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Hesalite or Sapphire - New Speedmaster

  1. Hands90 Jan 6, 2021

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    New Speedmaster - Hesalite or Sapphire

    There are a few main differences between the two.
    Here's my short list.

    1. Height
    Hesalite - 13.58mm
    Sapphire - 13.18mm

    2. Applied Logo
    Sapphire is an homage to older (pre-moon) Speedys with the applied Omega logo.
    Hesalite - Print Logo
    Sapphire - Applied Logo
    I can see reasons for not having this on the Hesalite version. Not having the applied logo of the Hesalite gives people a modern speedy and proper copy.

    3. Bracelet Polished Links vs Satin
    Hesalite - Satin
    Sapphire - Polish
    This is simply preference in my opinion.

    4. Exhibition Caseback
    Hesalite - Solid
    Sapphire - Exhibition

    Of course the main difference is the crystal itself.

    I did this short list to give others the same info. It's a difficult decision for me as like most of you, I've been looking at these non-stopped for the past 24hrs.
    1. The height is a huge + for the Sapphire
    2. The applied logo is more attractive to me especially given the price point.
    3. I'm leaning toward the Satin but the polish is a nice flashy touch.
    4. Solid is always my preference.

    All of this said, I think for the first time I want the sapphire version. The 1 & 2 are important to me and I also want my watch at that price to have a piece of sapphire. I don't want to polish my new speedy after I scratch my crystal.
     
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  2. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 6, 2021

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    5 or so threads on this already
     
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  3. cvalue13 Jan 6, 2021

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    But isn't the height the result of the 'dome' of the hesalite, which hesalite dome is both (1) exactly the attraction for some, and (2) not really additional 'height' on one view?
     
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  4. mjb Jan 6, 2021

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    Now it's 6. ;)

    I went sapphire. I like shiny to stay shiny.
     
  5. Hands90 Jan 6, 2021

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    Same. The bracelets usually have a little bit of polish.

    Really can you send me a link!
     
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  6. Hands90 Jan 6, 2021

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    Took a look and didn't see any other post going through the differences.
     
  7. alefar Jan 6, 2021

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    Having bought the hesalite two months ago I'd go for the new sapphire too:D
     
  8. Hany_AE Jan 6, 2021

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    I don’t think that there is a thread specifically about the new watch 3861 Speedmaster, but many about the one it replaces.

    With that said, I can see your point that with the new changes and differences introduced in the new one, some people may have change their opinion on which one to get, or maybe they already own one and would go for the other option to justify adding another one to their collection.

    I am really contemplating the sapphire for the new release where I used to be team hesalite. Since this one isn’t necessarily the exact watch that went to the space, why not get the best version of it and get to stare the new movement once in a while.
     
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  9. Cod Holliday Jan 6, 2021

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    Agreed, you aren't alone and plenty other are going to feel the same way.

    You know who else knew about it ;)
     
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  10. Hands90 Jan 6, 2021

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    This came from my other post.
     
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  11. nicolamilton Jan 7, 2021

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    Despite "milky ring" on sapphire, that's the one I'd choose: polished details on bracelet, applied logo, display caseback.
     
  12. Hands90 Jan 7, 2021

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    Is there definitely a milky ring on the new one.
     
  13. edo Jan 7, 2021

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  14. Hands90 Jan 7, 2021

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  15. MtnMarine Jan 7, 2021

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    My vote is for hesalite.
     
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  16. SoyuzPilot Jan 7, 2021

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    Am loving the travel box - what a great idea! Hesalite for me. Have always been very slightly annoyed by the milky ring.
     
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  17. Alex Cheers Jan 7, 2021

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    +1 for hesalite
     
  18. Hands90 Jan 7, 2021

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    Me too but with that window to the movement and the applied logo, I think I made my choice.

    The more I look at the 2, the more I see the overall differences. They do look different from on another and I think it will be more apparent in person.
     
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  19. SoyuzPilot Jan 7, 2021

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    But that back.... umm.... Can I have a hes + crystal back, please?
     
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  20. Alex Cheers Jan 7, 2021

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    But can I have not a rhodium but yellow coloured caliber please :whistling:
    Ok yes I go vintage :D
     
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