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post #27946 of 33513
Soliciting views here on the watch below; I realize people tend to be very kind and considerate here lately, but please don’t hold back on this watch.

Am considering getting a vintage day-date (really triple date) speedmaster (see pic below; not mine obviously). The general consensus among speedy aficionados tends to be that that’s a bad idea; the better watch (and investment) for them would be the ‘original’ manual speedy for historical reasons. Needless to say, therefore, the day-date version also tends to have less appeal in the resale market.

I like it because it’s size (not into oversized watches), auto, the triple date and it has a solid movement (based on valjoux 7751).

However, the dial is a bit busy and non-symmetrical. Are there other reasons not to like it?

post #27947 of 33513

From what you said without even looking at the watch, you have some reservations.  What is the true reason for this particular model?  It sounds like you enjoy the Speedy but chose this model due to cost in the end.  Don't buy a lesser model when you know you want something else...that only ends with spending more and a lonely hole in your heart that was not filled with your purchase.

 

Now you asked about our opinions on the watch.  I personally feel it is very busy.  Are you going to use all of those functions?  Maybe strip away functions you won't use the try to find a watch that fits that need/want.  Or since you came to TWAT we will talk you into 3 watches well beyond your budget because one watch is never enough.  ;) 

post #27948 of 33513
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Dino and NS at a recent TWAT convention (Click to show)

It was at this moment that TC, looking on, decided to up his game and order the RO.

LOL exactly.
post #27949 of 33513
I strongly dislike that model. I find it busy, and I do not find it very aesthetically pleasing. Also, I have never really understood the concept of a triple date sports watch. In the same vein, I do not really understand the point of the Speedmaster Moonphase. In regards to the latter, why do you need a chronograph / moonphase combination? In regards to the former, why do you need all that information on a sports watch? Since you are opting for vintage, why don't you snag a vintage Speedmaster??

The Speedmaster is such a popular model because it is a modern classic. It has wonderful proportions, a simple and legible dial, and great history. I agree with JB, that we need to know more information. Is it the size of the modern Speedmaster that dissuades you?
post #27950 of 33513
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post

I think I'm going to order a couple straps tonight. anybody have a favorite maker?

Such a classic. The possibilities are endless. I have bought a bunch of straps from Strap-works, and they have great quality straps and tons of interesting choices. Recently I decided I wanted one single, elegant strap on a deployant clasp that would split duty with the rubber strap. I ended up with this OEM one. If you're interested I'd be happy to pm you the source. The one Mimo mentions sounds pretty badass as well!

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post #27951 of 33513
I had ABP in Paris make my three panerai straps.
post #27952 of 33513
Speaking of Speedmasters:

http://www.watch-insider.com/news/baselworld-2014-sneak-preview-omega-speedmaster-mark-ii/#





Pretty cool happy.gif I like my old Mk II, happy to see it reintroduced.
post #27953 of 33513

Nuke, wash your mouth out with soap.  The Speedy Pro moonphase makes sense because it looks so awesome.  Since when did it make sense to spend thousands of dollars on a contraption that tells the time by bending a spring?  Stop bringing logic into it!

 

Tukker, I actually like your reasoning re. the auto movement and the size: never mind what the most sought-after model is; get the one you want to wear.  I don't even mind that it's busy - it's so busy that it's unashamedly busy, if you know what I mean.  It's "what the hell, put it all in there" busy.  Which is kind of fun.  What I don't like so much is that lack of balance - I've never liked chronos with all the subdials on one side (preferring the symmetry of the Speedy Pro - with or without moonphase!), and all the numbers look like they've floated off to the top left in a flood.  As for the triple date, I don't like those either, being of the mind that something should either be a proper perpetual calendar (or at least annual), or not pretend to be a calendar at all!

 

What it comes down to , for me, is the love.  If this is the one you actually like most, and if it's a fabulous deal, then never mind what everyone else thinks.  But if it feels like you're making a compromise, wait for one you love more.  That's all.

post #27954 of 33513

Tukker -  Much as Mimo mentioned, if you like the size, the functions, and you are getting a great price...then maybe its the watch for you.  While the 7750/7751 are common, they are good solid workhorse movements...so again for the right price maybe its the watch for you.  If you are getting it at a good enough price, then maybe future resale value is less of an issue.

 

If you are considering this watch mostly due to price, and there are other watches you would rather have, then save up and don't settle for less than the watch you really want. Most times a substitute only satisfies a person temporarily and you will still want the watch that you truly desire.

 

As for the design, as others have said, I find it jumbled and busy.  Therefore, its not a watch I would choose. Most chronograph already have a lot going on, and this just looks too cluttered for my taste. 

 

Wishing you luck with whatever you decide.

post #27955 of 33513
After a week of USPS delays due to lingering effects from last weekend's snowstorm, I finally got my new-to-me Tuna yesterday. I had had the Tuna on my mind for a few years now but was always hesitant because of the official size and being hesitant to spend that much on a quartz movement but. But a good deal presented itself so I reeled it in.




Once it arrived (and after I made a quick adjustment to the bracelet) and I had in on my wrist, my fears were allayed. The watch is much lighter than I was imagining and fits smoothly under my dress shirt sleeves (or at least today's and yesterday's shirts). It actually fits better on my wrist than my SKX007 and my U1, both of which measure slightly less thick.
post #27956 of 33513

Congrats, that's very cool: that quirky guard on the bezel is really neat, and the funky dial make me think of old school video games for some reason.  :)

post #27957 of 33513
On an airplane. Again. Took this shot of the 3940P:

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And hey, if it's going to be a 4am wakeup call kind of day at least I have masterpieces by Corthay and Patek to keep me company:

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/****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/
post #27958 of 33513
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Speaking of Speedmasters: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Pretty cool happy.gif I like my old Mk II, happy to see it reintroduced.

Oh snap! And they put a date day-counter on there.

I've always liked that watch in photos, particularly that oddly-barrel-shaped case...just something about it seems so 70s cool to me. But unfortunately, I've never seen one in real life to peruse up close and personal. I guess I will have a chance with the new version at one of the ADs (sometime probably much later in 2014).



Regarding Panerai straps, I've bought a couple from Panatime that I've been pleased with. (Well, I've actually have never worn the rubber one, but it seems good quality and I tell myself one of these hot summers I will give it a spin).

Mimo is absolutely right about that sueded croc "Jules Verne" strap, though. It's sweeeet.
post #27959 of 33513
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

On an airplane. Again. Took this shot of the 3940P:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
a8edu3y3.jpg

And hey, if it's going to be a 4am wakeup call kind of day at least I have masterpieces by Corthay and Patek to keep me company:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Great shots! And I concur it does make it a lot less painful (although just AP and Vass for me)! LOL
post #27960 of 33513
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Oh snap! And they put a date day-counter on there.

I've always liked that watch in photos, particularly that oddly-barrel-shaped case...just something about it seems so 70s cool to me. But unfortunately, I've never seen one in real life to peruse up close and personal. I guess I will have a chance with the new version at one of the ADs (sometime probably much later in 2014).

It is a dated design, but not necessarily out-of-date. I like the 70s cases a lot, having three Autavias and the Mark II in my collection. The thing about the (original) Mark II, is that it never quite caught on. Not in 1969 and not as a collectors item later. It has always been about the moon watch. So very nice Mk IIs are available for cheap, at least considering what a nice chrono it is, in a fun and funky package.

Here is an old pic of mine, I dug it out tonight and will be wearing it tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me, Omega icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif I have the correct bracelet, but I much prefer it on mesh. Omega makes the best mesh!

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