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Mailbag! Omega Seamaster 300M vs. Tudor Black Bay GMT: Baselworld 2018 Watch Wrap: Favorites

Tonight's poll, Tim Mosso discusses the luxury watches of Baselworld 2018. We open with a Battle of Basel including the Omega Seamaster 300M Diver and the Tudor Black Bay GMT with Pepsi Basel. Both of these steel sports watches retail for under $5,000 U.S., and both are 2018 Baselworld watch debuts from two of the largest names in watches: Rolex – Tudor and Omega watches. The Omega Seamaster 300M debuted in 1993 and has been associated with Agent 007 as the modern “James Bond Watch” since Goldenye in 1995. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay family has spawned not just a full range of variants but arguably carries the modern renaissance of the Tudor watch brand on its shoulders. Which luxury sports watch will take the crown? Out live audience will decide! Tim is asked a question about minute repeaters and uses a Patek Philippe 5078-010 to demonstrate how a repeating watch functions. A watch buyer in our audience forwarded a question about Tim’s favorite Baselworld novelties at each price, and he responds with a full suite of standouts. At under $5,000, Tim prefers the Rado Hyperchrome Ultra Light; an announced Longines Master Annual Calendar might steal this vote once pricing is declared. For under $10,000, Tim likes the Glashutte Original Sixties and the Habring Felix Doppel Chronograph split-seconds chronograph. For under $20,000, Tim’s favorite Baselworld 2018 watch is the 55-piece stainless steel Vulcain Jerusalem Limited Edition of the Vulcain Cricket alarm watch. For over $20,000 the sky is the limit, and Tim would choose the Blancpain Tourbillon Volant Heures Sautent Minute Retrograde; it’s a rose gold or platinum Blancpain flying tourbillon with jumping hours and retrograde minutes with a grand feu enamel dial and a rose lathe-engraved caliber with a 144-hour power reserve. On request from a watch collector, Tim discusses Panerai and Glashutte Original watches, their value, reliability, and serviceability. Finally, Tim discusses why pocket watches – even those from great watch brands such as Patek Philippe and Jaeger LeCoultre – fail to spur the same passion and prices on the auction circuit and vintage watch markets, and pre-owned watch markets.