I started a similar thread about a year ago, but lately Iíve been thinking about it again...Trading my PO2500 for a Speedy Pro.
When I look at my PO2500, I keep thinking, for whatever reason, that Iíd like something with a little more pedigree...Yes, the PO has a few Bond movies (which Omega paid for the spot), but the Speedmaster went to the frigginí moon! If that doesnít speak to toughness, I donít know what does.
I also like the idea that the Speedy Pro is essentially the exact same design as it was back in the 60s. To me, thatís a sign of a good thing that doesnít need changing. Look at the Rolex Sub as an example. Rolex has not had to make any real drastic changes since it came out. However, for whatever reason, Omega keeps changing their PO design (trying to fight Rolex??), and to some extent, the SMP designs too. And, the newest PO8500, imo, has gotten just too big. I know Iím in the minority, but to me the Speedy doesnít live in the shadow of a Rolex like the PO does (please donít crucify me for saying it). Again, just my opinion, but the black Sub seems to be the go-to diver in most peoples eyes. I must say though I think Omega has a real winner with the AT8500. To me, that watch certainly stands on its own.
Iíve also gone swimming with my PO a few times. And because Iím paranoid about the only $3K plus watch I can permit myself to have, I keep looking down to make sure moisture hasnít gone in it. So really, Iím not comfortable swimming with my Omega anyway, so why have a 600m capable diver? If ever I return for a beach vacation, will I be comfortable swimming in the ocean with such an expensive watch?...No way, because I canít afford to replace it if lost. With a Speedy, Iíd be forced to take it off and keep it in a safe place.
Although I was wearing my PO when my second son was born, heís not going to remember it. My eldest likes to turn the bezel, but heíd probably like the chrono function on the Speedy too (ďlook dad, the hands are spinning!Ē). Either watch, Speedy or PO, they will make great watches to pass along to the kids.
The Speedy doesnít have a date function, which is my biggest concern. But, if heard of people using the seconds hand on the chrono for that if the date is that important. Besides, I sit at a computer and have my phone with me all the time. Knowing the date is never that difficult. Would I be able to adapt?
Auto vs. Manual. That also worries me. Will I get tired of winding each morning? However, I'm looking at getting another automatic Hamilton to share daily duties with whatever Omega I have, so will it bother me that much just a few days per week?
Finally, I find the Speedy looks amazing on straps, both brown and black, as well as the bracelet. Iím also of the opinion that a diver on leather just doesnít work, even though it may look good.
Anyway, Iím just venting my thoughts on you guys and gals this morning. I feel like Iím at a crossroads with my PO. Thanks for listening...euh, reading. I certainly welcome any comments.