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I am trying to work my wife into letting me get another watch with my bonus coming up...

Here are the three
all are divers, all have in house movements, all are not the same price. Are the differences in price worth it...

BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS
I love the look of this watch and love the sapphire cap idea. From GM with appears can get for about 11k, most expensive of the three. Curious about the heritage and the movement reviews. Don't like the strap so would have to change it...but I like the inconspicuous date. I love the sapphire...
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JLC compressor navy seals alarm
Again I also like the look of this watch. Has an alarm which I am not sure that I would use that often but it's a nice idea. Cn get for about 9k...Don't know much about this movement either but it's a JLC, what more needs to be said? The look is the most traditional of the three regarding divers...
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Panerai 305
I like the looks, sort of. Definately more tool watch than the other two. One of a kind looks compared to other divers. Hs p9000movement...for whatever that means...but it's 47mm and on my 7.5-7.7 inch wrist may be large... I have a pam111 and actually really like it so I imagine I would like the 305 as well and I like the titanium. Best of the the three being I can get it for 5-6k from risti sites...
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What's everyone's thoughts?
 

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Extremley tough choice.

Going on instant, gutt feeling and emotion, my personal preference is - Blancpain, Followed by Panerai followed by JLC.

However, when I consider my own personal circumstance and couple it with likelihood of ownership (and the fact that I have been eyeing that Panerai for the longest time) It would be Panerai first, JLC second...and Blancpain, well - I'm very sure i'll never be able to buy one.
 

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Very nice watches which show you have good taste but from these 3 I would go with the Pam-HANDS DOWN!!!
 

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Extremley tough choice.

Going on instant, gutt feeling and emotion, my personal preference is - Blancpain, Followed by Panerai followed by JLC.

However, when I consider my own personal circumstance and couple it with likelihood of ownership (and the fact that I have been eyeing that Panerai for the longest time) It would be Panerai first, JLC second...and Blancpain, well - I'm very sure i'll never be able to buy one.
I hear ya, BPFF is a solid chunk of change...and I think I would likely be able to swing the Pam more...but still, I want the right one rather than the watch that cost less...
 

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For me, no question it would be the FF, of course it is the most expensive, but is a downright classy piece. For some reason I am just not a Panerai fan usually, plus I think it may be too large for my taste. Good luck and let us know what you decide on!
 

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Fifty Fathoms followed by JLC, but try to check out the other versions of JLC's diver, they have a non-alarm version that looks really good too and might cost less.
 

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For me, and it's more gut feeling than anything, it has to be the Fifty Fathoms. Simply a dive watch icon and the styling of the other two pieces here doesn't do it for me. If not for the 45 mm diameter FF being way too big for me it would be near the top of my grail list.
 

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In the order you have them listed, except I would not have even considered buying a Pammy.
 
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I would go with the Fifty Fathoms every time because it's one of the most beautiful and iconic watches ever made and defines an entire genre. I love JLC, but I feel like the Navy Seals is their weakest offering. To me, it's somewhat of a concession to marketing realities whereas their other pieces are the exact opposite. The Pan in my mind is just not on the table given it's fashion pedigree.
 

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For me only the Blancpain. The others - especially the JLC - look like they're trying too hard and that's something a 10K watch shouldn't have to do.

This MarineMaster checks in at around $4700:

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Love the jlc and the bp..would prob choose the fifty.fathoms if it was in the budget...stunning piece and pretty exclusive owning a bp.
 

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All seem like excellent choices. I would take the JLC because I love the looks and I haven't see any homages in the same style. Also, it seems like it would make an excellent daily wearer. I'm not sure the large Pam would get as much wrist time even though it Ti. I did the FF but I don't see it being unique enough (for me) to pay the asking price.
 

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All good choices. I would probably go with the Blancpain. I tried that watch on the other day and it was stunning.
 

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All three are nice, but the FF wins for me. Classic and classy. The connection to Cousteau weighs into that for me as well.

JLC second. Just as a curiosity, I'll point out that Pres. Clinton wore the JLC compressor navy seals alarm when he appeared on the Daily Show with John Stewart last year.
 

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For me only the Blancpain. The others - especially the JLC - look like they're trying too hard and that's something a 10K watch shouldn't have to do.

This MarineMaster checks in at around $4700:

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I have been checking this one out to, bu I would probably get it used, as they are up for sale more often
 
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