No love for the Roma Octo models??

Jul 09, 2022,02:40 AM

I also love the very popular Finissimo model in the Octo series. I am thinking of buying it or a Roma.

I was looking at the posts here, and except for a couple of exceptions, all the beautiful pics show the Finissimo in its many variations.
 I haven't noticed one pic posted here of the Roma models. 
 I am vacillating between a blue dial Finissimo or a blue dial Roma with RG, and besides the looks and insides, 
the cost factor too is a big consideration. 
I was wondering why the Roma Octo models don't seem to be poular.
(Pics attached here are borrowed from the Internet)

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I definitely prefer the Finnissimo to the Roma...

 By: patrick_y : July 9th, 2022-05:08
But that's just me. You can be one of our special members who prefer the Roma.

Oh, I also prefer the Finissimo

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-06:51
Just wanted hear the comments as to why I don't see any Roma versions here. I guess the Finissimo's appeal is a combination of a lot of factors

I'm not surprised, the Audience here...

 By: patrick_y : July 9th, 2022-19:29
The Audience here on WatchProSite is definitely one that's more inclined to high horology. For better or worse, we are the most technically inclined and sophisticated group of watch lovers on the internet. Many other forums have much less technical conver... 

I do own 2 Finissimo and no Roma watches myself

 By: nafetS : July 9th, 2022-06:05
In my very personal opinion the Finissimo is on another level compared to the Roma regarding movement, overall quality and the looks. The Roma is not a bad watch, but the Finissimo is just so much more refined in pretty much all the details.

I agree about the Finissimo

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-06:53
It's a cut above the Roma versions I have seen. Even considering the higher price.

The Roma has an ordinary movement. Finissimo has a special movement.

 By: patrick_y : July 9th, 2022-19:33
And that doesn't make Roma a bad watch. Far from it. Finissimo is just special. And special can be a bad thing. Normally special means unreliable. Watches with unusual and special movements are often unreliable. And ordinary means reliable. But passionate... 

A lot of OF owners have winding issues.

 By: patrick_y : July 9th, 2022-22:51
Despite having a very active day, the watch still stops at night. The BVL 138 is known to have winding issues. They recently made a new version of the caliber and it's supposedly solved.

True! The statistic could be flawed in your favor too! And without emperical data, my statements earlier ride only on my credibility.

 By: patrick_y : July 11th, 2022-09:34
Hopefully my credibility is enough. I've also spoken with multiple other OF owners who've had similar issues. Three of whom I can recall by name right now who've told me they've had problems with theirs in person. One of whom is a famous watch industry ex... 

The question which i have for years

 By: Weems@8 : July 9th, 2022-08:24
First to say, i like to collect also a Bulgari Bulgari. A simple Bulgari with the famous round case. The Roma is affordable, besides it is a good looking watch. The lower sister Bulgari Bulgari have flair and it can go perfectly with a Finissimo in a watc... 

My very first EVER so-called "luxury watch" was the Bulgari Bulgari with white dial and clous de Paris dial.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:03
I fell in love with that watch at first sight, and had to buy it. And that is the watch that started me on this incurable hobby. I kept it for 8 years. I sold it to upgrade my collection and miss it to this day. I still love that design.

More special

 By: Weems@8 : July 9th, 2022-16:07
What a great reply. My story. I discovered the Bulgari Bulgari in a secondhand watch book. It was one of the watches in the book that grab my attention the most. The Octo Finissimo i discovered here at PuristPro. You can still buy again a Bulgari Bulgari.... 

as a finissimo owner I would not recommend the roma

 By: christianch : July 9th, 2022-08:32
I tried it several time in the shop. It is like a previous version of the finissimo, thicker, not so cool design and I think farily generic movement. I had to check pricing and indeed it is cheaper, but for a reason! Rather wait and get the top of the lin... 

That is a great advice

 By: Weems@8 : July 9th, 2022-08:36
Right also.

Agree. The Roma is a nice watch that looks like a well, watch.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:06
But the Finissimo stands out as a "wow watch"! It's mesmerizing.

Finissimo is the one to get

 By: Bruno.M1 : July 9th, 2022-08:57
don't doubt. The Octa is ok but the Finissimo is already a legend SO nice and comfortable to wear and I prefer it above the ROO and 5711

Once I get the Finissimo I will have to compare it to my ROO and 5711.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:07
All those blue dials to admire.

What a compliment, but I am with you

 By: Geo : July 15th, 2022-05:40
the Finissimo is so unique. GEO

Octo roma benefit for very short lugs, so 41 mm watch with 46 mm lug to lug is impressive

 By: hoseachandra : July 9th, 2022-11:55
But...the octagonal case and very wide lug (24 mm) make it wears like 43 mm. So i passed on them, eventhough i like the Octo roma worldtimer. The Finissimo is on another level. Very thin and the bracelet is very comfortable and beautiful. But again, the s... 

I tried on the Finissimo and luckily it fits me quite well.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:09
There is an Octo Solo Tempo version that is 38mm. Maybe you have seen them.

Finissmo has updated movement and finishing, accounting for the price difference

 By: TeutonicCarFan : July 9th, 2022-13:09
I tried one on. It was too big for how flat it is (on my wrist) but supercool.

It is indeed super cool.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:12
Luckily I have a wrist that can manage the Finissimo. While it is a great looking watch, it isn't a good match for all, unfortunately.

Very simply, it’s just not as attractive.

 By: Jay (Eire) : July 9th, 2022-13:15
That’s a personal opinion of course, and your mileage may vary. But just to pick up on something else you said, a lot of people here will tell you don’t settle for the cheaper watch which is almost what you really want. How that usually plays out is you s... 

I know exactly where you are coming from

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 9th, 2022-14:20
What you say make perfect sense. In fact, I have fallen victim of that vicious for a compromise watch, sell at a loss, and spend more to get what I should have bought in the first place.

We’ve all done it.

 By: Jay (Eire) : July 9th, 2022-15:47
But I’ve tried hard the last decade or more to just buy what I really want or if a compromise is to be made then the compromise watch falls well within the affordable watches category and so the financial aspect is almost irrelevant. Good luck with your d... 

You're thinking about buying an Octo Finissimo or an Octo Roma...

 By: patrick_y : July 9th, 2022-19:55
The fact that you said you're "thinking about buying" one of these watches worries me. Because it's obvious you're not extremely attracted to either piece. I would only buy things I can't live without! Of course, I sometimes buy things I later realize I c... 

I think my indecision stems from liking them both, but getting just one!

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : July 10th, 2022-01:14
And the winner will be the Finissimo. I tried them both on, and I couldn't (well, didn't want to) take off the Finissimo when I had to leave the store, where it is on hold for me to do the deal today. I understand that "feeling", and just wanted to be ext... 

Make sure the calling is strong before you buy!

 By: patrick_y : July 10th, 2022-04:17
I once saw this amazing device at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva one cold January. I thought about it every day. And ended up wanting it more and more. The desire didn't go away. I thought about it EVERY SINGLE DAY for two months! Finally, two mont... 

Why not the octo solotempo???

 By: Motty : July 10th, 2022-13:55
Since I’m here on WPS I’ve never seen anyone have the octo solotempo (or l’oiginal) which looks like the OF but it’s thicker, and discontinued. For me personally I didn’t like such a thin watch, and choose to go with the solotempo in titanium which I love...