I've posted on this forum before about trying to find one of these watches. Now that I have one and I've been able to wear it for a week I wanted to do a mini review of the watch. First off, these are hard to find. No grey market dealers have them and the secondary market is scare with prices for used watches hovering close to what a new one cost. I was able to find them in about 5 MB boutiques. Apparently the SS version has been discontinued and they are no longer making it. I called each and every MB boutique that had the watch in stock and asked about any discounts on this watch and was told from each sales person and two managers that MB was unable to offer a discount even on a discontinued watch. With that said, I was able to purchase the watch over the phone from a Boutique and the purchase was tax deferred which saved me some money. The watch was shipped and arrived in 2 days.
The watch is gorgeous. I wanted a simple dress watch to wear with suits that would not break the bank. My everyday watch is a Tudor Pelagos which is much too large for dressing up. I'm in a suit usually only for a few hours several times a week. The watch fits my needs perfectly. It fits under some very fitted dress shirt cuffs and it is not too large to be overly noticed. While 38mm may be large for a dress watch it's doesn't wear that large. The manual wind works great and while the crown is small it is not a problem to wind the watch. The see through movement on the back is beautiful and I love seeing the watch work. I will say that this watch does make some noise. I was taking a small nap on this Sunday afternoon and I could easily hear the watch.
The lack of a second hand and date window does not bother me at all as the watch is unobtrusive. The band is a beautiful alligator skin leather strap. This is genuine alligator skin and not embossed leather. While it looks nice it does feel flimsy. My wife felt the band and said it felt cheap to her. I'm not bothered by it at all and one day I may end up replacing it with a dark brown alligator band instead of the black.
Overall I am happy with my purchase and would make it again in a heartbeat. If anyone is on the fence then I suggest you move forward quick because I believe that once these are gone then you will have trouble finding one. There are still several boutiques that I know have them in stock if you use the "where to buy" feature of the Montblanc website.
Here are some pics...just because.