The Rolex Forums   The Rolex Watch

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Old 1 March 2020, 01:54 AM   #1
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765
Speedy Pro and Racing?

I'm curious if anyone has been in the same position as I am. The Speedy Pro was the watch that first made me interested in watches. I was 20, and became fixated on it, but wasn't in the financial position to buy. Fast forward 10-15 years, I can now buy nice watches, but everytime I've tried the Speedy Pro on I've been disappointed. I'm not sure if it's just a decade+ of building it up in my mind, but it just hasn't done it for me.

I've recently tried on the Racing and Moonphase models and love them.
They feel more premium, and I really like a product that puts a company's best foot forward. But part of me thinks that if I go ahead and get one of them, I'll never end up getting the moonwatch.

I know I have more thinking to do and need to decide for myself, but would any of you just get the Speedy Pro now and see if I grow to love it like I always thought I would? Or should I get one of the watches that grabs me more right now?
SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1 March 2020, 04:17 AM   #2
Art 1
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Florida, Canada
Watch: Rol/Seik/Tud/Omega
Posts: 30,259
I’m the same with the speedy. When I see one out and about it looks great. But the few times I went to buy one I walked out with either a Tudor or an Omega. I do respect the history. It’s an amazing watch. It’s just not for me. I prefer a better depth rating I guess. And I like a screw down crown.

Now the white dial racing is another story. I really like it a lot. I have handled them a few times at the AD. Amazing quality. Excellent bracelet. The quality of the racing blows away that of my Daytona. In fact I feel bad for people that buy the Daytona at $24,000 and haven’t considered the omega.
Art 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1 March 2020, 10:51 AM   #3
DCheeta
"TRF" Member
 
DCheeta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Real Name: Dave
Location: NYC
Posts: 5,719
Nothing wrong with that. Tastes change over the years, and so does the quality of watch manufacturing. Comparing a classic Speedy with modern Speedmasters will leave most people preferring the newer ones, they’re technically superior in every way.

I love my old Speedy pro, but mostly for nostalgic reasons, and comfort reasons (it’s really thin and light compared to the racing and moonphase models you mentioned).

Don’t fall for that overused phrase “every collection needs a Speedmaster.” Every collection needs ONLY the watches that you absolutely love.
__________________
IG: @watches_about_town
DCheeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1 March 2020, 10:40 PM   #4
1William
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: North Carolina
Watch: Rolex/Others
Posts: 25,035
No issues with a watch that does not work for you. There are so many out there that will, just focus on them. I own a Speedmaster Racing and much prefer it to the Professional. Just a preference not a statement on quality or anything else. Go get what you like and enjoy the watch.
1William is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 12:33 AM   #5
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Art 1 View Post
Iím the same with the speedy. When I see one out and about it looks great. But the few times I went to buy one I walked out with either a Tudor or an Omega. I do respect the history. Itís an amazing watch. Itís just not for me. I prefer a better depth rating I guess. And I like a screw down crown.

Now the white dial racing is another story. I really like it a lot. I have handled them a few times at the AD. Amazing quality. Excellent bracelet. The quality of the racing blows away that of my Daytona. In fact I feel bad for people that buy the Daytona at $24,000 and havenít considered the omega.
Same. I've tried to buy the Speedy twice and have ended up with two Tudors instead. I originally was looking at the black/orange racing, but went to an AD late yesterday afternoon and really looked hard at the white. Just a gorgeous dial. I really like the texture.


Quote:
Originally Posted by DCheeta View Post
I love my old Speedy pro, but mostly for nostalgic reasons, and comfort reasons (itís really thin and light compared to the racing and moonphase models you mentioned).

Donít fall for that overused phrase ďevery collection needs a Speedmaster.Ē Every collection needs ONLY the watches that you absolutely love.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1William View Post
No issues with a watch that does not work for you. There are so many out there that will, just focus on them. I own a Speedmaster Racing and much prefer it to the Professional. Just a preference not a statement on quality or anything else. Go get what you like and enjoy the watch.
I appreciate the responses. I slept on it, and I'm definitely getting one of the two racing models. With the new movement, it's actually a bit thinner than the Professional, and my favorite feature of the Tudor GMT is the jumping hours feature. It makes traveling a breeze. I love that the Racing offers that as well.

Now it's just time to decide on White/Black and post an incoming!
SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 12:35 AM   #6
anonymousmoose
"TRF" Member
 
anonymousmoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 410
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPMN View Post
ut everytime I've tried the Speedy Pro on I've been disappointed. I'm not sure if it's just a decade+ of building it up in my mind, but it just hasn't done it for me.



I'm similar. For some reason the speedy pro doesn't do it for me when it's on my wrist. I love some of the LE or special editions but can't justify the money to buy one. Whenever I try on the Speedy pro I get drawn back to Omegas diver lineup

__________________

Omega Seamster Pro | IWC Pilot Chrono | Tag Heuer F1 | Omega Planet Ocean LE
anonymousmoose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 01:03 AM   #7
JP(Canada)
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Calgary, AB, CAN
Posts: 659
When you handle a speedy pro, you are holding a watch that was designed in and for a different era. That's why it may feel less impressive in your hands or on your wrist. That's all it is.

The racing and moonphase speedies are top notch for today's standards.

Get the one that one that makes you smile.
__________________
JP
JP(Canada) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 06:46 AM   #8
AEC
2020 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Real Name: Tony
Location: East Aurora, NY
Watch: Idiot Savant
Posts: 2,028
Buy and wear what you like. Maybe some day your feelings about the Speedmaster Pro will change and you'll have one, but for now, buy and wear what you like.
AEC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 09:29 PM   #9
1William
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: North Carolina
Watch: Rolex/Others
Posts: 25,035
A picture of my Spedmaster Racing.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200126_124627 (002).jpg (249.8 KB, 491 views)
1William is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2 March 2020, 10:30 PM   #10
karmatp
"TRF" Member
 
karmatp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Real Name: Trevor
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,700
I wore my speedy pro yesterday, every time I put it one I am amazed and what a great looking watch it is. Driving down the road I can’t help but stare at the raised hesalite when the sun hits the steering wheel. It is such an amazing watch, nothing compares in the chrono world to it.
__________________
My grails:
karmatp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3 March 2020, 10:47 PM   #11
MCO1
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Missouri USA
Watch: Daytona C white
Posts: 2,235
Don't buy one if its not working for you. It is a great watch but it is a modern old watch. If the truly modern ones do it more for you go with one of them. I felt this way about a JLC Reverso and IWC Pilot. I want to love them and I want to own them but when I put them on my wrist they just leave me a bit cold so I take a pass.
MCO1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4 March 2020, 04:53 AM   #12
cgaites
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Colorado
Posts: 34
Personally, I don't really see this as an issue. The Pro and the Racing are so different that they both have a place in a collection. One is a vintage watch from before mechanical watches became luxury items that you happen to still be able to buy new. One is a modern luxury watch. If you truly catch the Speedy bug after buying the Racing, then I suspect you'll eventually own the Pro too. If you just end up liking nice watches rather than Speedys specifically, then the Racing is a great one that stands on its own.
cgaites is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4 March 2020, 01:27 PM   #13
Justindo
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: California
Posts: 1,566
My Speedy Pro never disappoints but if it doesn't speak to you it doesn't speak to you.
Justindo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4 March 2020, 11:51 PM   #14
jmed
"TRF" Member
 
jmed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: U.S.
Posts: 216
Had a similar quandary years ago, i saw the Gemini IV in person at a dealer and passed on it as I thought it just didnít compare to my Rolex watches, and manual wind....are you kidding me. Fast forward many years later, what a mistake I made, I still love that watch and wished Iíd purchased when it was attainable/affordable new in box. As of a month ago I now own a new Pro Moonwatch Hesalite.......I absolutely love it, gets more wrist time than any other watch maybe because itís new, itís not as heavy, doesnít have sapphire crystal, is manual wind compared to my Rolex watches and my Seamasters but I absolutely love it, so much in fact my Daytona hasnít seen the light of day since Iíve had it. Like some have said buy what speaks to you, donít buy because of what youíve heard. Tastes change over time, if you donít get it now you may come back to it years down the road.
jmed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8 March 2020, 12:29 PM   #15
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765
I'm getting excited! I just agreed to a trade for the white-dialed Racing model. I hope to have the watch by the end of the week. Thank you all again for holding my hand and letting me know that it's okay to get another Speedmaster model before the Moonwatch.

I went back and forth over the past week between the black-dial with orange markers (my initial favorite) and the white one. I figured that I'll give the white a shot first. It's coming on a bracelet, but I have a feeling it'll look great with the black strap with orange cutouts.

I'll post pics as soon as I have it.
SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9 March 2020, 09:04 AM   #16
kneedeep
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Real Name: SJ
Location: orbiting a star
Watch: Pepsi
Posts: 3,278
My son just bought a Racing and he loves it. That coaxial movement is outstanding.
__________________
Official Member "WIS-CON" Las Vegas International GTG 2017
Official Member "WIS-CON" Las Vegas International GTG 2018
kneedeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 March 2020, 05:22 AM   #17
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765
All right, thanks again for helping me decide! I went with the white Racing model. Reports of the size of this watch are overblown. Is it a large watch? Yes. Is it a big or massive watch? No. It wears very similar to the Tudor Black Bay GMT.

I thought long and hard about which model to get, the black dial w/ orange accents or this white dial. At first I didn't want the white one because I was worried the look was too close to the Daytona, but after spending some time with it those thoughts just melted away. The texture on the dial is absolutely beautiful in person. The photos I've attached don't do it justice at all. It is stunning and remarkably well-proportioned on the wrist.

The bracelet feel superb, and the adjustable clasp obviously gives a perfect fit. I'll give it a full review down the road, but I'm very pleased with the watch so far.
SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 March 2020, 05:25 AM   #18
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765






It might be slightly too big for my dogís wrist, but I think he could pull it off at the dog park


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 March 2020, 05:27 AM   #19
ZOOK
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
ZOOK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Real Name: Dave
Location: PDX
Posts: 3,577
Congratulations! Excellent choice.
ZOOK is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 16 March 2020, 09:44 PM   #20
Clark
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Michigan
Posts: 43
one of my favorites. congratulations!!
Clark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 March 2020, 10:25 PM   #21
samson66
2020 Pledge Member
 
samson66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Real Name: Mike
Location: Eastern Shore MD
Watch: RolOmeDor
Posts: 5,609
Awesome watch, love it in white
samson66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 March 2020, 06:10 AM   #22
SPMN
2020 HARRODS SGE Pledge Member
 
SPMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: St Paul, MN
Watch: Tudor, Omega
Posts: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by samson66 View Post
Awesome watch, love it in white
Your moonphase became the number one impediment to me buying this watch a week earlier. I just love that watch and agonized between the two of them. I may very well end up adding that one to my collection next.

SPMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 March 2020, 06:11 AM   #23
samson66
2020 Pledge Member
 
samson66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Real Name: Mike
Location: Eastern Shore MD
Watch: RolOmeDor
Posts: 5,609
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPMN View Post
Your moonphase became the number one impediment to me buying this watch a week earlier. I just love that watch and agonized between the two of them. I may very well end up adding that one to my collection next.

Well you know the only answer to that dilemma right? BOTH!
samson66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 March 2020, 07:10 AM   #24
TimeRookie
2020 Rolex+Tudor GMT Pledge Member
 
TimeRookie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Real Name: Don
Location: Canada
Watch: 116710BLNR
Posts: 1,985
Gorgeous watch!! Congratulations. I agree with your choice. That really is a nice watch.
__________________
1988 15053 Rolex Date Two Tone (Grad Present)
116710 GMT Master II, BLNR
232.90.42.21.03.001 Titanium Omega Planet Ocean
231.92.39.21.04.001 Titanium Aqua Terra GoodPlanet
TimeRookie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 March 2020, 01:29 PM   #25
Greg5512
"TRF" Member
 
Greg5512's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Real Name: Greg
Location: Rhode Island
Watch: Tudor Big Block
Posts: 527
Looks fantastic!
Greg5512 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28 March 2020, 01:30 AM   #26
Greg 59
2020 Pledge Member
 
Greg 59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Australia
Posts: 723
If they did the moonphase on a bracelet I might pull the trigger.

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
Greg 59 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 28 March 2020, 03:11 AM   #27
trippinjimmy
2020 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Lincoln
Posts: 665
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg 59 View Post
If they did the moonphase on a bracelet I might pull the trigger.

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk


A little enabling

https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/w...30430445201001


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
trippinjimmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5 April 2020, 01:07 AM   #28
Greg 59
2020 Pledge Member
 
Greg 59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Australia
Posts: 723
Quote:
Originally Posted by trippinjimmy View Post
A little enabling

https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/w...30430445201001


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I'm sorry. I meant to clarify that it was the blue dial that I preferred however that black dial sure has me thinking.

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
Greg 59 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 5 April 2020, 01:41 AM   #29
drjrhc
2020 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Real Name: Jason
Location: KY
Watch: Calibre 11 Monaco
Posts: 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg 59 View Post
I'm sorry. I meant to clarify that it was the blue dial that I preferred however that black dial sure has me thinking.

Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
You could always source the bracelet and have both options.

I prefer straps over bracelet.

Jason
drjrhc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5 April 2020, 06:07 AM   #30
gejay99
2020 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 236
Looks good


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
gejay99 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


*Banners Of The Month*
This space is provided to horological resources.





Copyright ©2004-2020, The Rolex Forums. All Rights Reserved.

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Rolex is a registered trademark of ROLEX USA. The Rolex Forums is not affiliated with ROLEX USA in any way.