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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the FOIS, Carl.

    Looking at the OMEGAs I have in my collection it's obvious that we have similar tastes. I highly respect your opinions when it comes to watches, and as you know, those opinions have gone a long way in shaping my budding collection.

    Thanks also for continuing to provide us all with high quality eye candy that are you photographs. I always look forward to them and I'm never disappointed.

    As for the Vancouver OMEGA Boutique, I can attest to the warm and inviting atmosphere that Carl speaks of. After arranging a meeting with Carl at The Boutique, I had the pleasure of spending a great afternoon talking watches with Carl and Jorge. We must have been there for at least a couple of hours looking at, and trying on, all kinds of watches. Not once did I ever feel under pressure to purchase anything. It was just a nice afternoon spent talking watches with like minded people.

    Carl, it makes me happy to hear that your enjoying your watch as much as you are. I hope it continues for a long, long time.

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and your great photos.

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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by carlhaluss View Post
    Thank you! I'm sure I will. This one is really starting to make me review my whole collection. Time will tell, of course, but I am more taken by it than I thought I would be.
    I thought about building a 40 and under Speedy collection with a Trilogy, FOIS, Reduced, Racing and may yet do it. For now I’ve added a Pro as I was enamored by the piece I found.

    I love that you now own 2 historic Speedies in a 2915 reissue and FOIS. Curious if you also own a Moonwatch.
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Beautiful watch and write up. You’ve made someone like me, on the fence about this watch, fall off the fence and onto the “I should add this to the collection” side.
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading your narrative of the Omega Boutique in Vancouver and your appreciation by the Boutique staff for being a valued customer, along with your personal impressions and pictures of your FOIS. Enjoy your latest gift to yourself.
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Carl, as always a great post! I am glad to hear about your experiences at your Boutique. I love that they treat you well and I am glad that you are sharing those experiences. It seems, too often, we only hear the bad stories about various watch dealers. While I don't have an OB locally, my nearest one (5 hours away) has always taken great care of me, via phone and email.
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Great post and I completely agree with your thoughts on this watch. I’ve had mine for about a week now and purchased a 1125 bracelet at my local boutique. Perfect!
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by EightEyes View Post
    You might be the best poster on WUS, Carl! I really get a sense of the sincere pleasure and appreciation you get from your watches.

    Congratulations on another beautiful watch, and thanks for sharing your experience with us. This is what it's all about. Wonderful stuff.
    Such a flattering comment, Thank You! I really do appreciate each and every watch I buy. Sometimes, I feel badly that I flip so many, some of which I have expressed great enthusiasm for. But the appreciation is genuine, as you can tell, and sometimes it's as though I buy a watch just to learn more about it, share my enthusiasm, then move on to the next or keep the watch. Someone asked me the other day, "How can you buy and sell so many watches, and lose money on most of them?!" This was a friend who takes a fairly expensive holiday at least once a year, and spends thousands of dollars each time. I told him, that often a watch I buy is like spending money on a vacation. Sometimes you enjoy it for a relatively short time, likely lose some money selling it, but just like a vacation you have the memories, photos, and often reviews of the watches. You can't get the money back from your holiday, and I can't get it back from my watches. But I sure have a hell of a good time along the way, and the experience of acquiring and enjoying a new watch is incomparable for me.

    Anyway, I have a wonderful collection now, and intend to keep most of the watches, but some are going to be sold. But, as you say, sharing the experiences it what it's all about!

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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by mrg60202 View Post
    Beautiful watch and write up. You’ve made someone like me, on the fence about this watch, fall off the fence and onto the “I should add this to the collection” side.
    Thanks. It took me literally 7 years - since the watch came out in 2012 - to get around to acquiring one. I had previously gone through 2 Speedy Pro Moonwatch with hesalite crystal. I was stubborn, and wanted a stainless steel bracelet and hesalite crystal. While I enjoyed this watch twice, I could never get it to rest comfortably on my wrist. So, five or so years after selling the second one, here I am with the FOIS. And I just love it, better than my Speedy Pro. Anyway, if you get one, hope you get every bit of enjoyment out of it as I am!

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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by NC_Hager626 View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading your narrative of the Omega Boutique in Vancouver and your appreciation by the Boutique staff for being a valued customer, along with your personal impressions and pictures of your FOIS. Enjoy your latest gift to yourself.
    Thank you. The Boutique Staff have been great over the years. It's just a wonderful part of the day each time I visit there!

    Cheers,
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    Re: First Omega In Space (FOIS), A Comfortable Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by mase44 View Post
    Carl, as always a great post! I am glad to hear about your experiences at your Boutique. I love that they treat you well and I am glad that you are sharing those experiences. It seems, too often, we only hear the bad stories about various watch dealers. While I don't have an OB locally, my nearest one (5 hours away) has always taken great care of me, via phone and email.
    Thank you. Glad that you have had great experiences at your closest Boutique. I am very fortunate that the only Omega Boutique in Canada is located right here in Vancouver! Over the years, I have made quite a few great friends, both of the staff and some of the clients.

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    Carl
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