Yes, I have no idea why they think they need to polish the lugs, center links of the bracelet etc. I much prefer the more subdued brushed finish used on the majority of their previous generation of watches. If you haven't needed or used a chronograph in the past to time something, well then you probably would never use that function even if you had a chronograph. I have 4 chronographs, at one point I used the chronograph function a lot to track billable hours. But now I don't use the chrono function much. I still like how they look and I think most people buy them for the look. My friend has had a Speedy Pro for at least 7 years and he has never used the chrono function. I really like the IWC 3706 and 3713. They are some of the few IWCs I'd be interested in owning. I'm not that fond of their current pieces. Thats a beautiful time only Rolex in the photo. Rugged elegance.