Omega Speedmaster crystal, Hesalite or Sapphire ?

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Acrylic FTW!

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I wrestled with this question years ago when I bought my Speedy. I decided that I didn鈥檛 want to pay that much money for a watch with Hesalite. I have two other much less expensive watches with Hesalite and I do enjoy the distortion. However, forking over several grand to buy a watch with a plastic lid didn鈥檛 sit well with me. Besides, with the sandwich you get to see the movement, which is nice.

Hesalite is clearer and more authentic. Probably much cheaper to replace if you smash it with a hammer or something. Of course if you like reflections and colored tinge, then sapphire is for you.

Absolutely love the username. Do not fault anyone for either choice. I liked the open case back on the Speedy, and I do not trust myself to not ding the hesalite, so Sapphire sandwich for me.

PoorMansRolex

Hesalite is clearer and more authentic. Probably much cheaper to replace if you smash it with a hammer or something. Of course if you like reflections and colored tinge, then sapphire is for you.

And Polywatch + 5 seconds = new crystal 馃槀

I bought the 1861 a few years back Hesalite because it was truer to original, poly watch to remove scratches, domed crystal vintage like with out being vintage

Sapphire is the correct choice in my mind, acrylic crystals are old fashioned like manual transmissions.

Hesalite. More authentic, clearer, I don鈥檛 scratch the acrylic crystals I have, I like the solid caseback, and after the first week or so, I don鈥檛 look at my exhibition casebacks.

I also prefer the fully-brushed bracelet and the printed Omega logo.

Unless you鈥檙e buying an Ed White, go sapphire.

Went with hesalite. Wanted it to be as close to the original as possible. Can't go wrong with either.

I voted sapphire though my Speedy has hesalite.

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I鈥檓 glad someone finally thought to ask this question.