Edit: Better photos can be found later in the thread.
Some of you may remember that I never really "got" modern Omega timepieces. No doubt are they well-made watches, but most never spoke to me in pictures, nor did they do anything in the flesh when I casually looked at them in jewelry stores.
I took a trip to Colorado over break and wandered the mall while my parents took off on their own. I knew my dad wanted to look at watches, but, despite my urge to look at them as well, I decided to leave him alone to let him do his thing. After some time, I got a call and he asked me if I liked the Omega PO Skyfall--I told him I thought the dial was a nice change from the rather mundane standard version and that the 007 in the location of the dial's 7 was a neat touch. In other words, yes, and I was excited to see it on his wrist.
He told me to come to the store. I made my way over and found him at one of the counters with the Skyfall sitting on a pad. I questioned him about the watch, and he told me that because I am graduating college soon, he wanted to gift me a graduation watch. You can put the pieces together after that.
But the story doesn't end there, however, because my parents decided to give the watch to me early. I'm glad they did because when I looked at the Omega later, I noticed the dial's "C" for "Co-Axial" was totally missing. The issue was resolved quickly, as the AD graciously and smoothly replaced the watch with another Skyfall that had never been removed from its shipping package--essentially a flawless watch. Part of me questions Omega's quality control with that one, but I realize mistakes and slip-ups happen. I also wonder if the misprint would have made a collector's item, but, sadly, the lack of a "C" totally destroyed the dial's symmetry.
It's safe to say another watch won't be entering the stable for quite some time. The Skyfall is beautifully made, has a gorgeous movement to boot (although not as glamorous as some of the photos make it out to be), and the exclusive dial is exquisite. It's a little larger than I'm comfortable with, but it has a presence all its own and independent hour hand is a new feature for me. Am I fully converted to every modern Omega? Well, not quite, but this one ticks the right boxes and the story behind it makes it pretty dang special. Thanks for sharing the excitement with me.
The original piece. See the missing "C?" It's a bit awkward, if you ask me.
And the one I ended up with. The dial catches light in each and every crevice (Can the helium escape valve be safely opened? I haven't dared to touch it yet.).
I'll be leaving the plastic on the clasp for now--no desk-diving marks.
It appears bigger on my wrist in this photo than if I look in a mirror/real life. 42mm isn't a small watch, that's for sure. I think getting comfortable with this one will be worth it, though.