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    Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Pretty new to watch collecting, but I have been salivating over the Speedmaster lately. My main question is this: should I keep my sights set on the Speedmaster Professiona, or opt for the reduced? Price is obviously a factor, but part of my appreciation for this watch is it’s history and I don’t want to feel that I’m missing out on that if I get the reduced. To further complicate things, I have about a 6.5” wrist and I know the reduced would look better.

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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    I like the reduced because of the 39 mm case and the fact that it is an automatic.

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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Reduced is a nice watch but isn't quite on a par with the Professional quality-wise in my opinion. My wrist is a similar size to yours. The Reduced definitely fits better, but the Professional is doable. Or you could look at a FOIS or 60th anniversary Trilogy Speedmaster which wear slightly better on smaller wrists. I have owned a couple of Reduced, a FIOS, and currently have the Trilogy (it's definitely the best of the bunch imo). Whatever you go for, you will get used to the size I'm sure.
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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Isn’t the reduced an ETA7750 derived movement? Quite thick?



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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Get some wrist time with both, your small wrist will be better off with a shorter L2L.

    Only when you get them on will you know what suits you, and that’s what’s important, too many threads on here revolve around buyers asking advice on whether a watch fits them or not, would you go online and ask whether a pair of trousers fitted you?

    Of course not, my opinion is just that, my opinion, it’s your wrist and only you will know.

    Wrist size aside in answer to your question , Professional all day long for me, much better movement and case proportions, but I have a 7 1/2” wrist so the L2L was not an issue for me.
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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Noooo Speedmaster reduced!!! Yesss Speedy professional
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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcohen View Post
    I like the reduced because of the 39 mm case and the fact that it is an automatic.
    This one doesn't count as a reduced, it's a Speedmaster Date. In my opinion it's a better option compared to the reduced because the date is using the 7750 integrated chrono movement, while the reduced uses a module based solution to achieve the classic tri compax layout.
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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    I really appreciate the feedback. While I know that the Professional is the more prestigious option, I'd still love to try them both on to see which feels better on the wrist, but didn't production on the reduced end back in 2012? Do dealers still carry these where they would be available to try on?

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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    Quote Originally Posted by Abybee5892 View Post
    I really appreciate the feedback. While I know that the Professional is the more prestigious option, I'd still love to try them both on to see which feels better on the wrist, but didn't production on the reduced end back in 2012? Do dealers still carry these where they would be available to try on?
    Used watch dealers maybe. Main dealers, no.

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    Re: Speedmaster Professional or reduced?

    The reduced was a great option when it was around $1100. Now prices have soared to close to $2k, and that might be without a needed service.
    If you can find the opportunity to try both on that would be best. Try not to fall for the reduced in the hope it will satisfy you desire for a speedmaster- that could be costly.
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