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Both very much of a muchness but which would you choose if you was going to buy one and why ?
 

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I came within $175 or so of getting the SLA025 from an AD when it came out but walked. It's bugged me ever since.

Haven't held the SLA039 yet but it is more of a stretch interpretation so I'd lean SLA025 for its faithfulness to the original. That said, I do have an SBDC063/SPR079 with a similar blue bezel insert and I must say it is compelling to see that on this model, it could swing me if I saw it in person.

Like the SLA017 and the SLA033, I can truly say if you are not holding the watch it is very hard to fully appreciate them. I think when you were at Baselworld you got to see how the in-the-metal impression is better than trying to take in and appreciate these Seiko SLAs looking at internet photos, etc.
 

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If like you, I had a 6215 or a 6159, then it would have to be the 039 - just for something a little different
 

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I don't think I'd ever buy either (for "close" to the same coin, I'd buy an original), but that's me. The bezel on those things are so TALL. To answer your question, I'd go 025 between the two. =)

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First thought is the 025, but after closer inspection I think I would go for the 039. I do like the colors/gilted accents used on the SLA025, but right now I think that I would prefer the "just steel" look of the 039.
 

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I don't think I'd ever buy either (for "close" to the same coin, I'd buy an original), but that's me. The bezel on those things are so TALL. To answer your question, I'd go 025 between the two. =)

Yep, that tall bezel plus the case is thicker and larger than the original, it's an ugly reinterpretation. Top view looks fine and the high-beat movement is appealing but upon overall aesthetic inspection I decided to pass.


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The looks of the 039 really appeal to me but at over $7,000 out the door…. Just couldn’t do that for the watch.


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John - I have to say, the SLA025 just pops for me. Beautiful watch. Is this different than the SBDX012 MM300?
 
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