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Mailbag! Grand Seiko vs. Rolex?: $13K Precious Metal Watch; Rolex Daytona or Rolex Submariner?

Follow tim_mosso on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tim_mosso/ Tonight, Tim Mosso and Jason Mane answer questions about collecting luxury watches from Rolex, Grand Seiko, Zenith watches, and Jaeger LeCoultre. The opening bout concerns Jason's choice of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller 126600 or the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's SBGH257 limited edition of 500 pieces. The Rolex Sea Dweller "43" is the 50th anniversary salute to Rolex's flagship dive watch and the model family that popularized the helium escape valve for dive watches. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, the Rolex Sea Dweller 126600 features the evocative "Red" Sea Dweller dial script and the first use of the Rolex "Cyclops Eye" date magnifier on a Sea Dweller model. The Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's is a 46mm titanium dive watch from Japan's most accomplished watch power, Seiko-Epson. Built and finished by hand, the Grand Seiko SBGH257 also launched at Baselworld 2017. Its blue hobnail dial and 9S85 high-beat automatic caliber ensure that the SBGH257 is both handsome and technically impressive. The Sea Dweller offers a longer warranty, but the Grand Seiko features a lower price and added accessory silicone strap. We discuss viewer watches thanks to wrist shots forwarded by Watchbox fans Bob (FP Journe Chronometre Optimium) and Mike (Breitling Aerospace EVO). One viewer asks about his precious metal watch options at or below $13,000 U.S.; we suggest the Zenith El Primero Espada in rose gold, the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero in rose gold, the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Jubilee, and the Rolex Cellini Prince 5440/5441/5443. Another fan asks for our assistance in purchasing his next Rolex sports watch; would we recommend a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116515LN (chocolate dial, rose gold, Oysterflex strap) or a Rolex Submariner 116619LB (the Rolex Submariner"Smurf" in white gold). Tim prefers the Submariner, but Jason reminds our viewers of the ceramic Daytona's strength in the current marketplace. We discuss restoration of vintage IWC watches and whether it is advisable to send a nearly 70 year-old IWC back to Schaffhausen's service department. Finally, this episode reviews the long-debated question of the relationship between wristwatch movement beat rates and accuracy. Tim reviews the many factors that can influence the precision of a wristwatch including gravity, friction, power supply compromises, and wrist movements. Co-axial escapements, direct-impluse escapements, low-friction movements from Breitling and Rolex, FP Journe's Chronometre Optimum, Zenith's Academy Georges Favre-Jacot fusee and chain, high-rate movements from Zenith, Blancpain, and Breguet, tourbillon watches, and Breguet overcoil hairsprings are covered.