Congratulations, Neil!! That's a great acquisition. Perfect fit as well.
I own a first gen 300MC and didn't really connect with this iteration. I liked everything about it except the sandwich dial and the lollipop seconds hand. As I see more and more pictures of it the lollipop hand is growing on me, but I still can't get past the sandwich dial.
Is it something that's very apparent whenever you look at the watch, or are the cutouts only really visible at certain angles? It's difficult to tell from photographs. The lazer cutouts on my 300MC dial don't really show up unless I angle the watch a certain way under direct light.
As concerns the lollipop seconds hand, Im realizing now that it's that style of hand that suits the vintage vibe of the watch best. When I think about what I would replace it with I understand that nothing else would work quite as well.
Enough rambling from me. Congrats on your new watch, and enjoy the honeymoon!
A picture for your efforts;