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    Quote Originally Posted by sculder View Post
    I too am struggling with the decision. I showed the comparison to my wife and briefly educated her on the differences. She said the sapphire-boxed dome made the watch look cheap. Lol!!!
    Sometimes the perspective of a non-watch lover (assuming your wife is like mine) is pretty invaluable! A nice balanced and truly objective perspective
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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    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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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by horseShu View Post
    My sandwich is only rated 50m WR. Are we talking the same speedy here?

    About the resistance in winding, it starts off a bit hard to wind when new. After a few more months it should get easier.


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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    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..

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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    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,

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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thwizzit View Post
    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..

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    I am completely with you on this one. Solid steel caseback all the way!


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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thwizzit View Post
    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..

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    Totally agree with you, there is something about the steel caseback that love. I wouldn't trade my hesalite for the sapphire sandwich.

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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    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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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    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...

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    Re: Hesalite or Sapphire Sandwich Speedmaster?

    I prefer the SS

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