Wow! I am going to refrain from complaining about the price this time. With only 2000 units per year, I am guessing the first 2000 will go right away, then things will settle in a bit. And, for a change, it is great to see the open case back on a very deserving model. Case size is the same as the FOIS at 39.7mm, a perfect size. Looks like the push pieces are bigger, though and, of course, the gorgeous new stainless steel bracelet.
All I need now is a new watch to drool over! Well, perhaps my selling of my FOIS, Speedmaster Trilogy and Seamaster 300 Trilogy is timely, although I had not planned to spend the money. My decision to sell my two Speedy models, came a couple weeks after I got my Longines Avigation BigEye, and I knew I would never wear those two again. This one is a real game changer, though, and I could say a wonderful dilemma.
I complained bitterly, even to those higher up the ladder at Swatchgroup Canada, about the price of the new 007 Seamaster pro. But I really am going to reserve comment about the price of this 321. To me, it is the darling of all the Speedmaster models, whether they be gold, platinum or whatever features they may have.
In the beginning, with the Trilogy, I was very accepting, perhaps forgiving is a better word, about the faux patina. But it is really beginning to wear on me, although I still love my little Railmaster. That is a keeper for sure!
I must say that the first second I saw the photo of this one, I thought: Wow! Now they have really got it right. And it is expensive. As an acquaintance of mine - one who has absolutely no appreciation or understanding of watches - said recently, after I got my Longines BigEye: "Well, if you think 3 grand for a watch is reasonable, then you really have a problem!" I can't begin to imagine what he would think about the Speedmaster 321 nor, quite frankly, do I care.
Enough of my incessant rambling! Now back to take a serious look at this watch. Oh, what fun!
edit: I mentioned that they are not using fauxtina. But i see they have used it. However, this time it is IMO just very subtle and as it should be, if at all.