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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    The thing about the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is that it’s so easy to buy and to sell. It’s an extremely ‘liquid’, marketable watch and can be had for a reasonable price. Hence people often sell or trade them when they’re temped by another watch. Usually though, they wind up missing it and buying it again, sometimes repeating the whole process several times.

    If it were a more expensive or rarer watch this might not happen and you might see a lot fewer of them on the second hand market. That said, the Sub is a much more expensive watch but it’s pretty ubiquitous on the second hand market too. Somewhat similar dynamic in that it’s an easy watch to sell.

    Sometimes it takes several tries until you find the Speedy that really sings to you. I’m on my third one - a 145.022 on a 1450 bracelet - and this one should be a keeper.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    If one becomes tired of winding the watch then one probably doesn't deserve the Speedmaster. It's not a huge effort.
    Besides it's on of the most beautiful and simple looking chronographs ever made - just like an instrument should be; reduced to its bare essentials. Apart from the twisted lugs it's almost Bauhaus inspired in its appearance.
    Less is more but for those who prefer the bells and whistles it's perhaps too austere in its elegant black and white dial :)
    I certainly miss mine which is being serviced - and its a keeper!
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I've own several Speedmasters over the years and personally never found them underwhelming.

    But, adding to what already has been said, I believe people flip the Speedy also because of:

    -Plastic crystal (The pain of using polywatch....although there is a Sapphire version)
    -Not 42mm (Bezel diameter is 39.5mm, so it wears smaller than 42)
    -Plain dial (I guess that falls into the 'not blingy' category, but there are variants with applied Omega logo and markers)
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I've always loved the Bond-and-later Seamaster. But the Speedies have really grown on me. First, you gotta see one in person and on wrist. Second, add my knowledge of horology deepened, the significance of the watch started to clock with me. At this point, I've become a big fan and will own one, whereas they did nothing for me just a few years ago.


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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I donít agree that we donít deserve our Speedmasters just because we donít love the crown winding experience. If the Speedy Pro is your high bar for pleasant hand winding, then I would recommend you try more hand wound watches for additional perspective.

    I agree that the water resistance and movement accuracy are potential negative points to consider. I would add the non-hacking movement to the list.

    It doesnít mean that the Speedmaster isnít an awesome watch. But I believe that some of the negative issues are under reported to prospective owners.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by the.hatter View Post
    I don’t agree that we don’t deserve our Speedmasters just because we don’t love the crown winding experience. If the Speedy Pro is your high bar for pleasant hand winding, then I would recommend you try more hand wound watches for additional perspective.
    My childhood was spent in the seventies and quartz wasn't something a young boy experienced untill the early eighties. So yes, I do know how painfull it can be to try and pinch a much smaller crown on a hand wound wristwatch. Winding the Speedmaster isn't a terribly exhausting task and nor is it very uncomfortable.

    I agree that the water resistance and movement accuracy are potential negative points to consider. I would add the non-hacking movement to the list.
    I'll give you that. Water resistance isn't a strong point of the Speedmaster. However, if you have it pressure tested you shouldn't be afraid to wear it while swimming etc.
    And hacking is no problem - just turn the crown back while you set the time and the movement stops. Easy as that.

    It doesn’t mean that the Speedmaster isn’t an awesome watch. But I believe that some of the negative issues are under reported to prospective owners.
    I believe that prospective buyers need to understand that some things just require more effort, although what you sacrifice in terms of convenience really isn't such a big deal. Winding isn't something to worry about; you get up in the morning, take a shower, admire your Speedmaster in all its understated glory in the bathroom mirror, brush your teeth, put on your clothes, have your breakfast while you wind your Speedmaster, take in that lovely dial and then you head off to work! A perfect morning!

    Some things just require you to involve yourself with it be it an Omega Speedmaster Professional, a Morgan or a Leica M.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg25 View Post
    You won't know until you see it in person. I never had much interest until I randomly tried it on at my local AD. I was completely taken with it. Within weeks, I had flipped another of my watches and bought the Speedy. I still love it. I also don't mind it being manually wound. It separates it from my other watches and makes me feel more connected to it (maybe that's just me though). Bottom line - go find an AD and see for yourself. All of your questions will be answered immediately, either good or bad.
    This exactly.

    I live in Montana where I'm 9 hours from a dealer, so I had never seen one in person. I was dismissive of the Speedy Pro based on web photos, but was really drawn to the 9300 Moon Phase blue dial. A few months ago I happen to have some extra time while traveling through GA, and visited a store with a huge selection of Omegas. After handling both models, I was so drawn to the Speedy Pro Hes that it completely changed my mindset on watches. I no longer cared that the Professional had 1) "crappy" water resistance 2) acrylic crystal 3) "antiquated" movement 4) non-applied indices 5) any other complaint commonly heard about the Speed Pro.

    I just received my new Speedmaster on Wednesday, and I couldn't be happier. It truly is a beautiful, functional timepiece

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulsky View Post
    The thing about the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is that itís so easy to buy and to sell. Itís an extremely Ďliquidí, marketable watch and can be had for a reasonable price. Hence people often sell or trade them when theyíre temped by another watch. Usually though, they wind up missing it and buying it again, sometimes repeating the whole process several times.

    If it were a more expensive or rarer watch this might not happen and you might see a lot fewer of them on the second hand market. That said, the Sub is a much more expensive watch but itís pretty ubiquitous on the second hand market too. Somewhat similar dynamic in that itís an easy watch to sell.

    Sometimes it takes several tries until you find the Speedy that really sings to you. Iím on my third one - a 145.022 on a 1450 bracelet - and this one should be a keeper.
    I think this comment perfectly summed up my view of the Speedy.

    I myself did exactly the same thing where I bought a sold a Speedy within the space of a few months because another more desirable piece came up.

    I know that I can get another Speedy pro so I wasn't exactly worried to let it go but definitely look at getting another somewhere in the future
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by panzerr View Post
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