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Hi everybody, is one of those threads again... :)
I will be short: my grail is Grand Seiko SBGE001

(picture from internet).
Also, I like Omega Planet Ocean GMT (picture from internet):


Since this is not easy to get due to budget shortage, I am trying to check if there is something similar to tick all my requests:
- great accuracy on the movement: top grade or COSC
- GMT - traveler GMT preferred (main hour hand changed) vs desk GMT (GMT hand changed)
- great lume
- lumed bezel with 1-12 or 1-24
- >100m WR
- I guess a 45mm is max, prefer around 43mm
- Few details about the actual's: I have wrist 6,75", I have a Seiko 2nd gen Monster, SRP309, picture from internet:

Last: I checked so far the following alternatives (pictures from internet) - this will give an idea about what I like:
1. Ocean7 LM5

2.Muhle Glasshute Marinus GMT:

3. Hager Commando GMT (not sure about accuracy...):

Short story-long: besides saving to get my grail, are there any other great alternatives?
Budget wise: as low as possible, otherwise I should stick with my grail... ;-)
I encourage you to post pictures, lume shots, etc! :)

Thanks in advance for you kind support and help!
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Cristian
 

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I'd save (and probably will do) for the Grand Seiko, a grial for sure...
But you can also take a look at MKII Key Kest (a Rolex PanAm hommage)


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I faced a similar quest a while ago. Fortunately, you want a larger watch so you have plenty of choices. I have a similar wrist size; as such I wanted a mid sized watch. There is little on the market. I decided to go with a Glycine Airman 18 and it has been on my wrist for close to a year now.

Glycine is an established company with a real heritage in watchmaking. The Airman series alone has been around since the 50s' (I am big into traditional looking). At th seem time, the Airman series is quite distinctive looking.

Here is the Airman 18 (with a non OEM strap) on my wirst:
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Glycine also has a larger model, the Airman 22, which is slightly less expensive than the Model 18 and may better fit your desire for a large watch.
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There are some other variations of this watch here.
 

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Panerai?


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As far a GMTs go, a couple of my favorites are...

Omega GMT...out of production but can still be found preowned.



Or the Sinn857 UTC....



Both under 2 grand preowned.

Of course there's also Steinhart if you don't mind the homage thing.

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Thank you for replies! :)
Glycine or Panerai are not my style...
I prefer the look of Omega Planet Ocean although is too over the radar - something under the radar is more suitable...
Sinn...? Is not bad, I am not sure about bezel lume and about the short GMT hand. Also is too black, formal...?
Steinhart - no lume on bezel.
I looked a lot around, but is very hard to find something to tick all my boxes... thay's why I thought to ask you guys about possible options...
So, keep coming with suggestions! :-D
Thanks!
 

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Saw one in Tourneau's vault sale for $2K. Was very disappointed to see it had already sold.
2kUSD...? The MSRP is 6,3kUSD... so a great deal for sure!
 

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How about the Aquadive BS 100 GMT? Love mine...

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Stick with your grail but consider the Orient Star Seeker. It's a GMT but different enough from the Seiko that you will have two individual watches rather than one that looks like the other.
 

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Everyone has their own opinions on what makes the perfect GMT, for me there's no point in offering a GMT function if you aren't able the read that function day or night so decent lumes are a necessity, a fully lumed set of numbers would be ideal in my opinion.
 
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