I have one with the hesalite crystal and absolutely love it. It has a warmth to it which doesn't quite translate the same way through sapphire. I mostly work with my hands, stone restoration, and I bang the hell out of it. Polywatch works great. NASA chose hesalite for a good reason. Sapphire would have shattered long ago. I'm considering buying a sapphire caseback at which point Id have the best of both worlds.
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Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm
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Rolex Date-Just 16030
Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.0022
Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000
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Omega SMP Sapphire Sandwich
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I know I'm in the minority because everyone always talks about either the Hesalite or the Movement but I much prefer the engraved caseback to seeing the movement.. don't know why but it doesn't really interest me and engraved stainless steel does.. go figure... I also like how the Hesalite has the Omega logo engraved in the center of the crystal.. another plus for me.... Kinda like a little secret..
It's a beautiful movement IMO but having owned sapphire and hesalite I'd go with the classic all the way, and take the slight decrease in height as a bonus. I do wish they still made the hesalite/sapphire-wich, as a close to best-of-both-worlds compromise,
Well, of course, you only see the movement when you have the watch off and are staring at it like Gollum at his ring. Still, it's a pretty amazing sight. One of the reasons I like high-quality mechanical watches is because they are such supremely well-crafted little machines. Seeing the movement in action adds to my appreciation of a watch.
That said, I bought the Sapphire Sandwich because one came on the market at a price I couldn't pass up for what was essentially a new watch. If a hesalite with a steel caseback had come along under similar circumstances, I would have bought it instead. Ultimately, what I wanted most was a Speedsmaster Professional. I'm new to this obsession. I can collect multiple variations of the same watch down the line.
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Omega Speedmaster Professional "Sapphire Sandwich" 3126.96.36.199.01.001
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 2201.50
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 2531.80
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G-Shock GW9400-1 Rangeman
I picked up a speedy for a mitsukoshi mod. After a huge thinking process I went with the Sapphire sandwich. I absolutely hate marks on the crystal and being quite OCD I think I would have polished the hesalite every week...
I prefer the SS
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