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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    HiggsBosun:
    You are a man of knowledge that's true
    But is it factual buyers of Rolex must get on a waiting list, own other types of jewelry, etc?
    I thought all you needed was the long green?

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by aalin13 View Post
    I agree with your first point, and I think that's where the underwhelming feeling comes in. This watch has remained nearly unchanged for decades, but the price has steadily gone up. Compared to a Seamaster Divers 300m for about the same price, the speedy feels old fashioned and less well made.

    Your second point is not limited to the speedy, all mechanical watches have the same issue of needing a costly service every 5-10 years. Just the reality of this hobby.

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    Admittedly, this is true, all mechanical watches do require service from time to time. However, the cost of that service varies tremendously.

    So you can buy a "fine Swiss watch" such as a Speedy, and send it in for service every 7-10 years.

    Or, you can buy an Orient (or Seiko, or Citizen, or Vostok etc) and enjoy wearing it for 10 or even 20 years, and if need be, replace the entire movement and often the entire watch for less than the cost of ONE Omega service.

    So, it comes down to NOT really being a question of whether someone can afford the service, which might average out to $100-200 per year over the life of the watch. Not exactly cheap, but within reach for almost anyone who can afford a Speedy in the first place.

    The question is actually more like "Which makes more economic sense?"
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron521 View Post
    The question is actually more like "Which makes more economic sense?"
    Based on your logic, you should really just buy one Casio from Walmart and be done with it - cheapest to buy, cheapest to run. Even buying Orient makes no economic sense. This is a hobby.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron521 View Post
    Admittedly, this is true, all mechanical watches do require service from time to time. However, the cost of that service varies tremendously.

    So you can buy a "fine Swiss watch" such as a Speedy, and send it in for service every 7-10 years.

    Or, you can buy an Orient (or Seiko, or Citizen, or Vostok etc) and enjoy wearing it for 10 or even 20 years, and if need be, replace the entire movement and often the entire watch for less than the cost of ONE Omega service.

    So, it comes down to NOT really being a question of whether someone can afford the service, which might average out to $100-200 per year over the life of the watch. Not exactly cheap, but within reach for almost anyone who can afford a Speedy in the first place.

    The question is actually more like "Which makes more economic sense?"
    In contrast to modern movements, the movement of Speedmaster Pro can be serviced by any qualified watchmaker and not obliged to go to Omega SC. It will be cheaper.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by arogle1stus View Post
    HiggsBosun:
    You are a man of knowledge that's true
    But is it factual buyers of Rolex must get on a waiting list, own other types of jewelry, etc?
    I thought all you needed was the long green?

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    Hey, Art.
    It does appear that if you want a SS sports Rolex you do seem to be put on some sort of 'waiting list'.
    Now, the actual time needed to be on this 'list' may vary from country to country.
    Some dealers have (according to what has been said on this forum) told potential customers that they must have spent 'X' amount previously to 'qualify' just to get on the 'list'.
    Downright disgusting, if you ask me.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I've loved the look in pictures since I was a kid but in the flesh, so to speak, it is prettier and has much more depth than is usually captured in photos. It is a classical beauty.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Underwhelming as it isn’t that fancy but a fantastic watch that takes anything you throw at it and with your strap making skills it will be a joy to own one.
    At first I thought it was borderline boring , saw one in the store and it was history








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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I would recommend trying a different flavor of Speedmaster if one version doesn't spark magic. Personally I'm not all that enamored with the class Moon watch.

    Take a gander at racing editions, or moonphase. Something will catch your eye.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by HiggsBoson View Post
    Hey, Art.
    It does appear that if you want a SS sports Rolex you do seem to be put on some sort of 'waiting list'.
    Now, the actual time needed to be on this 'list' may vary from country to country.
    Some dealers have (according to what has been said on this forum) told potential customers that they must have spent 'X' amount previously to 'qualify' just to get on the 'list'.
    Downright disgusting, if you ask me.
    Agree with the disgusting sentiment ..... I’ve tried at several Rolex AD’s to get on the list for the Daytona Cosmograph and also last year’s GMT with jubilee bracelet. No joy. Apparently money means nothing when you don’t know the secret handshake. No Rolex in my future, I guess.

    I’ve said it before in this thread, the Speedmaster did not disappoint me. I had to wait a long time before I was able to purchase one and my first one, the 3570.50 Professional will be the last watch to leave my collection. And again, not enough photos in this thread, so I'll show a few more:

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by arogle1stus View Post
    HiggsBosun:
    You are a man of knowledge that's true
    But is it factual buyers of Rolex must get on a waiting list, own other types of jewelry, etc?
    I thought all you needed was the long green?

    Ever spend any time on the Higgins Boat? Maybe as a Higgs Driver or Bosun?

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    Yes this is true

    You need to be in a waiting list to get any of the sport models(Subs, explorers, GMT, DJ OP etc) Some folks get lucky and can buy them by showing up at a Rolex dealer but most wind up on the list to wait for one. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdrof must be spinning in his grave as his mantra was that anybody that anybody that had the money to buy one could get one (no @#$# waiting lists)

    If you want a Rolex quickly, buy used from the forum or buy new from a gray market seller. There is no reason to wait 10 years for the "right" to buy one. Plus Rolex will willingly do the 5 or 10 year service on them as long as you pay just like everybody else. There is no reason to get one from a AD (and beg to be allowed to buy one)

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