Hesalite v Sapphire: 2021 edition

Apr 06, 2021,13:59 PM

Hi all - I’m likely to buy a new 3861 and can’t decide between the hesalite and sapphire sandwich models. Hesalite pros: authenticity of appearance, cool domed crystal, and all-brushed links. Sapphire pros: scratch-free crystal, applied Omega symbol on the dial, and display-back view of the movement.

Anyone have thoughts on this choice? Unfortunately I need to order one without seeing either, so I’m going mainly on photos. So any in-the-metal impressions would be very appreciated. Thanks!

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Yes, Yes and ...

 By: @lberti : April 6th, 2021-14:29
Yes... True to the history.


 By: amanico : April 6th, 2021-14:31

Fair point but ...

 By: Chromatic Fugue : April 6th, 2021-14:32
the coaxial movement is already a departure from history...

True, true...

 By: amanico : April 6th, 2021-15:03

If you like to enjoy seeing the new movement...you’ve no choice

 By: mahesh : April 6th, 2021-14:11
Sapphire it is. Personally I prefer Hesalite.

Probably in the minority but...

 By: myles721 : April 6th, 2021-14:14
Sapphire all the way unless it’s a safe queen not to be worn. No fun to constantly worry about scratches.


 By: Gwai : April 6th, 2021-14:52
Cheers Marc

I have seen both ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : April 6th, 2021-14:17
It’s a very personal decision with no wrong choices. If you want to see that beautiful moment, as you know you have to go for the sapphire version. The Hesalite version is a no brainier if looking at the movement isn’t an issue for you.

That's a tough choice

 By: Skyrider01 : April 6th, 2021-14:19
I have seen and tried on both of them. As you said, for the hesalite the pros are the authenticity and the brushed links which I prefer, although the polished links are not too bad because they are small, unlike a Rolex Oyster bracelet where polished cent... 

If $s are no object,

 By: Gwai : April 6th, 2021-15:03
I'd go with your reasoning. Then again, watch the 321 chrono seconds hand stutter and the 3861 hand, relatively speaking, flow... Cheers Marc

Heads . . .

 By: Dr No : April 6th, 2021-18:43
. . . or tails? Coin flip? Let's flip a coin when you visit So Cal. Heads - hesalite. Tails - sapphire. Or the other way around. It matters not. You can't go wrong. ...  

Ah ...

 By: Chromatic Fugue : April 6th, 2021-18:57
I was waiting for my friend Art to weigh in. And as I hoped, he gave his blessing: hesalite, sapphire, sedna — it’s all good. 🙂

You knew . . .

 By: Dr No : April 6th, 2021-20:29
. . . this was coming. Speedy si bon ?

On this ...

 By: Chromatic Fugue : April 6th, 2021-20:47
you, I, and Nicolas can agree!

Neither is really the moonwatch anymore, IMO

 By: LS : April 6th, 2021-20:00
So my vote would be for the sapphire in order to admire the gorgeous movement.