Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?
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    Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    Hello all,

    Iíve been saving / contemplating a Speedmaster Professional moonwatch for several months now. The one question I have to ask others is... Does the Hesalite version of the watch gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    Reason I ask is because I have a vintage Heuer Monaco with acrylic and Iíve noticed over the years dust particles underneath the acrylic, specifically adhering to the underside. Now this might be a matter of sealing, but before I even remotely consider another acrylic watch, I wanted to make sure this was a one off occurrence, and not something that commonly takes place.

    To those on the fence about purchasing a watch with acrylic, I can honestly say my 25+ year Heuer Monaco still has the original crystal and scratches / swirls are barely there. Ever so much so you have to hunt them down with a flashlight to refract them.

    My only gripe about an acrylic watch face would be the feel of it. When I move or tap my fingers on an acrylic face, itís a very cushioned, hollow sound. When I do the same with sapphire, itís a more resounded, tough, smooth response (of course because itís harder). For those with tactile compulsiveness, this could prove troublesome.

    Thanks in advance for your shared experiences.

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    Re: Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    I donít know about dust getting in....very doubtful unless care isnít taken at service. I suspect your crystal has a static charge and maybe some deterioration of the dial or movement is drawn to the crystal. Just like rubbing a balloon on your sweater.


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    Re: Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    In that case, better to have dust inside the crystal than in the movement.

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    Re: Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    Well I have had mine for a decade plus and um NO.
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    Re: Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akendal9 View Post
    I donít know about dust getting in....very doubtful unless care isnít taken at service. I suspect your crystal has a static charge and maybe some deterioration of the dial or movement is drawn to the crystal. Just like rubbing a balloon on your sweater.


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    My guess would be this right here.


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    Re: Omega Speedmaster Hesalite - Does it gather dust beneath the acrylic?

    Acrylic vs sapphire has been debated in this forum forever, and I've never heard that as an argument before. I'd say your watch has other issues.

    I've owned my Speedmaster for 20 years and no dust under the crystal. Non-issue in my book.
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