Well, it took several months, but I am now a proud member of the Speedmaster Professional owner's club! I won't bore you with the long version of my Speedmaster acquisition adventure, so here is the Cliff's Notes version:
Back in February, I had decided I wanted the Speedy Pro as my next watch, and my first watch that I can truly, truly be proud to own. The Moonwatch and its heritage was obviously a big reason for getting the watch (not to mention its awesome vintage style), but I was torn between two models. Naturally, as with most people posting about watch choices on here, I was torn between the 3570.50.00 and the 3573.50.00. The Sapphire Sandwich was the one I ended up choosing initially, mostly due to the beautiful exhibition-style caseback showcasing the 1863 movement. I was also sold on the convenience of sapphire, as I was worried about the ease of which hesalite gets scratched.
I asked a friend of mine (whose friend works for Swatch) to order me the Sapphire Sandwich, but I had to wait for the watch to come available. After a good 3-4 months of waiting, his friend advised that Swatch was cracking down on employees ordering discounted watches and flipping them for profit, so I'd have to wait for him to order it until well after the prices would rise this summer.
During the huge wait, I was beginning to have second-thoughts about ordering the Sapphire Sandwich, deciding that the hesalite crystal's look would be far more valuable to me than the caseback, as I could always put a caseback on after the warranty expires. Also, the factually incorrect caseback was going to bother me to no end. So now that I was back on the market for a Speedy, I began to look for the 3570.50. After a few days of searching the WUS Sales Corner, I ended up finding a nicely cleaned up Speedy Pro 3570.50 from none other than Kringkily. After a meetup in NYC, I am now glad to say the Speedy Pro is finally mine:
Sorry for the crappy quality iPhone pictures...I'll post an album once I break out the DSLR and take some proper photos
I'd like to thank everyone here on the WUS Omega forum for their great advice. There's a wealth of knowledge on here, and it was largely due to this forum that I got the watch I have. Make that one more happy Omega owner thanks to you all!