These watches are apples and oranges. Rad vs Luminor. Cali dial vs MM. Beefy lugs with screws vs wire arms with a much more difficult strap change. Thicker squared off case vs a thinner cushion case. Like Don said, who cares what others think? You need to try them on and see what you like better. I have owned them both and no longer have the 249 but still have a 232.