I'm looking to make my first significant watch purchase. (I've never spent over $150 on a watch before...).
I would like a watch to keep, wear it proudly every day and then hand it down to another generation. *That* type of watch =)
Something with pedigree. History. Significance.
I was looking around, and slowly but surely fell in love with the Luftwaffe Flieger style watches. That is.. a watch I can rock every day, a distinct style.
The Airman Original is beautiful. Blued hands, blued screws. Handwound, just like the watches back then. Huge exposition.
Beautiful, just beautiful.
I was originally planning to purchase the Omega Speedmaster Professional. That one has an amazing history as well, and I know it's a quality timepiece. But I think the Stowa AO is more my type. I really do like both, but the AO I would wear every day where the SMP I might not want to wear with some outfits.
I know the SMP will never lose value, or go out of "style". It's a timepiece that will last forever and never drop in value. And it's got a beautifully modified movement, while the AO has a "simple" 6497.
I would even dare say the modern SMP is closer to the original moonwatch than the AO is to the watches the Luftwaffe pilots wore back then. So in a sense, the SMP is a truer collectable timepiece and there's really nothing all that special about the AO (other than the fact it's a beautifully crafted watch). Is this correct?
There's also the fact the AO is a quite a bit cheaper than the SMP... enough to pick up an Antea KS, a true dress piece.
Decisions decisions. (I know it will be biased posting this in this forum...)
I'd love to hear your thoughts.