Iím sure Iíve tried 212 for women, not men. Iím generally not a fan of ubiquitous fragrances like these and AdG. Have you tried YSL Kouros? Itís also designer + inexpensive... but certainly one-of-a-kind.
I like dolce gabbana 'masculine' .. it sorta smells like sweet lime flavor.. I use it more for out door events or hot days
Also, Clairborne 'spark' is a more warm smell for colder nights. Kind of a cinnamon type smell
Dior homme for everday use. Girls always compliment me when I wear it...be prepared for a feminine smell though, its one of if not the only male scent which uses flowers. As a trade off it smells very fresh and elegant.
If you want something that smells really good and at a low price try C.O. Bigelow's Elixir Black from Bath & Body Works. Elix White and Elix Black Pepper are quality too. They have cologne, body wash, and body spray. Try Elixir Black body wash and cologne for frequent use.
Other colognes I am a fan and many are in my collection (I like subtle & sophisticated fragrances):
Elizabeth Taylor's Passion For Men (Classic & classy)
Calvin Klein's Eternity For Men
Giorgio Armani's Acqua di Gio for Men
Usher (the black bottle lol. This is a bit stronger than my other fragrances but it's fresh)
L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake for Men (had to look that spelling up but this is a brilliant fragrance too. Great for when you go out at night)