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I have 2 Planet Oceans and the 300MC.



The 2500 was first - many moons ago. The 8500 was more recent but before I bought it I considered the 300MC.

Honestly I was wrapped around the axle about whether or not the 300MC was too similar to the 2500. My conclusion: while they're both black dialed/bezeled dive watches that's where their similarities end. The reality is they're VERY different.

At the end of the day my only regret is not picking up the 300MC sooner. The POs still get plenty of wrist time. But the 300MC is a special timepiece in its own right.

I really like the Black Bay but for me it's got nothing on the 300MC.

Curious what others think...


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It's interesting that all the watches in your pic, Daniel Craig has worn as James Bond.
I suppose after Spectre that will be the case. Tho my SMP is an oooold Quartz version. I had the electric blue version of that but sold it to help fund the PO8500.

Reasonably sure my next one will be a vintage 300. Unless I end up getting seduced by a master coaxial PO. Assuming those are coming out soon. I also am starting to gravitate a little to the Speedmaster. JHC, I might be addicted to these things.


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I've never understood buying a watch based on resale value but I'm not a flipper. If I can't see keeping the watch long term then I don't buy it in the first place, and if I happen to dislike it after a while then I'll take the hit. I always buy used anyway so the hit is usually marginal if not completely non-existent anyway.

I've owned an 8500 PO and two 2500 POs including the PO LM LE.

I much prefer my 300 MC over the POs. Yes, even over the PO LM LE.
May I ask why specifically?
 

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I've never understood buying a watch based on resale value but I'm not a flipper. If I can't see keeping the watch long term then I don't buy it in the first place, and if I happen to dislike it after a while then I'll take the hit. I always buy used anyway so the hit is usually marginal if not completely non-existent anyway.



May I ask why specifically?
:) Better quit hanging around with members here. After too many flips, one tends to at least factor in the possibility.
 

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I've never understood buying a watch based on resale value but I'm not a flipper. If I can't see keeping the watch long term then I don't buy it in the first place, and if I happen to dislike it after a while then I'll take the hit. I always buy used anyway so the hit is usually marginal if not completely non-existent anyway.
I never buy a watch with the aim of reselling it - but I know myself. I flipped a bunch of watches to raise the funds necessary to buy a Daytona. I don't regret doing it as the D is one of the most perfect watches money can buy and I've worn it almost every day since I bought it. But I didn't sell watches for it that I disliked - I loved all of them. I'll probably re-buy one or the other of I can get a good deal. I'll definitely get another 300mc, but I'll probably have to wait a while for the prices to come down a bit.


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I suppose after Spectre that will be the case. Tho my SMP is an oooold Quartz version. I had the electric blue version of that but sold it to help fund the PO8500.

Reasonably sure my next one will be a vintage 300. Unless I end up getting seduced by a master coaxial PO. Assuming those are coming out soon. I also am starting to gravitate a little to the Speedmaster. JHC, I might be addicted to these things.


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I'm not really a fan of the speedmasters but regardless, you have a mighty impressive collection.
 

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I suppose after Spectre that will be the case. Tho my SMP is an oooold Quartz version. I had the electric blue version of that but sold it to help fund the PO8500.

Reasonably sure my next one will be a vintage 300. Unless I end up getting seduced by a master coaxial PO. Assuming those are coming out soon. I also am starting to gravitate a little to the Speedmaster. JHC, I might be addicted to these things.


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I just paid for my NOS 1960's Watchco Seamaster 300 last night, with black date wheel and both the 1171 and mesh bracelet.

I just can't get into the new version as much, and I prefer my blue titanium PO 8500 LM a bit more. I'm not wild about the straight lugs and polished center links on a tool diver watch, or the lack of inverted triangle at the 12 o'clock bezel dot and lack of date wheel. It's a great watch, but lacks the features I want, while I still get the gorgeous LM bezel on my Ti PO 8500.

For those reasons I just don't believe that the new SM300 MC would be able to displace the Ti PO (or my Rolex BLNR). The new SM300 MC feels like a gussied up homage to the original, and I'd rather just have the original.
 
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I've never understood buying a watch based on resale value but I'm not a flipper. If I can't see keeping the watch long term then I don't buy it in the first place, and if I happen to dislike it after a while then I'll take the hit. I always buy used anyway so the hit is usually marginal if not completely non-existent anyway.



May I ask why specifically?
I used to buy watch with the "belief" that I'm gonna keep the watch for long and not gonna flip it. That's what I always tell myself many moons ago and still "believing" it now........LOL
 

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I have 2 Planet Oceans and the 300MC.



The 2500 was first - many moons ago. The 8500 was more recent but before I bought it I considered the 300MC.

Honestly I was wrapped around the axle about whether or not the 300MC was too similar to the 2500. My conclusion: while they're both black dialed/bezeled dive watches that's where their similarities end. The reality is they're VERY different.

At the end of the day my only regret is not picking up the 300MC sooner. The POs still get plenty of wrist time. But the 300MC is a special timepiece in its own right.

I really like the Black Bay but for me it's got nothing on the 300MC.

Curious what others think...


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As I've said above I love the 300MC, although being in my mid-twenties I couldn't justify paying double for it what the BB cost me. Yet. Also, after having seen it in the flesh the whole package is far too polished and blingy for my liking. If I bought it on the bracelet I would either get the centre links brushed or sell the bracelet and buy a leather strap for it. Then again, a dive watch on a leather strap is an odd proposition to me and I'd have to consider whether that £4k would be better spent on something else.
 

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I think for me the LM LE and 8500 Planet Oceans are a little too blingy on the dial, and the 300MC is a little too flat on the dial, and the 2500 Planet Ocean is just right. Still mulling over the 300MC but ultimately the things I really, REALLY love about an everyday watch--the things that keep me looking at my wrist but forgetting to check the time--the 2500 Planet Ocean 2201.50 has more of. And the Black Bay has it in spades too. I'll continue to admire the 300MC from afar and if I can ever see one in the wild away from the Omega boutique lights perhaps it'll change my mind.
 

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Have u guys read about the Spectre LE 300 MC? WUS members are paparazzi or Omega staff LOL. Jokes aside. I ordered 2 pieces of the Black/Grey 21.5mm NATO strap. Should I cancel my order?
 

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As I've said above I love the 300MC, although being in my mid-twenties I couldn't justify paying double for it what the BB cost me. Yet. Also, after having seen it in the flesh the whole package is far too polished and blingy for my liking. If I bought it on the bracelet I would either get the centre links brushed or sell the bracelet and buy a leather strap for it. Then again, a dive watch on a leather strap is an odd proposition to me and I'd have to consider whether that £4k would be better spent on something else.
have you seen the actual BB? I fell in love when I saw the pics. But a visit to the AD changed my mind. If you really want it, try getting a used piece with the new in-house. My 2 cents....cheers
 

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Maybe you 300MC guys can help me out since I still can't get it off my mind, but have some concerns. I'd love some thoughtful input from the first-hand experience of owners (since I've only been able to see this piece under the lights of the Omega Boutique).

••• Concern #1: Dial & Bezel Finish •••
The dial seems to come across extremely flat in finish. The bezel under the boutique lights comes across flat as well. This is a juxtaposition to the shiniest of the polished parts of the bracelet and case to my eyes. Others have mentioned how the bezel looks glossy though. More often than not, is the bezel a glossy black and the dial more of a vintage matte/flat black or grey under direct light or does it usually come across all black?

All Black?
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Or black bezel and grey dial?
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••• Concern #2: Light Play Across Dial •••
I absolutely love how the Planet Ocean dial can light up when the light catches it just right (hands, indexes and applied logo) and it's a big draw for me to just stare at the watch and watch the light play across the dial. How does the light play across the dial of the 300MC?

I've tried to find photos. The best so far has been this one. The hands catch light well and it seems like the numerals do too, but the sunken indexes kind of disappear. Is this pretty true to how the watch looks from an angle as light plays across it?
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And for comparison, this is what the 2201.50 can do and what keeps me checking the watch not for the time but for this light play across the dial. This alone is something I love on all the watches I own with polished metal on the hands/dial and I find the watches that lack this less visually interesting in day-to-day wear under different lighting conditions). This reason alone is why I'm considering the Black Bay alongside the 300MC. It's that big of a deal to me.
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••• Concern #3: Scratched PCLs & Polished Lug Tops •••
I work a blue collar job so the watch is going to see some use, and will likely get scratched. My PO has it's share of scratches on the twisted lugs and I feel like the polished flat tops of the straight lugs are going to be an even bigger scratch magnet along with the bracelet. Legitimate concern? Does anyone have photos of their 300MC with some wear?


••• Concern #4: Silver Ring Between Bezel & Crystal •••
Obviously the bezel and sapphire are scratch resistant, but what about the silver ring between the two? Is that raw metal? Is that another area that's going to pick up scratches and if so is that something Omega would likely polish out on services?


••• Concern #5: Overall Look Under Natural Lighting Conditions •••
This kind of ties into #2 above. I've only seen the watch under boutique lights. It does have a beautifully balanced aesthetic, proportionally speaking. How is it in day to day wear? I'm rarely dressed up. Some note it being dressy, others note it being easy to dress down. To me it seems like it could be dressy on the bracelet but it dresses down nicely on NATO or leather. I'd mainly be wanting to keep it on the bracelet however, and I'm a t-shirt and shorts or jeans kind of guy, and don't want it to be overly dressy. My Planet Ocean's only real bling is the dial details and they're subtle enough, where the rest of the package is pretty utilitarian/tool watch-ish which I like. I just worry about the 300 being too flashy.

••• Concern #6: Cost •••
What's a fair price range to fall within for a used 300MC in good shape with box and papers right now? Seems like I've seen them for $4200-4800. Does that sound right?

Thanks a ton for any help. It's either keep the Planet Ocean and add a Black Bay, sell my Planet Ocean and get a 300MC, or I could sell my Nomos then stretch to get the 300MC and keep my Planet Ocean too. Decisions, decisions.
 
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