Whichever you choose I would recommend going original and not after market. If you want to do modifications to your watch do them afterwards, so you will know what you did and who made it. Buying a modded watch is a risk in my opinion.
Here in Greece, the cheapest new Sumo I can find is 600€+. The cheapest SKX is 200€+.I am talking brand new from an AD. So, we are talking three times the price of an SKX. This is not a small step up in price, so it should be much better in quality! I am sure one can find both watches cheaper, but even at 150$ for an SKX and 350$for a Sumo, it still is more than double the money!You can pick up a sumo for $300us, not 600 pounds.
Its not just a small step up for that money either, its a huge step up.
Just my opinion that the sumo is a lot prettier, 3 times better finished, it just feels like a lot of substance in the hand the sumo, in comparison the SKX feels a bit toyish.
Ive no doubt youd feel exactly the same if you had the sumo in hand regardless of if you like its design more or less.
I'm OCD with dial, chapter ring and bezel alignment. I also want to check that the hands and day/date window all line up perfectly. So, as you understand, the only way to go is a physical shop, so I can inspect the watch in the metal before buying!Yes but theres the internet which connects Greece with the rest of the world, you can be shopping anywhere in the world in the next 5 minutes, not sure why youre buying in Greece?
The monster isnt much better than the SKX to be fair, once you step up a level or two youll know exactly what im talking about.
Im giving advice as an owner of both watches.
Probably you are right, but I wouldn't trust a picture, I want to handle the thing before I put my money on the table, I'm not saying this is the right way, it's just me!Get the store to send you a pic of the watch they are sending.
Understand you wanting good alignment but there are ways of getting better aligned ones, like send a note when buying and check pics.
1/4 of a mm isnt worth double the price of the watch.
I understand it can be frustrating though, seiko need to up their QC game.