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Hesalite crystal - Just how easy is it to scratch?

Deciding between the Sapphire Sandwich and the Hesalite version of the Speedy Pro that many of you have come to love. I have a few questions:

1. How easy is it to scratch the Hesalite? I'm aware that it's easy to polish out, but honestly, I'd rather not scratch it in the first place. Just exactly how scratch prone is it? I'm generally very careful with watches, I don't bang them around, and they're usually tucked under the shirt cuffs. Would rubbing against the cuff scratch the hesalite?

2. What sort of premium should I expect to pay for the Sapphire version over the Hesalite?

Many thanks TZers! Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00 | Speedmaster Day-Date 3220.50.00
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...it'll get scratches from merely looking at it, even the cuffs of your shirt make small hairlines on it.

BUT, the GOOD NEWS is that you can wipe em out very easy, all you need is a small tube of Polywatch (every Swatch-store has it), and it'll be in new condition in no-time.

Plus, I like the looks of the Hesalite better than the sapphire.
"Bork Bork Bork!" - Swedish Chef
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It will scratch. But if it not hesalite, it is not a MOON watch to me. Yes, mine is scratched, and I still love it.
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As Henk mentioned it is easy to scartch, but you can polish it yourself with minimal effort. Personally, I would start with the Hesalite and at a later stage perhaps get the sapphire sandwich Collection - Omega Borad Arrow RAF issued 30T2. Omega chronometer 30T2-SC. Seamaster bumpers cal. 28.10, 342, 351, 354. Seamaster Deluxe (14K) cal. 500. Omega Speedmaster Pro. 861. Omega Dynamic Chrono. Omega Memomatic cal. 980. Longines cal. 30L. Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aerodyn Duo.
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I agree. If its not hesalite, its not a moon watch.
Mine has become a daily wearer, and have had only the occasional scratch. When I do, I use a little toothpaste and it comes off right away. Get the hesalite, you wont regret it! Rolex Day Date Omega Speedmaster Moon Omega Broad Arrow Omega Seamaster Chrono
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What type of tooth paste did you use? Also what type of polishing cloth did you use? Thought it would be interesting to know.
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the paste type. Works like a champ. Takes a little elbow grease but will clean right up. Try it.
jim
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If scratching is an important concern, then your question has been self-answered. The sapphire will look pristine forever if you don't torture it. The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: of shoes--and ships--and sealing wax--of cabbages and kings....
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years, almost daily. No significant scratches. Never polished it once. "Do you have any non-Fair-Trade coffee? I prefer to taste the exploitation." -- Mary (speaking to barista at Starbucks)
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I just used Plexus on my Speedy and it looks new. There are a couple others that work well and are cheap. "I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-a$$ed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spineless, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where's the Tylenolâ„¢?!?"
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Works very well.

If the crystal gets a lot of scratches, use a very high grit sandpaper (3000+ grit) to cloud the crystal and then polish it out.

All of these substances (Brasso, toothpaste and Polywatch) are abrasive. The friction from the polishing and abrasion causes the hexalite to melt slightly, filling in the scratches with fresh material.

Don't worry about the Omega symbol, it's on the inside of the crystal.

Here's a link to an article on the subject:
http://www.old-omegas.com/cryspol.html

Hope this helps,
gatorcpa

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'sapphire sandwich' is $780 more MSRP. If you are not a purist, 'sapphire sandwich' has the advantage of scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a display back, and a nicer looking movement. Considering you need to subconsciously be careful with the watch, the extra cost is worth every penny. mjb
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How much toothpaste do you use? Do you need to mix it with water first or just straight from the tube onto the glass and then rub it with a cotton cloth. Do you need to wipe the paste off/ rinse it etc after that?
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I purchased a used 3572.50 (Hesalite with exhibition back) and managed to put a large scratch in the crystal (I have no idea how I did so). The scratch was near the edge of the crystal and was quite deep; deep enough to catch with my fingernail.

I used Polywatch with the hope of at least reducing the scratch to an acceptable level. To my amazement, the scratch is GONE. Completely gone.

Bottom line: Yes, Hesalite does scratch easily, but it is just as easy to polish back to new.
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small bit of white toothpaste on a cloth (tshirt like), rub gently. Then I wipe the remainder off with an eyeglass cleaning cloth.(very soft). Works pretty well. Rolex Day Date Omega Speedmaster Moon Omega Broad Arrow Omega Seamaster Chrono
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straight from the tube on the glass.(just a little), rub it around with a cotton cloth, then I use a soft cloth to polish it. You dont have to rinse it, but there may be some residue you can wipe off.
I make sure I dont get any on the bezel, just the hesalite. Rolex Day Date Omega Speedmaster Moon Omega Broad Arrow Omega Seamaster Chrono
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watches as you describe in your post, and I only get very occasional "scratches" in the crystal of my '67 Speedmaster Professional. I hesitate to call them scratches because they're always so light and infrequent. I polish the crystal with Polywatch and it looks new every time. If contemporary Speedmasters still used Cal. 321 then I would pay extra for the display back, but as it is I prefer the solid back. Omega: Seamaster Aqua Terra; '67 Speedmaster Professional; '60 Pie Pan Constellation. Rolex: Datejust 116234. Others: misc. vintage pieces.
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With four watches with saphire crystals, I can say that they are much more scratch resistent. HOWEVER....they can chip and a chip cannot be buffed out. It will need to be replaced. While we all try to be careful with the saphire crystals, an unfortunate swing of the arm or hit against a hard surface can chip it. Life happens.

The Hesalite is very impact resistent and can take a hard hit. Scratches can be buffed out easily. And it has the "warm" feeling compared to a much colder feel of a saphire. Just make a nice change of pace. I love my Speedy Pro.
Rolex Daytona, TT, white face, 2006. D series. Omega Speedmaster Pro, SS Bracelet, Hesalite; Omega SS Seamster Planet Ocean 45.5mm Orange bezel.
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As others have said, the Hesalite cleans right up with Polywatch and even if you get some deeper scratches, you can take some fine grit sandpaper to it, rub out the scratches, then polish it right up with the Polywatch....Check out my before and after pics of my Hesalite crystal. /index.php?t=msg&goto=3034392&rid=1841#msg_3034392

I should have taken a pic of how it looked while sanded but I forgot. It was totally clouded.

If you chip a Saphire crystal or somehow cause a scratch, you are basically screwed.
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New Hesalite Speedmaster owner here. I bumped my watch into the doorframe yesterday and it left three ugly vertical scratches with white paint. They didn't look deep, but you could definitely notice them when you looked at the watch. I was very bummed.

I just now put a dab of Arm & Hammer tartar control toothpaste directly on the crystal. Then I grabbed an old t-shirt and rubbed for about 45 seconds.

Afterwards I wiped it clean and polished it a bit with another clean paart of the t-shirt.

The result?




GOOD AS NEW! Can't even tell it was ever scratched. I imagine deeper scratches might require Polywatch or something similar. But now that I've recovered from my first scratch, I'll never worry about it again.

I'm not going to baby a watch that's been to the moon and back!

Good luck with your decision. They are both beautiful watches.
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Thank you so much for all the replies; they've been extremely helpful and have put me at ease as to which one to choose. I think the Hesalite is a clear winner here, not so much because it's cheaper relative to the Sapphire version, but primarily because the extreme ease at which the scratches can be buffed out. I knew it was easy, but not THAT easy! :-)

Will be getting mine in about 2 weeks time, and will be posting photos as soon as I get it!

Speedmaster Professional 3570.50.00 | Speedmaster Day-Date 3220.50.00
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You won't regret it. I still can't stop staring at mine.

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