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Have fancied adding a Vantage to my little stable for some time. I've recently gone off huge dive watches in favour of more classic designs and sizes....is this a sign of me getting old??
Anyway I noticed someone selling a virtually new Vantage on the sales corner of another forum and bit his hand off immediately with my offer. I've not heard one bad word about the Vantage and so I felt obliged to take the plunge. Of course this watch takes its design cues from the Explorer 1. Whilst the new Explorer is quite nice, there's no way I'd pay that sore of money for one....I just don't see the value in it.
Anyway my Vantage arrived today and I'm delighted with it. Looks elegant yet sporty-ish. Size is great. This is my first non bezel watch and I'm surprised how the dial fills the watch out to make it wear like my Sub. Dial is clean and I like how the date feature is sneaked in. Personally I'd like the triangle at 12 to be a fraction bigger. The hands look perfect to me. The finish of the case is good and I like the weighty feeling of the watch on the wrist. The crown I'm surprised is unsigned. The bracelet is nice and as far as I can see is standard MK II. As far as I can see the bracelet tapers from 20 to 18 very nicely. My only problem is that whilst the package comes with a tool for the bracelet, it doesn't actually contain a small screwdriver needed to adjust the bracelet length.

All in all I'm pleased with this watch and for the money it's a winner. Pretty comparable to the Omega Aquaterra.
This watch will now be my default watch for work! I think it will take my mind off the Kingston for a little while!
I'd highly recommend this watch to anyone interested. (I think price goes up next month)
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Vantage with my other watches


 

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Congratulations Sunster !! Great choice on a great watch. :-! Like you, I was first attracted to the Vantage but got side tracked by the LRRP (which I got first). I just got a new Vantage this month and couldn't be happier. Wear'n it now for tonights' festivities!
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very nice sunny.... I knew you'd like the Vantage.
 

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Nice buy! I too saw that ad, but I was already in the process of ordering a new one from Bill. I think you got it within minutes of it listing, right? ;-) From what I remember, the previous owner only had it for a very, very short time and hadn't worn it at all, really. Congrats. It looks absolutely new. |> Nice photos too. It looks great together with the Speedy Pro.

BTW, this is my first post here; I can usually be found over on the Omega forum. I have a ship date of January fourth for my pre-built Vantage. I am very excited to receive my first MK II. Thanks. :-!
 

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Very nice shots; the Vantage is a tough watch to take pictures of, with that polished bezel. If the Vantage, a "Specialist" series watch, is on par with the much more expensive Aqua Terra, how do you think it compares with your Professional series LRRP?

BTW, this is my first post here; I can usually be found over on the Omega forum. I have a ship date of January fourth for my pre-built Vantage. I am very excited to receive my first MK II. Thanks. :-!
Welcome aboard, Dix!
 

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Very nice shots; the Vantage is a tough watch to take pictures of, with that polished bezel. If the Vantage, a "Specialist" series watch, is on par with the much more expensive Aqua Terra, how do you think it compares with your Professional series LRRP?



Welcome aboard, Dix!


Thanks, A! Nice seeing you over here. :) I can already see how hanging out here could become dangerous....

I'm very curious how the Vantage will compare with my beloved Aqua Terra. It will reside in the spot right next to the AT, so I'll have plenty of chance to compare the two. ;-) Can't wait!
 

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Very nice shots; the Vantage is a tough watch to take pictures of, with that polished bezel. If the Vantage, a "Specialist" series watch, is on par with the much more expensive Aqua Terra, how do you think it compares with your Professional series LRRP?
I hadn't thought about the whole division of specialist and professional ranges. To be honest I think both watches are finished wih with equal quality. The bracelets are virtually the same except being different size an different end links and the case is great. In some ways the Vantage appears almost under valued as the more expensive LRRP is great too. Maybe the manufacturing is more complcated with the LRRP + the GMT


Dixan- welcome here. Yes I snapped this one up within minutes. Christmas came early
 

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That's a beautiful arrival |>

I think it's very hard for you to decide what to wear each day,
isn't it?
Well, this is "good trouble" :)

The Vantage looks like a must have piece, congrats on your "new" purchase

(p.s.: I had a vision of the Vantage's movement-dial-hands
inside the Kingston case, but I'm sure I'm not the first one...)

Cheers,
Galpo
 

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I think it's very hard for you to decide what to wear each day,
isn't it?
I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with my small collection now. I've most bases covered
 

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I hadn't thought about the whole division of specialist and professional ranges. To be honest I think both watches are finished wih with equal quality. The bracelets are virtually the same except being different size an different end links and the case is great. In some ways the Vantage appears almost under valued as the more expensive LRRP is great too. Maybe the manufacturing is more complcated with the LRRP + the GMT


Dixan- welcome here. Yes I snapped this one up within minutes. Christmas came early

Thanks for the welcome, sunster. As far as the difference between the Professional Series and the Specialist Series, I'm assuming they are only different in their general categorization -- something like how Omega categorizes Seamaster divers as being "Professionals" and other Seamasters, like the more dressy, general purpose, Aqua Terras as simply being "Seamasters." There's no difference in the build quality between "Professional" Omegas and non-Professional models. They just are built for different purposes, and are therefore categorized differently. Then again, I'm still a MK II newb, so I could be wrong. Makes sense to me, though. I fully expect my Vantage to be every bit as well made as some of the pricier, more complicated-to-produce, models.
 

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From one of Bills posts a good while back he explained the differences. I think mainly in the manufacturing or cases and materials. I just don't see too much of a difference. Quality of both are first rate
 

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Sunster:

Enjoy the Vantage, which seem a crackin' nice watch. Of course, with your inbound Kingston, there is the possibility you may have "too many" watches. Should that be the case, I'd be glad to borrow that Vantage for a while to help balance things out for you.

Just wanting to lend a hand across the pond to a fellow MkII'er. Seriously, use it well - and a Happy New Year!
 

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Could you be persuaded to take a few lume shots with varying degrees of darkness? I'm about to pull the trigger on a Vantage but need a push..... thanks!:-!
 

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Thanks for the welcome, sunster. As far as the difference between the Professional Series and the Specialist Series, I'm assuming they are only different in their general categorization -- something like how Omega categorizes Seamaster divers as being "Professionals" and other Seamasters, like the more dressy, general purpose, Aqua Terras as simply being "Seamasters." There's no difference in the build quality between "Professional" Omegas and non-Professional models. They just are built for different purposes, and are therefore categorized differently. Then again, I'm still a MK II newb, so I could be wrong. Makes sense to me, though. I fully expect my Vantage to be every bit as well made as some of the pricier, more complicated-to-produce, models.
This being the official Mk II forums, Bill takes the somewhat unusual step of occasionally posting strategy notes that explain where the company is headed. It's a nice gesture to the userbase, especially with the complete opacity of the rest of non-boutique watch world ("Sorry, the WUS darling Seamaster 2254 is no longer in production"). Mk II has had some big changes in its history, from selling 7S26 dials to selling the Kingston, so these posts are a good way to keep fans informed and loyal.

Specifically, I believe that the post about the Specialist/Professional series division is this one:
https://www.watchuseek.com/f325/mk-ii-paradive-second-step-new-direction-326000.html

The most recent of these posts is this one about price increases and future projects into 2011:
https://www.watchuseek.com/f325/mk-ii-restructuring-jan-31-2011-a-472058.html
 

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Could you be persuaded to take a few lume shots with varying degrees of darkness? I'm about to pull the trigger on a Vantage but need a push..... thanks!:-!
If I get the time. I can tell you the lime is pretty average though. Nothing to should about if you are used to the lumes of omegas or seikos
 

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This being the official Mk II forums, Bill takes the somewhat unusual step of occasionally posting strategy notes that explain where the company is headed. It's a nice gesture to the userbase, especially with the complete opacity of the rest of non-boutique watch world ("Sorry, the WUS darling Seamaster 2254 is no longer in production"). Mk II has had some big changes in its history, from selling 7S26 dials to selling the Kingston, so these posts are a good way to keep fans informed and loyal.

Specifically, I believe that the post about the Specialist/Professional series division is this one:
https://www.watchuseek.com/f325/mk-ii-paradive-second-step-new-direction-326000.html




The most recent of these posts is this one about price increases and future projects into 2011:
https://www.watchuseek.com/f325/mk-ii-restructuring-jan-31-2011-a-472058.html

Thanks For the clarification, A. Interesting read. |>
 
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