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Hesalite for the win!

  1. Frunkinator

    Frunkinator Keep tickin & tockin, work it all around the clock Apr 21, 2015

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    I bought a sapphire sandwich, didn't love it... So I sold it immediately. I missed the versatility of it, missed its unique character as well as its history.

    I bought another one. But soon after there was something that just didn't sit right with me when I put it on and looked at it at certain light and angles. I still didn't love it, it looked small in my wrist and just wasn't right... So I sold that one too.

    I started missing it again, it's versatility, it's charm. But this time I started to notice the original Moonwatch for all its really worth. I noticed its curves, it's seemless angles and its dial as the light bounced off its crystal.
    Difference between the two... Hesalite!
    I struggled with the idea of buying a 3k+ watch with a plastic crystal. I mean it's 2015, shouldn't I have the best my money can buy? Plus my family man on the go lifestyle seemed to fit the idea of a scratch proof material.
    Well, after a few visits to the boutique and full side by side comparison I realized the problem I was having all along. The reason for my lack of love for the speedy was actually the sapphire. Visually, the hesalite just made me happy to look at. It changed in the light and gave the top of the watch dimensions. It also made the dial look slightly bigger with the blending of it's black into the bezel. No more white ring around the dial from sapphire. Simply glorious design and truly a classic timepiece way beyond its years when first created.
    I'm still worried about scratching up my crystal, but at least I love my new watch!
    I hope this helps some soon to be owners in making a decision. If your anything like me though, it will probably make it harder to decide :)
    Happy Speedy Tuesday everyone.

    Here are some sapphire and hesalite comparisons followed by some shots of my new Speedy and its domed hesalite crystal.
     
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  2. shoota70

    shoota70 Apr 21, 2015

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    It is as if I wrote that myself.

    100% agree.
     
  3. shoota70

    shoota70 Apr 21, 2015

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    now if i could only get a 3576.50 with hesalite - that would be a dream come true.
     
  4. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 21, 2015

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    Healite is easy to take care of. Polywatch and a 3" rifle cleaning patch does it for me.

    Tom
     
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  5. Frunkinator

    Frunkinator Keep tickin & tockin, work it all around the clock Apr 21, 2015

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    Most people seem to use old cotton tShirt sleeves, but gun cleaning patches are a good idea.
     
  6. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 21, 2015

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    I already had them for, er, cleaning guns, and it worked out well!

    Tom
     
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  7. gophishin

    gophishin Apr 21, 2015

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    Congrats on finally finding some peace with the speedy. I shared a lot of the same thoughts on the sapphire vs hesalite both on the practicality and ultimately what I felt looked best. I wish they would use the Hesalite on the FOIS.
     
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  8. imexian

    imexian Apr 21, 2015

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    Yep, there is something about the hesalite that is a little different ...warmer? Looks ?? I don't know? Just different!
     
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  9. Kringkily

    Kringkily Omega Collector Apr 21, 2015

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    You can it would be a 345.0809 and add on a sapphire caseback
     
  10. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Apr 21, 2015

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    now we're cookin' with peanut oil!

    great choice. I agree (as do many who love the vintage speedies) that hesalite..there's just something about it.
     
  11. Papa Legba

    Papa Legba Apr 21, 2015

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    good side-by-side comparison. never really noticed the 'white ring' before
     
  12. Frunkinator

    Frunkinator Keep tickin & tockin, work it all around the clock Apr 21, 2015

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    Never thought it would actually be a deal breaker for me.
     
  13. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 21, 2015

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    The 3572.50 is really the watch they should have kept making, it was the predecessor to the 3573.50 and had hesalite front, sapphire back, with the decorated version of the movement Cal 1863.
     
  14. Frunkinator

    Frunkinator Keep tickin & tockin, work it all around the clock Apr 21, 2015

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    They'll make a limited edition and charge a few hundred more!
     
  15. trama

    trama Apr 21, 2015

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    Great post, and the side by side pics are really illustrative. I prefer the hesalite myself, but not by a big margin. Different properties of the materials make one more appropriate over the other, depending on the end user. It's the bracelets that are a little off for me. I am splitting hairs here, but I prefer the look of the old 1450 over the more recent offerings. That said, newer bracelets are much more robust than they used to be, the clasps are no longer rattly stamped sheetmetal! Enjoy.

    P.S., one of those watches is off the better part of an hour :taunt:
     
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  16. Frunkinator

    Frunkinator Keep tickin & tockin, work it all around the clock Apr 21, 2015

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    I'm not the biggest fan of the current Speedy bracelet either, I mean it's not bad... but not amazing either.
    With the money I saved on the hesalite, might as well go with a bad ass OEM deployment :)

    Oh and a big thank you to Alam for the tip on Continental Jewelers in DC for the strap and deployment!
     
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  17. shoota70

    shoota70 Apr 22, 2015

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    not cheap tho, george..

    do you ever see em anymore, near minty?
     
  18. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Apr 22, 2015

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  19. hansmaulwurf

    hansmaulwurf Senior Snoopy Owner Apr 22, 2015

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    Hesalit! You`re dam right! ::psy::

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    my daily rocker ... :cool:
     
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  20. ikeo1

    ikeo1 Apr 22, 2015

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    big fan of the 3752.50 too! Best of both worlds...