Okay, a couple months into the Speedmaster Pro ownership thing and the new hasn't worn off yet. In fact, I love it more all the time. Thought I would post a few quick thoughts about why and so forth, and make this a mini-review. History-- This watch is unsurpassed here, and we all know it. No surprises there. From Pre-Moon, to Apollo XI and the Moon to Apollo XIII and beyond, this watch is really an icon (and we know that word gets thrown around the watch community a little too easily). This watch it the real deal: the icon of icons in sport watches. (All apologies to my first love, the great Submariner, but it's true.) Looks-- Along with its incomparable history, this watch continues to sell for one very important reason in my humble opinion: it looks amazing. The dial is crisp, clean, and classic. Everybody says it is highly legible and they're right. Functionality-- Here's where I was surprised a bit. I expected to like the Speedy, but I was shocked at its COSC accuracy (I have a modern 3570.50 remember) and by how often I would actually use the chronograph. I use it to time walks and bike rides, cooking times, even how long I let my single malt breathe! I use the chronograph every day...enough to realize what I have been missing all these years. Yes, you can do some of these things with a rotating bezel, but if I am walking and stop to chat with a friend for example, I merely stop the chrono and then resume when I start walking again. Hard to do that with a rotating bezel dive watch. I think the late, great Chuck Maddox was onto something with his chronographs. Straps/versatility-- Here's something else that has been a pleasant surprise. This watch is my new Panerai, strap-wise! I have had a lot of fun changing out/trying new straps. I've always thought the Speedmaster looked great on a strap, so I have indulged myself and tried a couple Velcro straps somewhat like the old NASA-issue jobs, as well as some more conventional sports straps. So far my favorite is the Omega OEM X-33 coramide strap. The watch and I have bonded with this strap, and we love it. Super comfortable, it is a bit funky and fits kind of like a solid bracelet, but I love it. Summary-- This watch is über popular and an icon for a host of reasons - some of which are more subtle than I had imagined. I'll say this: I don't think I'll ever be without a Speedmaster Professional again. I might on a whim decide to go Pre-Moon or otherwise vintage, but I don't see myself ever not having some example of this watch. It's that darned cool.