Jason K. from Chile asks:
Rolex GMT Alternative? I love the look / functionality of the Rolex GMT but don't really want to buy a Rolex and in particular as I hate the bulbous lens over the date window. Can you provide some alternatives that offer the same functionality (GMT hand, bi-directional bezel w. 24 hour scale), mechanical movement and quality that will last a lifetime?
You have featured some alternatives on the site such as Nivrel, Christopher Ward, Seiko, etc but they don't seem to have the bi-directional bezel.
Thanks for your help.
Max here. I think the Oris Diver GMT (see: http://www.oris.ch/en/watches/oris-divers-gmt-date/01-668-7639-8454-07-4-24-34eb) maybe a great alternative that is on the low price point side. It has bi-directional bezel and GMT hand and good looks. I have seen and handled it in person at an AD, and I must say I was impressed, especially when you consider the price point: ~$2000.00.
Finally, for a little more, I can recommend the Omega Seamaster GMT 300M. I've reviewed it on aBTW last year here. I am wearing it as I write this, so it's needless to say how much I like it as a work beater.
The AquaTerra version that Ariel reviewed recently has in-house movement and is priced higher than the old James Bond Seamaster and certainly gives you a fairer competitor to the Rolex GMT.
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