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  1. SpeedyD

    SpeedyD Jul 12, 2019 9:56am

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    Apollo 8 or ‘regular DSOTM?

    Ignoring price. Which would you go for and why?

    EDIT: obviously they are both ceramic. That’s of no concern. Already got a number of ceramic speedies.
     
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  2. Canuck

    Canuck Jul 12, 2019 10:09am

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    For myself, neither. Too many negative reports about shattering cases on these high tech watches. Not that I am tough on watches. Speaking personally, I just don’t like the look.
     
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  3. 3nicewatches

    3nicewatches Jul 12, 2019 10:19am

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    I can give you a real answer because both were available when I bought by original DSOTM last year (well, "available" is a bit of a stretch for the Apollo 8 last October, but I could have ordered it). I like the Apollo 8, but prefer the original DSOTM - plus because my memory long ago went to s**t I must have the date on my watches.
     
  4. Vega Mike

    Vega Mike Jul 12, 2019 10:30am

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    Personally I also wouldn’t purchase either for the same reasons mention above . As far as I’m concerned traditional metals are more durable.

    As for my preference between the two, it would be the Apollo 8. The dial is unique and the yellow is a nice contrast which makes the watch pop.
     
  5. Bushido

    Bushido Jul 12, 2019 10:38am

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    I am actually going to be making this exact decision later today. I received a call last week from my AD that they have an Apollo 8 that just came in and they set it aside for me. I currently own the Black Black which I absolutely enjoy. I decided (read: need to keep my wife happy) that it will be one or the other and not both.

    As to the durability/fragility of the Omega ceramic cases: I currently own three different ceramic models. I wear them all regularly and I'm very physically active. Never any issues and they all look brand new. Yes, they can crack if you throw it. In regular daily wear, it's a non issue.
     
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  6. SG90

    SG90 Jul 12, 2019 10:42am

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    DSOTM Black Black.

    But as that isn’t a choice, the Apollo 8.

    As a matter of interest, what’s a replacement ceramic case cost if you were to crack one?
     
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  7. SpeedyD

    SpeedyD Jul 12, 2019 10:45am

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    I’m actually going to buy both eventually. But have had the decision complicated by good deals being open on both, but can only manage one. I just thought it would be fun to get other’s perspective to help choose.

    Ceramic has benefits and risks. It won’t be to everyone’s taste or pocket. This is not intended to be a debate on ceramic merits (though I accept that fear of it would be a valid reason for someone to choose not to buy).

    (I’ve already got BSOTM, GSOTM and WSOTM. So clearly ceramic is not a concern lol.)
     
  8. SpeedyD

    SpeedyD Jul 12, 2019 10:46am

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    7k for a side of the moon is what I have read elsewhere. But is that not what insurance is for?

    (Which realistically will mean , either buy a new one, negotiate hard with omega, or write it off).
     
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  9. SpeedyD

    SpeedyD Jul 12, 2019 10:57am

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    It is a nice choice also. Not in this ‘race’ but will be in another. Likely head to head against the Pitch Black :)
     
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  10. drhex

    drhex Jul 12, 2019 11:30am

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    DSotM as it is more versatile and imho the prettier watch. I have both and the DS gets more wrist time. On cracking: wore the DS for a year as my daily and banged it against all kinds of things, wore it while working on the car and bikes, it looks pristine. A steel watch would be pretty shot by now.
     
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  11. Speedy 419

    Speedy 419 Jul 12, 2019 11:42am

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    DSOTM for me.
     
  12. offsidewing

    offsidewing Jul 12, 2019 6:40pm

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    I love the look of the Apollo 8.
     
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  13. lustrousaurus

    lustrousaurus Jul 12, 2019 7:03pm

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    I'd get the Apollo 8 first since those are limited in production. The standard DSotM will probably always be available. Plus, I just got the Apollo 8 a couple weeks ago and it's such a cool watch. Not something you'd see in other Speedmasters, ceramic or SS.
     
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  14. jets

    jets Jul 12, 2019 7:15pm

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    Apollo 8 has an inferior movement even though it looks cool. I'd pick the auto
     
  15. Dogmann

    Dogmann Jul 12, 2019 7:26pm

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    Hi SpeedyD

    The answer to your question for me is an easy one as I bought the Apollo 8 and for me there was just no contest first and foremost it was down to the thickness of the case and how the watch sits on my wrist which was an easy win for the Apollo 8. Secondly I also much prefer the triple dial layout as find the bi compax with two hands in the sub dial messy and unsettling but that may be just me. Lastly I just found the dial of the Apollo 8 to be awesome with it's different depths and finishing and being different to every other Speedmaster I have seen be it a ceramic or steel or even a LTD version. It is some what unique and I believe there are not going to end up being that many of them out there either. It is also the only DSOTM that is a manual wind and using a highly finished and decorated version of the famous Lemania based movement which is partly how it manages to keep its slimness in comparison to the bulky and protruding automatic version.

    @All

    As to all the mentions of how fragile ceramic is clearly after this length of time and so many having been sold if it really was as big an issue as some fear wouldn't we of heard of a lot more horror stories of my watch shattered or snapped off a lug by now. Yes it can happen due to the nature of ceramic but it seems to be along way off from being a common occurrence or danger and the plus side of a watch case that doesn't pick up the usual dings and scratches from wear seem like a big plus to me. Anyway adding it to my home insurance means it is covered for not just loss or theft but accidental damage also so should the worst happen I'm covered and my watch would either be repaired or I would be paid out but I hope that doesn't happen as not sure finding another will be so easy in the future.

    Marc
     
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  16. gerrya

    gerrya Jul 12, 2019 7:35pm

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    I vote for the DSOTM, I like the twin register sub dial which is very unique, I use it for second time zone.
    As far as ceramic, I'm amazed how tough it actually is, check out some of the YouTube videos on the Zirconium dental cap tests.
     
  17. Pepe Lucas

    Pepe Lucas Jul 12, 2019 7:47pm

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    A friend of mine party a little too much one night and the next day found a little chip on one side of the case of his DSOTM . He took it to the OB and they told him $6,000.00 USD for a new case.
     
  18. Pepe Lucas

    Pepe Lucas Jul 12, 2019 7:49pm

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    I have the Apollo 8 and love it. I agree with some of the comments about being more unique.
     
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  19. elmar2001

    elmar2001 Jul 12, 2019 11:56pm

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    Fantastic watch, not only black. All the details.
     
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  20. axl911

    axl911 Jul 13, 2019 12:38am

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    For me.... the DSOTM is a classic. The Apollo 8 is just another one of many LEs.
     
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