I too prefer the anniversary edition tool to the others for those same reasons, especially the offset face providing a more stable reference face in use. I unfortunately requested only one for Christmas that year and wasn't bright enough to buy more when they were available.
I have several different marking gauges. An old one my father had that uses a pin. It's fine for rough making because the pin tends to tear the fibers. I've also got a nice small knife marking gauge. I like the surface area of the fence on it. And I also have the most basic Veritas wheeled gauge, no micro-adjustment. For certain marking I set the gauge like you do, dropping it into the mark on my square. But if I mark for the thickness of a piece of wood I like to put the fence on the wood and drop the cutting wheel to the surface the wood is sitting on and get the measurement. Some of the other cheapper wheel gauges have a screw protruding out the end that holds the cutting wheel on and you can just drop it to the surface. These are great little segments. I'm looking forward to your next project.