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Jackjo
12-10-2007, 05:13 AM
Comparison Review of Omega Seamaster Pro vs Breitling Super Ocean Steelfish X-Plus

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Omega Seamaster 2254.50 - I have owned this watch for 6 months now. Here are the strong features that I like.

- Versatility - This watch seems to go with any dress situation. I wore it with 3 different suits at a four day convention in Las Vegas and I felt very confident that it looked fine. On the other hand I wear it with jeans or khakis to my office every day and always on the golf course. it never seems out of place.

- Fit and Finish - I love the finish of this watch. I have shopped many brands and the Omega is right up there with the best. It just looks and feels really solid. Some watches will rattle a little bit and the Omega never does.

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- Ergonomics - The look and design of this watch are all really thought out nicely. The size of the face is nice and large and the bezel just goes perfectly in accordance with the face. The bracelet has a beautiful taper to it and just seems to flow nicely from the clasp to the case when it is on your wrist.

Still my favorite!!! :-*

Breitling Aeromarine SuperOcean Steelfish X-Plus. Just received a blue face model from my wife for Christmas on the 22nd.

Bold Styling - This watch is in your face. I love the round applied markers with the luminova along with the blue face. This is the watches best feature. I actually like the polished finish on this watch. I did not like it on my seamaster but it just seems to look right on the fish. The overall appearance of the watch is just rugged and beautiful all at the same time. One more thing to add is that I love the AR coating on the crystal. I know that there is a tendency for it to scratch easier but it looks really awesome. It is also much easier to photograph.

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Shot with PENTAX *ist DS (http://profile.imageshack.us/camerabuy.php?model=PENTAX+%2Aist+DS&make=PENTAX+Corporation) at 2005-12-29

Eye catching - This watch demands attention and gets it. I was shopping for a couple of days with my wife and I had two men at different stores ask me about my watch. One of them knew it was a Breitling and the other did not. I am not a vain person but sometimes it is nice for someone to notice the watch that you are wearing. It gives you an opportunity to talk about watches.(None of us like to do that do we?)

Now I will compare the two watches to each other.

Fit and finish - The Omega is better in this regard. The movement seems smoother and is more refined plus I think has a little better reserve(44hours vs. 42).

Versatility - goes to the Omega. I do not think I could wear the fish with just anything. I also think that if I tried to wear it on the golf course I would probably loose 10mph off of my clubhead speed. This thing is heavy.
(All you golfers will know what I am talking about.) 8-)

Bracelet - Both are beautiful and finished very nicely. I will be interested to see which one stands up to scratches better.

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Clasp - Anyone who owns a Breitling know that the clasp is tough and very sturdy. Although it is kind of tight I about tore my fingernail off trying to take it on and off to show my friends over the last couple of days. It should break in after a while. It really makes me appreciate the Omega two button unit. The Seamaster IMHO is almost perfect.

Some random comparisons:

Depth Rating(Useless to me but still cool) :-/

SMP 1000ft - Fish 6600ft

Diameter

SMP 41mm - Fish 44mm(does not feel this large)

Thickness

SMP 11mm - Fish 16mm

Movement

SMP Omega 1120(ETA 2892mod) - Fish Breitling 17(ETA 2824fin)

Bracelet

SMP 20/18 - Fish 22/20

List price/Price paid

SMP 1995/1395 - Fish 2470/1675

I am sure if any of my information is wrong I will be corrected promptly. ;)

In closing, I have owned my Seamaster for 6 months and only one person has ever asked me about it. It is a very subtle watch. Which is alright by me. I have owned the Breitling for 6 days and already 4 people have asked me about the watch. It is kind of nice to have a watch that stands out once in a while.

Taking this into consideration I beleive these two will serve me well depending on what kind of mood I am in. Very nice contrast and a lot of dress options.

Thank you for Reading.

J-C
12-10-2007, 05:23 AM
another Home Run - round the bases.

jack, you get some good prices on your gen's:
List price/Price paid
SMP 1995/1395 - Fish 2470/1675

Shop on line or you have a method to get the best price?

Jackjo
12-10-2007, 05:32 AM
Just finished adding all the pics that I left out.

Thanks again JC!

One of my friends works at an Authorized dealer where I have bought some of my gens.

In fact he is going to lend me a Gen Seawolf in a few weeks to do a comparison review.

He is pretty close to buying a SSD. He is pretty blown away buy it.

J-C
12-10-2007, 05:40 AM
ahh, that explains it! An inside guy/friend. ;)

Buy a rep SSD? That's impressive esp if he knows watches so well.

Kollektor
12-10-2007, 06:16 AM
Thanks for the great review. Two watches that I have always liked. I think the Omega is more versatile. Been going back and forth on getting the gen forever. It really does have such a quality feel to it.

P.T.R.
12-10-2007, 09:36 AM
Not a huge fan of the mega dial...
But if you are going to buy one of the two and thats that...
I would have to go with the SMP. Your right when you say it can lend itself to tons more situations, except diving under 1000, or looking like you do ;)
Great review once again!

louisruby
12-10-2007, 10:16 AM
Great review and pics, i want them both!

Jackjo
12-11-2007, 03:13 AM
Thank you for your comments. I miss both of them. I do have the rep of the SOSF but the dial markers need a lot of help and I miss the Pro I bracelet that it had. I thought it was much nicer than the Pro II that comes on the rep.

DeepSeaMaster
04-26-2008, 06:14 PM
Is that the difference between mat and finished surface?

I tried on a superocean in an AD and the bracelet was so nice (very polished, but smooth on the wrist), but the ones on the swiss SOSF just dont look as good....

Jackjo
04-26-2008, 06:30 PM
Is that the difference between mat and finished surface?

I tried on a superocean in an AD and the bracelet was so nice (very polished, but smooth on the wrist), but the ones on the swiss SOSF just dont look as good....

You are referring to

polished = finished

matte = brushed.

I like the combination of the two on the older gen Steelfish bracelet.

DeepSeaMaster
04-26-2008, 06:35 PM
cheers for the correction, sorry I am a noob!

I think it was a no steelfish I was looking at, all of the hour indicators were numbered, and it looked smaller than the ones on here.

Jackjo
04-27-2008, 03:56 AM
That would be the Standard Super Ocean Professional which I really like.

I wish they would rep that one. It is a phenomenal looking watch.

Which color dial?

DeepSeaMaster
04-27-2008, 09:19 PM
It was the blue one I tried, I loved it!! Full on love! keep looking for that one to be repped, along with the blue rubber deployment strap for the seamaster!

Chris V.
04-27-2008, 11:20 PM
wow!!!!! you lucky man you.. i want one!

Jackjo
04-28-2008, 05:06 AM
I was a lucky man but I have since sold both of them.

I miss the Omega the most.