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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I actually had the opposite experience. When I first went and tried on the Speedmaster at an AD I felt a little underwhelmed. It looked a bit small, felt a bit light, and didn't look all that great under the bright artificial lights of the store. Luckily after a few more months I bought one anyway, and the actual wearing experience has been nothing short of amazing. It looks SO good in natural light and other various lighting conditions. The size is great now that I have the bracelet sized right and it's wearing naturally on the wrist. And the weight is great...makes a very comfortable watch for me.

    As for the hand winding, I'll admit it's not the easiest to access the crown. For me, it's more the overhanging bezel that's the issue...not the crown guards. But the crown is so smooth and easy to turn it's not been an issue at all, and I love giving the watch "life" each morning when I wind it up.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    For time keeping and chrono function the speedy pro is a great watch and does those things very well. Most of us who own one really enjoy those things, the manual wind and the lack of ‘bling’. The history is an added bonus.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Maybe, and itís definitely the only chronograph I would ever consider owning. Thereís something special about it, and you either vibe with it or you donít.

    Just one manís opinion but Iíve owned 7 rolexes in the past few years (among a lot of other watches) and without hesitation if forced to pick my favorite single watch it is easily the speedmaster.


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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Fjeld View Post
    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!
    Well said. Itís truly one of the most iconic watches out there. Any mechanical watch collector should have one. Its design has hardly changed in 50 years.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Quote Originally Posted by HiggsBoson View Post
    I'd consider the Speedy a classic, unpretentious watch. Sure, the relentless release of the so called 'limited editions' gets rather tiresome.
    The Speedy is what I'd, (rightly or wrongly) consider a cool watch, worn by the stylish/cool people 'in the know'.
    If I see someone wearing a Speedy, I usually think of them as watch aficionados, the type who also appreciate the historic aspect of the watch.
    Maybe I could sum it up as the 'thinking Man's watch' and not just a watch that's worn because his friends at the Golf club wear one.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    It used to be to me. But as I've grown my tastes as a collector and tend to gravitate towards more versatile pieces I am more drawn to them now . May end up with a speedy at some point.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I'd agree that the Speedy Pro is indeed a touch underwhelming, especially compared to modern 'maxi' dial options like current Rolex/Omega, etc offerings with gorgeous dial work and complex brushing on the case/bracelet.

    But... that's sort of the whole point of the Speedy Pro. It wasn't intended to be an attention-getter, or a showpiece, or a conversation-starter. It's as close to a pure tool watch as you'll find, despite the current price tag.

    To my way of thinking, the beauty of the Speedy Pro is that it's so basic, so pragmatic, so heavily optimized for a single task. If you're going to like it, you'll like it for those functional qualities, and find the aesthetics in how well it's suited the task it's built for.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    I love my speedy. I didn't go for the Pro because I liked the details on the earlier versions more, and I wanted it a bit smaller for my 6 3/4" wrist. I bought the FOIS model and love it. Definitely a lifetime purchase.

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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

    Yes, and that includes me. It does nothing for me. Every time I check one out at my AD, I’m left feeling totally underwhelmed.

    In part the plethora of available preowned Speedmasters can most definitely be attributed to buyers remorse. Fanboys will of course deny this.
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    Re: Is the Speedmaster underwhelming for many?

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