Always had good luck with S&W CS. Their bluing is some of the best I have seen.
I would consider a Model 25-2 a real prize, especially if it is an older model. Hope you can get this resolved.
The only thing I would be curious is if there were any new gun laws passed in your state which could cause a change of policy at S&W.
"Blue" states are passing a myriad of freedom limiting gun control legislation these days.