If it's gotta be a speedy, you won't go wrong with the Moonwatch. My preference goes to the older 3590.50 with an 861 calibre (with the old school bracelet) over the newer 1861 variants. Prefer the old school look of the case + Hesalite crystal and comfortable taper of the older style bracelets. I find that the contemporary bracelets, though tougher, do not wear quite as comfortable.
Originally Posted by panerai7776
Daily winding of the watch is something you'll need to consider as well. There are many who thought they can accept winding the watch everyday, but somehow, after being pampered by automatic watches over the years, they realised it's a pain, and buyer's remourse sets in thereafter. When you get a brand new manual wind speedy, more likely the strong winding resistance could be a dampener. So if daily winding of the watch turns you off, you might want to consider an automatic Speedmaster with Date.
So far, the Speedy Pro movements are reliable and some say 'bullet-proof'. I'd bought and traded off more than 10 manual wind speedys over the years and never had any problem with the chronograph nor time keeping. The 861 Speedy Pro that I have was well worn over the last 25 years, and have never been serviced, still running decent.
Worst case, if you're unlucky and the one you bought has some problems, servicing doesn't have to cost you an arm nor leg. Reliable 3rd party watchmakers in Singapore can service the movement easily at much less than $300. You just have to read the forums to know which are the ones to go to.
There are many variations of the Moonwatch yes, and a few of my personal favourites are the Speedy 50th Anniversary Patch, Apollo 11 Panda, Speedy Pro 861, Speedy Japan Racing, Speedy Racing TinTin. These do not cost a lot more than your regular 3570.50 IMO.
End of the day, compared to preowned Rolex, I'd say the Speedy Pros are kinda undervalued. Hence, I'll go for a pre-owned Speedy anytime.
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