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Old 08-15-2019, 10:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Speedy buttons aren't THAT easy to depress... unless you are trying.

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Speedy buttons aren't THAT easy to depress... unless you are trying.

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Only takes one time.

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Once one attains their "grail", are they then satisfied in the watch realm?
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I feel like im having second thoughts on the speedy. Not anything about the speedmaster itself, but spending $2k on a watch that could be around 20 years old. Im worried about servicing, parts replacement, stuff like that.
Im used to buying newer watches.

I feel like maybe I'm jumping into a watch that i can afford to BUY, but not afford to maintain....anyone get what im feeling?
Is it just grail watch jitters or are they legitimate concerns?

The only watch close to this price i have owned was a slightly used Oris TT1 years ago and that wasn't even $2k.

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Once one attains their "grail", are they then satisfied in the watch realm?
Are we ever satisfied with anything once we've achieved/attained it?
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Once one attains their "grail", are they then satisfied in the watch realm?
Not me, I have had about 5 grails and still searching for the one that will end this sickness!
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I feel like im having second thoughts on the speedy. Not anything about the speedmaster itself, but spending $2k on a watch that could be around 20 years old. Im worried about servicing, parts replacement, stuff like that.
Im used to buying newer watches.

I feel like maybe I'm jumping into a watch that i can afford to BUY, but not afford to maintain....anyone get what im feeling?
Is it just grail watch jitters or are they legitimate concerns?

The only watch close to this price i have owned was a slightly used Oris TT1 years ago and that wasn't even $2k.

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Purchase something you can afford, if you don't know what your Grail watch is by now, you are still searching and buy something in your price range that will satisfy your thrist right now. After time goes by you will find that watch you really want, then save up and go for that.

I just checked out Jomashop on what they had in the $2,200 and under price range. You could pick up some real classic, respected watches in that price range, a Breitling Blue dial Chronomat Automatic Chronometer $2,200 , a Longines Legend Diver $1,600, some nice Oris models in that range as well.

https://www.jomashop.com/breitling-w...88101c1a1.html

Check the video out of this watch, it's a dandy, although the clown videoing it didn't take the plastic off the bracelet

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...9&&FORM=VRDGAR
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Purchase something you can afford, if you don't know what your Grail watch is by now, you are still searching and buy something in your price range that will satisfy your thrist right now. After time goes by you will find that watch you really want, then save up and go for that.

I just checked out Jomashop on what they had in the $2,200 and under price range. You could pick up some real classic, respected watches in that price range, a Breitling Blue dial Chronomat Automatic Chronometer $2,200 , a Longines Legend Diver $1,600, some nice Oris models in that range as well.

https://www.jomashop.com/breitling-w...88101c1a1.html

Check the video out of this watch, it's a dandy, although the clown videoing it didn't take the plastic off the bracelet

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...9&&FORM=VRDGAR

it isnt really about "not" knowing what my grails are. there are many watches I lust over, but a few that have really stuck with me over the years. a speedmaster, a black bay/pelagos, a Seiko Tuna...im sure im forgetting a few at the moment. the Tuna is way under what i had thought about spending, but ive always been concerned about how it will wear on my smaller wrists. (which is why i considered going with the speedmaster reduced instead of the speedy pro)



but realistically, there are simply tons of watches i would love to own, even if i wouldnt call them "grail" watches. i would love a super seawolf 68 to go with my super seawolf 53 compresion, a new Oris Aquis, omega seamaster, Sinn U1....its a pretty long list.
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Are we ever satisfied with anything once we've achieved/attained it?
Other than with my wife, no... and as you know, my point.
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it isnt really about "not" knowing what my grails are. there are many watches I lust over, but a few that have really stuck with me over the years. a speedmaster, a black bay/pelagos, a Seiko Tuna...im sure im forgetting a few at the moment. the Tuna is way under what i had thought about spending, but ive always been concerned about how it will wear on my smaller wrists. (which is why i considered going with the speedmaster reduced instead of the speedy pro)



but realistically, there are simply tons of watches i would love to own, even if i wouldnt call them "grail" watches. i would love a super seawolf 68 to go with my super seawolf 53 compresion, a new Oris Aquis, omega seamaster, Sinn U1....its a pretty long list.
With your 6.75" wrist some of those watches you list might be iffy. Unless you have a flat wrist. The Blacks Bays are very high riding watches, and may not be for you. I would try each and every one of them on before considering any of them. I had a Sinn U1 and its case just didn't fit my 8" wrist right, so I think you could cancel that one out!

The Omega Seamaster with its low profile 41mm case rides very nice on just about any wrist, the problem is even the older model Ceramic model is around $3,600. If you could pick up a used one, for around $2,200 that would be the way to go.

With my wrist that watch just didn't cut it on my 8' wrist so it was a toss-up between it of my Breitling Chronograph at 44mm at purchase time, and the Breitling won out! Just make sure the watch not only appeals to you looks-wise, but also wears comfortably!

20190814_154056 by Charles Ford, on Flickr
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Pulled this photo off of WUS and this dude has a wrist smaller than yours (6.5") and the Seiko Tuna wears very nicely. If I was going to go Tuna, I would get the all-black one!



on 6.5 wrist by Charles Ford, on Flickr

This model and the all-black model are going for under $900 on Amazon, if I would were you, I would save a ton of money and buy one of these, just as much street creds aa the others, and the accuracy to boot!

https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-PROSPEX...gateway&sr=8-6
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im REALLY having second thoughts on the speedy....for a few reasons.
I have not had good luck in the past with vintage pieces, which is why i typicially only buy watches that are reasonably new, or only a few years old.

i am also worried about service costs. it seems that the cost of servicing omegas in general can get a bit pricey, and possibly moreso for older stuff, and even moreso for chronographs. my worry is that even if i can afford to get a speedmaster, i might not be able to afford the servicing on it down the road, which given the age of some of them might be sooner rather than later.



I still like the idea of getting a chronograph, but im strongly considering scrapping the speedmaster idea and going with something more modern. perhaps something with a much more reasonable service cost like a watch with a valjoux 7750 and not some in-house movement that will need to go back to the AD for work.
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im REALLY having second thoughts on the speedy....for a few reasons.
I have not had good luck in the past with vintage pieces, which is why i typicially only buy watches that are reasonably new, or only a few years old.

i am also worried about service costs. it seems that the cost of servicing omegas in general can get a bit pricey, and possibly moreso for older stuff, and even moreso for chronographs. my worry is that even if i can afford to get a speedmaster, i might not be able to afford the servicing on it down the road, which given the age of some of them might be sooner rather than later.



I still like the idea of getting a chronograph, but im strongly considering scrapping the speedmaster idea and going with something more modern. perhaps something with a much more reasonable service cost like a watch with a valjoux 7750 and not some in-house movement that will need to go back to the AD for work.
All Chronographs with the Valjoux 7750 movement are going to ride high on your wrist, there is simply no other way about it. Take that into consideration.
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One of the Prometheus Manta Rays with the white dial and line demarcations. Iconic retro design.
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