After nearly a year of research and picking up many tid-bits and useful facts about the many facets that make up these early Speeds, I had been itching to find myself one. This on I initially missed out on, but as luck would have it... It turned up again, and the seller kindly let me "...see if I like it..." Before I laid down my cards....I gathered information from well known enthusiasts and chuckmaddox serials etc..and various other sources, it all seemed to tally up..I decided to take the plunge. Knowing that this was only made as a transitional model for 6 months after the 2998-62 and hence has the stick hands rather than Alpha was even more incentive. The case, whilst slightly polished has some shape evident and the bezel is near as clean as I've seen. It has a nice detailed seahorse logo too.. The dial has an evenly aged lume to my eyes. I had Stefan give it his seal of approval too before I got carried away... Thanks to all the enablers out there! On the 7912 with No 6's.. I like to wear on a NATO... But I've heard there are thinner straps out there..