So Iíve been on a bit of a journey with the moonwatch. Back in 2017 My wife bought me a moonwatch (my grail) for our anniversary. Leading up to that I had many back and forth discussions and debates over whether I should get a modern hesalite speedy or a vintage. This in addition to the whole other debate of hesalite or sapphire which is another thread in itself. Long story short I decided on a modern hesalite speedy because Iíd have peace of mind that I was the first owner and it would be pristine and any scuffs or scratches would come from me experiencing life with it. I wrote off vintage because I didnít want to deal with servicing and pre owned dings and scratches, not to mention that the price of vintage and modern at the time were relatively close I jusitified getting the brand new.
Fast forward to today. I no longer have the modern speedy. On my wrist sits a 30 year old moonwatch with creamy tritium patina markers and hand and a tapering bracelet. I love the vintage speedy and I donít think I could go back to a modern moonwatch. The vintage is a little more interesting to my eye. Looking at the dial there is so much to see. Whether itís the extra squiggly S and R on the word speedmaster, or the T Swiss Made T at the bottom of the dial, or the aforementioned orange patina markers.
Having said all this it sounds like Iím against modern speedys but if I had to do it all again, Iíd do it the same way. Having the modern speedy afforded me the peace of mind of having a real moonwatch while I began to learn the vast breadth of vintage speedmaster versions and subtle nuances. I had a watch that I loved and moved on to another watch that I love.
None of this should be seen as advice leaning towards modern or vintage. This has just been my experience and I know that when I was first getting into Speedmasters it was a overwhelming decision because of the millions of reference numbers and tiny nuances in differences in little details that most people will never notice.
Whatís been your experience or what influenced your decision on modern vs vintage when you got your first moonwatch?
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