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Hello René!

Took me a while to get to and finally read through this thread of yours!

Lots of food for thought and good advice and insight from fellow watch enthusiasts!

I of course am biased for the 79090, but it has to be blue for me, otherwise, I think the 14060 trumps a black dial 79090.

The Blue 79090 is beautiful and....well blue....which makes it much more appealing to me when compared to a black dial Submariner.

Also equally compelling in this hobby of ours is the hunt, which as some have noted earlier is as enjoyable if not more than actually acquiring the watch we are hunting.

So, the Blue dial 79090 really got my attention, as you say it really spoke to me emotionally. I was able to source one with factory service replacement parts that essentially brought this baby back to like new condition, and I imagine pretty close to what it looked like when it left the factory in the early 90s!

Here is a link to my Instagram story which highlights many pics of my 79090 I’ve taken over the years...


https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGx...9updwors5m&story_media_id=2063364366242941128

I will conclude by saying that this is a true keeper, I’ll never flip it. So I think I chose wisely with this watch and I encourage you to consider hunting for one yourself.

Emotionally speaking, it’s amazing: raised plexiglass tophat crystal, perfect proportions and easy wearing, rattly bracelet, lug holes, vintage charm, bidirectional bezel....

I’ve also owned an omega 2500 PO and Explorer, both Great watches, but I eventually tired of them and flipped them.

I’ve not yet tired of the 79090

René, Im curious to see what you end up with, and you know, there’s always the next one...!

Happy Hunting!

Cheers,
Rob
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Hello René!

Took me a while to get to and finally read through this thread of yours!

Lots of food for thought and good advice and insight from fellow watch enthusiasts!

I of course am biased for the 79090, but it has to be blue for me, otherwise, I think the 14060 trumps a black dial 79090.

The Blue 79090 is beautiful and....well blue....which makes it much more appealing to me when compared to a black dial Submariner.

Also equally compelling in this hobby of ours is the hunt, which as some have noted earlier is as enjoyable if not more than actually acquiring the watch we are hunting.

So, the Blue dial 79090 really got my attention, as you say it really spoke to me emotionally. I was able to source one with factory service replacement parts that essentially brought this baby back to like new condition, and I imagine pretty close to what it looked like when it left the factory in the early 90s!

Here is a link to my Instagram story which highlights many pics of my 79090 I’ve taken over the years...


https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGx...9updwors5m&story_media_id=2063364366242941128

I will conclude by saying that this is a true keeper, I’ll never flip it. So I think I chose wisely with this watch and I encourage you to consider hunting for one yourself.

Emotionally speaking, it’s amazing: raised plexiglass tophat crystal, perfect proportions and easy wearing, rattly bracelet, lug holes, vintage charm, bidirectional bezel....

I’ve also owned an omega 2500 PO and Explorer, both Great watches, but I eventually tired of them and flipped them.

I’ve not yet tired of the 79090

René, Im curious to see what you end up with, and you know, there’s always the next one...!

Happy Hunting!

Cheers,
Rob
https://www.instagram.com/buchmann.69/
Thanks Rob!!

I'm not on Instagram, but I'll sign up so I can access your story. Looking forward to checking it out.

If there are any articles or videos that you think would be helpful please feel free to share them here. I'm trying to take in as much info on all these watches as possible so I can narrow down my choices and make a final decision. Then the hunting will begin.

Thanks again for sharing, Rob.

René
 

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Hey Rene, have the AD's reopened where you are now? :)
Hi Dan,

Yes, they're open with reduced hours. I'm going to try to visit them within the next two weeks as I want to replace all the spring bars on all my straps and bracelets. Hopefully they'll have some of the models in stock that are on my list. If they do I'll be sure to take some pictures to upload to this thread.

Let me know if there's anything that's not on my list that you'd like me to take some comparison pictures of. Maybe something like, I don't know, a 36mm Datejust on jubilee with fluted bezel?? ;-)

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Hey Rene,

thats great news. Very wise doing that replacing. Same goes with replacing the seals to be the watch waterproof.

I'm sure they will have some of them in stock.You have a bit of a list hahaha. If you could get a photo of said DJ, that would be amazing my friend. Thank you.

Aside from that, I hope your well and managing to train a bit. Talking of which, I'm heading out for a spin on the bike :)

Hi Dan,

Yes, they're open with reduced hours. I'm going to try to visit them within the next two weeks as I want to replace all the spring bars on all my straps and bracelets. Hopefully they'll have some of the models in stock that are on my list. If they do I'll be sure to take some pictures to upload to this thread.

Let me know if there's anything that's not on my list that you'd like me to take some comparison pictures of. Maybe something like, I don't know, a 36mm Datejust on jubilee with fluted bezel?? ;-)

Rene
 

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BUMP...for a comment from Dan.

And a picture for the rest of you who were lured here under false pretenses;

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Ok Rene as promised some thoughts on the OP & DJ

I tried on 2 versions of the OP

34mm OP Black Dial

A simple (not in a bad way) design, the case is slightly cushion shaped, but its a nice look. The bracelet is unmistakably Rolex. The tolerances are to the usual high standard. The clasp is not like on the professional models, but it suits the overall look of the watch due to the all brushed finish. The domed bezel really makes the dial pop. They did a great job here. The dial was a Sun ray black. It did pop a little in the light with a slight hint of grey and brown depending on the light hitting angle. I like the subtle increase in size of the indices at 3, 6 and 9. It's all in the tiny details.

On the wrist it wore a little larger than 34mm. Maybe like a 36mm Railmaster or a 5 digit 36mm Datejust. It makes for a very classic look. Not dressy, just very under the radar and a perfect entry to Rolex ownership.

36mm OP White Dial

This one had a perfect case size for me. The proportions were better than the 34mm IMHO. It wears maybe a touch larger. Maybe like a 38mm? I won't touch on the bracelet and clasp again.

The dial is a stunner. It's an interesting white. It has a slight shimmer and shows a bit of a creamy hue also. Just enough to keep it interesting. The legibility of this dial is outstanding. The hands and indices pop! The downside of the 36mm however is the indices at 3, 6 & 9 have been doubled up. I know Rolex have done it to differentiate it from the other sizes, but it doesn't work. It clutters the dial and doesn't look harmonious with the overall design. Being white the watch wears a little larger than the darker dial offerings.

Overall the OP is a great watch, but I find it just a little bit to simple for my tastes. For this kind of watch I prefer the Aqua Terra.

36mm Datejust Blue Dial 126234

Ok so this is a watch that I had been fancying for a good while.

The case is super elegant. The lugs are slim and curve beautifully. Much nicer than the previous generation.

Dial is a gorgeous sunburst blue. It really does deliver if you love blue. Just gorgeous in the metal. That is framed by a fluted white gold bezel. The effect is incredible. The watch literally dances with all light sources.

The bracelet is a Jubilee. With all the tiny links, it just drapes over the wrist and it's very comfortable. It has the classic Rolex taper which I love but the hidden clasp has been changed for an oyster clasp. It has an adjustable clasp, but doesn't suit the look of the watch. Obviously it's hidden when worn on the wrist, but isn't harmonious with the overall design.

Sadly it is just too much for me. I'm never going to be a chap who can pull off this kind of watch. I'm super active and never dress up so it doesn't suit my style.

No photos sadly. I hope this has helped a little, but I look forward to your thoughts later if you get to the AD.
 

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Hi Dan!

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. It's much appreciated.

I did get a chance to visit my AD on Saturday, but, unfortunately, they had not one OP or DJ in stock...not one!

I did however get a chance to check this piece out;

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What do you think?

Thanks again, Dan!!

René
 
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Hey Rene,

none?!?! Wow thats crazy!!

Re the Globemaster. I think its a beautiful watch and the blue dial version in particular. The one thing I dislike is the bracelet. It reminds me of a PO bracelet that's been squashed. It doesn't suit the GM, the end links make a 39mm watch wear much bigger on the wrist and the tolerances are terrible with every model I've seen. Large gaps between the lugs. Now if it was on a strap then totally different watch :)
 

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Nice thread René, know you love white dials, so imagine one of the runner ups


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Hi guys! I apologize for the long hiatus.

I mentioned in the Friday WRUW thread that I've made a decision with regard to my next purchase, but I'll get to that a little later in this post.

I've spent a lot of time doing research on different watches and reading other peoples experiences. I've also visited the AD a few times to discuss options, availability, time frames, and possible new releases.

As I've mentioned previously, a sub 14060M or an OP would be a welcomed addition to my humble collection. This is where the big decision comes into play. After much reading, discussion, etc. I've come to the decision that never will I spend a dime of my money on a ROLEX. There are many reasons for this decision, one of which is, as we're all aware, the attitude ROLEX and their retail partners have developed over the last few years. There are too many nice watches out there, below that price point and with arguably better tech and execution, to be bothered with ROLEX.

With all that being said, there is still research to be done and decisions to be made: which watch, new or preowned, etc. So I've been continuing to visit the AD and try on different watches. With the OP off the table the Globemaster is back in the running. Also now in the running is a watch that I always thought would wear way too large for my 6.5" wrist...the 43.5mm Planet Ocean.

Here are a few pictures of the blue dial and bezel PO that I tried on a few weeks ago;

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The Globemaster would be the white/silver dial, not the blue dial as pictured above. In the case of the PO I would go with the classic black with silver numerals/indices.

This is just a quick post as I did promise to keep this thread updated. I'll try to be more on the ball from here on out.

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Cheers Nigel! It's a lot of fun. I'm still changing my mind every week.:p

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Two solid pieces there René. New releases are meant to be imminent so best wait anyhow. I’m excited for you my friend.


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Two solid pieces there René. New releases are meant to be imminent so best wait anyhow. I’m excited for you my friend.


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Cheers Dan!

Don't get too excited just yet though. As you know I just picked up the Railmaster in January so I still have a lot of saving to do; and as I mentioned to Nigel, I'm still changing my mind every week.

This is the time when a lot of the fun and the learning happens, so I'm taking my time and enjoying it thoroughly.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Hi guys! Just a quick update to the thread...

I was able to get to the boutique today to try on the silver opaline dial Globemaster as the AD only had a blue dial I'm stock.

The blue is nice, but WOW!! the opaline dial is absolutely gorgeous. After seeing a few pictures here on WUS I was expecting something nice, but I wasn't prepared for what I saw.

I tried to capture the true colour of the dial for you guys but it's so difficult under those lights. I don't understand why this watch isn't more popular.

I was also able to try on the 39.5mm PO (black with silver numerals), and it just didn't look right. I wouldn't say it looked out of proportion. It just looked...small I guess. It's hard to explain, but those who have seen it in the mettle will understand.

So right now it's between the 43.5mm PO (black with silver) and the silver opaline Globemaster.

Anyway, here are a few pictures;

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René
 
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