Omega Speedmaster Question

Hi. I was thinking of getting a used Omega Speedmaster with the Hesalite crystal and wanted to ask everyone that owns one how prone to scratches is it? I know I can fix most small scratches with polywatch but I wouldn’t want to be buffing it frequently. Thanks!

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I think a lot of this is going to do with your lifestyle and how you treat your watches.

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Had one a few years ago. Sure, a few small extra scratches appear on the Hesalite if one use it as an everyday watch, but it was not in the extreme.

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The internet would have you believe that if you even look at hesalite a bit harshly it will scratch.

I wore mine for 8 months as a daily and had little more than a couple of hairline marks. Indeed, the polished sections of the case scratched more (or, at least, were more visible)

If you wear watches ‘hard’ a sapphire crystal is probably a better choice.

I think I would’ve gone for a sapphire crystal if Omega would bother to replicate the beautiful dome of the hesalite, rather than the rather ordinary-looking (to my eyes) box-dome crystal. To me, Omega are masters of beautiful crystals and it feels like they cheaped-out on the Speedmaster

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If you're a clumsy b*gger like me, then yes you can expect to see marks on it. I had no problem removing them & the crystal looking perfect with Polywatch.

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I like to think I’m pretty careful with my watches. I don’t baby them but I don’t give them a hard time either.

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Its plastic. Find a model with Sapphire. Some love plastic but most hate it. Vintage trends died for a reason.

The original crystal will have the Omega symbol built into the crystal and that’s why you want that crystal. Don’t worry about scratches. You can polish it or replace it in the future.

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OldSnafu

Its plastic. Find a model with Sapphire. Some love plastic but most hate it. Vintage trends died for a reason.

This always seems like an odd argument in a group fascinated by clockwork devices. 😂

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English_archer

This always seems like an odd argument in a group fascinated by clockwork devices. 😂

Plastic crystals are like Betamax... Only useful in novelty form in the modern world. A VCR is cool but only desirable for dejavu.

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OldSnafu

Plastic crystals are like Betamax... Only useful in novelty form in the modern world. A VCR is cool but only desirable for dejavu.

The average man in the street would probably argue the same about mechanical watches.