Originally Posted by Newcomer
That is exactly what I was thinking. I don't think there would have been a cut-off if they used IV, or decreased the scale of the numerals a little bit. Other than that, I really like the idea of the watch, and to be honest, I still would probably wear the heck out of it. I really don't have a problem with ETA movements (I prefer in-house, but the serviceability of an ETA movement is always something that is nice) either, just when they are not as well implemented as they could be.
And I guess for me, the date feature is a bit of a hassle. Don't get me wrong, it is nice... But it is also nice to be able to set your watches without worrying about AM and PM, or setting the date at the incorrect time. I think one of my favorite parts about my Speedy is the fact that I just wind it and head out. I can understand the need for it to appeal to the masses though. Funny people complain about the date on the Daytona though! It would make it so much less pure!
Yes, with ETA movements part & service are easy. I guess not having any watches with ETA movements I've become a bit of a movement snob. There are a few watches with ETA movements that I like, including the Santos Galbee, but at the last minute I just can't seem to pull the trigger.
I agree the lack of a date can be nice on some watches, as you never have to worry about am/pm. It's one of the things I like about my dress watches as none have the date, and it creates symmetry.
A friend of mine with a collection of about 30 watches (AP, urwerk, hautlence, Cartier, Breguet and others), including some very cool complications, has a Santos Galbee XL and he believes its one of the best bangs for the buck. He worked in design for many years and says if he could only have 1 watch for everything except for the dressiest occasions it would be a Santos Galbee. It 's a reasonable size, so its sporty enough for casual and still looks great with a sport jacket or suit. I agree and if they eventually change the movement I'll probably pull the trigger on one.