster Professional (sapphire sandwich and moonwatch), the Omega Planet Ocean (what Daniel Craig in one of the recent James Bond movies), Bell & Ross BR126 Vintage Sport, and the Tag Heuer Carrera. All are priced around the same price point.
The Bell & Ross BR126 Vintage Sport is simply stunning to look at. However, the fact it has stock ETA movements, immovable bezel, and was priced the same (if not more) as both Omega watches was discouraging.
The Tag Heuer Carrera was always something on my eye except I’m a bit disappointed with the fact they chose a stock ETA Valjoux 7750 movement and priced it close to the Omega. Also there was some drama they had where they claimed they made their own movements when instead they just modified Seiko automatic movements.
So it came down to the Speedmaster Professional and the Planet Ocean. The Speedmaster Professional is simply timeless, but it looks a tad more dressy compared to the Planet Ocean i.e. not able to wear it for as many occasions.
I decided to go with the Planet Ocean.