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  1. I think you need to define what quality means to you regarding movements. I have a Planet Ocean Chronograph with the 9300 movement, and an Explorer I 39mm. Accuracy: The 9300 has be +4s per day since I bought it earlier this year. No matter how it's worn, how long it sits, and what position it rests in, the watch is consistently +4s per day. Consistency is amazing. But I do reset the time every 2 weeks by pulling it back roughly a minute. The 3132 on the other hand can stay within +/- 2s perpetually as long as I keep track of it. On the wrist, and resting with the crown down it runs about -1s per day. Resting dial up or crown up it runs +3-4s per day. With my wear pattern, I just alternate how I rest it and check every few days. So while it's technically more accurate over a longer period of time, it doesn't enjoy the consistency of the 9300. Decoration: The 9300 is nicely decorated and can be viewed through the sapphire caseback. It's no ALS, but I think it's pretty nice for the price. I'm not sure about the 3132, but from what I've heard it's a bit more utilitarian like most Rolexes. Functions: The 3132 has a hacking seconds hand. Pretty straightforward. The 8500/9300 has a hacking seconds hand. The hour hand can be adjusted independent of the minute/seconds hand in 1-hour increments. This is awesome for crossing timezones. The quickset hour hand is also used to adjust the date, so it takes longer than the Rolex, but is still pretty fast. Of course the 9300 also has a column-wheel chronograph, and the chrono hours and minutes are displayed on the same 12-hour/60-minute subdial, which I greatly prefer to the standard chrono subdial layout. Power reserve: The 3132 is 48 hours, the 9300 and 8500 are 60 hours with double-barrel mainspring. Antimagnetism: Both use hairspring material which is essentially magnetically inert. 3132 uses Parachrom, 9300/8500 uses Si14 for the most part. Robustness: The Rolex movements can definitively take a beating. I'm not sure about the 8500/9300, but many active folks have them and I haven't heard anything untoward. Size: Omega clearly traded off size for the other aspects of movement design. You won't see either of these movements in a thin dress watch. This has important consequences. I was getting tired of jamming my POC under my shirt and coat sleeves as the weather has cooled. I tried to like the Aqua Terra watches, but I greatly preferred the Explorer I aesthetically and it is thinner at 11mm vs. 13.5mm. On the wrist it is also more comfortable, related to its lesser weight, the shape, and the better bracelet. Overall: I think that Omega has made great technical strides over the past several years, and Rolex is resting on its laurels. However, Rolex movements have withstood the test of time from a functional perspective. We don't know how the 8500/9300 movements will perform after 10 years.
  2. I got a waterproof (but not rubber) strap and deployant from Hirsch. I get a little bit of pinch along my radius because I wear it on the tight side for water activities, and my wrist is somewhere between 6.5 and 6.75 inches throughout the day. But I'm happy with the craftsmanship of both items. They have natural rubber straps available as well that can be used with the deployants. Here's a phone pic: On my wrist (different Hirsch strap and deployant) for reference:
  3. I wholeheartedly agree with your review. The symmetric layout of the dial is a welcome change compared to most chronographs, and I love the placement of the date window at 6. Day and night readability is excellent, much better than my 39mm Explorer I. The watch is surprisingly comfortable given its size, and the short lugs make it wearable on a smaller wrist. The movement is functionally top notch as well, and the level of decoration is a nice touch. I travel across time zones a fair amount, and I've come to appreciate the ability to move the hour hand independently while the watch is running. Mine runs +4s per day no matter how much I wear it, how I rest it, etc. and it's great to maintain that precision when changing the hour or date.
  4. Gorgeous watch. I had a hard time choosing between it and the POC 9300. I preferred the look and fit of the Speedy, but in the end wanted the water resistance.
  5. Thanks guys. This is with a Nikon D600 and Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar lens on a nice fat tripod. The first 3 are in a light tent with flashes left and right, the last one is sitting on a table, lit with a 15" soft-box on a flash just outside the frame. I set an aperture of f/11 to f/16 and manually adjusted the flash power to get a good exposure. All light is reflected flash with virtually no ambient light from the room (turned all the lights off). Then I shined a flashlight on the watch to charge up the lume. You can guess the shutter speeds from the sweeping second hand, ranging from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. It took awhile to get the right exposure, but once it's dialed in, you don't have to adjust anything other than positioning and focus. Wish I'd wiped the fingerprint off the last one!
  6. I recently got a little light-tent for photos of other stuff and thought I'd try some lume shots. Harder than I thought! Here are my attempts.
  7. I tried on the model that the OP has with the rubber strap in a boutique. I have to say it was surprisingly comfortable, and it's another one of those watches that is even more striking in person than pictures can convey. I have a POC 9300 and Exp1 39mm, and the Racing model wears similarly to the Explorer, just a little taller and thicker. Definitely one you'll forget you have on sometimes, unlike the POC!
  8. I love my POC 9300 on a bracelet, NATO or rubber strap. But to me this version has an identity crisis.
  9. Sit on it for a little while, see if the lust persists or if it was just a passing fancy. I'm of the opinion that not every watch needs to be versatile. If it doesn't fit under a shirt cuff, so what? So long as you get enjoyment from it and have the opportunity to wear it, that's what matters. I have a POC 9300 which is also thick and heavy, but it wears smaller than its measurements, the bracelet is very comfortable, and I love the aesthetics moreso than Rolex divers. My jack of all trades happens to be an Explorer I.
  10. My POC 9300 rotor is audible when close to my ear, I think it's normal.
  11. uscmatt99

    50 Shades of Omega

    Congrats! I tried one on in Honolulu the other day, so nice in person, my new favorite Omega offering.
  12. I love Hirsch straps, good looks and quality for the price. I have a Caoutchouc rubber strap for my POC 9300 and my Explorer, as well as a couple other straps for the POC. I tried out the sport deployment but don't use it much, seems it would fit better if I had a larger wrist, around 7.5". It sits uncomfortably on the side of my 6.75" wrist. The Viscount really gives a unique look to the POC 9300, congrats on the pickup!
  13. My POC 9300 rotor is audible when close to my ear, I think it's normal.
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