Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows that I'm a huge fan of watches. I've bought, traded, sold, owned, and toyed with too many to count. By the way, tread carefully with watches. It's a fun and exciting world, but frankly a dangerous place for your wallet to be.
Out of all of the watches I've tirelessly researched, seen, or owned, I think there are only four or five that I consider among the pantheon of timepieces. One of these is the Omega Speedmaster Professional, the first watch to be worn on the moon. I actually owned this watch several years ago, but regretfully (oh so regretfully...) sold it during an employment transition in my life.
I won't go into all the details around this watch's history, as you can find that info littered all over the web, but I will give you my take on this watch. Long story short, it's a beautiful and amazing watch, but one that will require some patience and hand-holding. Let me explain why.
The Speedmaster Professional is an older watch. It's rock-solid in construction and reliability (hell, it was used to guide Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, surely it can guide me) but it isn't necessarily a modern watch. By that, I mean it isn't the king of accuracy (could be off by upwards of +/- 10 seconds a day), doesn't have a scratch-proof face, and requires you to manually wind it every other day to keep it running.
And so the question arises- why in the world would you want a watch like that when there are perfectly accurate, low maintenance, highly durable watches out there for no where near the $4k this timepiece demands? I'll tell you why. Because it's beautiful, it has a rich history, it gives you tangible ritualistic satisfaction every time you wind it, will last generations, and is among the most iconic timepieces of all time. This is a watch you can proudly gift to your son on his 18th birthday.
God, look at that thing on a leather strap... mesmerizing.
Luxury watches are interesting, some people will never understand why one would shell out thousands of dollars for something you can easily substitute for $20. Again, I won't go into that rabbit hole in this post, but I will say that if you are convinced that luxury watches are worth it, the Omega Speedmaster Professional is one I would highly recommend. It's a classic watch that isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Some tips in case you're thinking about it:
1. Buy used, the cost goes down quite substantially when you're buying used, and this watch hasn't been changed in spec for many, many years. Probably will never change.
2. There are a lot of Speedmasters out there now. Some with sapphire faces, some with white sub-dials, some with automatic movements... If you want the classic, get the 3570.50 model. That's my choice.
3. Service this watch. I think this watch needs to be professionally serviced every 5-6 years, so just keep that in mind, especially when buying used.
4. If you get the classic Speedmaster Professional, get some Polywatch. It'll help you remove any scuffs or scratches from the glass.
5. This watch comes on a metal strap. Purchase it that way. Then buy an aftermarket leather strap for it, as it looks great on both steel and leather.
Okay, enough writing about this; makes me want to go out and re-buy this watch. Hmm maybe I will.