+ There are no questionable claims about space travel engraved in it. This is considerable food for thought.
All this win and three-colour Vass spectator oxfords. You're a man to be reckoned with.
I'm a big fan of the classic Speedy, but it was this most recent rendition - the Speedmaster 9300 - that finally pried open the purse strings:
* LOVE the 3-in-2 layout of the subdials, with the hour and minute totalizers combined in one dial that is absolutely intuitive to read - it's just a small secondary clock tracking elapsed time.
* The movement - I really dig the fact that Omega decided to pull out all the stops and design a ground-up state of the art chronograph movement. Column wheel, twin barrels, silicon hairspring / balance wheel. It is by far the most accurate timepiece I own or have ever owned.
* Legibility. Like any white-on-black Speedmaster, this piece offers superb legibility - and increasingly important factor now that I'm needing reading glasses. Don't need them to tell the time on this watch.
* Well, I sure wish it were priced like a classic Speedy.
Oh, and doubling the water resitance over the standard Speedy was a welcome touch as well:
Since adding this piece and a nice gold dress watch, my watch box has been slowly emptying out. I may actually get to a two or three watch rotation for the first time, pretty much, ever.
It truly is a beautiful watch. I tried it on a few times at my local Omega boutique. The movement/caseback is phenomenal. Theres something about how the rotor spins that really caught my eye--though i cannot describe it...some sort of hesitation and flow that is mesmerizing. My only problem with it, is that it sits too big on my skinny wrists
That's more of a personal preference of course, but it was more the case height that got to me. Unfortunately this shot doesn't show it:
Looks much better on your wrist tho--thanks for the great shots too!
Thanks mimo for your kind words!
And Keith T: go for the 3572 hesalite front and sapphire back!!
^^^ Thanks Cylon. You can't beat manual-wind for a slim-fitting watch. I hear you on thickness - and diameter, for that matter. It's both a matter of wrist size, and just subjectively what fits your eye. I find that the 16mm thickness of the Speedy 9300 works just fine for me. But the 19mm (going by recollection here) of the Planet Ocean Chrono with the same movement I find to be too thick. But there are legions of happy POC owners out there.
The Broad Arrow is IMHO a better choice both in terms of looks and movement over an automatic Speedmaster with date. You get classic Speedmaster looks with 3,6,9 subdial layout, automatic movement, and none of the distraction of a date window cutting up the dial. Great choice if one is not going with the Speedy Pro.
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Also, Cyclon, I have NO doubt in my mind that you made the right choice. As beautiful as the Speedy 8500 is on RogerP, I think that the original is much more elegant on your wrist.
Fabulous combo, well done sir!!!
Oi - what a great combination!
Well, I tend to agree with you, but this is what I mean by what subjectively fits your eye. It's a point that has been debated as long as the big watch craze has been around - which is now long enough that it can't fairly be described as a fad. Guys who like the big / bigger / biggest watches think they look just fine, and find the 35mm vintage watches I will occasionally wear to be "comically small". Either way, someone is getting a laugh.
I know a guy who owns a Zenith Type XX Aeronef - about the biggest "wrist" watch I have ever personally held in hand. He wears it and pulls it off somehow. I couldn't, but props to him on a really cool and unique piece.
Shown below next to my Speedy from a Zenith event last summer: