Watch seek post
Hello all, first time poster/forum member, long time reader. Long story short, I thought I'd post some pictures of my Speedmaster reduced to show the realistic size and help people avoid the same mistake I made.
A bit of background: To start, I will say I personally don't care about the "history" of the moon watches (insert sound of pitchforks coming out). Not knocking those who do care, but in my eyes it's no reason to pick a new watch. It would be a cool reason to pick up a vintage, exact same model Speedmaster, but it doesn't affect my 2016 purchasing decisions. And I love the look of both watches. However about 1 week ago I purchased a 2013 Speedmaster 3539.50 model........And today I went down the street and got the Professional.
I have smaller wrists (6 3/4") and had success in the past with 38-40mm watches. This one is listed as around 39, and as you'll see below, that is technically true but not entirely useful information...
I'll start with the standard comparison pic:
Now to my eyes, this picture and all similar comparisons I've seen makes the Pro model look very big and the reduced look "normal" size. However, the opposite is true. Below are some measurement photos. The primary surprise here is that the upper, highly visible, portion of the case measures 35.5mm (presumably the reason Omega has this listed on their site). And while I don't have super accurate tools, it appears the base of the case to the edge of the crown guard is where we get 39mm. All the posts saying that the Omega site listing was wrong had me thinking this top measurement would be 39mm. And their measurement is, IMO, the more important one.
Zooming in a bit on the "results"
Now for the real kicker. When I first opened the box I was shocked at how small the dial was. Because of the chronograph bezel you lose more space than usual off of that already small-ish 35.5mm. So I measured actual dial space. And it looks like roughly 28mm...
For one final comparison, here's the reduced next to a "38mm" Rado Coupole Classic Auto. (A beautiful watch that I can't wear as much as I want because it just refuses to dress down well, even with the bracelet) Link here - (pending). You'll see that the Rado seems to dwarf the reduced despite having a listed measurement of 1mm less.
I suppose there's a lot to be said here about trying watches on first, or in using some more common sense than trusting in a singular number. But regardless, I made the mistake and surely someone else may too. The reduced is a wonderful watch, but just too small for me personally. As I said above, I made this post because I wound up getting one, sight unseen, since it's no longer manufactured and Iwas unable to locate one in person. So time to gift or sell the reduced. I hope someone else finds some use out of this info. Take care
Edit: Spent 25 min drafting this only to find out I can't upload photos. o| Perhaps a mod can grant permission? It doesn't even say how many posts you need just "greater"