For those that just love the Speedy through and through, here's my take on owning one. I purchased my regular ol' Speedmaster in October 2018 from an AD. Got an absolutely screaming deal on it. Fast forward a number of weeks and Omega upped their warranty to 5 years! Mine was grandfathered-in based on purchase date, so big win there. It's always special to open up the parcel and peer into the darkness, wondering if you've made the right decision on your new acquisition. When I removed the box from the shipping parcel I knew that I had, indeed. I slide the (paper) sleeve off of the watch box and stared at the Speedmaster emblem at the center. Slowly opening the two halves of the box, I was now looking at a really great presentation box that felt very Apollo in design. (Side note, I was very fortunate to spend a few days as a concierge for several Apollo astronauts and will perhaps post that story later). I unfastened the two clasps that hold the presentation box closed and lifted the lid. Since this was a brand new purchase, the AD didn't even remove the watch from it's plastic case and place it on the display pad. An extra treat for me! I first had a look at the substantial and shiny Speedmaster paper weight (looks like a large coin), then the loupe, then opened the cover over the accessories: a black NATO and a Velcro strap with NASA part number that would have gone over a space suit, and a spring bar tool with spare bars. It is my understanding that Omega will only provide the black NATO with a Speedy, so there's some neat exclusivity there. Finally, I opened the plastic watch case itself, removed it from its plastic and keenly looked it over. Everything was perfect from the polishing to the clarity of the Hesalite crystal. I couldn't believe I finally got my hands on one, but after some long weekends of big jobs with my employer at the time that had me halfway across the nation and back, I figured it was time to treat myself to this piece. Anyway, I didn't want to mess anything up trying to size the bracelet myself so I placed the watch in its display pad and closed the box. I was heading downstate to stand in my cousin's wedding and there is an Omega boutique there. I called and asked if I could drop in to have it sized and they answered affirmatively. Once there, I was greeted by very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They brought me Fiji water and a glass with two types (milk and dark) of Omega branded chocolates on a nice little platter to enjoy while I waited. The gentleman performing the work did so (with white gloves) at a smaller workstation right in the showroom and we had an excellent conversation about all types of watches. He had me try it on and offered pointers on fitment based on lifestyle and such. I didn't need the input, but welcomed it and appreciated the above-and-beyond approach to helping me as a customer even though I didn't buy it from them. Once everything fit just right, I placed it back in the box and put my daily wear (Fortis Flieger Chronograph) back on because I wanted to really wear the Speedmaster for the first time in the wedding. Rather than continue with the play-by-play I'll just say that the watch wore great and received some nods from a couple of other watch people at the wedding, though for the most part it flew under the radar. I bought it for me, not for accolades. Now that it's been a number of months I'm happy to report that the piece runs perfectly and has accompanied me on many other special occasions. The only thing I notice that is a bit aggravating (since I'm an OCD type) is that small particles of dust or debris will find there way in the crevasses of the case. But really, the only person that would notice it is the idiot wearing it and staring at it in social settings lol... If you're hesitant to pull the trigger on a Speedmaster, I encourage you to just go buy it if it's fiscally responsible/doable to you. You will not regret it. But if you do regret it, there will be a happy second owner somewhere that will pay you a fair price. I can't say enough good about such an iconic piece of horological significance as the Speedmaster. Next, I will be waiting for a nice 105.003 or even a reissue since Omega has revealed (as I had previously theorized) that they have been recreating the 321. Hopefully they'll place it properly in a spot-on 105.003 anniversary piece or something. So here are a few photos of my Fortis at work and side-by-side with the Speedy. I had my brother wear the Fortis for the wedding because it's a handsome piece that deserved to be worn. Cheers, all!