I thought I’d put a quick comparison of two similar watches I have in the collection as I did this a few times years ago and for some reason never carried them on:
The Speedmaster is circa £7k vs the Longines at £2.5k. Is the Speedmaster worth three times the price of the Longines? Well putting aside the laws of diminishing returns, despite the Longines having more complications due to the Valjoux 7751 movement (some models have column wheel, others do not. Fortunately this does), the Speedmaster wins due to the following (all IMO of course):
- sits better on the wrist due to the larger caseback
- higher quality clasp
- larger case and dial
- more legible
- better AR coating
- in house movement
- better ‘feel’ overall, especially operating the crown and pushers.
So some of you are asking why did I get the Longines? Well after reading car magazines for the past 20 or so years and seeing the BRM, Graham etc watches all advertised in there I’m sure I’ve seen the Longines Moonphase in there too. All the complications in one watch with a fussy dial appealed to me back then (Longines only had a white dial at the time). So after all this time, and with the release of a new dial colour with less numbers giving a cleaner look, it was time to add one to the collection.
Impossible to glance at the time but makes me feel like a child in an adults shell everyone I see it.
The Omega on the other hand makes me feel like an adult (a fortunate one at that).