Today I decided to stop by the nearest Omega boutique, because I'm considering one of their Si 14 timepieces as a grail watch in the not-so-near but not-so-distant future. The sales associates were very helpful and very informative. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures, but I learned a lot about their watches that I couldn't find online. The PO chrono looks much nicer in person than in the photos, where it looks a little clownish to me. Also, I didn't think it was too big, even with my smaller 6.5" wrists. I asked them why the Speedy is more expensive than the PO, even though the PO has better water resistance, applied markers and logos, and more case work. Apparently it is quite difficult to make domed sapphire crystal that juts up at the edges like the Speedy one does on the front and back, and this is the cause of the price difference. Almost makes me wish they had opted for Hesalite instead, which would have been much easier.
I also heard from the reps there that Omega plans to make all of their in house movements antimagnetic to 1.5 thousand Gauss within about four years. That's pretty impressive, considering that Rolex makes a big deal about their 1 thousand Gauss piece, and the Omega watches will achieve a higher spec while still keeping the display back. Supposedly they will reach this goal by replacing a few more parts in the movement with parts made of non-ferrous materials like the silicon balance wheel and spring. I know Omega is releasing a Baselworld piece that has the 1.5 mil spec, but I think it's great that they're planning to incorporate this across the whole line.
Anyway, thought you guys might be interested to hear that.